The Kona International Rookie Games from August the 6th to the 9th at Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tyrol, crowned its queens and kings of downhill at the iXS International Rookies Championship. Young racers between the ages of 11 through to 18 battled for the win on the course that challenged even the best: fast open, wide and loose corners, large kicker jumps, rock gardens, tight and technical switch backs. The 1.5 km long race track at the Waldbahn in Fiss drops almost 400 meters in height. The fastest of the nearly 200 riders dip under the 3 minutes and 30 seconds barrier on a good clean run on a challenging and technical track.
Tough fights were fought among the contestants that came from literally all over the world - accross Europe as well a handful from the USA and Australia. The wheater today was again hot and sunny so the track was dry. Results were really close and the young racers showed their passion for the sport in very emotional finals. The scenes in the finishing area led from joyful cheering and tears of happiness to frustration after near podium misses and technicals.RESULTS: iXS International Rookies ChampionshipKids U13 Female
1. Siel Van der Velden - BMX Pernes Les Fontaines BEL 4:37:68Kids U13 Male
1. Ike Klaassen - Santa Cruz NED 3:44:04
2. Gustav Johansson Jones - Chalet Augustine Hinterglemm SWE 3:47:11
3. Leon Widhalm – Mountainbiker.at AUT 3:48:05Kids U15 Female
1. Valentina Höll - YT Industries Spielberghaus AUT 3:35:14
2. Anna Newkirk – Team Project USA 3:37:03
3. Ottilia Johansson Jones - Chalet Augustine Hinterglemm GBR 4:06:88Kids U15 Male
1. Janosch Klaus – teamproject.ch SUI 3:23:38
2. Gabriel Wibmer – Alutech Cycles AUT 3:27:72
3. Marko Niemiz – SKTD Avce SLO 3:30:53Youth U17 Female
1. Paula Zibasa – M9 Racing LAT 3:56:09
2. Jana Schwaninger – Gabelstapler Racing Team AUT 5:33:70Youth U17 Male
1. Moritz Ribarich – Sportsnut DH-Team AUT 3:10:47
2. Jan Flor – DX-Racing GER 3:15:42
3. Jack Tennyson - Madison Saracen Dev Team GBR 3:16:30
Find all race results here: http://www.ixsdownhillcup.com/de/437,p282,476/Ergebnis-iXS-Int-Rookies-ChampsThe Family Challenge at the Kona International Rookie Games
Not only the kids but also their accompanying parents had the chance to race at MTB-Festival Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. In the so called Family Challenge mums and dads came into the mix. In the end, the family with the fastest overall time on the track won.
Among all the father & son teams there were two father & daughter teams who came in 2nd and 3rd. A special credit goes to Joanna and her daughter Marta Wypiór - both from Poland. They competed great in the Family Challenge although Marta is only 10 years of age.
Her brother Igor and her father Rafal were also racing the Family Challenge.RESULTS Family Challenge
1. Maxim Eichler (3:39.35) and his dad Marko Jobst (3:23.09) - SportOkay.com Racing GER
2. Paula Zibasa (3:56.09) and her dad Marcis Scerbinins (3:17.34) - M9 Racing LAT/AUT
3. Valentina Höll (3:35.14) and her dad Walter Höll (3:43.37) - YT Industries Spielberghaus AUT
Some more Downhill racing families.
Find all results of the Family Challenge here: bikepark-sfl.at/en/latest/events/mtb-festival2015/family-challenge