IXS European Downhill Cup Spicak

Seawas dudes!

After some more bikeparky tracks we headed out for the EDC in Spicak!

The trackwalk on Friday showed some nice changes of the track and I was all fired up for the weekend! I must say my bike was running sweet and I had a freshly serviced and tuned FOX damper. This worked out well and I was very pleased of how the bike was behaving.

Fridays and Saturdays training was very good. I had good lines and a lot of fun. Spicak is just an awesome track! Now I also was at a better point than last year, where I nearly snapped my collarbone in half on Friday. So happy to start my Seeding Run. But a flat rear tire ended my chances for gettiung into Super Final or Top80 training. So after this I had a bit of work to do for Sunday.

But, oh man, in the last possible trainingsrun I snapped to shock bar and had to end my run half way down. Not ideal for a race but what could I do. I put my Vivid R2C back in and went up for my racerun.

And what can I say, a 46th overall which made my day a lot better.

next up: Glemmride Saalbach

ride on,

westagil

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IXS Downhill Cup Klinovec

Seawas dudes!

Next up was a race to remember: Klinovec!

The reason for driving to Klinovec was that the track is fun to ride and to get points easily as there usually are not many riders there. Oh well, lets see if this is true.

First up was to realize I forgot my flat pedals at home. Thanks to a rider from the super friendly-named team „Gewalt-Racing“ I was able to get a pair of flats for the weekend! Thanks! After getting the pedals and realizing the weather is going to be a hell of a cold one we went up for trackwalk.

I could not believe what I saw. Long rocky turns, easy straits, bikepark turns and not much to rest. Man, I thought this track was absolute garbage. But after having the first run I was absolutely blown away by how good the track was! One of my all time favourite tracks EVER.

So after a cold Fridays and Saturdays training and sleeping in a not isolated van I thought I had a decent run, until I saw that I was down by like 1min or so. Man was I hyped for Sunday.

Just to give you an idea of how cold it was: the highest temperature of the whole weekend was around 15°C.

After realizing we would have a nearly perfect course for the race I put on my race jersey and went up. Not knowing what will happen I started into my run. About half way down I made a mistake which cut open the inner part of my leg (where I had an old crust) and this started to bleed. Everything was going so well so I just pushed trough, hit some turns absolutely hard and managed to get 40th in the race! Stoked!

One of the best races ever!

next up: Spicak

ride on,

westagil

IXS European Downhill Cup Kranjska Gora

Seawas dudes!

After not knowing whether to go to Crankworx or Kranjska Gora, I decided (after a crash in the first corner in Kranjska Gora last year) to go back there to have a revenge.

Coming there is as always super good. Knowing the weather would be pretty good I was very curious how they changed the track up. And they made it even better.

After Fridays and Saturdays training I felt good and managed to pull of a 64th place in my Seeding run. Only had a little moment in the training, but this did not bother me at all. This place put me into the glorious position of having the Top80 training on Sunday. Excited as I was I went to sleep not knowing what was waiting for me on Sunday.

Sundays training went well. I felt good on track and was all fired up for my racerun. Would I f#*? up the first corner again? And man, no I did not. Having a really good run in Kranjska Gora is pretty difficult as you have to hit everything absolutely on point. I managed to put down a clean run for 66th overall.

Better than crashing in the first corner.

Next up: Klinovec

ride on,

westagil

4x World Championships Val di Sole

Seawas dudes!

Gleich nach Leogang darf ich auch wieder zur 4x Weltmeisterschaft fahren.

Gar kein schlechter Start in den Sommer.

Ride on,

westagil

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Seawas dudes!

Recently I also got the invite to represent Austria not just at the Downhill World Cup in Leogang but also at the 4x World Championships in Val di Sole.

I feel like Jared Graves. 😛

Not a bad start into the summer.

Ride on,

Westagil

World Cup Leogang Startplatz

Seawas dudes!

Ich habe letztens vom Vorstand des ÖRV erfahren, dass ich beim World Cup in Leogang für Österreich an den Start gehen darf!

Ich muss wohl nicht erwähnen, welche Ehre das für mich ist!

Also next race: not Kranjska Gora, WORLD CUP Leogang

Ride on,

Westagil

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Seawas dudes!

Recently I got a messenge from the ÖRV which said that I got an start place for the World Cup in Leogang in one week.

I don’t think I have to say which honour this is for me.

So next race: not Kranjska Gora, WORLD CUP Leogang

Ride on,

westagil

RedBull Pumptrack World Championship Qualifier

Seawas dudes!

Vor nicht allzu lange Zeit fand in Neunkirchen einer der Stopps für die RedBull Pumptrack Qualifiers statt. Dabei geht es darum, sich unter den besten 4 einzureihen und einen Startplatz für die Pumptrack World Championships zu bekommen.

Beim Rennen war alles vertreten: BMX und Hardtail, Kids und Erwachsene.

Ich schaffte es, mich als 10. für das 32er Finale zu qualifizieren. Schon in der zweiten Runde traf ich auf Hannes Slavik.

Durch einen blöden Fahrfehler war ich nicht in der Lage, einen perfekten Lauf hinzulegen.

Trotzdem ein super Event und ich denke, 10. Ist jetzt nicht allzu schlecht.

Next race: Kranjska Gora

Ride on,

westagil

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seawas dudes!

Not so long ago I raced at one of the stops of the RedBull Pumptrack Qualifier Events in Neunkirchen. There you have to get into the Top4 to get a start place for the Pumptrack World Championships.

At the race there were things of every category: BMX or hardtail, old and young.

Ich managed to round out the Top10 and to qualify myself for the Top32 finals. In the second round I met up with Hannes Slavik. I made a silly mistake and because of that I was not able to perform a perfect run.

But after all it was a really great event and I don’t think 10th place is that bad.

Next race: Kranjska Gora

Ride on,

Westagil

IXS European Downhill Cup Maribor

Seawas guys,

Vor einiger Zeit fand in Maribor der erste Stopp des IXS European Cups statt. Es war seit einigen Jahren wiedermal ein Rennen in Maribor, nachdem der Bikepark ein paar Turbulenzen durchleben musste.

Wir waren schon Freitag vor Ort und schon beim Trackwalk wurde klar, dass die Strecke wiedereinmal super zum Fahren sein wird. Gleich im Training war ich im oberen Teil relativ sicher, aber der untere Teil war ziemlich unfahrbar, da der Boden sehr weich und ungefahren war.

Samstag im Training fuhren sich schon die meisten Linien aus. In der Mitte war ein riesen Gap, welches sich als Knackpunkt für manche Fahrer herausstellte. Im Qualifikationslauf hatte ich einen der schlechtesten Läufe der letzten Jahre. Jedoch stellte sich heraus, dass ich trotzdem nur knapp die Top80 verpasst hatte.

Sonntag wollte och deshalb noch einen draufsetzen und es ging extrem gut. Bis zu der einfachsten Stelle der Strecke. Durch einen Fahrfehler musste ich stark abbremsen und durch anschließendes tretten konnte ich nicht auf der Strecke bleiben und fuhr in die Absperrung.

Alles in allem ein für mich eher frustrierendes Event, jedoch ist es super, dass Maribor den Aufstieg und den Start in eine neue Saison gepackt haben

Next race: Kranjska Gora

Ride on,

westagil

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Seawas dudes,

some time ago I took part at the first race of the European Downhill Cup on the legendary Maribor Downhill track. Shortly after we arrived on Friday we knew when we walked the track, that it is going to be a blast to ride the new “old” track.

After the training I was confident in the upper section but had no idea where to ride in the bottom section because it consisted of fresh loam.

After the training on Friday I had most of my lines dialled and was excited to get back under pressure. But after a really devastating seeding run I was not able to calm my mind for over 2 hours. But as soon as I heard that I just missed the Top80 I knew it could not have been such a bad run for the first race.

Now I was hungry for Sunday. As soon as I went out of the gate I had a really good run, but a silly mistake costed me at first a bit of time but this caused another problem where I ran into the tape.

All in all it was not the best weekend for me but I like it very much that Maribor was able to get back into the racing scene.

Next race: Kranjska Gora

Ride on,

Westagil