Schladming hosted the third round of the IXS European Downhill Cup and riders and organizers could not have asked for a better weekend. A great mountainside, plenty of sunshine and a couple of new faces at the starting gate made for an unpredictable race day.
The men's Super Final got extremely exciting. The riders were pushing hard on the loose and dusty track what did not go to plan for everyone. Ondrej Stepanek and Stefan Garlicki were the first ones to set the bar really high and who had a good chance of taking one of the top steps. But their hopes got crushed when the Brit, Phil Atwill (Propain Dirt Zelvy), dropped in and stormed down the former World Cup track.
Atwill was a bit off the pace in the first split but pinned it in the second one and set the fastest time. Three riders were left on the top of the mountain, but neither Boris Tetzlaff nor Atwill's teammate David Trummer were able to push him off the hot seat.
It was Atwill and Trummer sitting in first and second as Jure Zabjek, the fastest in seeding, went for it. Zabjek rode the second fastest split time but crashed out in the woods and destroyed his hopes of victory.
Atwill took 1st place while teammate Trummer took 2nd, securing an impressive 1-2 for the Propain Dirt Zelvy team who head to Innsbruck for Crankworx this weekend before the world cup continues in Vallnord, Austria in July.
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