Serfaus Fiss Ladis, situated above the Inn Valley, surrounded by alpine mountains gave host to the Kona International Rookie Games 2015. The festival saw a mix of pumptrack, slopestyle and downhill races, with the iXS Rookies Cup on Saturday and the iXS Int. Rookies Challenge on Sunday.
Friday saw the start of the registration, about 220 contestants were registered, meaning lots of those starter packages. There were times when the race office didn't know anymore where to stack them...
Registration saw some Fathers scrambling to fill out all necessary forms, or entering themselves to the Family Challenge.
Riders hop on the "Waldbahn" to be transported 400 vertical meters to the start. A shout out to the awesome lift attendants whose friendliness kept going throughout the whole weekend!
Make no mistake: even if the event is for racers age 11 to 18, the course is not some easy "rolling down" affair. ZIBASA Paula (LAT), winner of both races, in a steep and technical part of the track, with plenty enough of roots to catch on.
Not exactly the Hecklers rock,but the amount of noise a Vuvuzela makes in an otherwise quiet forest is amazing and you wouldn't believe just how loud this guy was able to shout.
Part 1 of a quite common sight this weekend: WIDHALM Leon (AUT) leads a train consisting of him, his twin brother and his father during training. He went on to win his category U13 male on Saturday and coming 3rd on Sunday.
FRANSOLET Maxime (BEL) in the compression after a big jump on the upper part of the course. Maxime came 2nd in Sundays race.
MERKELI Marcel (GER) makes his sponsors "Mam and Dad" proud with a 2nd place on Saturday's iXS Rookies Cup.
RICHTER Maurice (GER) in on of the last corners before finish. Photographers loved this spot, I suspect it is because of the nice shade it provided with temperatures soaring above 32 deg Celsius out in the sun.
KOSAK Cederic (GER) and KLAASEN Ike (NED), born 2004 (!) battle it out during seeding run on Friday. Ike finished 2nd on Saturday and went on to take the win on Sunday in the U13 category.
Friday evening had the Dakine Pumptrack Challenge on program,. Atis SCERBINIS (LAT) shows how it's done: perfect pumping on his way to victory.
All sizes of bike were allowed, riders used everything from dirtbikes to bmx as did Siel VAN DER WELDEN (BEL).
Always a good event for the crowd, the Pumptrack Challenged had riders going against each other in parallel with 2 heats.
After winning the pumptrack challenge Siel VAN DER VELDEN (BEL) goes on to also win Sunday's race in her category.
KALBITZ Jannis (GER) concentrates on his race run in the steepest part of the course. And let me tell you, this part is a lot steeper than it looks.
Till ULMSCHNEIDER (GER) had high hopes and good chances to win one or both races this weekend. Unfortunately a crash on Saturday saw him injured, taking him out of contest. We wish a speedy recovery!
Ottilia JOHANSSON JONES (GBR) also has a similar sponsor to Merkeli Marcel: "Mum and Dad". Here she enters the last wood section of the trail and showing no sign of being tired.
Right at the beginning of Saturday's race run a severe thunderstorm started to close in. Some proper thunders had Marshalls scrambling for rain cover, racers debating whether to put on rain tires, but fortunately only a light shower actually hit the venue. After 20 mins everything was over and the rain only improved conditions by settling down the dust.
This is the only casualty of the rain I saw: FRANKE Jonas (GER) had his front wheel slipping on that slightly damp log, leading to an awesome picture, but also to a taco'ed front wheel.
RIBARICH Moritz (AUT) lays down an amazing time to win the Pro 17 Youth category of the iXS Rookies Cup on Saturday as well as the Int. Rookies Challenge on Sunday.
SOHLER Jakob (GER) on his first run in the Int. Rookie of the Year Slopestyle contest held on Saturday.
What could have be the winning run ended in a botched front flip for Jakob SOHLER (GER) and the photographers favourite sequence. Or as the announcer put it : "No bike, no shoe, no win". But 3rd place isn't too bad either.
A common sight this weekend Tim VIAL (SUI) gripping the handlebar a lot further in to actually being able to reach the brake levers. Talk about fast growing riders...
The dusty trails got quite a few riders taking some dirt samples. Some corners felt a little bit like skating on ice.
Paula ZIBASA (LAT) and her father SCERBININS Marcis (AUT) took the second place in the family challenge.
Three of the Wypior clan from Poland, with only Igor missing. All of them raced, with Marta being one of the youngest on track. Last year Rafal organized a youth downhill camp in Serfaus Fiss Ladis with 77 kids; according to him that was more relaxing the just being here with his family...
The 2nd youngest of the Wypior clan, WYPIOR Igor (POL) shows that a slightly oversized frame is no reason not to go fast.
HOELL Valentina (AUT) was not happy with her race on Saturday, crashing early in the run, but that didn't stop her to win Sunday's race.
Kruiger Felix (GER) aimed for a top spot on Sunday, but a minor crash destroyed these hopes. But a 2nd place on Saturday is also something to look at.
Waaaaay too young to race: NEWKIRK Ashor (USA) as a pre-starter. This little and fast guy was born in 2006, tackling a track where some adults have serious difficulties.
Anna NEWKIRK (USA), fastest girl on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday, pulls through the berms in the last part of the track.
Prize giving ceremony (U13 male) of the iXS Int. Rookies Championship during the Kona International Rookies Games in Tyrol, Austria, on August 9, 2015. Free image for editorial usage only: Photo by Felix Oesterle
Prize giving ceremony (Family Challenge All femal) of the iXS Int. Rookies Championship during the Kona International Rookies Games in Tyrol, Austria, on August 9, 2015. Free image for editorial usage only: Photo by Felix Oesterle
Cool FeaturesSubmit a Story to Pinkbike
RSSPinkbike RSS Feed