iXS Downhill Cup, Leogang

Nick Beer unbeatable at iXS European Downhill Cup

 The iXS European Downhill Cup’s second race was taking place in Leogang, Austria. Combined with the «Out of Bounds» weekend and Austria’s national downhill championships, this event was a true festival.

Nick Beer

 After the first race in Verbier, the European racing series’ success story has been continued at the second race. 336 participants from 17 countries, most of them licensed racers, came to Leogang’s Bikepark in the Salzburger Land area.

 As the weather forecast did not predict stable conditions, all participants had to be prepared for changeing circumstances. During the seeding runs heavy rain was pouring down, and repeated gusts of wind made things even more difficult. Even some of the top riders did not manage to get down the 2.3km long and very tricky course without crashing. But Nick Beer showed his class one more time, as he posted the day’s fastest seeding time despite a crash, thus securing himself the right to start as last participant on Sunday.

Right on time for Sunday’s final runs, the conditions changed for the good. Still all the practice and seeding runs on the rainy Saturday had left their marks, which resulted in an even more tricky course. The women’s junior race went to Leonie Dickerhoff (GER – iXS) while Anita Molcik (AUT – Yeti) edged out Petra Bernhard (AUT – Ancilotti) to win the women’s class. Switzerland’s reigning national champion Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI – Scott 11) finished in third after having posted the fastest seeding time. In the masters’ category, Jörg Heydt (GER – Last) won ahead of Michael Stammbacher (SUI – FAT) with the reigning 40 to 45 masters world champion Marcel Waldmann in third. Aari Barrett (NZL – Scott 11) was the fastest male junior, while Joe Edge (GBR – Stendec) and his compatriot Mark Scott (GBR – Trek) completed the english-speaking podium.

Siegerehrung Elite Men

 Featuring more than 120 participants, the elite men’s race once again was dominated by European champion Nick Beer (SUI – Scott 11). His brother Marcel Beer (SUI – GT) finished in second while Germany’s multiple national champion Marcus Klausmann (GER – Ghost) came in in third. The win also moves Nick Beer into the series’ overall lead. Second-placed Marcel Beer is currently only 6 points behind, followed by Lars Peyer (SUI – Suspension Center).


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