Sunday is Race Day: IXS European Downhill Cup 3 - Photo Epic and Video

Jun 18, 2017
by Racement  



After a four-week break, it was finally time again to race for the checkers and to chase important points for this year´s overall of the IXS European DH Cup. Schladming hosted the third round and riders and organizers could not have asked for a better weekend to do so. A great mountainside, plenty of sunshine and a couple of new faces at the starting gate made an exciting race day.

The freshly crowned European champion, Eleonora Farina from Italy, dominated once again. After winning yesterday´s qualification by over 12 seconds the rest of the women's field caught up but still could not match her furious speed. Monika Hrastnik got closest and took away second place of Petra Bernhard who lost a spot to her second place finisher yesterday.

The men's Super Final got extremely exciting. The riders were pushing hard on the loose and dusty track what did not go to plan for everyone. Ondrej Stepanek and Stefan Garlicki were the first ones to set up the bars really high and who had a good chance of taking one of the top steps. But their hopes got crushed when the Brit, Phil Atwill, dropped in and stormed down the former World Cup track. Just like yesterday Atwill was a bit off the pace in the first split but pinned it in the second one and set the fastest time. Three riders were left on the top of the mountain, but neither Boris Tetzlaff nor Atwill´s teammate David Trummer were able to push him off the hot seat.

It was Atwill and Trummer sitting in first and second as Jure Zabjek, the fastest in seeding, went for it. Zabjek rode the second fastest split time but crashed out in the woods and destroyed his hopes for the hattrick he was claiming for. Nonetheless, he was able to finish in 17th and to collect some important points for the overall.

A heart to the downhill sport and Schladming for this sick venue
A heart to the downhill sport and Schladming for this sick venue

Conditions could not have been any better for race day
Conditions could not have been any better for race day

Even though it is an official bikepark track the course in Schladming needs all of your focus and power
Even though it is an official bike park track the course in Schladming needs all of your focus and power

The wild mountainside of Schladming in its total beauty
The wild mountainside of Schladming in its total beauty

Just a few pedal strokes out of the gate and the riders were up to mach10 speed
Just a few pedal strokes out of the gate and the riders were up to Mach 10

Awesome conditions as the riders were heading down to the finsih line
Awesome conditions as the riders were heading down to the finish line

Dominik Dierich took the win in the masters category by just 0.099 seconds
Dominik Dierich took the win in the Masters category by just 0.099 seconds

Vali Hoell with a bit of a g out into the last steep section
Vali Hoell with a bit of a g-out into the last steep section

Vali Hoell crashed in her final run and did some serious damage to her knee what will need to be fixed in hospital
Vali Hoell crashed in her final run and did some serious damage to her knee what will need to be fixed in hospital

Janosch Klaus claimed his third podium and second win of the season
Janosch Klaus claimed his third podium and second win of the season

The Aussie Baxter Maiwald won the u19 male category and would have placed himself just in the top 20 elite men field
The Aussie, Baxter Maiwald, won the U19 male category and would have placed himself just in the top 20 Elite Men field

Number 20 Bryn Dickerson ended 20th
Number 20, Bryn Dickerson ended 20th

The wooden medal went to Stefan Garlicki who fast third fastest at the split time but slipped outside the top 3 at the bottom part of the track
The wooden medal went to Stefan Garlicki who was third fastest at the split time but slipped outside the top three at the bottom part of the track

It was hot today and the marshalls were highly motivated
It was hot today and the marshals were highly motivated

Monika Hrastnik was riding good all day but had to settle for second as she could not match the speed of Eleonora Farina
Monika Hrastnik was riding well all day but had to settle for second as she could not match the speed of Eleonora Farina

Petra Bernhard slipped down one place and finished second
Petra Bernhard slipped down one place and finished second

Eleonora Farina dominated once again and took a big win today
Eleonora Farina dominated once again and took a big win today

Isak Leivsson started slow but came out swinging taking 7th place
Isak Leivsson started slow but came out swinging taking seventh place

Ziga Pandur using the complete width of the course and finishing just in the top 10
Ziga Pandur using the complete width of the course and finishing just in the top ten

Janis Lehmann fully tucked in the last turn
Janis Lehmann fully tucked in the last turn

Ondrej Stepanek was close again. It is just a matter of time until he gets his first podium
Ondrej Stepanek was close again. It is just a matter of time until he gets his first podium

Boris Tetzlaff was sending it big into the finish area taking home third place
Boris Tetzlaff was sending it big into the finish area taking home third place

David Daviboi Trummer stormed down the course and took second place behind his teammate Phil Atwill
David 'Daviboi' Trummer stormed down the course and took second place behind his teammate Phil Atwill

Phil Atwill stepped it up big times and had a stellar bottom section which lead him to the fastest time of the day
Phil Atwill stepped it up big times and had a stellar bottom section which led him to the fastest time of the day

Jure Zabjek stormed into the finish area with his knee pads down and a dirty jersey
Jure Zabjek stormed into the finish area with his knee pads down and a dirty jersey

Podium U17 female with Anna Newkirk and Vali Hoell
Podium U17 female with Anna Newkirk and Vali Hoell

Podium U17 male with Yannick Baechler Janosch Klaus and Gabriel Wibmer
Podium U17 male with Yannick Baechler, Janosch Klaus and Gabriel Wibmer

Podium U19 female with Viktoria Goncheva Paula Zibasa and Sabrina Wibmer
Podium U19 female with Viktoria Goncheva, Paula Zibasa and Sabrina Wibmer

Podium U19 male with Simon Maurer Baxter Maiwald and Rudi Pintar
Podium U19 male with Simon Maurer, Baxter Maiwald and Rudi Pintar

Podium pro masters with Rostislav Stencel Dominik Dierich and Willi Luetzeler
Podium Pro Masters with Rostislav Stencel, Dominik Dierich and Willi Luetzeler

Podium Elite Women with Monika Hrastnik Eleonora Farina and Petra Bernhard
Podium Elite Women with Monika Hrastnik, Eleonora Farina and Petra Bernhard

Podium elite men with David Trummer Phil Atwill and Boris Tetzlaff
Podium Elite Men with David Trummer, Phil Atwill and Boris Tetzlaff

Champagne for the team
Champagne for the team

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12 Comments

  • + 14
 Phil Atwil put his money where his mouth is. : - )
  • - 11
flag harrybrottman (Jun 19, 2017 at 4:42) (Below Threshold)
 Not really he beat a third tier field - all the top riders were "putting their money where their mouth is" at crankworks this weekend. To be honest I have completely lost all respect for this whinging mullet wearing piece of shit - this is the icing on the cake.
  • + 5
 @harrybrottman: Who took the jam out of your donut? Lighten up!
  • - 6
flag Knott4me (Jun 19, 2017 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 @harrybrottman: totally agree ,I would of handed him a beer & said here you go now f&&k off you lanky scruffy t&&t .
talks absolute crap this bloke ,double standards .
  • + 3
 @harrybrottman: u r a moron
  • + 11
 Awesome to see so much coverage of this IXS stop and keeping the Schladming dream alive! Thanks, Pinkbike!
  • + 2
 That track is such a leove affair...
  • + 1
 Joseph Gordon-Levitt took the win in the U17 Class... neat Big Grin
  • + 1
 YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 No sign of 29ers here
  • + 4
 Was there some changes in the course since '09 WC? Just found it intersting how close are the times - Blenki in #2 at 4:03.43 and of course Hill at 4:01.10 comparet to this year's Phil Atwill at 4:03.056
  • + 1
 @BornToGo: bottom looks longer right now, 09' bottom is full of off camber and steep grass turn. but top of the track was way rougher in 09' www.pinkbike.com/video/105448

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