Wallner and Cernilogar win in Spicák

Czech Republic hosts second round of European Downhill Cup

Only one week after the opening of the iXS European Downhill Cup, the results of the second race were delivered in Spicák. This weekend, the 330 starters from 25 different nations had to face various conditions and many difficulties.

The bike park in the Böhmerwald hosted the European downhill series for several times over the last years and again managed to deliver perfect conditions for the competition. The riders were provided with a 1.7km track in perfect shape including many rocks and different technical challenges within its 320 vertical meters. Already in the seeding run on Friday - due to the constantly changing weather conditions - the first challenging and highly discussed topic was the right choice of tires.

On Saturday morning, the weather presented itself as mild but dry. As always, after the obligatory training, the second race of the European Cup continued with a special training for the top riders. During this time, only the top 80 of the elite men's category, the top 10 of the elite women's category and the top five of both juniors and masters were allowed to be on track to prepare for the seeding run in the afternoon.

Whereas the weather had been steady during the training sessions, it started raining exactly in time for the elite women's category and left the riders with a track that was far from easy. But that's racing. As every rider was eager to collect some points in the world rankings, they used their skills to push the pace even harder and the first podium ambitions were made clear. Zarja Cernilogar (Blackthorn GT) was the fastest rider by far of the day, when she beat out her competitors by 18 seconds. The results in the elite men's category were not that clear, but strongly reminded of last year's podium with Johann Potgieter (RRP Ghost) as first-place finisher, followed by Johannes Fischbach (RRP Ghost) and Robin Wallner (W-racing).

At Sunday's finals, the weather was on its best behavior again, resembling the overall weather conditions in Leogang last week. The sun was shining in a perfectly blue sky, providing the riders with better conditions for the final run and luring numerous visitors to the bike park.

This time, the masters category was dominated by the seeding run fastest Vlastimil Hyncica (Specialized CZ), who was followed by Stencel Rostislav (Bikeplac racing) in second place and Marcel Waldmann (iXS Gravity Union) in third.

In the U17 Male category Silas Grandy (Moto Club Faro) proved his talent again, after he already had won last year's iXS German Downhill Cup in Bad Wildbad. He finished four seconds faster than Rafal Szczotka (FroPro), while Dave Neuenschwander (Power Bike DH Team) completed the podium.

The only participant in the U17 Female category Sara Böhm (Team Green DH Racing) managed to improve her seeding run results as she was 20 seconds faster than on the previous day.

Finals

As the track presented itself as much faster than in the seeding run the outcome of the finals was not clear at all in the elite women's category. The odds-on favorite Sandra Rübesam (Propain Bikes) was 24 seconds faster than the day before and set a time of 3:59.182. She dominated her category for some riders, until the reigning Czech champion Jana Bártová (Bikeplac Racing) edged her out by 10 seconds.

After that, there was only one last woman left at the start: Zarja Cernilogar who was place 10 in the world rankings. And in fact, she collected some more points as she went fastest with a time of 3:39.551, now sitting atop the women's standings.

David Trummer (RRP Ghost) had already demonstrated his skills in 2011 when he finished second in the German championships. Last Sunday, he started first in the elite men's category after a DNF in the seeding run and therefore remained in the hot seat for a huge part of the race. More than 1.5 hours later, Bryn Dickerson took Trummer’s seat, but had to give way to Matt Walker after a few minutes. After that, the hot seat remained in possession of New Zealand when Wyn Masters (Team Bulls) took over with a 4.5-second lead.

After 23 more riders, his brother Edward Masters (Taranaki Hardcore) was 1.5 seconds faster and took his rightful place in the hot seat, when the race reached the top ten riders.

Whereas Marcus Klausmann (Ghost Factory Racing), Noel Niederberger (Gstaad-Scott) and Matej Charvat (Banshee Bikes) couldn't, Markus Pekoll (MS Mondraker) finally put an end to New Zealand's reign.

In the end, Robin Wallner was able to set the best time of 3:04.196, which was not beat by either Johannes Fischbach or last year's winner Johann Potgieter. Wallner succeeded, while Fischbach went second. The podium was completed by Pekoll, followed by Edward Masters in fourth place, Wyn Masters in fifth and Noel Niederberger in sixth.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Wallner (Swe)0:03:04.19 
2Johannes Fischbach (Ger)0:00:04.25 
3Markus Pekoll (Aut)0:00:04.51 
4Edward Masters (NZl)0:00:04.91 
5Wyn Masters (NZl)0:00:05.06 
6Noel Niederberger (Swi)0:00:05.96 
7Marcus Klausmann (Ger)0:00:06.56 
8Jan Cepelak (Cze)0:00:08.00 
9Ziga Pandur (Slo)0:00:08.34 
10Luke Ellison (Aus)0:00:08.94 
11Jure Zabjek (Slo)0:00:09.12 
12Niklas Wallner (Swe)0:00:09.53 
13Matthew Walker (NZl)0:00:09.64 
14Petr Tresnak (Cze)0:00:09.69 
15Bryn Dickerson (NZl)0:00:09.73 
16David Trummer (Aut)0:00:09.79 
17Joe Connell (GBr)0:00:09.99 
18Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:10.10 
19Christian Textor (Ger)0:00:10.47 
20Lutz Weber (Swi)0:00:10.51 
21Dominik Gspan (Swi)0:00:10.76 
22Reece Potter (NZl)0:00:10.95 
23Matej Charvat (Cze)0:00:11.08 
24Adam Vagner (Cze)0:00:11.74 
25Lars Peyer (Swi)0:00:11.76 
26Jan Uruba (Cze)0:00:11.80 
27Felix Klee (Swi)0:00:12.28 
28Fabian Heim (Ger)0:00:12.29 
29Lukas Splichal (Cze)0:00:13.27 
30Martin Lebl (Cze)0:00:13.29 
31Antti Lampen (Fin)0:00:13.38 
32Ferdinand Brunold (Ger)0:00:13.44 
33Martin Knapec (Svk)0:00:14.17 
34Mads Weidemann (Den)0:00:14.26 
35Martin Mitvalsky (Cze)0:00:14.43 
36Tom Matthews (NZl)0:00:14.78 
37Joe Vejvoda (Aus)0:00:14.83 
38Boris Tetzlaff (Aut)0:00:15.68 
39Stanislav Sehnal (Cze)0:00:15.82 
40Johann Potgieter (RSA)0:00:15.83 
41Marcus Hansson (Swe)0:00:16.06 
42Gregoire Pazdziorko (Bel)0:00:16.28 
43Joshua Barth (Ger)0:00:16.50 
44Josua Hein (Ger)0:00:16.99 
45Nikolay Pukhir (Rus)0:00:17.05 
46Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:17.34 
47Nicolo Hofer (Swi)0:00:18.25 
48Billy Caroli (Swi)0:00:18.39 
49Rastislav Baranek (Svk)0:00:18.40 
50Dominik Mai (Ger)0:00:18.55 
51Fabian Fader (Ger)0:00:18.67 
52Ondrej Stepanek (Cze)  
53Matej Laktis (Svk)0:00:18.73 
54Markus Planitzer (Aut)0:00:18.93 
55Simon Charvat (Cze)0:00:19.05 
56Benjamin Oluoch (Ger)0:00:19.14 
57Dominik Kvapil (Cze)0:00:19.17 
58Rick Balbierer (Ger)0:00:19.38 
59Nicolas Cherik (Swi)0:00:19.45 
60Sebastian Jensen (Den)0:00:19.51 
61Nicolas Walser (Swi)0:00:20.13 
62Basil Weber (Swi)0:00:20.14 
63Lukas Ucen (Svk)0:00:20.18 
64Luca Biwer (Ger)0:00:20.26 
65Leopold Köllner (Aut)0:00:20.28 
66Robin Van Goubergen (Bel)0:00:20.55 
67Mike Schaer (Swi)0:00:20.80 
68Tilen Leban (Slo)0:00:20.85 
69Tom Bersselaar (Ned)0:00:21.29 
70Max Fischer (Ger)0:00:21.55 
71Marek Petelik (Cze)0:00:21.75 
72Samuel Bull (RSA)0:00:21.96 
73Christoph Felix Schnettler (Ger)0:00:22.33 
74Alexander Kurz (Aut)0:00:22.53 
75Andreas Krieger (Ger)0:00:22.57 
76Michael Bischoff (Swi)0:00:22.73 
77Matej Mackovic (Svk)0:00:22.77 
78Kevin Falko Dewinski (Ger)0:00:23.16 
79Tim Hedman (Swe)0:00:23.20 
80Vit Kucian (Cze)0:00:23.21 
81Christian Schlothauer (Ger)0:00:23.22 
82Marek Taisl (Cze)0:00:23.25 
83Mark Van Lankveld (Ned)0:00:23.54 
84Jerome Caroli (Swi)0:00:23.88 
85Patrick Friese (Ger)0:00:24.11 
86Ivan Nikolaienko (Ukr)0:00:24.16 
87Randy Van Goubergen (Bel)0:00:24.51 
88Manuel Marty (Swi)0:00:24.94 
89Miha Ivancic (Slo)0:00:25.07 
90Julien Rossé (Swi)0:00:25.20 
91Malte Stoehr (Ger)0:00:25.46 
92Lukas Kuffer (Ger)0:00:25.48 
93Tim Kaelin (Swi)0:00:25.62 
94Orlando Sarioglou (Gre)0:00:25.79 
95Pascal Tinner (Swi)0:00:26.12 
96Stefan Mauser (Aut)0:00:26.34 
97Manuel Widmann (Aut)0:00:26.70 
98Patrik Kuster (Swi)0:00:27.23 
99Ian Schaad (Swi)0:00:27.26 
100Janick Lieberherr (Swi)0:00:27.35 
101Thomas Stemplinger (Ger)0:00:27.44 
102Martin Kägi (Swi)0:00:27.49 
103Myles Weber (Swi)0:00:27.67 
104Florian Wilhelm (Aut)0:00:27.79 
105Michael Pfaff (Ger)0:00:27.96 
106Maxime Chapuis (Swi)0:00:28.00 
107Willi Lutzeler (Ger)0:00:28.11 
108Petr Cech (Cze)0:00:28.12 
109Chris Barlin (Aus)0:00:28.16 
110Martin Slovak (Cze)0:00:28.37 
111Daniel Mikel (Cze)0:00:28.71 
112Stephan Schelling (Swi)0:00:28.76 
113Alojz Kaššák (Svk)0:00:28.89 
114Pascal Stenger (Ger)0:00:29.40 
115Joel Andrey (Swi)0:00:29.60 
116Andre Lezuo (Aut)0:00:29.88 
117Tim Drexler (Ger)0:00:29.93 
118Jan Berkenkopf (Ger)0:00:30.04 
119Max Kruse (Ger)0:00:30.11 
120Stephan Schneider (Aut)0:00:30.24 
121Sebastian Moser (Aut)0:00:30.25 
122Georg Wolf (Aut)0:00:30.47 
123Peter Forster (Swi)0:00:30.71 
124Johannes Hänle (Ger)0:00:31.10 
125Jan Malinek (Cze)0:00:31.81 
126Máté Ettinghausen (Hun)0:00:32.41 
127Balz Weber (Swi)0:00:32.51 
128Mykyta Silipchenko (Ukr)0:00:32.68 
129Ronny Quittschalle (Ger)0:00:33.13 
130Steffen Lennartz (Ger)0:00:33.19 
131Niko Kindle (Lie)  
132Joël Reusser (Swi)0:00:33.25 
133Mauricio Baumann (Ger)0:00:33.51 
134Martin Cermak (Cze)0:00:33.65 
135Mario Steiner (Ger)0:00:34.14 
136Ken Zimmermann (Swi)0:00:34.58 
137Erich Wieland (Aut)  
138Luca Bolkenius (Ger)0:00:34.61 
139Martin Muller (Cze)0:00:34.84 
140Benjamin Scharfetter (Aut)0:00:35.30 
141Beda Berchtold (Swi)0:00:35.68 
142Nicolas Simon (Bel)0:00:35.74 
143Fabio Jungen (Swi)0:00:35.99 
144Christoph Mutlitz (Ger)0:00:36.72 
145Dominik Zavel (Cze)0:00:37.15 
146Yannik Thomas (Ger)0:00:37.29 
147Daniil Semenov (Rus)0:00:37.34 
148Joachim Krug (Ger)0:00:37.39 
149Alan Turin (Swi)0:00:37.44 
150Tomas Brozik (Cze)0:00:37.48 
151Patrick Kleinert (Ger)0:00:37.54 
152Lachlan Mckillop (Aus)0:00:37.96 
153Peter Marcina (Svk)0:00:38.39 
154Amin El Boubsi (Ger)0:00:38.82 
155Bjorn Stukenkemper (Ger)0:00:38.88 
156Radek Matejik (Cze)0:00:38.96 
157Pascal Engel (Aut)0:00:39.04 
158Karel Sliksbir (Cze)0:00:39.35 
159Markus Bucher (Swi)0:00:40.21 
160Gustaf Schröder (Swe)0:00:40.46 
161Dominic Tinner (Swi)0:00:40.52 
162Philippe Frey (Swi)0:00:41.48 
163Kristian Hodne (Nor)0:00:42.26 
164Andrey Rusanov (Rus)0:00:42.62 
165Nils Verhoeven (Ger)0:00:42.73 
166Per Henrik Opsal Thorp (Nor)0:00:43.15 
167Yannik Fejfar (Ger)0:00:44.07 
168Jan Krejsa (Cze)0:00:44.61 
169Jan-Phillip Strehl (Ger)0:00:45.02 
170Peter Pingitzer (Aut)0:00:45.24 
171Samuel Lantschner (Ita)0:00:45.52 
172Sandro Wolf (Ger)0:00:45.93 
173Harry Bowman (GBr)0:00:46.48 
174Miran Vauh (Slo)0:00:48.45 
175Paul Geibler (Ger)0:00:48.48 
176Patrick Reuter (Ger)0:00:49.10 
177James Fröhlich (Ger)0:00:49.28 
178Marco Ebner (Ger)0:00:49.54 
179Tomas Thurl (Cze)0:00:49.56 
180Michael Grohmann (Aut)0:00:50.74 
181Erwin Aydin (Aut)0:00:50.95 
182Jiri Cermak (Cze)0:00:51.66 
183Miguel Zink (Ger)0:00:51.77 
184David Rubin (Swi)0:00:51.81 
185Christopher Munch (Ger)0:00:52.71 
186Rainer Sendlinger (Ger)0:00:52.92 
187Kenneth Hromadka (Ger)0:00:54.25 
188Alexey Babkin (Rus)0:00:54.77 
189Nico Kasper (Ger)0:00:55.61 
190Florian Höler (Ger)0:00:59.20 
191Stefan Strohmayer (Aut)0:00:59.55 
192Roger Keller (Swi)0:00:59.62 
193Rene Wirnsberger (Aut)0:01:00.44 
194Lukas Pfiffner (Swi)0:01:00.57 
195Alexander Unger (Ger)0:01:02.75 
196Sebastian Sternemann (Ger)0:01:03.52 
197Louis Zari (Ger)0:01:04.78 
198Mario Wiestal (Ger)0:01:06.32 
199Stefan Mutlitz (Ger)0:01:09.91 
200Sergey Zvyagin (Rus)0:01:12.61 
201Florian Blumör (Ger)0:01:17.87 
202Sebastian Kanik (Ger)0:01:22.79 
203Ondrej Sembera (Cze)0:01:27.08 
204Roman Jirousch (Ger)0:01:31.87 
205David Korn (Ger)0:01:41.32 
206Petr Maly (Cze)0:01:48.97 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:03:39.55 
2Jana Bartova (Cze)0:00:09.13 
3Sandra Rubesam (Ger)0:00:19.63 
4Carina Cappellari (Swi)0:00:20.68 
5Spela Horvat (Slo)0:00:20.75 
6Alanna Columb (NZl)0:00:22.81 
7Sophie Tyas (NZl)0:00:25.63 
8Elke Rabeder (Aut)0:00:33.52 
9Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)0:00:34.77 
10Gabriela Williams (Cze)0:00:44.36 
11Alexandra Zhirnova (Rus)0:00:50.35 
12Yvonne Birker (Swi)0:01:20.66 
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