Cernilogar and Vauh win European Downhill Cup overall titles

Both riders also win final round of the series in Maribor

Zarja Cernilogar and Miran Vauh are the 2013 champions of the iXS European Downhill Cup after this weekend's final round of racing. Maribor, Slovenia's finale is in the books and this year's course met the high expectations of the riders and the crowd. Even if the weather was not exactly as its best behavior, it was a perfect last weekend of the season.

The Maribor track offered 2.6 kilometers in length and 450 vertical meters and therefore belonged to the most popular and challenging ones in the world. Especially among the pros, it has always been one of their favorite tracks. The course slightly changed since the World Cup's last visit in 2010 and presented itself in optimal condition this year.

A first highlight of the weekend was the track walk on Friday morning which caused some first smiles and even higher expectations for the weekend. The weather, however, was not exactly ideal for the race and, thus, made the stage far from easy for the 200 participants from 28 different nations. But once the riders adjusted to the situation, the training sessions on Friday and Saturday took a rather relaxed course.

In Saturday's seeding run, the first riders took the opportunity to collect some more points for the overall rankings. In the elite women's category, Zarja Cernilogar (Blackthorn GT) was already in the books as the champion of the EDC 2013. But nevertheless, she did not reduce her speed and took the first place in the seeding run. She was followed by Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen DH Team).

The elite men's category was dominated by Ruaridh Cunningham (Unior/Trek), who already won in Châtel, but did not play a significant role in the standings. Joe Connell (SC-Intense) lost ground and ended up in 19th place, whereas his competitors Miran Vauh (Blackthorn GT) and Ziga Pandur (Unior Tools Team) finished in 6th and 4th in qualifying.

On Sunday for finals, the weather conditions did not change very much, apart from the additional constant rain throughout the finals - but at least the choice of tires was clear. And also Rostislav Stencel (Bikeplac Racing) left no space for discussion: he dominated the Masters category in both, the seeding run and the final run, and sits atop the overall standings in 2013. Second place went to Vlastimil Hyncica (Specialized CZ), followed by Will Londgen (Madison Saracen) in third.

In the U17 male category, Loris Revelli (Argentina Bike) and Silas Grandy (Moto Club Faro/Xdream) went head-to-head while fighting for the title. Grandy already had some troubles in qualifying, and had to give up on this year's title due to a mistake in the finals. In the end, Revelli succeeded and won the overall rankings of the EDC 2013 in his category. Bryn Pfeiffer (Valloire Galibier Vtt), however, provided the best time of the day with 4:00.325 minutes and won this weekend's race ahead of Revelli and Mark Jacob Dickson (Giant UK Cyclezone).

Cernilogar started her race already as the EDC champion 2013, but nevertheless still had a strong competitor with Carpenter in the finals. But at the end of the day, Cernilogar even managed to edge out Carpenter, after she had failed to do so in the World Cup and made the victory complete. With a time of 4:20.392 minutes and an incredible 15-second gap to second place Carpenter, she deserved to be rewarded with the title, a good deal of price money and an expensive TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch. The third place in Maribor went to Italian Champion Alia Marcellini (Turpado Surfing Shop). Jáná Bartova (Bikeplac Racing) secured her runner's up spot with a healthy fourth place in Maribor, while Carina Cappellari (Suspension Center) rounded out the podium in the overall rankings.

At the end of the day, all eyes were on the elite men's category. Despite the unfortunate weather conditions, the crowd was huge and everyone was more than just excited. It was quite hard, however, to keep track of the riders, as every single one of them was covered in mud. But at least they all had to face the same conditions: darkness in the woods, mud all over the track, but still a perfect course for an EDC final. The best time of 3:34.033 minutes in the seeding run seemed totally impossible to reach in the finals. The first rider, who came down the hill in less than 4 minutes was Christian Textor (Team Bulls), who already took a podium at a German iXS race twice this year.

After that, the rankings started to change towards their final version: Boris Tetzlaff (Alpine Commencal) set a new best time of 3:47.762 minutes. Whereas Robin Wallner (Team W-Racing) could not match this time, Miran Vauh went even faster with 3:43.424 min and put himself in the right position to collect some last points for the standings. Even if he already had edged out Joe Connell with this time, there were other competitors waiting to take over the lead. But they all failed: Ziga Pandur seemed to succeed at the split, but ended up four seconds slower than Vauh. David Trummer (RRP Ghost), who already went second place in qualifying, was able to defend this position. Last man down the hill was Ruaridh Cunningham, who ended up in third place and rounded out the podium.

With these results, also the final decisions in the overall standings were made. With a total of 498 points, Vauh is the champion of the iXS European Downhill Cup 2013, followed by Ziga Pandur (464 points) in second and a disappointed Joe Connell (419 points) in third place.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Miran Vauh (Slo)0:03:43.424 
2David Trummer (Aut)0:00:02.528 
3Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr)0:00:03.902 
4Boris Tetzlaff (Aut)0:00:04.338 
5Ziga Pandur (Slo)0:00:04.356 
6Robin Wallner (Swe)0:00:04.554 
7Jure Zabjek (Slo)0:00:07.590 
8Stanislav Sehnal (Cze)0:00:08.941 
9Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:09.821 
10Lars Peyer (Swi)0:00:10.633 
11Miha Ivancic (Slo)0:00:11.329 
12Oliwer Kangas (Swe)0:00:11.357 
13Jan Cimperman (Slo)0:00:11.928 
14Sam Dale (GBr)0:00:12.157 
15Matej Charvat (Cze)0:00:12.785 
16Johann Potgieter (RSA)0:00:12.883 
17Harry Molloy (GBr)0:00:13.940 
18Marco Milivinti (Ita)0:00:14.202 
19Christian Textor (Ger)0:00:14.213 
20Dominik Gspan (Swi)0:00:14.439 
21Billy Caroli (Swi)0:00:14.769 
22Joe Connell (GBr)0:00:15.141 
23Martin Knapec (Svk)0:00:15.671 
24Ewan Doherty (Irl)0:00:16.112 
25Marcus Klausmann (Ger)0:00:16.606 
26Wyn Masters (NZl)0:00:18.331 
27Felix Klee (Swi)0:00:18.621 
28Julien Rossé (Swi)0:00:19.476 
29Sebastian Jensen (Den)0:00:19.694 
30Tim Kaelin (Swi)0:00:20.155 
31Ianosiu-Hangan Radu (Rom)0:00:22.094 
32Philipp Bünnemann (Ger)0:00:22.282 
33Jernej Cokan (Slo)0:00:22.475 
34Marcell Frey (Ger)0:00:23.294 
35Manuel Gruber (Aut)0:00:23.772 
36Christian Schlothauer (Ger)0:00:24.011 
37Vit Kucian (Cze)0:00:24.447 
38Philipp Podbrecnik (Aut)0:00:24.690 
39Peter Mlinar (Slo)0:00:24.705 
40Iegor Pryimachek (Ukr)0:00:24.958 
41Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:25.136 
42Matej Mackovic (Svk)0:00:25.984 
43Konstantinos Andriotis (Gre)0:00:26.312 
44Mads Weidemann (Den)0:00:26.631 
45Quentin Deschamps (Fra)0:00:26.637 
46Nicolo Hofer (Swi)0:00:26.986 
47Theo Ferrand (Fra)0:00:27.794 
48Simon Charvat (Cze)0:00:27.886 
49Nikolay Pukhir (Rus)0:00:30.556 
50Pascal Tinner (Swi)0:00:30.669 
51Josh Lowe (GBr)0:00:31.338 
52Rastislav Baranek (Svk)0:00:31.770 
53Jack Chapman (GBr)0:00:32.731 
54Oleksiy Priymachek (Ukr)0:00:32.786 
55Alen Šumandl (Slo)0:00:33.052 
56Ales Virtic (Slo)0:00:33.875 
57Lukas Ucen (Svk)0:00:33.909 
58Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:34.057 
59Camilo Andres Sanchez Paez (Col)0:00:34.115 
60Vito Tschenett (Swi)0:00:35.865 
61Joachim Krug (Ger)0:00:36.131 
62Santo Tessari (Cro)0:00:36.726 
63Kristjan Vrecek (Slo)0:00:37.258 
64Jordi Bago (Spa)0:00:37.536 
65Nikita Voynolovich (Rus)0:00:37.715 
66Alojz Kaššák (Svk)0:00:38.038 
67Jonathan Debus (Ger)0:00:38.754 
68Martin Kägi (Swi)0:00:39.354 
69Manuel Marty (Swi)0:00:39.490 
70Samuel Bull (RSA)0:00:40.047 
71Assen Stratiev (Bul)0:00:41.104 
72Mihael Pandžic (Cro)0:00:41.210 
73Daniil Semenov (Rus)0:00:42.597 
74Pascal Engel (Aut)0:00:43.416 
75Pavel Betko (Svk)0:00:43.694 
76Florian Kulike (Ger)0:00:44.101 
77Andreas Vidovic (Slo)0:00:44.509 
78Florian Wilhelm (Aut)0:00:45.172 
79Nico Koelbl (Ger)0:00:45.602 
80Iakov Auster (Rus)0:00:45.930 
81Beda Berchtold (Swi)0:00:46.414 
82Quentin Deloye (Fra)0:00:46.952 
83Thomas Klingenberg (Nor)0:00:47.282 
84Fabio Jungen (Swi)0:00:48.411 
85Siegfried Zellner (Ger)0:00:48.903 
86Jure Cindro (Slo)0:00:49.292 
87Luca Beckmann (Swi)0:00:50.633 
88Dominic Tinner (Swi)0:00:51.976 
89Tomislav Loncar (Cro)0:00:52.614 
90Armin Weber (Aut)0:00:52.717 
91Michael Pfaff (Ger)0:00:53.415 
92Daniel Jahn (Ger)0:00:53.771 
93Radek Matejik (Cze)0:00:54.866 
94Enrico Zamboni (Swi)0:00:54.899 
95Timotheus Adler (Aut)0:00:54.973 
96James Fröhlich (Ger)0:00:56.220 
97Christoph Mutlitz (Ger)0:00:56.961 
98Lukas Pfiffner (Swi)0:00:58.276 
99Peter Marcina (Svk)0:00:59.725 
100Marco Schlegel (Swi)0:01:00.638 
101Alex Lovett (GBr)0:01:00.995 
102Manuel Hodl (Ger)0:01:02.288 
103Benoit Lasson Sancesari (Fra)0:01:04.156 
104Csaba Gyulai (Hun)0:01:05.323 
105Harry Bowman (GBr)0:01:06.020 
106Sergio Tschenett (Swi)0:01:06.319 
107Roland Dorn (Aut)0:01:08.074 
108Lukas Mihalkovits (Aut)0:01:09.781 
109Valentyn Popov (Ukr)0:01:10.571 
110Jan-Phillip Strehl (Ger)0:01:10.632 
111Erich Wieland (Aut)0:01:14.339 
112Samuel Lantschner (Ita)0:01:16.340 
113Ramun Tschenett (Swi)0:01:18.203 
114Georg Aumüllner (Aut)0:01:18.333 
115Philipp Gerlach (Bel)0:01:21.251 
116Leopold Köllner (Aut)0:01:25.576 
117Daniel Godard (USA)0:01:29.355 
118Benjamin Meier (Aut)0:01:30.672 
119Mathias Reisenhofer (Aut)0:01:40.308 
120Paul Mitterhauser (Aut)0:01:40.370 
121Felix Baumgartner (Ger)0:01:43.627 
122Stefan Mutlitz (Ger)0:02:01.252 
123Stefan Szigetti (Aut)0:02:33.505 
124Berislav Topol (Cro)0:03:23.531 
125Erik Zwartek (Ger)0:03:28.927 
126Jan Cestnik (Slo)0:05:29.439 
127Andrea Giovannacci (Swi)0:06:50.157 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:02:20.380 
2Manon Carpenter (GBr)0:00:07.950 
3Alia Marcellini (Ita)0:00:17.610 
4Jana Bartova (Cze)0:00:14.250 
5Jessica Stone (GBr)0:00:16.330 
6Carina Cappellari (Swi)0:00:19.400 
7Elke Rabeder (Aut)0:00:26.880 
8Josefine Björkman (Swe)0:00:25.590 
9Alexandra Zhirnova (Rus)0:00:28.620 
10Minna Riihimaki (Fin)0:00:36.210 
11Michala Lípová (Cze)0:00:39.920 
12Spela Horvat (Slo)0:00:39.070 
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