Winter is slowly but surely approaching and the next season still seems to be far away. But it’s about time to publish the dates for the races of the iXS Downhill series in 2013.
One thing to begin with, it won’t get boring. The iXS race calendar contains 17 races, and as in 2012 those will be held in seven different countries. This year a total of 6,575 racers competed, which means that xxx different riders took to the start. The interest for the races shows no signs of slowing down and this success story will be written on next year.
The flagship event remains the iXS European Downhill Cup, which heads into its sixth season. The series makes six stops next year, with two new additions that should be well-known in the scene. With Wiriehorn one of the oldest event promoters in Switzerland joins the club, who could make a name itself with holding the iXS Swiss Downhill Cup for ten times and most recently the Swiss National Championships. Another new addition makes the iXS calendar for the first time, but Maribor in Slovenia is well-known for hosting the World Cup several times, with the course still being mentioned by many pros as their favourite.
22.06.-23.06.2013 iXS European Downhill Cup #1 Leogang (AUT)
29.06.-30.06.2013 iXS European Downhill Cup #2 Spicak (CZE)
03.08.-04.08.2013 iXS European Downhill Cup #3 Pila (ITA)
17.08.-18.08.2013 iXS European Downhill Cup #4 Wiriehorn (SUI)
07.09.-08.09.2013 iXS European Downhill Cup #5 Châtel (FRA)
28.09.-29.09.2013 iXS European Downhill Cup #6 Maribor (SLO)
The national race series have also become institutions. The iXS Swiss Downhill Cup will be in its eleventh year in 2013, and the iXS German Downhill Cup is taking place for the eighth consecutive time. The iXS Rookies Cup will also be continued in Germany, as it returns positive results after now five years, with more and more riders entering the series with international status with much more race experience under their belt. There are also many international riders in the starting lists who value the opportunity to take part in races as early as at the age of 11.
With these news the anticipation for next season should be great. Riders should be motivated to use the winter ahead as good as possible, as the level of competition rises year by year.