iXS European Downhill Cup #5

Preview: Spicak

The fight for the title in the iXS European Dowhill Cup 2019 continues: Next weekend, 200 riders from 28 different nations will make their way to Spicak in the Czech Republic for another attempt to gain some points for their rankings.


Spicak can definitely be regarded as one of the traditional hosts of the European Cup. Since the series first made its way to the bike park near the German border, the Struggle-Trail belongs to its annual venues. On 1800 meters in length the track covers a total descent of 320 meters and even though it is rather short it offers everything a really demanding race track needs – rocks and stones, but also some smooth forest ground and lots of roots.

Here is the highlight video from last year’s round:

A look at the previous results reveals that Constantin Ruetsch (SUI - iXS Gravity Union) currently sits atop the overall rankings, after his second place in Kranjska Gora and third place in Pila. Davide Palazzari (ITA - Scout Nukeproof) is listed on the second place. But he is 143 points back and is not registered for the upcoming race. That could open the door for Christopher Philogene (RSA - 2 Bros Racing / Start Fitness) to fight for the leaders position.

Constantin Ruetsch - iXS EDC Abetone 2019 @ Rick Schubert Constantin Ruetsch - iXS EDC Abetone 2019 @ Rick Schubert

Only a few riders have already registered for the Elite Women category and as far as the title is concerned everything is still possible. While not registered Veronika Widmann (ITA - Insync Racing) currently leads the rankings with 528 points, Lea Rutz (SUI - iXS Gravity Union) is with 428 points on second place and could be able to get in the lead.

Lea Rutz - iXS EDC Pila 2019 @ Rick Schubert Lea Rutz - iXS EDC Pila 2019 @ Rick Schubert

But let’s have a last look at the overall conditions: An important factor in every race is, of course, the weather. At the moment the forecast really doesn’t look too bad and the weather might be perfect to continue the EDC season.


We are looking forward to another exciting race in Spicak! See you this weekend! To make sure that you’re in the right place at the right time, have a look at the time table:

Day Description Time
Friday Riders Confirmation 09h00 - 13h00
Riders Confirmation 14h00 - 18h00
On Foot Course Inspection 10h00 - 12h00

Official Training
12h00 - 18h00
Saturday Obligatory Training 09h00 - 12h00
Non-Stop Training 12h00 - 13h00

Top Training 13h00 - 14h00
Qualification from 14h30
Sunday Race Office from 08h30

Official Training 08h00 - 10h00

Non-Stop Training 10h00 - 11h00

Top Training 11h00 - 12h00

Finals from 12h30