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Monte Tamaro hosting round one
The 2011 European iXS Downhill Cup series will kick off in Monte Tamaro, Switzerland, with round one this weekend, April 30 - May 1. More than 300 racers are expected to take to the start.
The free category filled shortly after registration was opened and the licensed categories were not too far behind, but the series organizers are emphasizing quality, not quantity.
Defending champion Nick Beer (Scott 11) will be back to defend his series title as he goes for his fourth overall win. However, each year the competition gets tougher as many World Cup racers are expected to attend, fresh off round 1 of the international series last weekend in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Male starters for the Monte Tamaro round include former junior world champion Brook MacDonald (Evil Bikes), Adam Vagner (RockMachine), Wyn Masters (Kenda Playbiker) and Red Bull cyclist Filip Polc (Evil Bikes). National champions Marcus Klausmann (Ghost ATG) of Germany and Lorenzo Suding (Black Arrows) of Italy are also on the list.
In the women's race, Miriam Ruchti (Suspension Center) is the obvious favorite, but she will not find it easy to repeat her overall victory this season.
For more information, visit ixsdownhillcup.com.