A total of 270 riders from 27 nations registered for the race to get important points for the overall series, but the seeding already showed that getting those points would be no easy task; Markus Pekoll (AUT - MS Mondraker) had to settle with position 18, whilst Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI - Scott 11) broke her collar bone twice in the training and will unfortunately be out for the world championships. Joshua Button (AUS - SC Intense) also crashed badly on the training and was taken to hospital as a precautionary move, but he was released quickly afterwards suffering only from bruising.
Johann Potgieter (RSA - Le Cannabis Canfield Factory Team) coped best with the dusty conditions as they seemed to be perfectly suited to his riding style, as he proved that last year with his win in Ilmenau and coming third on Pila. In the women’s Miriam Ruchti (SUI - SC Intense) secured the last starting spot for the finals.
The riders were greeted by perfect sunshine and many spectators as well on Sunday. The first class for the finals were the masters. As in the seeding run, Run Vlastimil Hybcia (CZE - SK Gfafobal) won in a time of 3:10.944, more than 5 seconds ahead. Thomas Schaal (GER - Team Last International) came second with Wilfred van de Haterd (NED - YT Industries) placing third.
Next on the bone-dry course was the U17 class. Here the rankings from the seeding run were repeated, but the dominance of Ferdinand Brunold (GER - Mag41.com Racing) was challenged a bit. With more than 9 seconds ahead he secured a time in the seeding run that would have been good enough for a top 20 finish in the elite men class. He could almost match his time in the final, but Marcus Hansson (SWE - Hanssonbil.se/Lapierre) could shorten his advance ahead of the rest to less than 2 seconds, and came second. Third came Martin Lebl (CZE - Commencal/ONeal), as Hansson could maintain his overall lead in the series.
In the elite women seeding runs a duel between Miriam Ruchti and Zarja Cernilogar (SLO - Crn trn GT) developed as Ruchti took the lead on Saturday by only 8 tenths of a second. In the final Jana Bartova took to the course as third last. She led in the interim time, but couldn't better Elke Rabeder (AUT - RRP Revolution Racing Project) in the finish. Cernilogar's interim time was a game changer for her as she managed to lead by 7 seconds when she crossed the finish line. Ruchti was a bit behind in her interim time, but managed to gain momentum and finished in 3:34.694, 2 seconds ahead of Cernilogar. Due to a closure of the course earlier, some women had to start again, and Simona Jirkova (CZE - Bikestrike.com) managed to finish third after Ruchti and Cernilogar. In the overall standings Emmeline Ragot (FRA - MS Mondraker Racing) leads with 122 points ahead of Ruchti and Cernilogar.
The elite men's race was once again fast and exciting. There was plenty to talk about even before the race started as Johannes Fischbach (GER - Ghost Factory Racing) was due to be disqualified as he had been on the course as it was closed between training and the finals, but in the end the German Champion convinced the UCI official that he started his run before the training officially finished and therefore things were back to normal after a short discussion.
Due to a mechanical in the seeding run, Noah Grossmann (GER - Mag41.com Racing Team) was on the course early. With a time which looked worthy of a top ten place, he managed to stay in the Red Bull Hot Seat for quite a while, but his time was finally beaten by Lutz Weber (SUI - iXS Gravity Union).
Markus Pekoll then took the lead going 2.5 seconds ahead and though his time of 3:04.847 would have been enough for the third place on the previous day, he was shortly afterwards beaten by Czech veteran Adam Vagner (CZE - RockMachine). The next riders couldn't beat his interim time, but as third from last man, Robin Wallner (SWE - Team Are Bikepark), set off down the hill looking fast his time was beaten by the slender margin of only 3 tenths of a second.
After him only the former four cross rider Fischbach and the fastest from the seeding run were left in the final. In the interim time Fischbach was still behind, but over the finish line the clock stopped at 3:03.124, more than one second faster than Wallner's time. After him the question was if Potgieter could repeat his sensational run from the previous day and take the lead from Fischbach.
The South African was already ahead in the interim time, but was that enough to win an iXS race again after his win in Ilmenau/GER last year? Time was ticking, but his lead was enough as he crossed the finish line. With 3:02.678 he couldn't quite match his time from the seeding run, but was still fastest rider to secure the win if the fifth run if the iXS European Downhill Cup. With this result Potgieter could also take the overall lead of the series with 397 points, with Wallner second (393) in front of Pekoll (350), Damien Spagnolo (301) and Brook MacDonald (257).