Gruber and Cernilogar in Wiriehorn

European Downhill Cup visits Switzerland

The fourth round of the iXS European Downhill Cup brought the majority of the European downhill elite to Switzerland. This time they had to face the fast track in Diemtigtal at the Wiriehorn.

Once again, the weather forecast promised optimal conditions for another high-class race of the European downhill series. It was the first visit of the Wiriehorn in the cup's six-year history. With the "Hot Trail" club as the main organizer, the Wiriehorn has been playing host to the Swiss iXS series for many years and finally entered the European stage this year.

The track was reshaped and even redeveloped for last weekend's event and provided the riders with 2.6 km full of fun and excitement, as well as 450 vertical meters to play with. The average time to ride the track was between four and five minutes, which gives a hint of the high speed at the extremely dusty track.

Slawomir Lukasik (Fro Pro), winner of EDC #3 in Pila, had to pay the toll early in the trainings. With an injured arm, he has not been able to take part in the seeding run and the finals. In the meantime, Lutz Weber (iXS Gravity Union) took his chance and went fastest in the seeding run, securing him the top spot in the overall standings for the present.

Zarja Cernilogar (Blackthorn GT) also managed to extend her lead over her strongest competitor Jana Bártová (Bikeplac Racing) in the women's standings.

On Sunday, both the weather and the atmosphere were simply perfect for the finals and for the first time, fans all over the world were able to witness the race, as the finals were broadcasted via an internet live stream in cooperation with Swiss Sport TV.

At 12:30 the masters category opened the race of the licensed classes. Paolo Aleva (Team Scout/Nukeproof) was the first man down the hill and set a first fast time, but was soon edged out by the local Thomas Ryser (Thömus/Hot Trail), who finished five seconds faster. Not even Rostislav Stencel (Bikeplac racing) could reach this best time and finished in second, while seeding-run winner Marcel Waldmann (iXS Gravity Union) only finished in fifth due to a flat. Rostislav, however, now sits atop the overall standings.

In the junior category, Silas Grandy (Moto Club Faro / Xdream) took the his third win in a row and the gap to his competitors gets bigger and bigger in the standings. Second place went to Loris Revelli (Argentina Bike), followed by Maxime Fransolet from Belgium.

Whereas the result of the junior category was not that big of a surprise, it was a really hard race in the elite women's category. Jana Bártová lost control and fell down hard only a few meters before reaching the finish line. She was up and back on the bike again within seconds, but had to give way to the next rider and only finished in 10th in the end. Zarja Cernilogar set a best time of 4:35.262 and took her second win of the season and also the top spot in the standings with a healthy 70 points. The elite women's podium was rounded out by Miriam Ruchti (SC-Intense) and Alanna Columb (Off Road Adventures Queenstown), who moved up to third place in the overall standings as well.

Due to a flat in the seeding run Marco Milivinti (Torpato surfing shop) was the first man down the hill and stayed in the hot seat for more than an hour with his 4:03.113. The first rider to get near this time was Joe Connell (SC-Intense) who also started early after having even 2 flat tires in qualifying. It was not until Bryn Dickerson crossed the finish line that Milivinti had to leave the hot seat. The Austrian Champion Manuel Gruber (Alpine Commencal Austria) was even faster and finished up the day in first place, while Miran Vauh (Blackthorn GT), the last man down the hill, failed to change the podium with his final run and ended up in fifth. In the end, Gruber took the win, followed by Dickerson and Milivinti, while the injured Lutz Weber did not even start in the finals. For now, Joe Connell dominates the overall standings in the Elite Men category, but nothing has been decided yet.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manuel Gruber (Aut)0:04:02.122 
2Bryn Dickerson (NZl)0:00:00.980 
3Marco Milivinti (Ita)0:00:00.991 
4Joe Connell (GBr)0:00:01.296 
5Miran Vauh (Slo)0:00:02.281 
6Marcus Klausmann (Ger)0:00:04.280 
7Fabian Bieli (Swi)0:00:04.852 
8Guy Gibbs (GBr)0:00:05.008 
9Felix Klee (Swi)0:00:05.747 
10Basil Weber (Swi)0:00:06.261 
11Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:06.294 
12Martin Frei (Swi)0:00:06.957 
13Lars Peyer (Swi)0:00:07.615 
14Samuel Zbinden (Swi)0:00:08.155 
15Nils Correvon (Swi)0:00:08.217 
16Maxime Chapuis (Swi)0:00:08.717 
17Pascal Tinner (Swi)0:00:09.053 
18Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:09.902 
19Adi Van Der Merwe (RSA)0:00:10.505 
20Billy Caroli (Swi)0:00:10.738 
21Fabien Sellier (Fra)0:00:10.771 
22Jérémie Sevrain (Fra)0:00:11.175 
23Jonas Bernet (Swi)0:00:11.344 
24Nicolas Walser (Swi)0:00:11.503 
25Maximilian Bender (Ger)0:00:12.128 
26Nicolo Hofer (Swi)0:00:12.482 
27Freddy Hunziker (Swi)0:00:13.374 
28Gregoire Pazdziorko (Bel)0:00:13.458 
29Jeremias Maio (Arg)0:00:13.563 
30Jacques Bouvet (Ger)0:00:13.602 
31Ales Virtic (Slo)0:00:13.646 
32Ewan Doherty (Irl)0:00:13.762 
33Manuel Marty (Swi)0:00:13.988 
34Patrik Deuss (Swi)0:00:14.003 
35Andreas Schafer (Swi)0:00:14.006 
36Mitchell Ingley (GBr)0:00:14.480 
37Samuel Bull (RSA)0:00:14.522 
38Fabian Fader (Ger)0:00:14.783 
39Nicolas Cherik (Swi)0:00:14.964 
40Pablo Seewald (Arg)0:00:16.429 
41Leopold Köllner (Aut)0:00:16.457 
42Mike Schaer (Swi)0:00:16.847 
43Joel Andrey (Swi)0:00:17.300 
44Josh Lowe (GBr)0:00:17.364 
45Stephan Schelling (Swi)0:00:17.474 
46Tim Kaelin (Swi)0:00:17.511 
47Julien Rossé (Swi)0:00:17.546 
48Fabian Kuttel (Swi)0:00:17.654 
49Sebastian Jensen (Den)0:00:18.736 
50Vid Kovac (Slo)0:00:19.170 
51Philippe Frey (Swi)0:00:20.343 
52Mehdi Lorenz (Swi)0:00:20.466 
53Colin Favre (Swi)0:00:20.561 
54Markus Planitzer (Aut)0:00:21.230 
55Myles Weber (Swi)0:00:21.423 
56Erich Wieland (Aut)0:00:21.428 
57Mads Weidemann (Den)0:00:21.743 
58Balz Weber (Swi)0:00:21.817 
59Alan Turin (Swi)0:00:22.853 
60Alex Baechler (Swi)0:00:22.921 
61David Von Ballmoos (Swi)0:00:23.049 
62Michael Pfaff (Ger)0:00:23.195 
63Floris Snoeren (Ned)0:00:23.257 
64Fabio Jungen (Swi)0:00:23.744 
65Patrik Kuster (Swi)0:00:23.766 
66Romain Burnier (Swi)0:00:23.903 
67Niklas Eckert (Ger)0:00:24.397 
68Nicola Friedli (Swi)0:00:24.522 
69Nico Koelbl (Ger)0:00:24.857 
70Robin Van Goubergen (Bel)0:00:25.501 
71Lukas Pfiffner (Swi)0:00:26.218 
72Marco Heim (Swi)0:00:26.234 
73Dennis Scharf (Ger)0:00:26.796 
74Martin Kägi (Swi)0:00:27.177 
75Jon Stout (GBr)0:00:27.307 
76Stephan Schneider (Aut)0:00:27.406 
77Niko Kindle (Lie)0:00:27.418 
78Philipp Bünnemann (Ger)0:00:27.635 
79Timothée Oppliger (Swi)0:00:27.735 
80Michael Bischoff (Swi)0:00:27.828 
81Alessandro Letey (Ita)0:00:27.830 
82Juan Cruz Paez (Arg)0:00:28.063 
83Dominic Tinner (Swi)0:00:28.184 
84Beda Berchtold (Swi)0:00:28.582 
85Marco Ebner (Ger)0:00:29.251 
86Ken Zimmermann (Swi)0:00:30.685 
87Carlo Caire (Ita)0:00:30.864 
88Nicolas Simon (Bel)0:00:31.330 
89Samuel Wicki (Swi)0:00:31.605 
90Tristan Pfarr (Ger)0:00:31.646 
91Roman Kumpers (RSA)0:00:31.971 
92Andre Vögele (Aut)0:00:32.105 
93Fabian Buschor (Swi)0:00:32.148 
94Ian Schaad (Swi)0:00:32.578 
95Sandro Ender (Swi)0:00:32.861 
96Franck Caillet (Fra)0:00:33.241 
97Daniel Zollinger (Swi)0:00:33.468 
98Gavin O'connell (Irl)0:00:33.873 
99Quentin Deloye (Fra)0:00:33.907 
100Tilmann Herrnberger (Ger)0:00:34.138 
101Marco Schlegel (Swi)0:00:34.464 
102Enrico Zamboni (Swi)0:00:35.170 
103Timon Kalbermatten (Swi)0:00:35.364 
104Hannes Urech (Swi)0:00:35.828 
105Roger Keller (Swi)0:00:36.604 
106Markus Bucher (Swi)0:00:36.866 
107Joël Reusser (Swi)0:00:37.985 
108Leon Baldinger (Swi)0:00:39.696 
109Philipp Gerlach (Bel)0:00:39.777 
110Daniel Kusy (Swi)0:00:39.862 
111Romain Sax (Fra)0:00:40.233 
112Nico Kasper (Ger)0:00:40.347 
113Diego Gempeler (Swi)0:00:40.393 
114Jerremy Buesch (Ger)0:00:40.607 
115Philipp Steiert (Ger)0:00:41.915 
116Benjamin Worrall (GBr)0:00:42.244 
117Tom Turlo (Swi)0:00:42.586 
118Udo Pradler (Ger)0:00:42.836 
119Christian Gauch (Swi)0:00:43.928 
120David Rubin (Swi)0:00:44.509 
121Fabian Kuster (Swi)0:00:48.559 
122Johannes Schorr (Ger)0:00:49.129 
123Christof Kohler (Swi)0:00:49.566 
124James Goodley (GBr)0:00:50.422 
125Yannik Fejfar (Ger)0:00:50.461 
126Stefan Strohmayer (Aut)0:00:51.655 
127Daniel Godard (USA)0:00:54.323 
128Marco D'oro (Swi)0:00:54.906 
129Harry Bowman (GBr)0:00:55.664 
130Sven Siats (Ger)0:00:59.995 
131Sean Dillon (Irl)0:01:02.704 
132Joachim Krug (Ger)0:01:10.189 
133Alex Hinnen (Swi)0:01:11.891 
134Max De Simone (Ger)0:01:12.699 
135Erwin Aydin (Aut)0:01:50.479 
136Jerome Caroli (Swi)0:02:11.319 
137Samuel Lantschner (Ita)0:10:12.924 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:04:35.262 
2Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:02.018 
3Alanna Columb (NZl)0:00:04.525 
4Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:04.758 
5Alba Wunderlin (Swi)0:00:09.907 
6Carina Cappellari (Swi)0:00:11.212 
7Elke Rabeder (Aut)0:00:13.725 
8Alia Marcellini (Ita)0:00:14.899 
9Geraldine Fink (Swi)0:00:17.116 
10Jana Bartova (Cze)0:00:36.595 
11Yvonne Birker (Swi)0:00:48.899 
12Sandra Borner (Ger)0:01:00.399 
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