iXS Rookies Cup: Course Preview and Seeding Results

Aug 7, 2015
by Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis  
A short 7 minute gondola ride dropped riders off at the Waldbahn station at 1,840 meters above sea level. Riders were then gifted a one minute flowing run down to the start line ready to tackle the 1.5km long race track that drops almost 400 meters in height. The course would see the fastest riders dip under the 3 minutes and 30 seconds barrier on a good clean run on a challenging and technical track.

Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.

Straight out of the start line and into a dark wooded section littered with exposed roots and soft loamy corners caught many a rider out. Line choice was key as lines appeared along with braking bumps, large holes and hidden roots. Throw in some fast open, wide and loose corners, large kicker jumps, rock gardens, tight and technical switch backs and you have a course that would challenge even the best World Cup riders out there let alone the young guns of tomorrow that were racing here today.

Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.

Seeding started at 13:30 today with 200 riders on the start sheet from across Europe and a handful from the USA and Australia making the race a truly international affair as governed by the UCi commisaires that were present to ensure proceeding were safe and fair for everyone.

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Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.
Pro Juniors U19 Male
1. Andrew Dorrit – MS Mondraker GBR 3:17:34
2. Maxime Fransolet – The Fast Maxime Downhill Team BEL 3:22:60
3. Bennet Newkirk – Team Project USA 3:24:44

Pro Youth U17 Male
1. Till Ulmschneider – MRC Young Guns GER 3:19:39
2. Moritz Ribarich – Sportsnut DH-Team AUT 3:21:77
3. Felix Krüger – MRC Young Guns GER 3:25:70

Junior U19 Male
1. Achim Winter GER 3:29:67
2. Niklas Merkeli – Racing Merkeli GER 3:29:94
3. Jonas Frank – Kingdom Riders GER 3:33:23

Youth U17 Male
1. Marcel Merkeli – Racing Merkeli GER 3:27:30
2. Jan Flor – DX-Racing GER 3:30:10
3. Marco Müller – Bayern DML Team GER 3:34:63

Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.
Girls U19/U17
1. Paula Zibasa – M9 Racing LAT 3:54:29
2. Daria Möbius – Soulrider GER 4:46:07
3. Hanna Kurek – Gravity Revolt POL 4:46:08

Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.
U15 Male/Female
1. Janosch Klaus – teamproject.ch SUI 3:38:35
2. Valentina Höll (female) – YT Industries AUT 3:40:07
3. Gabriel Wibmer – Alutech Cycles AUT 3:40:20
12. Anna Newkirk (female) – Team Project USA 3:50:77
13. Ottilia Johansson Jones – Chalet Augustine Hinterglemm GBR 4:21:64

Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.
U13 Male/Female
1. Leon Widhalm – Mountainbiker.at AUT 3:56:40
2. Gustav Johansson Jones - Chalet Augustine Hinterglemm SWE 3:56:59
3. Lorenz Widhalm – Mountainbiker.at AUT 3:59:18

1. Linda Klocker AUT 4:21:98
2. Nicole Maier – Team Helene GER 4:26:95
3. Franziska Teufel GER 4:36:99

1. Marko Jobst – SportOkay.com Racing GER 3:28:91
2. Walter Höll AUT 3:48:74
3. Ralf Kalchhauser AUT 3:59:25

Race finals start on Saturday at 14:00CET with the live stream going live here on Pinkbike at 15:00CET.

Kona International Rookies Games in Tirol.

MENTIONS: @FMBA / @iXSsports / @Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis / @konaworld


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 Been to Serfaus for the first time today. Besides I was really surprised about how good the park is overall, it was so nice to see all these super talented kids riding! Really inspiring and a great lookout into the future of our sport!
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 One of these on every BDS from now on please Si.....
  • 2 0
 More heavy breathing than a dodgy phone call! Living the dream Si!
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 I was loving the DH action today. Great to see so many fast kids on track and hitting the jumps. Nice!
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