Race 2011

Mount Vernon - CAN

Confort - FRA

Bettola (Piacenza) - ITA

Teolo (Padova) - ITA

Chuyer - FRA

Schoenberg am Kamp - AUT

San Dimas, CA, USA (TBC)




Schoenberg am Kamp, AUSTRIA Sept. 2-3

Ladurner and Christ-Thomas win the last European race of 2011 and the IIDA Overall World Cup with one step to go

Daniel confirms his great shape this year and Séverine confirms to be simply unbeatable.
Angelo Vecchi, Alexandre Lebrun and Michelle Buchholzer complete the podiums.
German Moritz Noerl crashes in the training runs and will not step on the podium.
The IIDA world cup overall ranking is still hot for spots 2 and 3, with four riders for two places.

On the fast 2.3km long course in the region of Vienna, the 2012 World Championships candidate organization showed to be ready for the big thing. Despite a few adjustments still needed, Werner Zenleser and his crew did a really good job. A safe course, a good number of riders (both superstars, old glories and wannabes) and 28°C gave life to an funny early September day of world class downhill.
Daniel Ladurner had no opponents. This year he had only one non-perfect race, the World Championships! But the 28yo from Feldkirch has definitely to be considered as one of the top 5 athletes in the history of the discipline (with Oscar Galliazzo, Luc Lenoir, Gilbert Genoud and Harry Perna). Seeing him smoothly braking at 80kph in Schoenberg was an unbelievably spectacular advertisement for inline downhill.
His amazing style  and absolute mastery of the technique of skating are so great that he is able to make everything he does look easy and effortless.
Schoenberg’s defending champion Angelo Vecchi of Italy, second this year, has shown to be one of the candidates for the podium in 2012, while 2010 IIDA World Cup winner Alexandre “Rollo” Lebrun had a great day, too, setting an excellent 2’20”54 in the second run.
World Cup’s no. 1 after Chuyer, Moritz Noerl of Germany jeopardized his excellent season crashing badly in the last practice run. A fortunately not too serious injury kept him out of the race, pushing him out of the 2011 world cup overall podium. He is only 20 by the way, he will have time to learn that going full speed anytime and anyway is not always the best choice.
2011 has been a great season for him, with the first WC victory, another podium in Teolo and an excellent 5th place at the world championships.
IIDA has welcomed for the second time a speedskating superstar. Former member of the French national team Mathieu Grandgirard, the only one able to push skating at 65kph, finished excellent 4th.
This race had a few other surprises, among which the absolutely unexpected 7th place of the local mainly-slalom skater Sacha Dragaschnigg, who, with a great 2nd run has been able to improve his time of 2010 by 4 seconds!
Among women, as usual, the lot of participants did not find anys erious challengers for Séverine Christ-Thomas’ empire, but 15yo local star Michelle Buchholzer has shown once again to be a talented rider to be considered for this decade.
As we have said above, the 2011 IIDA world cup overall podium is not filled, yet. If Daniel Ladurner is unreachable, Angelo Vecchi (currently 2nd) and Alexandre Lebrun (3rd) are separated by 2 points. And even Italy’s Davide Tacchini could finish second if he wins in Bonelli.
The 36yo expert rider from Piacenza at the end of the race unexpectedly announced he will not retire at the end of the season. After two fourth places in the last two overall world rankings, he will try to step on the podium one last time in 2012.
See you all in Bonelli Park, Los Angeles, California in the first week on October for the 6th IIDA World Cup step!

Vecchi Angelo - Ladurner Daniel - Lebrun Alexandre

 Buchholzer Michelle - Christ Thomas Séverine