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iXS European Downhill Cup - 2
Châtel (Haute - Savoie), France, August 9-10, 2008
2007 results Results
Beer and Pugin successful in Châtel
At the iXS European Downhill Cup's third stop in Châtel, France, Nick Beer and Floriane Pugin rode to not entirely surprising victories. A total of 200 racers from no less than 14 countries participated at France's race under virtually perfect conditions.
Situated within the Portes du Soleil region, Châtel's bike park hosted the day's racing. The Bike Patrol course had been discussed heavily before the race, and although the opinions varied all riders agreed on the fact that this was one of the hardest courses on the iXS calendar.
For Saturday's seeding run, the conditions were almost perfect. The course that had been wet in the morning was drying quickly in most places, which promised times around three minutes. Once again German Andreas Sieber (Solid A-Class Factory Team) proved his class, being the sole rider to slip under the three minutes barrier. Nick Beer crashed and decided to roll to the finish. His brother Marcel (both from Switzerland and competing for the iXS Sports Division team) on the other hand placed second, closely followed by Swiss Samuel Zbinden (Argentina Bike). Being considered as a pre-race favorite by many, New Zealand's Nathan Rankin (Iron Horse) did not take many risks and finished in eighth.
On Sunday, the weather was splendid and sunny for the final. Due to his crash in the seeding run, Beer was one of the first elite men's riders on the course. Nevertheless he posted a blazingly fast time with 2:53.297, thus occupying the Red Bull Hot Seat for a very long time. It was not until Rankin missed the fastest time by two seconds that Beer's ride showed its true quality. All the riders that followed could not touch the fastest time either, and even Sieber who had posted the fastest seeding run had to admit defeat, finishing in third behind Rankin.
The women's race was won superiorly by Frenchwoman Pugin (Playbiker/Ironhorse), who put more than seven seconds on Switzerland's Miriam Ruchti (Sport Promotion), who still felt the effects of surgery on a wisdom tooth, and France's Caroline Sax (Sport Promotion).
Brit Joseph Smith (Tomac Factory Racing) was the fastest junior in Châtel, pushing Frenchman Yannick Colomb (Lizon Mountain Cycle) and Ecuador's Malin Wind Disse (Akira) to second and third respectively.
After three of the five rounds, Marcel Beer is leads the men's overall by a margin of twenty points over his brother Nick, who has only competed in two races thus far due to his participation at the World Cup races in Canada. In the women's overall, Miriam Ruchti kept her lead, followed by Sax and Harriet Rücknagel.
The next round is scheduled for August 23-24, 2008 in Ilmenau, Germany, which has hosted Germany's national championships in 2007.
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Elite women 1 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Paybiker - Ironhorse 3.26.614 2 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Sport Promotion 0.07.817 3 Caroline Sax (Fra) 0.15.941 4 Sidonie Jolidon (Swi) Extrembike 0.34.384 5 Carol Curtil (Fra) Chamonix mont-blanc 1.02.373 6 Pascaline Reusser (Swi) Mondraker 1.18.646 Elite men 1 Nick Beer (Swi) iXS Sports Division Racing Team 2.53.297 2 Nathan Rankin (NZl) Ironhorse 0.02.025 3 Andreas Sieber (Ger) Solid aclass factory team 0.02.746 4 Samuel Zbinden (Swi) Argentina Bike / Jumping Crazy 0.03.335 5 Marcel Beer (Swi) iXS Sports Division Racing Team 0.05.723 6 Remi Charrier (Fra) Sunn Riders Society 0.06.202 7 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) 0.06.456 8 Lars Peyer (Swi) Suspension Center 0.07.116 9 Michael Skinner (NZl) Ironhorse 0.09.765 10 Nimrod Hemmo (Isr) 500Watt-Morewood 0.09.973 11 Caroli Billy (Swi) RMteam 0.10.310 12 Esteban Deronzier (Fra) Vario 0.10.354 13 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Kenda Ironhorse Playbiker 0.10.601 14 James Stock (GBr) Switch-backsDH.com 0.10.696 15 Matthieu Carnino (Fra) Choucas Bikers/Les 2 Alpes 0.10.830 16 Loic Delteil (Fra) vall-cycle.ch 0.11.099 17 Jerome Bigoni (Fra) Nicolai - iXS 0.11.125 18 Jerôme Crocombette (Fra) 0.12.093 19 Benny Strasser (Ger) iXS Sports Division Racing Tema 0.12.168 20 Romain Lescure (Fra) Scott - Mavic 0.12.346 21 Benjamin Herold (Ger) NOX 0.14.105 22 Daniel Schmider (Ger) Grossman Bikes/ Maxxis 0.14.340 23 Ludovic May (Swi) Cross Road Martigny 0.14.385 24 David Eme (Fra) VTT Conliège Jura 0.14.555 25 Patrick Meyer (Swi) iXS Sports Division Racing Tema 0.15.078 26 Martin Frei (Swi) Solid Bikes Schweiz 0.15.320 27 Remy Casanova (Fra) Wagon dh 0.15.759 28 Aaron Bashford (Aus) 0.15.789 29 Jérôme Hunziker (Swi) acefactory 0.16.007 30 Daniel Prijkel (Ned) Kona / FCC Oss 0.17.173 31 Ghislain Ricci (Fra) LA COMU 0.17.390 32 Jonas Bähler (Swi) one80-shop.ch 0.17.498 33 Seb Muller (Swi) SantaCruz/HotPoint/Garage Burn 0.18.920 34 Alexander Evans (GBr) Empire Cycles 0.19.212 35 Jérôme Crottaz (Swi) Crans-Mountain 0.19.814 36 Joel Gebbie (Fra) 0.20.113 37 Samuel Baumann (Swi) Campione Celeste 0.20.663 38 James Bashford (Aus) 0.20.869 39 Randy Van Goubergen (Bel) The Barracuda 0.20.949 40 David Rölli (Swi) ZWO / VC Schötz 0.21.380 41 Daniel Rossmann (Ger) WSV Oberhof/Fahrrad-Paul. 0.22.732 42 Fabrice Tirefort (Swi) Verbier Bike Team / Scott 0.23.634 43 Samuel Amouroux (Fra) Planète 2 Roues Lozère 0.23.799 44 Julien Rossé (Swi) RM Team 0.23.803 45 Peter Ballin (GBr) Hot Trails 0.24.166 46 André Wackenhut (Ger) Solid Bikes 0.24.184 47 Pierre Etienne Dumont (Fra) RVTT KONA 0.24.261 48 Fabian Bieli (Swi) Solid Bikes Schweiz 0.25.825 49 Nicolas Legrand (Fra) Lulh Team 0.27.717 50 Nicolas Cherix (Swi) ride Bulle 0.27.765 51 Aviad Izrael (Isr) CCC-Trek 0.27.876 52 Daniel Yeomans (GBr) Giant UK, Howies 0.28.097 53 David Lischka (Ger) RCG Weissbenburg/Herobikes 0.30.773 54 Martin Schelberger (Aut) Besser Biken Clup 0.32.286 55 Jeremy Curtil (Fra) Chamonix Mont-blanc 0.32.518 56 Grégory G'stalter (Fra) Razorbike Chatel 0.34.448 57 Gilles Magnier (Fra) FR faulx wagon dh 0.38.257 58 Falco Ruppert (Ger) Cannondale Germany/HMC Singen 0.52.172 59 Jean - Christophe Skrzek (Fra) 1.59.694 60 Noah Grossman (Ger) Double Dragon/ Intense 8.53.654 DNS Nils Correvon (Swi) DNF Xavier Cerutti (Fra) RFP team DNF Joseph Nation (NZl) BikeNZ Junior women 1 Laura Lohner (Fra) RVTT Kona 4.16.508 2 Leoni Dickerhoff (Ger) iXS Sports Division Racing Team 0.00.767 Junior men 1 Joseph Smith (GBr) Tomac Factory Racing 3.01.457 2 Yannick Colomb (Fra) Lizon Mountain Cycle 0.02.484 3 Malin Wind Disse (Ecu) Akira 0.07.240 4 Robin Hagen (Swi) Tomac Factory Racing 0.08.084 5 Laurie Dinham (Aus) Tomac Factory Racing 0.10.250 6 Roman Roschi (Swi) Suspensioncenter 0.10.613 7 Janick Lieberherr (Swi) iXS Sports Division Racing team 0.10.771 8 Daniel Gottschall (Ger) DH Youngstars/Bikepark Todtnau 0.10.806 9 Felix Groizard (Fra) RVTT Kona 0.11.708 10 Jan Schaad (Swi) Friedli Bike Style / Fox Racin 0.12.144 11 Lucas Meyer (Swi) iXS Sports Division Racing team 0.12.513 12 Fabian Fader (Ger) SOLID Co-Factory Team 0.13.638 13 Alexandre Lohner (Fra) RVTT Kona 0.15.126 14 Julien Hericher (Fra) chamonix 0.15.280 15 Christophe Carnino (Fra) Giant / Les 2 Alpes 0.15.539 16 Gernot Ruppert (Ger) Cannondale Germany 0.17.858 17 Thibaud Krattinger (Swi) VC lancy 0.18.098 18 David Schmied (Ger) DH-Youngstars 0.18.119 19 Michael Matt (Aut) MB Racing Team 0.20.111 20 Nicolas Gspan (Swi) EWZ mountainbiketeam loop 0.20.263 21 Alee Montanier (Fra) 0.21.187 22 Robin Van Goubergen (Bel) the barracuda 0.22.014 23 Martin Buck (Swi) ewz mountainbiketeam loop 0.24.398 24 Adrian Uebelhart (Swi) Solid Bikes Schweiz 0.24.968 25 Raphaël Epitalon (Fra) Velo Club St Quentin Fallavier 0.25.236 26 Vincent Figarella (Fra) Cran-gevrier VTT 0.26.487 27 Emeric Srodawa (Fra) solid bikes 0.26.566 28 Florian Heuschling (Fra) 0.29.647 29 Dante Langkitsch (Fra) Cran Gevrier VTT 0.30.430 30 Jakob Kreisl (Aut) Bikestore/Bodenhaftung 0.30.869 31 Fabian Pfister (Swi) EWZ mountainbiketeam loop 0.31.283 32 David Hosang (Swi) Suspension Center 0.33.620 33 Florian Arthus (Fra) 0.37.024 34 David Vincent (Fra) Sport promotion 0.40.320 35 Timo Bürgler (Aut) bikestore.cc/bodenhaftung 0.53.053 36 Andy Kläy (Swi) 3.49.462 37 Roman Devouassoux (Fra) Chamonix VTT 5.16.013 DNS Markus Planitzer (Aut) Bikestore/Bodenhaftung DNS Mario Reinbacher (Aut) Giga Sport Masters men 1 Michael Stammbach (Swi) Fatwork 3.15.357 2 Marcel Waldmann (Swi) DT Swiss,Nicolai,IXS 0.00.210 3 Heinz Hostettler (Swi) banditbike.ch 0.02.930 4 Tino Beutel (Ger) Fly Zonenschein Cosmicsports 0.05.765 5 Thomas Weber (Swi) ewz mountainbiketeam loop 0.06.118 6 Laurent Castella (Swi) RideBulle 0.09.853 7 Sebastien Aymon (Swi) cyclone anzere 0.13.047 8 Urs Sturzenegger (Swi) Rüegger Downhill Sport 0.13.888 9 Olivier Lagger (Swi) fatwork 0.16.703 10 Carsten Portsch (Ger) Royal Bavarian Spirt 0.27.265 11 Peter Boo (Swi) Fatwork 0.31.215 12 Jean Krattinger (Swi) 1.10.615