The UCI has confirmed that the iXS European Downhill Cup is to be recognised as the official UCI European Series.
2,570 competitors from 41 countries took part in last year's iXS Downhill Series
Next year the iXS European Downhill Cup will be held in seven different countries, taking place at top level venues offering the relevant country’s most challenging courses. Two thousand and eleven saw a high media profile being achieved, for example the five half-hour reports broadcast by Red Bull’s in-house TV channel Servus TV.
Peter van den Abeele, Off-Road Disciplines Manager, commented: “We are pleased to have such a reliable partner who has been working for many years to continuously improve race events in accordance with UCI wishes and is further developing mass audience awareness of the sport through targeted PR work.”
Andreas Stöckli, Event Manager at iXS Sports Division, added: “Recognition of our Cup as the official UCI Europe Series confirms the significance we’ve developed together with our race organisers over the last four years. The goal was to create a prestigious series located between the World Cup and the national race series to thus provide athletes with an easier but nevertheless professional means of entering the world elite.”
Last season saw 2,570 competitors from 41 countries at the starting lines of the various iXS Downhill Series. Among others, many names from UCI elite teams appeared on the start lists, including world rank top 20 riders such as Troy Brosnan (AUS), Brook MacDonald (NZL), Cameron Cole (NZL), Markus Pekoll (AUT), Brendan Fairclough (GBR) and Florent Payet (FRA).
iXS 2012 European Downhill Cup dates
1. 28-29 April 2012 Rivera - Monte Tamaro (SUI)
2. 26-27 May 2012 Leogang (AUT)
3. 16-17 June 2012 Innerleithen (GBR)
4. 4-5 August 2012 Pila (ITA)
5. 11-12 August 2012 Špičák (CZE)
6. 8-9 September 2012 Châtel (FRA)
7. 22-23 September 2012 Todtnau (GER)