The last round of the iXS European Downhill Cup before the finals in Leogang takes us back to Les Deux Alpes, former host of the European Crankworx. The end of the season is near, the fight for the title has entered its critical phase and the stage is set for another weekend full of downhill action.
Les Deux Alpes is one of the hot spots of the European mountain bike business. Over the years it has become something like the Mecca for mountain bikers and one of the preferred hosts for some high-class events and festivals. The biggest highlight was of course the European version of the Crankworx Festival, probably the world’s biggest gravity festival series, that was hosted in Les 2 Alpes three times in a row. What seems to be nothing more than a small village at 1.650 meters in the mountains of the Rhône-Alpes, has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
Loic Bruni (FRA - Lapierre Gravity Republic) - iXS EDC Les Deux Alpes 2015
Not only does the venue provide a spectacular view of the La Meije glacier, but also an extremely popular destination for sports, be it for skiing and snowboarding in winter, or as a host of the Tour de France or some high-scale mountain bike races in summer. The past two seasons, the European Downhill Cup has been integrated into the Crankworx Festival, inviting elite riders like Gee Atherton, Mick Hannah, Loic Bruni, Sam Blenkinsop, Myriam Nicole and Anneke Beerten and creating an overall World Cup-like atmosphere.
Myriam Nicole (FRA - Commencal Riding Addiction) - iXS EDC Les Deux Alpes 2014
This year, the Crankworx Festival moved on to Les Gets, but with the iXS EDC Les Deux Alpes still invites rider from all over the world to another highlight of the season! The mere topography makes it an extremely special and demanding race: with a 700-meter descend covered by the 2,7 km track the speed will be extremely high and riding will require maximum concentration. More than 200 riders from 27 different nations accepted the challenge and will fight for some more points for their rankings.Photos
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