Troy Brosnan wins the iXS European Downhill Cup in Leogang

Jun 20, 2011
by Tyler Maine  
Troy Brosnan ist der Schnellste in Leogang Nachdem Leogang vor einer Woche Gastgeber des Weltcups war stand nun der dritte Lauf des iXS European Downhill Cups auf dem Programm. Insgesamt gingen 356 Teilnehmer aus 27 Nationen an den Start aber nicht die Quantit t sondern die Qualit t des Starterfeldes sollte die Aufmerksamkeit auf sich ziehen. Im Bild Troy Brosnan AUS - Monster Specialized 1. Platz Elite Men

After hosting the World Cup a week ago, Leogang was the venue for the third leg of the iXS European Downhill Cup. A total of 356 competitors from 26 countries lined up at the start, but it wasn’t the quantity, but rather the quality of the starting pack which attracted attention.

That Leogang Bike Park has now made an international name for itself on the mountain biking scene is not least due to the fact that it hosts top notch races and contests. So this weekend saw the downhill, fourcross and dirt jump elite at the Out of Bounds Festival. In addition to the third leg of the iXS European Downhill Cup there was also a Schwalbe Euro Fourcross Series race and the 26Trix, an FMB World Tour event.

Numerous top international bikers took part in the downhill race. The extremely high level of performance was already apparent during training. Just as at the World Cup the week before external conditions were not perfect. Rain turned the 2.3 km long course covering a vertical height of 480 metres into a sea of mud. The weather proceeded to turn totally crazy on Saturday, with high winds forcing the Elite Men class’ seeding run to be postponed until Sunday morning. The run did, however, give a first indication of who the main contenders would be. The fastest time, and thus the last starting slot, was achieved by Brook MacDonald (NZL – MS Evil). However, Marcus Klausmann (GER - Ghost ATG), Nejc Rutar (SLO - Unior Tools), Brendan Fairclough (GBR - Monster Energy/Specialized) and Troy Brosnan (AUS - Monster Energy/Specialized) also made clear their ambition to finish on the winners’ podium.

Troy Brosnan ist der Schnellste in Leogang Nachdem Leogang vor einer Woche Gastgeber des Weltcups war stand nun der dritte Lauf des iXS European Downhill Cups auf dem Programm. Insgesamt gingen 356 Teilnehmer aus 27 Nationen an den Start aber nicht die Quantit t sondern die Qualit t des Starterfeldes sollte die Aufmerksamkeit auf sich ziehen. Im Bild Siegerehrung Elite Men v.l.n.r. Brook MacDonald NZL - MS Evil Troy Brosnan AUS - Monster Specialized George Brannigan NZL - Devinci Global Racing


At the end of the day the podium, however, belonged exclusively to the very young riders from Australia and New Zealand, with Junior World Champion Troy Brosnan recording the best time of 4:09 mins. Not even Brook MacDonald, the last rider to start, was able to push him off the Red Bull Hot Seat and had to settle for second place after coming in just 1.5 tenths of a second behind the winner. Third place was, surprisingly, taken by George Brannigan (NZL - Devinci Global Racing). MacDonald now leads the overall rankings, ahead of Joshua Button (AUS - SC-Intense) and Markus Pekoll (AUT - MS Evil).

Troy Brosnan ist der Schnellste in Leogang Nachdem Leogang vor einer Woche Gastgeber des Weltcups war stand nun der dritte Lauf des iXS European Downhill Cups auf dem Programm. Insgesamt gingen 356 Teilnehmer aus 27 Nationen an den Start aber nicht die Quantit t sondern die Qualit t des Starterfeldes sollte die Aufmerksamkeit auf sich ziehen. Im Bild Brook MacDonald NZL - MS Evil 2. Platz Elite Men


Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI - Scott 11) again won the Elite Women category race, further extending her lead in the overall rankings. Seeding Run fastest Petra Bernhard (AUT - Alpine Commencal) proved that she’s certainly not past it yet, coming in second to push Miriam Ruchti (SUI - SC-Nukeproof) into third place.

The fastest Master was Wilfred van de Haterd (NED - Bike Service Eisenach) ahead of Heinz Hostettler (SUI - BanditBike.ch) and Javier Santiago (ARG - Moser Sport). The U17 class was again dominated by Gianluca Vernassa (ITA - Argentina Bike), beating George Gannicott (GBR - Bikesoup/Gravity) and Jan Vacek (CZE - RockMachine) into second and third place.

The iXS European Downhill Cup will be visiting Leogang Bike Park again next year to try out the course currently under construction for the World Cup, to be held in late summer. For more details and comprehensive results visit ixsdownhillcup.com. The next leg of the European Series takes place on 30/31 July in Špičák (CZE).

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51 Comments
  • 78 2
 Theres going to be a super awkward moment when Troy beats Hill.
  • 5 0
 Didnt he beat him in quali at fort william.I know its not the race run but its still good
  • 6 31
flag badgermeister (Jun 20, 2011 at 12:26) (Below Threshold)
 was hill even competing? i think not!
  • 19 1
 I think the key point of the comment was "Theres going to be a super akward moment when Troy beats Hill"
  • 6 1
 hill is capable of anything, take last years world champs for example im sure he will step up his game sometime this year and bag a 1st place
  • 3 2
 if it were in the world cup he woulda been in 56th. how old is he anyway?
  • 3 0
 Conditions were different so you cant really compare the 2. I think he is 17
  • 1 0
 yea thats true. no comparison. i was just looking at the times. and damn for 17 he shreds!
  • 1 3
 does he still ride for specialized, or am i thinking of someone else
  • 1 0
 yes he does
  • 2 0
 for any age he shreds.
  • 2 0
 I think Sam is looking to take the win at Val Di Sole or what ever its called in Italy. Maybe to try and finish what he started at 2008 world champs. For anyone that somehow hasn't seen it. here it is.

freecaster.tv/mountainbike/1005144/dh-men-3rd-sam-hill-world-championship
  • 2 1
 Sam's got a pretty bad sports lifestyle going especially with Sampolooza!..... look at him today and look at him 5 years ago!
  • 1 0
 I haven't seen The Entree but, Sampolooza is a party i would like to be invited to.
  • 3 0
 Troy finished 15th at the world cup. The track had changed considerably by the IXS cup. Monsoon rains, 450+ riders etc.
  • 23 1
 He's a certain future World Champion!
  • 11 0
 yeah especially since he rides on a team with Sam Hill and Brendawg
  • 10 0
 he's already World Champ
  • 5 14
flag samuelity (Jun 20, 2011 at 14:16) (Below Threshold)
 no he's not. he is for juniors but not for the whole UCI DH riders
  • 9 0
 thats still World Champ in my book.
  • 8 2
 i mean, he's an amazing rider no doubt but he is JUNIOR world champ. he needs to beat gwin and get #1 out of EVERYONE to be world champ. he is still great tough.

PS i will probably get negative proped for this
  • 1 0
 i can't wait to see how he rides in a few years when he's older and stronger... he will be the man to beat!!
  • 8 1
 A world champ is a world champ, he may not be world champ in the elite pro race but he is the fastest junior in the world. and that is still a UCI ranked cat. So all in all he is a boss and won a world championship event when he was 16 years old.
  • 7 1
 Well put. now lets stop this argument because i lost
  • 2 0
 samuelity that's one of the best posts I have seen on this site Big Grin
  • 9 0
 So young and so talented!
  • 6 0
 Go Rutar "Brutal", Slovenian power!
  • 6 0
 Yeah TROY! UCI world championship here he comes!
  • 5 1
 COME ON !!!!!!!!!!! COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TEAM MONSTER ENERGY-SPECIALIZED
  • 1 0
 I went down and raced this past May down in Fontana and I was standing looking at my start time and I look over my right shoulder and he was standing next to me, He killed it down at the race.
  • 3 0
 yeahhh buddy! go troy! Salute
  • 3 0
 I think he must have been "on the hunt" with a cap that size.
  • 1 0
 check this vid about the IXS-Mudfest in Leogang 2011 thanks for watching

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvFe-TsZXk0
  • 2 0
 its all about leogang these days innit
  • 1 0
 haha what the heck why is Troy's jersey completely soaked in mud and George's white jersey is clean?
  • 1 0
 He or someone else looking out for his sponsors chucked a clean jersey on him. Nice.
  • 2 0
 Because George is so fast even mud can't stick to him!
  • 2 0
 this is true it all ends up on the rider behind.. me Frown

good to see him finally get a good run in!
stoked for all 3 of you!
  • 3 0
 Nice going Brook
  • 1 0
 Troy is a straight up biblical beast!
  • 1 0
 Troy is a straight up biblical beast!
  • 1 0
 he may have one but hes not the fastest if you get me Wink
  • 1 0
 footage from me and my buddies, was fun.... vimeo.com/25424634
  • 2 1
 troy= my role model
  • 11 3
 kinda gay
  • 1 0
 Do you think thats lemonade he`s spraying , what a pinner . The real deal .
  • 1 0
 in europe, alcohol's not illegal past the age of 16
  • 1 0
 Err, I'm from the UK and I wasn't allowed to drink until I was 18.
  • 1 0
 mainland europe, e.g austria, france, germany etc
  • 1 0
 Actually most countries have an 18 age, Switzerland has tiered drinking, its just less enforced.







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