RACE PREVIEWReutlingen - European 4Cross Series
Photography: Rick Schubert // Words: Franz Schneider
The next stop of the 12 races comprehensive European 4Cross Series is going to be in Germany this weekend. On Saturday the 9th, as a part of the 3rd Mountainbike-Festival Reutlingen, the first gold Event of the European 4Cross Series will go down. Racing action in a class of its own is expected.
It's not possible to imagine the European 4Cross race calendar without the Mountainbike Festival Reutlingen. The festival goes in the third-round. As a multiple organizer of German national championships, the European 4Cross Series as well as the German 4Cross Cup, a lot can be expected from the German promoter.
Permanent hospitality, the Dual-Pumptrack race and the Slopestyle Contest provide the festival character. A nice catering with music and live video-streaming is going to ensure a big bike event.
The racing season is coming to the main part, the tension is on its high point with the first Gold Event. The racers are going to battle in 9 different categories for the hotly contested points in the overall ranking. Can anyone in his category pre-decide the overall victory in the European 4Cross Series? The stage victory on the track is highly coveted as well, which will guarantee racing action at its finest.
What happened last year?2017 European 4Cross Series Reutlingen:
1. Simon Waldburger, 2. Ingo Kaufmann, 3. Klaus Beige, 4. Robin Bregger, 5. Benedikt Last
1. Jessica Schmulbach, 2. Amelia Mauz, 3. Elena Mauz, 4. Ilka Schrumpf, 5. Natalie Suk2016 European 4Cross Series Reutlingen:
1. Simon Waldburger, 2. Aiko Göhler, 3. Tom Scherer, 4. Marcus Haug, 5. Jonas Gauss
1. Katrin Karkhof, 2. Jessica Schmulbach, 3. Marisa Roth, 4. Ilka Schrmupf
The bike park Panzergelände Reutlingen is changing some track designs every year. With the beginning of the festival period they build a new Slopestyle course. Last year the 4Cross track got a new random start gate and this year there is a new Dual-Pumptrack like Crankworx. Maybe we see some big changes at the 4Cross track next year. The 4Cross track at the moment is well-liked by the racers and spectators. The 350 meter long track, which can be overviewed very well by the spectators from nearly any point, is considered as technically demanding. A weatherproof ground layer is also able to withstand any condition.
Similar to the world-famous 4Cross tracks, Reutlingen offers a Pro-Line which lets the top riders jump up to 10 meters.
In the end, it’s the athletes who are going to form an exciting event with thrilling race runs. Thus this event will not lack on battles with famous riders. The entry list is filled with the national and international pros from the several disciplines like 4Cross, Downhill and Pumptrack.
Benedikt Last (GER)
The former German National Champion plus World Championship finalist and medallist is always to be reckoned with. He is the local hero as well as the track builder. His surname “Last” serves as no more than camouflage.
Klaus Beige (GER)
He is one of the best 4cross Riders in Germany. Beige is every year in the hunt for the podium at the Festival. So this makes him a clear candidate for the victory.
Ingo Kaufmann (GER)
The current German 4Cross champion is on fire. After his 3rd place at the 4x Protour in Fort William last weekend he comes with a lot of speed to Reutlingen to get his next podium.
Livestream - How to watch
For everyone that can’t follow the event on site, the race is being professionally broadcasted on www.swiss-sport.tv
on Saturday June, 9 beginning at 14:00 CEST
Direct Link: http://4cross.eu/livestreams/reutlingen-2018
For more information on the upcoming European 4Cross Series races check www.4cross.eu
Round #4 (Gold): June 9th Reutlingen (GER)
Round #5 (Bronze): June 16th Winterthur (SUI)
Round #6 (Gold): July 1st Ohlsbach (GER)
Round #7 (Bronze): July 14th Berkheim (GER)
Round #8 (Silver): July 21st Steinweiler (GER)
Round #9 (Bronze): July 18th Sarntal (ITA)
Round #10 (Silver): September 8th Winnenden (GER)
Round #11 (Gold): September 22nd Leibstadt (SUI)
Round #12 (Silver): September 30th Wolfach (GER)