Know Your Roots: iXS European DH Cup #1 Maribor – Photo Epic and Video
The 2018 downhill season finally arrived and kicked off with the first round of the iXS European DH Cup at the legendary venue of Maribor. The Maribor track is always a hit with riders, and a lot of big teams made their way to Slovenia for final adjustments and to get into racing mode. After some heavy rainfall on Thursday the sky cleared during Friday's training and the slippery course got faster and faster. For some riders, like Brook McDonald, who raced his first World Cup in here, Maribor is quite a place to remember. The opening round of the series provided great action and high level racing.
The legendary track in Maribor was the opening venue of the iXS European DH Cup and provided all time conditions and a rough track
Quite a few World Cup teams came out to Maribor to get the first one out of the way and to be in rhythm for Losinj.
Jure Zabjek injured his wrist and did not race but tested a wrist brace, and might be able to race the upcoming World Cup.
Max Hartenstern, who placed third place at Junior World Champs, has to prove himself from now on in the elite class
Vali Hoell showed some great runs and nailed it in her final run which would have landed her in third place in the elite women's category.
Henry Kerr did several runs following Phil Atwill, which might have helped give him the lines he needed to take second in the U19 male category.
Junior rider Kye A'hern of the Canyon Factory Racing team had a stellar final run to win the U19 category with a run which would have put him into 4th in the elite class.
Troy Brosnan seems to enjoy the ride more than ever and showed great speed but got unlucky with a mechanical during finals.
Brook McDonald was not afraid of going big on his new bike, and was rewarded with a solid third place finish.
Just like the last few riders Amaury Pierron got some rain at the top but still battled for the win, taking second.