Pohorje plateau stretching above the Slovenian city of Maribor, will in the upcoming two weekends be host to two mountain bike cups. The Bike Park Pohorje will with these two events, firstly, finish the long winter break among the European downhill competition, while, secondly, it will finish an almost decade long break from downhill World Cups.
Tomorrow, the 0IXS European Downhill Cup 2019 is starting on the downhill tracks of Bike Park Pohorje and it will last all the weekend through Sunday, the 21st of April. This is the first European race of the iXS European Downhill Cup after the winter break. There are more than 400 riders from 36 different countries expected in Maribor, including stars like Aaron Gwin, Gee Atherton, Tracey Hannah, Tahnee Seagrave, etc. The organisers and the riders are very much looking forward to the completely renovated track.
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However, this is not yet the finish line. Next weekend, the organisers, company Marprom and the Mountain Bike Association Pohorje, are preparing the world’s high-quality level event with an attractive accompanying programme. Between the 27th and 28th of April, Pohorje will host the 2019 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which will bring together the best world’s athletes that will race down the toughest and the most challenging tracks towards the title of the World Cup Champion. There are, considering the individual team members of each world-class rider, more than 700 participants expected.
This competition, also referred to as the Formula One in Mountain Bike, is returning back to Maribor after almost 10 years. As the organisers of the World Cup say on their website, the “WORLD CUP black track with its length of 2.1 km offers adrenaline pleasures of the royal class.” A breathtaking spectacle in Maribor, which is capable of hosting and executing of any sports event, is guaranteed for several thousands of international viewers coming to see the competition live.