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Gruber and Cernilogar in Wiriehorn

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European Downhill Cup visits Switzerland

Manuel Gruber on his way to winning in Wiriehorn

Manuel Gruber on his way to winning in Wiriehorn

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