Dolce Vita in Pila
Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Norway and now Italy. This year's iXS European Downhill Cup had a lot to offer in terms of nations, tracks and riders and demanded a wide variety of riding skills from the athletes in the most diverse locations. A competition in which one has to assert oneself again and again in order to be able to ride at the front. The grand finale will now take place this weekend from 9 to 11 September in the Pila Bikepark at an altitude of 1,800 metres, with a breathtaking view of Monte Rosa.
Due to the varied downhill course with high-speed passages, steep sections with rocky edges, rutted root sections, playful berms and some jumps over a length of 2.7 kilometres with a difference in altitude of over 460 metres. The high-altitude Pila offers the perfect venue. As not only technical skills and endurance are required, but also mental strength, this track is very popular with many professionals and is often considered a training course for the World Cup.
Let's take a look at the current standings in the elite classes:
In the Elite Women class Lisa Gava (ITA), third in the Italian Championship, took the lead with 416 points. Austrian Vice champion Marlena Neissl (AUT) is listed in second place with 384 points, followed by the opening winner Jolanda Kiener (SUI) with 240 points.
The Elite Men category is led by Luka Berginc (SLO) with 715 points. He already won the opening race in Losinj and the race in Maribor this year. He is closely followed by Tristan Botteram (NED) in second place with 692 points, who snatched the European title in 2021. Currently in third place with 623 points is Jure Zabjek (SLO).
Lisa Gava (ITA) and Luka Berginc (SLO) - Current leaders in the elite classes
Around the Bikepark Pila there are various places where you can stay overnight and recover from the race day. Whether you prefer a chalet, a hotel or a campsite, you will find various accommodation options here. All with a great view of the surrounding mountains and alpine flair.
The weather looks promising. So it will be exciting to see who will ride the fastest time in the relevant classes on this track and take home the trophy. The anticipation of a race in Italy is great for everyone involved.