iXS European Downhill Cup #1

Preview: Maribor

After the long winter break the first race of the iXS European Downhill Cup in Maribor is just around the corner! Let’s take a look on what to expect: Who will be there? Who are the favorites? And what about the track?




Although the season has only just begun, the timing for this race could not be better! Only one week after the race in Maribor, the World Cup invites the downhill elite to the same track. Therfore lots of riders decided to pay Maribor a visit on the way. More than 400 riders from 36 different countries registered for the race, including a number of UCI Teams:

  • Commencal Vallnord
  • Atherton Bikes
  • Madison Saracen Factory Team
  • Polygon UR
  • Unior/Devinci Factory Racing
  • Canyon Factory Racing
  • Intense Factory Racing
  • CUBE Global Squad
  • MS Mondraker
  • GT Factory Racing



The odds-on favorites of the Elite Men category in Maribor are Aaron Gwin (USA - Intense Factory Racing), Gee Atherton (GBR - Athorton Bikes), Troy Brosnan (AUS - Canyon Factory Racing), Remi Thirion (FRA - Commencal Vallnord) and Danny Hart (GBR - Madison Saracen Factory Team).

Tracey Hannah took the second spot last year © Rick Schubert Tracey Hannah took the second spot last year © Rick Schubert

In the Elite Women class all eyes will be on Tracey Hannah (AUS - Polygon UR), Tahnée Seagrave (GBR - Transition Bikes) and Rachel Atherton (GBR - Atherton Bikes) The current world champion confirmed her early season form during the British Downhill Series, while pilot the new Atherton DH bike into first place.



Back in the days, when Maribor still hosted the World Cup, it already has been one of the most popular downhill venues and favorite race tracks among the downhill elite and even now, it appears not to have lost an inch of its popularity. Compared to the last iXS European Downhill Cup in 2018, the track has been granted a makeover, so we are looking forward to checking out the new course! Check out the last year´s course preview with Brendan Fairclough (GBR - Scott) and Troy Brosnan.