Botteram and Hannah are the winners

Day 4: Racing action downhill

The iXS Dirt Masters Festival is over and delivered countless highlights over four days. On the last day, the iXS Downhill Cup was the big highlight. Over 500 participants from 27 nations were at the start and offered racing at the highest level.

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As in the previous days, the weather in Winterberg was better than the weather forecast. It was supposed to rain all day, but in the morning the sun shone and rewarded those who got up early with a training session without stress. During the last few days, one had to be patient in order to complete the necessary training runs in the crowded bike park of Winterberg and a highly frequented downhill track.

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The track was changed again this year. The Dirtworks crew changed the course into a completely new racetrack within 48 hours. Some new sections were added and the line choice was modified in other places. The different weather raised the level even more and although the track was rather short, it was not an easy task. In the seeding run on Saturday, Tracey Hannah (AUS - NS Bikes UR Team) and George Brannigan (NZL - NS Bikes UR Team) set the best times almost as expected.

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Sunday started dry again and the ridden-in track was extremely fast. After four more hours of practice, the finals began. In the Elite Women's class, Tracey Hannah came out on top again, beating Anna Newkirk and Abigail Hoogie (both USA - Beyond Racing) into the following places.

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In the Elite Men it got really exciting at the end. When the last riders went on the track, it started to rain briefly and it was not clear whether it would influence the result. In the end, Tristan Botteram (NED - Canyon CLLTV) won with a time of 1:44.855 minutes. It was clear that the conditions were fair and the 2021 European Cup winner deservedly won ahead of George Brannigan and Christopher Grice (USA - Specialized Gravity).

STATEMENT

Tristan Botteram

"I took away the win from the factory guys. It’s a bit of a home track for me because I live two and a half hours away from here. So, when I train is normally here. So I’m really happy to put it off and the rain came down at the end. But we kept it together and we got on top. So I’m really stoked!"

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Next year, the iXS Dirt Masters returns to Winterberg from 18 to 21 May and will continue to write the history of Europe's biggest Gravity Festival. The iXS Cup now continues with the European series in Semmering, Austria.

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