iXS European Downhill Cup #5

Preview: Brandnertal

We are currently racing towards the end of the downhill season and the different iXS series will come to an end with the finals. The last race of the EDC once more invite you all to Brandnertal, where more than 200 riders from 29 different nations will fight for this year's title one last time.

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Last weekend’s World Cup final race in La Bresse is in the books and now it’s time to crown the European Cup champions! For the first time the bike park in Brandnertal, Austria, is going to host the final race of the iXS European Downhill Cup season.

The bike park track has been modified for the 2018 season and a few new sections have been added, providing the riders with new surprises. With 3000 meters in length and an overall 300-meter descend this year’s track is more than just qualified for the final round of the European Cup and provides loads of action. Is there a better place to crown the European champions 2018?

Bikepark Brandnertal Skizze

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The weather

In previous years, summer usually came to an end right on time for the last race, confronting the riders with rather wet and unpleasant conditions in the finals. For now, however, everything still seems possible as far as the forecast is concerned and we are still hoping for some sunshine. Fingers crossed!

Weather Brandnertal

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Favorites

Of course the most important questions before the final race of the season is always the same: who will take the title this time? Let’s have a look at the odds-on favorites and their overall standings!

Joshua Barth at the Red Bull Hot Seat in Kranjska Gora © Rick Schubert Joshua Barth at the Red Bull Hot Seat in Kranjska Gora © Rick Schubert

In the Elite Men category Joshua Barth (GER - Carbocage) will try to defend his lead towards hi strongest rivasl Bryn Dickerson (NZL - FS Funn Factory Racing) and Stanislav Sehnal (CZE - Kellys Factory Team). But even though it seems the crown will be awarded to one of the three, there are a number of riders who are eager to make the podium! Two of the strongest competitors are Miran Vauh (SLO - Blackthorn) and Harry Molloy (GBR - FS Funn Factory Racing).

Monika Hrastnik - iXS EDC Abetone 2018 © Rick Schubert Monika Hrastnik - iXS EDC Abetone 2018 © Rick Schubert

Monika Hrastnik (SLO – Blackthorn) delivered an outstanding season so far. After the UCI World Cup she officially belongs to the world’s top 5 downhill riders. With 610 points in the standings and three times on the top step in the EDC it seems she is the odds-on favorite for the title. With the forth place in the World Cup ranking and a podium in the European Cup she definitely delivered the best season of her career so far - congratulations! But German champion Nina Hoffmann (GER - Santy Cruz Bicycles) won't make it too easy for Hrastnik to get the title.

Are you in for some race action? A great atmosphere and great people? Then Brandnertal is definitely worth a trip! See you there!

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