2011 iXS Dirt Masters Festival: Top Notch Tricks In Winterberg
The festival kicked off on Thursday at Winterberg Bike Park, offering four days of action over the long Ascension Day weekend. Riders demonstrated the line between possible and impossible in the disciplines Enduro, Slopestyle, Fourcross and Downhill.
The SRAM XO Enduro Challenge was the first event in Winterberg, with 180 riders who fought their way through technical trail sections and tough uphill stretches. Marcus Klausmann, closely followed by Brian Lopes and Jörg Heyd, was fastest through the six rated stages.
The iXS Rookies Cup had over 350 registered starters who were more than ready to show off the world's fastest junior talent in downhill racing. David Brischke, Frank Bunzel and Andreas Hoppius were the fastest men, placing the Rookies Cup firmly in German hands.
This year the iXS Dirt Masters Festival once again set trends on the European bike festival scene. The Giro Best Trick Contest and the SKS Slopestyle took place under floodlights for the first time ever.
Bathed in a flurry of camera flashes, Martin Söderström put on a legendary performance. His triple tailwhip at the end of the run amazed both spectators and the jury, making him the clear winner of the SKS Slopestyle contest, ahead of Theo Gustavsson and Tomas Zeyda.
Sunday in Winterberg was race day. The 2011 program included the finals of the Scott 4X Challenge and the iXS German Downhill Cup.
Joey van Veghel remained undefeated through all the heats. Hard on his back wheel across the finishing line were Benedikt Last and Klaus Beige.
For the ladies, Tanja Hendrysiak won just ahead of Jessica Schmulbach and Angie Hohenwarter.
The track was extremely dusty but also fast, with Markus Klausmann achieving a best time of 1 minute and 48 seconds, three-tenths of a second faster than Andreas Sieber. Logan Binggelli took third place.
In an exciting final stretch of the women's race in Winterberg, German champion Antje Kramer was victorious, just ahead of Martina Brühlmann and Sandra Rübesam.
One of the most beautiful races of the European series was staged last weekend in Pila. The cupís penultimate race attracted 320 riders from 15 countries.
The second race in the European series was hosted by the German course in Todtnau. This incredible return to the international downhill stage attracted huge crowds and 317 top-quality riders from 20 nations.