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Max Hartenstern (U19) and Jan Flor (U17) dominated the European Downhill Cup Series in Schladming. Both O’Neal team riders were victorious in their age categories.
“The 3rd round of the European DH Cup in Schladming was really successful for me. The track this year was the same as last year but it was a lot of fun to shred the track with all our crazy friends. After the trackwalk on Friday it was time for some training runs. I saved all my lines and had the flow. The weather on Friday was awesome so I was really motivated for the qualification on Saturday. Overnight it rained a lot, so the track was really slippery in the morning but the weather was also good. After some good runs I concentrated on the seeding run. My run was nearly perfect and I had a lot of fun and was really happy with the second fastest time on the day.
After some good runs on Sunday I focused on my final run. Before the U19 class started it rains a lot so we had completely new conditions. The first part of the track was good but I had big crash in the woods which costs me a lot of time but all in all I was happy with my run and of course the winning the U19 class!”
| Max Hartenstern
“The race in Schladming was my first ever European DH Cup. The former World Cup track was fast, technical and steep – the perfect match for me. After the rain on Friday night the roots were really slippery on Saturday. It was a tough seeding run for me, because the rider ahead of me crashed and was still on the track when I started. So I needed to change my line and lost 3-4 seconds but managed to get 3rd.
On Sunday my final run was perfect and I was happy with the fastest time. But there were still two riders left. They came really close to my time (+0,26 sec.) but couldn’t reach me. So I could win my first ever EDC race!” | Jan Flor