Cathro wins in Innerleithen

French women Pugin, Jonnier go one-two at iXS Downhill

Great Britain hosted a round of the iXS European Downhill Cup for the first time in Innerleithen this weekend. 275 participants from 15 countries chose to compete in the series' first race in Scotland. The venue is well known outside of Great Britain, so expectations were high going into the event, which drew many World Cup racers.

The series, in its third year, bridges the gap between national racing and World Cup racing, and one week before the Fort William World Cup, international racers were in attendance to test their legs.

Rebuilt for this race, Innerleithen's course dropped 260 meters within 1.6 kilometers, and being technically demanding, the course reflected the strength of the British racing scene. Changing weather conditions made the rooty sections even more tricky, but nevertheless the fast course, with its various steep sections, offered a lot of flow. Although the weather remained typically Scottish for the finals, a lot of spectators lined the course.

In the women's category, the day's decisive duel took shape in the seeding run: Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) and Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain) were a full 20 seconds faster than the rest, with Jonnier winning the advantage to start last in Sunday’s race. But in the finals, Pugin proved to be faster, winning the race by four seconds. Jonnier followed in second, while Harriet Rücknagel (OnTheEdge) finished in third 22 seconds down.

On Saturday, junior rider Lewis Buchanan (MS Evil Racing) upset the elite men's category, riding the fastest time of the day and being the only rider apart from Nick Beer (Scott 11) to score a time under three minutes. In Sunday's finals, Ben Cathro ( was one of the first elite men to start, and his time of 2:57 stood to the very end, giving Cathro a long stay in the Red Bull Hot Seat and a somewhat surprising win in the elite category.

Buchanan proved his quality again and finished in second, closely followed by Matt Simmonds (CRC/Intense iXS). Thus the podium was purely Britsh. Reigning European champion Nick Beer followed in fourth, with Camoron Cole (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain) finishing in fifth.

Both the licensed under 17s and masters' categories were dominated by British riders: Fraser McGlone (All Terrain Cycles) won the juniors' race with a seven-second advantage on Joe Connell (Alpine bikes) and Riku Länsiö (HyPy). In the masters' category, Dale McMullan (Chainreaction Cycles) rode to the top spot of the podium, while Callum Gault (highline racing) and Cavill Jayson followed suit.

The next race of the series will be held on June 26-27 at Leogang’s Out of Bounds-Festival.Full

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott110:03:28.343 
2Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:04.016 
3Harriet Ruecknagel (Ger) RSV Rederberch/ OnTheEdge0:00:21.959 
4Miriam Ruchti (Swi) dr- gravity union0:00:22.075 
5Harriet Latchem (GBr) propain and sixpack0:00:30.332 
6Joanne Muoser (Ger) Suspension Center0:00:45.775 
7Kim Schauff* (Ger) team plan B / iXS0:00:45.813 
8Sarah Newman (GBr) fixonline0:00:46.808 
9Kerry Wrigglesworth (GBr) O'Neal / Electric0:00:50.229 
10Leoni Caroline Dickerhoff (Ger) DR-Gravity Union0:00:52.569 
11Emma Wareham (GBr) LeisureLakesBikes.com0:00:57.352 
12Rosie Smith* (GBr)0:01:06.897 
DNSEmily Horridue (GBr)  
DNSNicole Beege (Ger) RCG Germania Weißenburg / HERO  
DNFKatrin Meistring (Ger) Royal Bavarian Woodpacker  
Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Cathro (GBr) MTBcut.tv0:02:57.281 
2Lewis Buchanan* (GBr) MS EVIL RACING0:00:01.196 
3Matt Simmonds (GBr) CRC/Intense iXS0:00:01.302 
4Nick Beer (Swi) Scott110:00:01.348 
5Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:01.824 
6Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) CRC/Intense iXS0:00:02.365 
7Mitch Delfs (Aus) Lex / Pivot0:00:03.857 
8Ben Reid (GBr) Dirt Norco0:00:04.598 
9Shaun O'Connor (Aus) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:05.160 
10Filip Polc (Svk) MS EVIL RACING0:00:05.259 
11Thomas Braithwaite (GBr) Hope Technology0:00:05.567 
12Adam Brayton (GBr) Mythic Factory Team0:00:06.825 
13Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott110:00:07.111 
14Joe Barnes (GBr) MTBcut.tv0:00:08.134 
15Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:08.329 
16Gary Forrest (GBr) Icycles0:00:08.434 
17Peter Williams (GBr) MSC Bikes0:00:10.515 
18Ashley Maller (GBr) santacruz uk/biketart0:00:10.588 
19Matej Charvat (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team0:00:11.077 
20Will Rischbietu (Aus) Lex / Pivot0:00:11.524 
21Josh Button (GBr) KONAWORLD Team0:00:11.707 
22Tom Deacon (GBr) Mythic Factory Team0:00:12.076 
23Chris Hutchens (GBr) Transcend Orange0:00:14.435 
24Sam Flockhart* (GBr) Lapierre international0:00:14.755 
25Evan Turpen (USA) Epicenter Cycling0:00:15.498 
26Dominik Gspan (Swi) ewz mountainbiketeam loop0:00:16.085 
27Martin Hanák (Cze) Max Cursor0:00:16.183 
28Erik Irmisch (Ger) YT Industries/ SRAM/ Ufo0:00:16.202 
29Benny Strasser (Ger) SZ Wildbad / Toxoholic's Turne0:00:16.229 
30Bertrand Gilles (Bel) KONA/BARRACUDA0:00:16.263 
31Mark Scott* (GBr) all terrain cycles0:00:16.753 
32Fergus Lamb (GBr) Perth City Cycles0:00:16.932 
33Martin Frei (Swi) GT0:00:17.102 
34David Duggan (GBr) Freeborn/Devinci0:00:17.205 
35Joseph Nation (NZl)0:00:17.437 
36Ben Hall (GBr) Perth City Cycles0:00:17.565 
37Kristof Lenssens (Bel) KONA/BARRACUDA0:00:17.664 
38Joe Edge (GBr) Stendec0:00:18.670 
39James Flinders (GBr) MSC Bikes UK0:00:18.741 
40Thomas Gleave (GBr) bikeworks0:00:19.188 
41Richard Leacock (NZl)0:00:19.660 
42Ondrej Barta (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team0:00:20.034 
43Scott Laughland (GBr) RR Racing0:00:20.066 
44Andrew Phillips (GBr) All Terrain Cycles0:00:20.070 
45Alasdair Maclennan (GBr) Pinkbike.com0:00:20.293 
46Martin Young (GBr) iXS Sports Division0:00:20.723 
47Aari Barrett (NZl) Scott110:00:21.341 
48Daniel Sims (NZl) Red Dog Racing0:00:21.620 
49Dan Critchlow (GBr) Morewood/Burgtec/Race Face/SDG0:00:21.777 
50Joe Flanagan (GBr) All Terrain0:00:22.189 
51Liam Little (GBr) KNOX Keswick mountain bikes0:00:22.295 
52Shaun Conway (GBr)0:00:22.318 
53Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS EVIl RACING0:00:22.343 
54Jordan Doig* (GBr) MDC Bikes UK0:00:22.477 
55Rhys Evans (GBr) no bull racin'0:00:22.968 
56Dave Kynaston* (GBr) HBROOK Racing K90:00:23.073 
57Steven Turnbull (GBr)0:00:23.313 
58James Hoggan* (NZl)0:00:23.381 
59Sam Shucksmith (GBr)0:00:23.499 
60Jamie Maller* (GBr)0:00:23.533 
61Ronan Taylor* (GBr) High Line Racing/monsterbike0:00:23.768 
62Ben Moorhouse (GBr) Ticket2Ride/Descent Gear/Nicol0:00:23.909 
63Roman Roschi (Swi) Stöcklibike / Specialized0:00:24.065 
64Randy Van Goubergen (Bel) Singletrackbikeparts.be0:00:24.998 
65Graeme Forrest (GBr)0:00:25.094 
66Rhys Atkinson (Aus) World Trail/Specialized0:00:25.104 
67Ben Ayling (Aus)0:00:25.163 
68Markus Planitzer (Aut) Bodenhaftung0:00:25.190 
69Simon Buzacott (Aus)0:00:25.528 
70James Metcalfe (GBr)0:00:26.355 
71Thomas Lamb (GBr) Highline Racing0:00:27.781 
72Philip Carters (GBr)0:00:27.816 
73Oliver Morris (GBr)0:00:28.395 
74Thomas Kelly (GBr) Solid UK/Borderline Events0:00:28.471 
75James Scott (GBr)0:00:28.518 
76Ben Millward* (GBr) Woodcars0:00:28.534 
77Bradley Craggs* (GBr) Activ Cycles/Spartan Performan0:00:28.543 
78Liam Moynihan (GBr) mountain high cycles/Orange bi0:00:28.607 
79Martin Nairn (GBr) I CYCLES0:00:28.819 
80Jack Ward* (GBr) The Bikeworx0:00:28.890 
81James Green (GBr) Schwalbe/LeisureLakesBikes0:00:29.033 
82Gauin Black (GBr)0:00:29.250 
83Josh Lewis* (GBr) Steve Peat Syndicate/Royal0:00:30.171 
84Ziki Fontana* (Swi) Wildhorses Team0:00:30.259 
85Daniel Carrigan* (GBr) Mtb-Essentials.com0:00:30.386 
86Jamie Scott* (GBr) CycleLane0:00:30.471 
87Matthew Ineson (GBr)0:00:31.127 
88Ralph Richardson (GBr) Bike Outlet Racing/Troy lee De0:00:31.400 
89Brett Cboan* (GBr)0:00:31.879 
90Basil Weber* (Ger) ewz mountainbiketeam loop0:00:31.966 
91Alex Powell* (GBr) 2StageFactory0:00:32.063 
92Craig Munro (GBr) Vibe Racing0:00:32.223 
93James Lamb (GBr)0:00:32.365 
94Sam Baker* (NZl) GT/ Fox / Five Ten0:00:32.469 
95Peter Walton (GBr)0:00:32.559 
96Daniel Johnson (GBr)0:00:32.775 
97Chris Breeze (GBr) 
98Samuel Maddison* (GBr) borderline events/ team orange0:00:33.452 
99Fraser Houston (GBr)0:00:34.422 
100Robin Van Goubergen (Bel) Singletrackbikeparts.be0:00:34.598 
101Andrew Reynolds* (GBr) I-Cycles0:00:35.011 
102Edo Franco (Ita) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:35.012 
103Damian Groves (GBr)0:00:35.888 
104Christoph Ehrl (Ger) Bavarian Leon0:00:35.986 
105Michael Turnbull* (GBr) Walkers Cycling Club0:00:36.043 
106Jon Stout (GBr) The Bike Worx0:00:37.602 
107Jan Smetana* (Ger)0:00:37.757 
108Vivian Jones* (GBr) Team Bicycle Doctor/CCA-Sign0:00:38.106 
109Jim Shaw* (GBr) Brian Rourke Cycles0:00:38.187 
110Kris Read (GBr) Team Cruz0:00:38.717 
111Christopher Gallagher* (GBr) planet-knox.com0:00:38.833 
112Ben Williamson* (GBr) Perth City Cycles0:00:39.064 
113Paul Livesey (GBr)0:00:39.249 
114Gary Neale (GBr)0:00:39.300 
115Toni Tillmann (Ger)0:00:39.409 
116James Cowan Stenhouse* (GBr) Walkers cycling/Hamilton Tarma0:00:39.915 
117Nick Turner (GBr) The Development Spooky/FTW0:00:40.222 
118Ryan Chambers (GBr) BorderlineEvents/Solid UK0:00:40.548 
119George Simons (GBr)0:00:40.923 
120Willem Herd* (GBr) Perth City Cycles0:00:41.061 
121Calum Mcritchie* (GBr)0:00:41.265 
122Alexander Balfour (GBr) Glentress Riders0:00:42.595 
123Alasdair Stevenson* (GBr)0:00:43.254 
124Daniel Newman (GBr)0:00:43.387 
125Mario Steiner (Ger) steiner-racing.de0:00:45.142 
126Oliver Pearson (GBr) just riding along0:00:45.352 
127Adam Neesham (GBr)0:00:46.376 
128Felix Herdzina (Ger) Maxxis MG Sport0:00:47.975 
129Jack Lennie* (GBr)0:00:48.149 
130Cameron Leadbetter (GBr) Funn Components0:00:51.062 
131Ben Stanley* (GBr)0:00:51.576 
132Martin Shipman (GBr)0:00:58.309 
133Jonathan Coulier* (GBr) Team Sword0:01:02.424 
134Robert Shaw* (GBr) nema smx optics0:01:16.516 
135Christopher Scott* (GBr)0:01:28.181 
136Kenneth Porter (GBr) Innerleithen MTB Racing0:01:34.089 
137Florian Drexel* (Ger) Bavarian Leon0:01:35.961 
138Scott Mears (GBr) fox europe/leatt/burgtec/conti0:01:37.788 
139Joe Smith (GBr) Kona World Team0:08:40.704 
DNSFreddy Hunziker* (Swi) Scott11  
DNSMartin Knaup (Ger) Eschweiler SG Radsport  
DNSJosh Lane (GBr)  
DNSDaniel Lavis* (GBr)  
DNSBen Rodgers (GBr) All Terrain Cycles  
DNSJames Shepherd* (Aus)  
DNSIain Sutherland (GBr) The Bike Worx  
DNSMario Reinbacher (Aut) Bikestore  
DNFJoe Clixby* (GBr) Borderline -Team Mountain High  
Under 17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fraser Mcglone (GBr) All Terrain Cycles0:03:09.289 
2Joe Connell (GBr) Alpine bikes0:00:07.099 
3Riku Länsiö (Fin) HyPy0:00:08.111 
4Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl) Novatec MSC Bikes CRC0:00:09.736 
5George Gannicott (GBr) Icycles0:00:14.768 
6Billy Matthews (GBr) Peaty Syndicate / Northwest Mo0:00:15.591 
7Philip Atwill (GBr) swiss and swallow0:00:18.211 
8Matthew Scott (GBr) Uplift Scotland0:00:20.599 
9Craig Shaw (GBr) basecamp mtb0:00:23.579 
10Brodie Hood (GBr)0:00:26.550 
11Gregor Notman (GBr)0:00:32.523 
12Freddie Oxley (GBr) solid/borderline/zapp0:00:34.960 
13Matthew Lean (GBr)0:00:37.309 
14Rory Mcritchie (GBr)0:00:40.498 
15Thomas Hawkswell (GBr) West Highland Wheelers0:00:42.143 
16Lachten Blair (GBr)0:00:46.939 
17Fraser Leadbetter (GBr) Last Bikes | FUNN Mtb | 2016 D0:01:20.024 
18Lewis Murray (GBr)0:02:11.700 
DNSMorgan Gulland (GBr)  
Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dale Mcmullan (GBr) Chainreaction Cycles0:03:21.926 
2Callum Gault (GBr) highline racing0:00:00.472 
3Jayson Cavill (GBr)0:00:00.663 
4Thomas Reed (GBr) descend hamsterley / mountain0:00:02.883 
5Sion Jones (GBr) Pearcecycles0:00:02.895 
6Michael Cowan (Irl) ChainReactionCycles.com0:00:02.994 
7Zac Hubery (GBr)0:00:03.151 
8Alastair Maclennan (GBr) MTB Ride Guide - Off Beat Bike0:00:03.926 
9Chris Coates (GBr) Cyclejersey.com0:00:05.060 
10Phillip Mclaren (GBr) fulford cycles0:00:13.323 
11Ian Mcintyre (GBr) Chain Reaction0:00:15.092 
12Martin Hodgson (GBr) I Cycles0:00:15.724 
13Martin Creaser (GBr) PROGRESSION/MAXXIS0:00:17.902 
14Colin Williams (GBr) O'Neal / Electric0:00:18.434 
15Steven Boyd (GBr)0:00:19.560 
16Craig Cottrill (GBr) RidersRefuge.com0:00:20.005 
17Simon Paton (GBr) Descent-Gear.com0:00:21.180 
18Oliver Pusch (Ger) / / b0:00:22.118 
19Michael Saville (GBr) full noise racing0:00:28.443 
20Owen Allison (GBr) C.H.R.0:00:29.962 
21John Rowan (GBr)0:00:34.317 
22Steve Felstead (GBr) 
23Ben Cox (GBr) LAST/FUNN0:00:38.832 
24Iain Grandison (GBr)0:00:39.003 
25Drew Freeman (GBr) team sword / merlin cycles0:00:58.271 
26Dave Mellor (GBr)0:00:58.392 
27Markus Wiersch (Ger) Royal Bavarian Woodpacker0:01:06.950 
DNSNeil Wilson (GBr) Glentress Riders  
Open men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Webster0:03:26.219 
2Ed Thomsett0:00:03.883 
3Scott Muirhead0:00:04.515 
4Nick Buckley0:00:05.012 
5Sam Green 
6Andrew Green Green Tree Services0:00:06.702 
7Tommy Ingham0:00:07.566 
8Cameron Turnbull0:00:10.173 
9Graham Davidson0:00:10.291 
10Douglas Pflug0:00:13.159 
11David Buckle0:00:13.502 
12Matthew Greig0:00:15.066 
13Mathew Weir0:00:16.381 
14Joachim Krug www.Rockride.de0:00:16.481 
15Paul Milne0:00:20.486 
16Fraser Sandilands0:00:22.784 
17Nick Lewis0:00:24.316 
18Robert Slaney0:00:24.799 
19Klaus Augustin0:00:24.998 
20Scott Marshall0:00:25.609 
21Ben Stead0:00:30.274 
22Daniel Braund 
23Chris Tundogan0:00:48.819 
24Gordon Letts0:00:59.763 
25Anthony Cuskelly0:01:10.109 
26Martin Richter k1 sporthotel0:01:16.038 
DNSLewis Elliot  
DNSLesley Lageweg BG Racing  
DNSAndy Durie  
DNFJordan Cavalier  
Open junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Grant Walker0:03:32.952 
2Rene Bloechle MAXXIS - MG Sport0:00:40.458 
Open senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Elliot0:03:25.514 
2Alan Boyne See You In Tea Bikes0:00:10.398 
3Benjamin Edwards Cycle Recycle0:00:10.533 
4Krzysztof Marchewa Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative0:00:13.132 
5Phil Mcgrath McGrath0:00:16.230 
6Ryan Barr0:00:22.716 
7Steve Scott0:00:24.549 
8Shaun Kelly0:00:25.662 
9Mats Lund Team Davros0:00:26.959 
10David Christie0:00:27.306 
11Wolfram Schwertner0:00:30.465 
12Sebastian Kammerer Gravity Pilots e.V. - Team Ext0:00:32.056 
13Stuart Wilson0:00:35.823 
14Roger Beutler Bike-corner Bergamont0:00:37.118 
15Slaven Haseta0:00:38.853 
16Christian Kunz0:00:43.499 
17Steven Mawical Singletrack0:00:56.615 
18Jamie Johnson0:01:23.035 
19Mark Patterson0:01:58.296 
Open women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachael Walker0:04:26.165 
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