PRESS RELEASE: Dirt Masters
Sick events, world-class athletes and stoked fans; the 2019 iXS Dirt Masters Festival was a total success and even the weather played along for the most part treating all involved to blasting sunshine and warm temperatures all weekend long. Only the wind, that picked up on Sunday afternoon, prevented the Slopestyle contest from going off as planned, but it still didn’t deter the riders from putting on a show for the crowd during a jam. 40,000 spectators spent four days watching the raddest riders compete in ten contests during Germany’s biggest gravity festival.
2,000 athletes made their way to Bikepark Winterberg from May 30 to June 2 to celebrate their passion for bikes and meet the fans. Eleven different disciplines were on the cards, offering an immense variety of two-wheeled goodness: BMO Four Cross, Braaap Off’s, Bunny Hop Battle, Kenda Enduro One, iXS Downhill Cup, Pumptrack Race, Rose Best of Ten, Continental Slopestyle, Sparkassen Kids Race, Specialized Rookies Downhill Cup und Warsteiner Whip Offs powered by Spank.
After fours days of mountain bike madness it became evident that it was a record-breaking event. The 40,000 spectators created an electrifying atmosphere and event organizer Frank Weckert was more than pleased with the result: “The iXS Dirt Masters Festival was a great success and succeeded our expectations. There were a lot of great national and international athletes here and the events for children and families were extremely well received. This weekend proved how significant the iXS Dirt Masters Festival is for the gravity scene here. The great weather certainly played a part as well. Still, we stand here with heavy hearts despite all the positivity after the tragic incident that happened on Saturday.”
The festival was overshadowed by a tragic incident on nearby trails. The incident was not contest related, but occurred in the bike park on Saturday during regular opening hours. The involved rider sadly passed away in hospital. “We are devastated. Our thoughts are with the family and friends. The circumstances are still being determined and as of now we can’t give any more comment,” Nico Brinkmann, CEO of Bikepark Winterberg.
For more information about the iXS Dirt Masters Festival 2019 please go to: www.dirtmasters-festival.de
Photos by Kai Brake and Nico Gilles