iXS European Downhill Cup 2011: Awesome Results From Chatel
Once again, the iXS European Downhill Cup finale made its way to Châtel, France. A total of 301 riders from 20 countries participated in the 2011 event, fighting to gain points for the overall rankings.
Saturday morning saw the first rain, resulting in significant changes for the riders. By the time the seeding run came around it was dry again, however this didn’t change the fact that the course was still wet.
Marcus Klausmann had no problem with the poor conditions, fighting towards his goal of acheiving third place in the Series rankings – still a realistic option – with a best time of 2:48 mins.
Despite the continous rain on Sunday, many accepted the challenge of a race under extreme wet and cold conditions. Markus Pekoll had an excellent starting position to win the Series since his primary competitor Josh Button sustained an injury and was forced to call a premature end to his season.
In the Elite Women category it was already clear following the penultimate race that Miriam Ruchti would be taking the title for the fourth time in a row.
Markus Pekoll was first to beat Payet’s time and was visibly pleased, since his third place meant that he had gained overall victory. The previous year’s overall winner, Nick Beer, took second place at Châtel.
Marcus Klausmann was the last to ride the 2011 course and already had a 5 second lead at the interim time check. He was able to maintain this lead until crossing the finishing line; a clear winner with a time of 2:49 mins. This meant that he was able to achieve his goal of third place in the EDC overall rankings.
Emilie Siegenthaler won the Elite Women class of the iXS European Downhill event with a time 3:26 mins - ahead of Miriam Ruchti - and junior Sandra Reynier took third place.
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.
Stop No.4 of the 2011 iXS European Downhill Cup was held in Špičák, Czech Republic for the second time. 320 competitors from 24 countries plus a wet competition day was the perfect recipe for some incredible results and muddy racing.