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iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen

The iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen, Scotland for the only UK round of Europe’s premier downhill series. Running over three days from 15th—17th June, the World’s best downhill racers will pit their skills against each other at the spiritual home of the UK downhill scene. The fun starts on Thursday 14th June at the Film Night in the Union Club at 19.15.   On Friday it’s practice for the riders and the Official iXS Cup Innerleithen Launch Party in the Traquair Arms, with all welcome from 20.00 to enjoy the disco and relax outdoors in the marquee to bask in the Scottish summer evening.

The weather delayed the photoshoot so we retreated to the bar to discuss options (ross was on soft drinks)

It’s down to serious business on Saturday, race seeding runs start 14.30.  While that is going on there is a Mini DH race for the younger riders. Hang around in the arena for the early evening dual slalom, open to all with no entry fee, just bring a bike and a helmet.

Sunday is the main event, the iXS European Downhill Cup Innerleithen race finals.  The riders get a bit of last minute practice in the morning then it’s race heads on for the big day from 12.30 !  Podiums will take place 30 mins after the last rider crosses the line.

Ruaridh Cunningham came along kitted out with new sponsors POC aboard his new carbon Trek

Event Programme

Thursday 14th June

11:50                Olympic Torch Relay on Innerleithen High Street

19:30                Film Night at Innerleithen Union Club

Friday 15th June

11:00                Rider sign-on opens

12:00                Course open for inspection

12:00                Event Arena opens

14:00                Course opens for practice session

18:00                Course closes for practice session

20:00                Launch Party at Traquair Arms Hotel

Saturday 16th June

08:00                Course open for practice session

08:00                Event Arena opens

10:00                Kids under 16 DH race in Traquair Forest

14:30                Qualifying runs start

17:30                Course closes

18:00                Dual Slalom at Event Arena – open to all

Sunday 17th June

08:00                Course open for practice session

08:00                Event Arena opens

12:00                Course closes for practice session

12:30                Final Race Runs start

17:00                Podiums and Event Finish

Jake Hood hucking over the pipers in the snow, big thanks to the members of the pipe band who were game to come up the hill in the awful conditions

Keep checking this website for details, and sign up to our email list or twitter feed @ixscupinners to keep in the loop.

The iXS Downhill Cup in Innerleithen is held in Traquair forest, less than a mile outside the town.  Innerleithen is on the A72, the road connecting Galashiels with Edinburgh.  From Innerleithen, turn onto Traquair road, passing the Traquair Arms and the  i-Cycles bike shop on your left.

I-Cycles young ripper Ross Swinton hucking over the pipers in style

Keep going along Traquair road for 500 metres, crossing a bridge over the river Tweed.  You will see the collection and turning area for the uplift buses on your left.  Continue driving, around the corner to the right, and along Traquair road for another 200 metres.  Keep it steady, this is a busy road and there may be a lot of race traffic.  The entrance to the spectator car park is on your left, please park as instructed by the marshals.  Car parking is free on Friday and Saturday and costs £2 per car on Sunday.

Public transport to Innerleithen is by the First Buses Scotland route 62, leaving from the Edinburgh Bus station every 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

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