No matter how technical, fast or loose a track is, it is never easy to race. Pushing it to the limit is dangerous and riding on the edge even more. The iXS European DH Cup in Schladming is no exception. Today was the first day of racing against the clock and things got exciting with pretty much the first rider down the hill. It was supposed to be the day of the Austrian riders but in both elite categories there was one who went quicker.
It was David Trummer, the Austrian teammate of Phil Atwill, who dropped in first and came out swinging in the elite men's category. He might have a bit of a homesoil advantage in Schladming but Trummer laid down a stellar run with a time which kept him in first place for a long time. Rider after rider dropped in and all of them tried their best but no one could really match his speed. The one who got closest was his fellow compatriot Boris Tetzlaff but still he was almost five seconds off the pace. It took the whole seeding till Jure Zabjek, the winner of Kranjska Gora and Willingen, got on track. Jure struggled with some major mechanical problems in practice but was able to block everything out in his seeding and went fastest by 1.123 seconds.
In the women's competition all eyes were on Eleonora Farina and Veronika Widmann. Both were fighting hard for the top spot a couple of weeks ago in Slovenia and missed out the second round of the series in Willingen but Widmann just could not match the pace of the top of the field. In the meanwhile Farina absolutely smashed it and went fastest by a massive margin of 12.744 seconds. Second place took Petra Bernhard followed by Monika Hrastnik. ixsdownhillcup.com