Video and Photo Highlights: Nordkette Downhill.PRO 2015

Sep 1, 2015
by Trail Solutions  
Marcelo Gutierrez repeats his victory at the Nordkette Downhill.PRO 2015, on Sunday August 29.

Extreme heat and an endurance test – the 4.2 km long distance race off Innsbrucks Seegrube with a vertical drop of more than 1000m, still takes no prisoners in 2015. After exhausting 9:45.88min Colombia’s Gutierrez flys across the final jump and takes the win again after 2014. Almost 20 seconds behind and in second place is pro-rider Wyn Masters of New Zealand (10:05.46), ahead of the first Austrian in third place. David Trummer (10:09.31) not just made the podium, but also crowned himself Austrian Downhill National Champion 2015.

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On August 29th Innsbruck hosted the Nordkette Downhill.PRO 2015. A race mixing Worldcup pros and locals on a long and brutal track.

On August 29th, Innsbruck hosted the Nordkette Downhill.PRO 2015. A race mixing Worldcup pros and locals on a long and brutal track.


The Seegrube set high above the city with some proper alpine setting behind it is a small but technical skiing area in winter. Destination for countless tourists in summer it also has one of the most demanding downhill tracks in Europe.

The Seegrube, set high above the city with some proper alpine setting behind it, is a small but technical skiing area in winter. Destination for countless tourists in summer it also has one of the most demanding downhill tracks in Europe.


In addition to the Downhill.PRO race the race run also counted for the Austrian Championships trying to find the fastest Austrian racers in the categories women men juniors and U17.

In addition to the Downhill.PRO race, the race run also counted for the Austrian Championships, trying to find the fastest Austrian racers in the categories women, men, juniors and U17.


Running right below the cable car the track can be inspected from above when taking the uplift to Seegrube. Usually many aaaahhhhs and oooohh can be heard from people not familiar with downhill biking. One question heard quite often is You ride your bike down this trail

Running right below the cable car, the track can be inspected from above when taking the uplift to Seegrube. Usually many "aaaahhhhs" and "oooohh" can be heard from people not familiar with downhill biking. One question heard quite often is: "You ride your bike down this trail?!?!"


The start ist just slightly lower than the upper station of the cable car giving the riders a full kilometer 1030m of vertical descent always with a beautiful view across the Inn Valley.

The start is just slightly lower than the upper station of the cable car, giving the riders a full kilometer (1030m) of vertical descent, always with a beautiful view across the Inn Valley.


The Nordkette Downhill.PRO seeks to pit locals as former winner of this race Benedikt PURNER against worldcup pros like...

The Nordkette Downhill.PRO seeks to pit locals, as former winner of this race Benedikt PURNER, against World Cup pros like...


... for example Mick HANNAH of Australia. Thursday saw most of the riders checking the trail for the first time but most of the time riders tried to stay in the shade due to the scorching hot temperatures.

Mick HANNAH of Australia. Thursday saw most of the riders checking the trail for the first time, but most of the time riders tried to stay in the shade due to the scorching hot temperatures.


One of the markting slogans of Innsbruck is alpine to urban which describes the Nordkette Singletrail just perfectly. Starting off with a ton of gnarly switchbacks this trail is rather technical with not that many read basically none high speed sections.

One of the marketing slogans of Innsbruck is "alpine to urban" which describes the Nordkette Singletrail just perfectly. Starting off with a ton of gnarly switchbacks, this trail is rather technical with not that many (read: basically zero) high speed sections.


Always a perfect view on the city but this is something Andreas KOLB might not be enjoying right this moment...

Always a perfect view on the city, but this is something Andreas KOLB might not be enjoying right this moment...


Conditions proved to be loose and dusty. Manuel WIDMANN AUT makes the best out of it racing through a smaller berm at the top of the track.

Conditions proved to be loose and dusty. Manuel WIDMANN (AUT) makes the best out of it by racing through a smaller berm at the top of the track.


As womens Austrian champ Elke RABEDER AUT put it the recipe for sucess is not to have any crash.

As women's Austrian champ Elke RABEDER (AUT) put it: the recipe for success is not to have any crashes.


ENGEL Pascal AUT dropping into the stone ladder . In past years the track had tons and tons of loose gravel but due to quite some effort from the trail crew this was reduced considerably making it a least a little bit easier.

ENGEL Pascal (AUT) dropping into the 'stone ladder". In past years the track had tons and tons of loose gravel, but due to quite some effort from the trail crew, this was reduced considerably, making it a least a little bit easier.


Local Benedikt PURNER is the one putting most hours into maintaining the trail. Most of the boulders you see in this pictures were laboriously brought in from other valleys around Innsbruck.

Local Benedikt PURNER is the one putting most hours into maintaining the trail. Most of the boulders you see in this pictures were laboriously brought in from other valleys around Innsbruck.


If you got a tattoo you might as well show it. WUCHERER Robert AUT decided to go with a sleeveless shirt. The race officials didn t quite appreciate it so on race day he had to follow the regulations and show up with a sleeved shirt.

If you got a tattoo you might as well show it. WUCHERER Robert (AUT) decided to go with a sleeveless shirt. The race officials didn't quite appreciate it, so on race day he had to follow the regulations and show up with a sleeved shirt.


Bildbeschreibung Filip POLC SVK one of the faster sections of the trail. Being ill the two weeks before the event didn t do any good to his riding. One of the crowds favorite he still gave the best ending up in 14th place.

Bildbeschreibung: Filip POLC (SVK) one of the faster sections of the trail. Being ill the two weeks before the event didn't do any good to his riding. Being one of the crowd favorite's he still gave it his best, ending up in 14th place.


Last years winner Marcelo Gutierrez of Colombia set out to repeat his success. Being known for his physical fitness as demonstrated with his win of the Whistler Garbanzo Downhill put him right at the top of the list of favorites.

Last year's winner, Marcelo Gutierrez of Colombia, set out to repeat his success. Being known for his physical fitness, as demonstrated with his win of the Whistler Garbanzo Downhill, put him right at the top of the list of favorites.


After a more flowy or rather as flowy as it gets section Mick Hanna and Andrew Neethling drop into the 3er-Stuetzen Alptraum which translates to Pillar nightmare . Step technical nasty thight turns combined with loose gravel and high steps.

After a more "flowy" (or rather: as flowy as it gets) section, Mick Hanna and Andrew Neethling drop into the "3er-Stuetzen Alptraum", which translates to "Pillar nightmare". Step, technical, nasty tight turns combined with loose gravel and high steps.


Last years Austrian champion and top scoring austrian Worldcup rider Markus PEKOLL tried to defend his title. Admittedly not one of his favourite tracks the Nordkette Singletrail made it hard for him. In the end he came 5th in the overall and second in the Austrian Championships.

Last years Austrian champion and top scoring Austrian Worldcup rider Markus PEKOLL tried to defend his title. Admittedly not one of his favourite tracks, the Nordkette Singletrail made it hard for him. In the end he came 5th in the overall and second in the Austrian Championships.


David TRUMMER was the fastest austrian rider coming in 3rd place in the overall ranking but taking the Austrian championship from Markus PEKOLL.

David TRUMMER was the fastest Austrian rider, coming in 3rd place in the overall ranking, but taking the Austrian championship from Markus PEKOLL.


Still part of the pillar nightmare this section is without a doubt one of the hardest ones on this trail. At least there are enough mountain pines to catch you if something goes wrong. Wyn MASTERS shows how it s done and makes quick work out of it.

Still part of the "pillar nightmare" this section is without a doubt one of the hardest ones on this trail. At least there are enough mountain pines to catch you if something goes wrong. Wyn MASTERS shows how it's done and makes quick work out of it.


A combination of roots steeps small ladders and by the end of the training quite some loose gravel meant the riders had to go all in or risk going over the handlebars.

A combination of roots, steeps, small ladders and, by the end of the training, quite some loose gravel, meant the riders had to go all in or risk going over the handlebars.


This is no fun having about 750 vertical meters in front of you with a flat tire makes for some sore muscles.

This is no fun: having about 750 vertical meters in front of you with a flat tire makes for some sore muscles.


The women and U17 riders did start halfway down the trail leading to a lot shorter racer for them. But make no mistake even if this part is not as hard as the top part it is still steep and technical enough to seriously test your skills.

The women and U17 riders did start halfway down the trail, leading to a lot shorter race for them. But make no mistake, even if this part is not as hard as the top part, it is still steep and technical enough to seriously test your skills.


Plenty of berms to smash through. Local rider Gerhard SENFTER ended up 8th in the overall. Ask by the commentator whether he had crash he just answered mh at least I did not get seperated from my bike...

Plenty of berms to smash through. Local rider Gerhard SENFTER ended up 8th in the overall. Ask by the commentator whether he had crash he just answered: "mmh, at least I did not get separated from my bike..."


This man here is a local legend Willi Hofer might not be the fastest 16th place overall but he s definitely the one with the most stamina. He did 29 freaking runs in 12 hours down this track This guy is seriously nuts.

This man here is a local legend: Willi Hofer might not be the fastest (16th place overall) but he's definitely the one with the most stamina. He did 29 (!) runs in 12 hours down this track! This guy is seriously nuts.


The avalanche hill saw many different rider styles. Here s ZELLNER Sigi GER just styling it...

The "avalanche hill" saw many different rider styles. Here's ZELLNER Sigi (GER) just styling it...


... whereas Wyn MASTERS NZL puts in a serious scrub. Having had several second places on this track Wyn put in quite a few training runs to hopefully take first this year. In the end he came nearly 20 seconds behind the winner into 2nd place.

... whereas Wyn MASTERS (NZL) puts in a serious scrub. Having had several second places on this track, Wyn put in quite a few training runs to hopefully take first this year. In the end he came nearly 20 seconds behind the winner into 2nd place.


One of the crowds favorite spots the roadgap always attracts quite a few spectators. Here Christoph MATZKE GER shows how it s done.

One of the crowds favorite spots: the road gap always attracts quite a few spectators. Here Christoph MATZKE (GER) shows how it's done.


Spectators loved it. Maybe it it inspires one of those young one to become the next Sam Hill Who knows...

Spectators loved it. Maybe it inspires one of those young one to become the next Sam Hill? Who knows...


Tracey HANNAH AUS put down a solid run to win the women s category by a healthy margin of 20 seconds and a time of 4 59.75.

Tracey HANNAH (AUS) put down a solid run to win the women's category by a healthy margin of 20 seconds and a time of 4:59.75.


The lower part of the trail sees a lot more jumps and berms here s Remy MORTON AUS enjoying a bit of air time.

The lower part of the trail sees a lot more jumps and berms, here's Remy MORTON (AUS) enjoying a bit of air time.


Tracey Hannah in one of the rock sections of the lower trail.

Tracey Hannah in one of the rock sections of the lower trail.


RABEDER Elke AUT knows this track quite well and once again took the national title in the women s category and came in 2nd overall.

RABEDER Elke (AUT) knows this track quite well and once again took the national title in the women's category and came in 2nd overall.


Boris TETZLAF through one on the dusty and loose berms of the lower part. Even if the lower part is a bit more easier it proved a challenge for many riders. After having ridden 800 vertical meters most riders held onto their handles with pumped arms.

Boris TETZLAF through one on the dusty and loose berms of the lower part. Even if the lower part is a bit easier it proved a challenge for many riders. After having ridden 800 vertical meters, most riders held onto their handles with pumped arms.


Marcelo GUTIERRES COL lived up to his number plate and repeated his win. With a time of 9 45.88 and a 20 s margin on Wyn he went outside Sam Hill s record time of 9 21. But with the track having changed completely the time looks more and more out of reach.

Marcelo GUTIERREZ (COL) lived up to his number plate and repeated his win. With a time of 9:45.88 (and a 20 s margin on Wyn) he went outside Sam Hill's record time of 9:21. But with the track having changed completely the time looks more and more out of track.


Another spectators favorite spot the Red Corner saw quite some action. Simone WECHSELBERGER AUT hoped to put down a seriously fast time with her local knowledge but a minor injury in training didn t exactly help. Nevertheless she took third in the women s category.

Another spectators favorite spot, the "Red Corner" saw quite some action. Simone WECHSELBERGER (AUT) hoped to put down a seriously fast time with her local knowledge, but a minor injury in training didn't exactly help. Nevertheless she took third in the women's class.


The heat saw quite a lot umbrellas being carried around riders where completely drenched at the finish. Here s RIBARICH Lisa AUT getting close to the end.

The heat saw quite a lot umbrellas being carried around, riders were completely drenched at the finish. Here's RIBARICH Lisa (AUT) getting close to the end.


Whoever didn t have an umbrella and couldn t stand the heat went on to try to find a spot under some trees. Here s Remy MORTON AUS showing how to properly jump the sender .

Whoever didn't have an umbrella and couldn't stand the heat, went on to try to find a spot under some trees. Here's Remy MORTON (AUS) showing how to properly jump the "sender".


One last jump into the finish area concludes the race. Those with a few crashes usually styled it but the ones still in for the win tried to stay low. Having had a few hicups in his run Remy MORTON goes high and wide.

One last jump into the finish area concludes the race. Those with a few crashes usually styled it, but the ones still in for the win tried to stay low. Having had a few hiccups in his run, Remy MORTON goes high and wide.


When s the last time you saw a 2nd place racer interview the winner Watch out for WynTV s edit of the race.

When's the last time you saw a 2nd place racer interview the winner?! What out for WynTV's edit of the race.


Marcelo happy it worked out again.

Marcelo happy it worked out again.


Innsbruck s Tom OEHLER pleasing the crowd right before the price giving ceremony.

Innsbruck's Tom OEHLER pleasing the crowd right before the price giving ceremony.


Selfies with the winner are the new autographs. Always one to please his fans Marcelo had to handle quite a few requests.

Selfies with the winner are the new autographs. Always one to please his fans, Marcelo had to handle quite a few requests.


And one last tidbit of local knowledge these antlers are called Krickerl . Try to say this without hurting your voice cords. Hope you enjoyed the story see you next time.

And one last tidbit of local knowledge: these antlers are called "Krickerl". Try to say this without hurting your voice cords. Hope you enjoyed the story, see you next time.



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6 Comments

  • + 3
 Marcelo has everything it takes to rule the downhill WC over the coming years but one thing: being convinced of this.
It seems unbelievable this guy got as far as he has, above all coming from where he does. He's not blonde, his last name is not Smith or McSomeone, speaks English with South American accent, and people in his country don't know what the f*ck is a shock. We all know that against this background you gotta be really really good to make a room for yourself in this circle. Just look at the number of mediocre WASP racers in the photos.

Innsbruck is amazing, as always
  • + 2
 lol its racing!! and he is on a pro team ...
  • + 1
 not only racing, much better for business a guy named Amstrong wins races, even though he does being high, right?
  • + 1
 I know what is a shock Wink and I from Colombia too :O
  • + 4
 wow, that place looks amazing.
  • + 1
 Wyn for the win!!! Nice trials too.

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