The Downhill course

>>>The Downhill course - "give me 5 - alive!" from someone that should know!

Manü Cherlias, Hobby-Extreme-Biker is someone, that has tested the Planai-Downhill course to the extreme, he says: „Downhill is to be compared with the Super G style of racing from ski sport. Its all about finding the best possible racing line to get from the summit of the mountain down to the finish line with the fastest possible time. The major difference for us is that the narrow race track is winding down the mountain through the trees and forest!

From start to finish one must ride over radical bumps, passages with pertruding tree roots, rocky cliffs and even jumps of over 20 metres! An unimaginable challenge for rider and equipment!

The pro's make use of specially designed mountain bikes to tackle such challenges.The correct technique and experience for eg. jumping technique, and other required skills that are needed by downhill riders are often learned through BMX or in dirt parks.

My personal best record time on the Planai stands at 4 Min. 30 - last years winner, Samuel Hill from Australia dominates the 2,1 km course with an average speed of about 33 km/h (!!!) to produce an unimaginable time of 3 Min. 50. The best viewing points are naturally located near the most spectacular parts of the course.

Everybody that wants has the chance over the whole summer to beat their own personal best time on the Planai. Or to experience the undescribable feeling of flying over a downhill jump, challenge the rocks and bumps or just to be part of the „I made it down club“. „Give me 5-alive!“

>>>The Downhill is the "World Cup Super G" in Summer on the Planai:

The Schladminger bike park on the slopes of the famous Planai, plays stage to the Downhill event. Where Bode Miller, Kalle Palander und Benjamin Raich are fighting for the slalom titel in January is also where the worlds best bikers will be found in summer. The 4,5 km high-speed Downhill-Course has an altitude difference of over 1000 m and is the longest permanent course in Austria. The riders can expect numerous jumps and sharp turns. A real highlight for the crowds and the bikers is definitely the mighty jump on the finishing slope of the Planai World Cup Ski-Piste.

>>> schedule Downhill 2009

Friday, 19.09.2009

08:30 Uhr - DHI Official Downhill Training - All World Cup Riders
11:30 Uhr - DHI Official Downhill Training - for Top 80 Men / Top 20 Women
14:00 Uhr - DHI World Cup Downhill - Qualifying Round

Sunday, 20.09.2009

09:00 Uhr Bike Expo
11:00 Uhr traditional austrian Frühschoppen
13:15 Uhr Women's World Cup Downhill - Finale
14:00 Uhr Men's World Cup Downhill - Finale

16:15 Uhr Awards Ceremony World Cup Downhill
17:00 Uhr Seasonfinals Party

>>>Course information

Distanz 2.200m
Off road 2.160 m 98,00 %
Asphalt 40 m 2,00 %
Start line Altitude 1.350,0 müA
Finish line Altitude 749,0 müA
Descent, Altitude 601,0 m
Descending 28,00 %
Trach width (mind. 2,0 m) 47,00 %
Trach width (max. 2,0 m) 53,00 %
Slow technical components 42,00 %
Fast components 58,00 %


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