Minnaar and Johnset Win in Maribor
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August heralded the second half of the iXS European Downhill Cup and after the postponement from April, Maribor was finally the venue for the third run. In the end, Greg Minnaar and Mille Johnset left the place as winners of the elite classes.
This time the third round of the iXS European Downhill Cup wasn`t merely the start of the second half of the series, but also a two-week long major event in Maribor. Immediately after the European Cup race, the European Championships are held, which in turn are followed by the UCI World Cup. Therefore, some athletes used the race in addition to the actual occasion as preparation for the subsequent two events. As usual in Maribor, the field of participants was top-class and hence an exciting competition was to be expected. In total, a little more than 250 athletes from 34 nations had registered for the event.
The race pace was definitely one of the tougher ones and the winners had to work hard to earn their triumph. We can only hope that the subsequent races of this two-week downhill spectacle will have slightly better weather conditions. The iXS European Downhill Cup will continue on the third weekend in August in Spicak, Czech Republic, and the fourth run will also be the European season closer.
Check the full results of the iXS EDC #3 Maribor here.