Finally it is here: the race calendar of the iXS Downhill Cup Series and the Specialized Rookies Cup 2018! There are 20 different races on the agenda this upcoming season and with the dates, we also introduce a huge change in the iXS Downhill Cup’s structure!
Is it November already? You know what that means, right? It is time to announce the dates for the upcoming iXS Downhill season. So grab a pen and save the dates! This season, we have 20 races in 6 countries in stock for you. Last season 2.512 athletes from 41 different nations competed 6.352 times in our races. Alone in the Rookies Cup there were 905 talented riders, 200(!) of them in the youngest categories. Let the numbers speak for themselves: this is how popular the iXS Cup has become!
The iXS European Downhill Cup enters its 11th season as a premium series and the new season brings some changes to the agenda. Out of the 5 races, only two hosts from last year’s cup will be also on the 2018 agenda. The first race will take us to one of the most popular tracks in the world: Maribor will open the season in April only one week before the first race of the World Cup in Losinj. So chances are that some of the Downhill World Elite will attend in Maribor as well. Two months later, the EDC takes us to Slovenia again for round two in Kranjska Gora. The third round will be hosted by EDC newcomer Abetone in Italy, before it heads to Spicak in late July which already awaits the riders with the brand new track. Last but not least, the final round of the EDC invites all riders to Brandnertal.
|iXS European Downhill Cup|
|13.04.-15.04.18||iXS EDC #1||Maribor||Slovenia|
|15.06.-17.06.18||iXS EDC #2||Kranjska Gora||Slovenia|
|29.06.-01.07.18||iXS EDC #3||Abetone||Italy|
|20.07.-22.07.18||iXS EDC #4||Spicak||Czech Republic|
|31.08.-02.09.18||iXS EDC #5||Brandnertal||Austria|
In addition, there will be some structural changes within the iXS Downhill Cup. What have been the iXS Swiss and iXS German Downhill Cup will merge to form the new iXS Downhill Cup, while both EDC and Specialized Rookies Cup remain exactly as they were.
(Read more about the reasons for and the details of this change here.)
The iXS Downhill Cup will include all the races with a rather national character and will crown both a German champion in Thale and a Swiss Champion in Bellwald. The riders are allowed to include 5 different races of their own choosing into their rankings.
|iXS Downhill Cup|
|11.05.-13.05.18||iXS DHC #1||Winterberg||Germany|
|19.05.-21.05.18||iXS DHC #2||Willingen||Germany|
|22.06.-24.06.18||iXS DHC #3||Klinovec||Czech Republic|
|27.07.-29.07.18||iXS DHC #4||Ilmenau||Germany|
|17.08.-19.08.18||iXS DHC #5||Bad Tabarz||Germany|
|24.08.-26.08.18||iXS DHC #6||Wiriehorn||Switzerland|
|14.09.-16.09.18||iXS DHC #7||Innsbruck||Austria|
|28.09.-30.09.18||iXS DHC #8||Thale||Germany|
|05.10.-07.10.18||iXS DHC #9||Bellwald||Switzerland|
After the Specialized Rookies Cup presented by iXS increased the number of races to 6 in 2017, there will be again 6 races this upcoming season. In addition to 4 well-known venues, we added another 2 new ones to the mix, including one race in Italy and one in Schöneck, to keep challenging our rookies and helping them improve their skills!
|Specialized Rookies Cup||presented by iXS|
|10.05.18||Specialized RDC #1||Winterberg||Germany|
|09.06.-10.06.18||Specialized RDC #2||Steinach||Germany|
|07.07.-08.07.18||Specialized RDC #3||St. Kassian/Alta Badia||Italy|
|14.07.-15.07.18||Specialized RDC #4||Saalbach||Austria|
|03.08.-04.08.18||Specialized RDC #5||Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis||Austria|
|08.09.-09.09.18||Specialized RDC #6||Schöneck||Germany|
Weiterhin sollten sich alle Nachwuchsfahrer das Highlight der Saison dick im Kalender anstreichen und ihre Vorbereitung darauf ausrichten. Wie immer werden am Sonntag des ersten Augustwochenendes im Rahmen des MTB-Nachwuchsfestivals in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis die iXS International Rookies Championships ausgetragen.