Know Your Roots: iXS European DH Cup #1 Maribor – Photo Epic and Video

Apr 15, 2018
by Racement  


The 2018 downhill season finally arrived and kicked off with the first round of the iXS European DH Cup at the legendary venue of Maribor. The Maribor track is always a hit with riders, and a lot of big teams made their way to Slovenia for final adjustments and to get into racing mode. After some heavy rainfall on Thursday the sky cleared during Friday's training and the slippery course got faster and faster. For some riders, like Brook Macdonald, who raced his first World Cup in here, Maribor is quite a place to remember. The opening round of the series provided great action and high level racing.

The legendary track in Maribor was the opening venue of the iXS European DH Cup and provided all time conditions and a rough track
The legendary track in Maribor was the opening venue of the iXS European DH Cup and provided all time conditions and a rough track

There were some fresh man-made sections with some massive jumps
There were some fresh man-made sections with massive jumps.

Quite a few world cup teams came out to Maribor to get the first one out of the way and to be in rythm for Losinj
Quite a few World Cup teams came out to Maribor to get the first one out of the way and to be in rhythm for Losinj.

Commencal sent out the whole team to race in Maribor
Commencal sent out the whole team to race in Maribor.

Myriam Nicole came fresh from riding in Portugal and proved she is in racing mood
Myriam Nicole came fresh from riding in Portugal and proved she is in racing mood.

Mick Hannah had some fast lines but took a handful of smaller crashes and bruised his thighs
Mick Hannah had some fast lines but took a handful of smaller crashes and bruised his thighs.

Jure Zabjek injured his wrist and did not race but tested a wrist brace to might be able to race the upcoming world cup though
Jure Zabjek injured his wrist and did not race but tested a wrist brace, and might be able to race the upcoming World Cup.

Max Hartenstern who is comming from his third place at junior world champs has to prove himself from now on in the elite class
Max Hartenstern, who placed third place at Junior World Champs, has to prove himself from now on in the elite class

Mark Wallace railing turns
Mark Wallace railing turns.

Noel Niederberger making the most out of the new jumps section at the bottom of the track
Noel Niederberger making the most out of the new jump section at the bottom of the track.

Simon Chapelet from the Polygon UR Development team dominated the U17 male category
Simon Chapelet from the Polygon UR Development team dominated the U17 male category.

Vali Hoell showed some great runs and nailed it in her final run which would have landed her in third place in the elite women category
Vali Hoell showed some great runs and nailed it in her final run which would have landed her in third place in the elite women's category.

Final turn action with Vali Hoell
Final turn action with Vali Hoell.

Henry Kerr did several runs following Phil Atwill what might have gave him the lines to take second in the U19 male category
Henry Kerr did several runs following Phil Atwill, which might have helped give him the lines he needed to take second in the U19 male category.

Junior rider Kye A hern of the Canyon Factory Racing team had a stellar final run to win the U19 category with a run which would have put him into 4th in the elite class
Junior rider Kye A'hern of the Canyon Factory Racing team had a stellar final run to win the U19 category with a run which would have put him into 4th in the elite class.

Thibaut Daprela blew his tire of the rim
Thibaut Daprela blew his tire of the rim.

The fresh crowned European Champ Monika Hrastnik took an excellent third place
The fresh crowned European Champ Monika Hrastnik took an excellent third place.

Tracey Hannah was just 0.6 off the winning pace and had to settle for second behind Myriam Nicole
Tracey Hannah was just 0.6 off the winning pace and had to settle for second behind Myriam Nicole.

Smooth and fast was the key for Myriam Nicole who took the win in Maribor
Smooth and fast was the key for Myriam Nicole who took the win in Maribor.

Collecting the last few air miles before sprinting towards the line
Collecting the last few air miles before sprinting towards the line.

A proper step down led the riders into the finish arena
A proper step down led the riders into the finish arena.

Mike Jones sprinting into 12th place
Mike Jones sprinting into 12th place.

Troy Brosnan seems to enjoy the ride more than ever and showed great speed but got unlucky with a mechanical in the finals
Troy Brosnan seems to enjoy the ride more than ever and showed great speed but got unlucky with a mechanical during finals.

Brendan Fairclough was on fire this weekend but missed out the podium by just a few tenths
Brendan Fairclough was on fire this weekend but missed out the podium by just a few tenths.

Andreas Kolben wasn t just here for the whips
Andreas Kolben wasn't just here for the whips.

The fresh and loamy track in Maribor was the perfect playground for Phil Atwill
The fresh and loamy track in Maribor was the perfect playground for Phil Atwill.

Remi Thirion took home eight place
Remi Thirion took home eight place.

Brook McDonald was not afraid of going big on his new bike what was rewarded with a solid third place finish
Brook Macdonald was not afraid of going big on his new bike, and was rewarded with a solid third place finish.

Just like the last few riders Amaury Pierron got some rain at the top but still battled for the win taking second
Just like the last few riders Amaury Pierron got some rain at the top but still battled for the win, taking second.

Laurie Greenland was the man of the day and took the win in a stacked field of racers
Laurie Greenland was the man of the day and took the win in a stacked field of racers.

Old team mates reunited and celebrating the geat results
Old team mates reunited and celebrating the great results.

11th might be a little bit disappointing but is surely no major set back for Troy Brosnan
11th might be a little bit disappointing but is surely no major set back for Troy Brosnan.

Podium Masters with Dominik Dierich Fabrizio Dragoni and Billy Caroli
Podium Masters with Dominik Dierich, Fabrizio Dragoni and Billy Caroli

Podium U17 female with Viktoria Genova and Siel van der Van
Podium U17 female with Viktoria Genova and Siel van der Van

Podium U17 male with Blake Ross Simon Chapelet and Chris Cumming
Podium U17 male with Blake Ross, Simon Chapelet and Chris Cumming

Podium U19 female with Lisa Gava Vali Hoell and Ottilia Jones
Podium U19 female with Lisa Gava, Vali Hoell and Ottilia Jones

Podium U19 male with Henry Kerr Kye A hern and Stefano Introzzi
Podium U19 male with Henry Kerr, Kye A'hern and Stefano Introzzi

Podium elite women with Tracey Hannah Myriam Nicole and Monika Hrastnik
Podium elite women with Tracey Hannah, Myriam Nicole and Monika Hrastnik

Podium elite men with Amaury Pierron Laurie Greenland and Brook McDonald
Podium elite men with Amaury Pierron, Laurie Greenland and Brook Macdonald

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25 Comments

  • + 34
 It's wierd how the the elite women looked super stiff and undynamic in some of those turns and sections while your Vali Höll was just bouncing along and really riding her bike. What a difference! Exicted to see this girl tackle it in the big leagues! Take care and best of luck.
  • + 16
 With her time she would have come 3rd if she was racing elite.
  • + 5
 Vali is the future! Good job to Red Bull for snagging her this early. If I were a bike apparel or helmet manufacturer I would be seriously considering putting her on a long-term contract. Let's just hope she keeps having fun and doesn't burn out like Manon.
  • + 2
 @Verbl-Kint: yt did this allready way back and the chance that vally would go to another manufactor is really low i think
  • + 35
 Yeah Brendog. New Gambler, new season. Looking forward to some great results.
  • + 20
 Tracey only had a few days on bike before the race, so to be so close, was a great effort. She'll get better during the series.

#fantasyleague
  • + 3
 Yeah man, great to see her nipping at Nicoles heels on such a monster of a track!
  • + 13
 Looks like Mondraker is working flawlessly under Bulldog.. good to see.
  • + 9
 This event needs LIVE broadcast! ..with Rob Warner of course Smile Anyway thanks for excellent photos and video edit.
  • + 2
 yes, the first top of the Cup should have been here, not that other track
  • + 11
 Was there, was great!
  • + 10
 Might be a few people making some changes to their fantasy league.
  • + 7
 Yes Brendog!!
  • + 5
 Poor World Cup athletes must travel big distances to race on something that isn't IMBA approved Big Grin
  • + 5
 Ahhh Vali will smash it. So impressive! Cant wait for WC
  • + 4
 Best time of year, kicks off in a few days-this was a great warm up!
  • + 1
 I'm sure know one care, but the new red boxxers make me gag a bit. they just look so cheap IMHO. sure they are super nice though.
  • + 3
 Anyone else think Billy Caroli looks like Mark Zuckerberg with a beard??
  • + 2
 Why is Laurie wearing different race kit to Brooke? He said "New team" also, wasn't he with MS Mondraker last season?
  • + 0
 The MSTeam was always allowed to ride in whatever helmet they thought protected them best. I bet as lead riders Laurie and Brook have been allowed to bring in personal kits. The other team guys are on some kit called Pulse while brooks in Astar and Laurie is in Fox. Their was some weird rule by UCI that all team kit had to look the same ,it cost the syndicate its Trade Team position a few years ago but thats all gone now I think.
  • + 1
 @LKTV: and Mike Jones is on 100% kit and helmet.
  • + 3
 Hah. This place IS a part of my roots Razz

And - that tyre! :O
  • + 1
 Propain team running Formula instead of Xfusion this year?
  • + 1
 Great shot of Trac' thanks.
  • + 1
 Miran Vauh is the man!!

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