Main star of Cycling Slovenia’s event same as last year. KD Rajd is best MTB team, awards to three young downhillers and a long time club president.
Cycling Federation of Slovenia traditionally finished the season with their Night of the stars event at Ljubljana castle where they awarded their best athletes.
The most prestigious titles of Cyclist of the year went to the same athletes as last year: downhiller Monika Hrastnik is the female Cyclist of the year and road cyclist Primož Roglič the male Cyclist of the year for 2017.
Last year Monika Hrastnik (Blackthorn) was the first gravity biker to win the title. This year she reached even higher with her achievements, all the way to 8th place at Val di Sole World Cup and 7th at the World Championships in Cairns. She is in 9th position in the UCI rankings at the end of the season. Monika is also the overall winner of the iXS European Downhill Cup and Unior Downhill Cup as well as National Champion.
Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) took silver in time trial at the World Championships. His historic stage win in the mountains at Tour de France, the first Slovenian stage win in the history of the race, might be even harder to forget.
Rajd cycling club from Ljubljana won the title of Best mountain bike team. They run three gravity/BMX race teams – Rajd Funsports, Sinter Brakes Team and Unior Tools Team – work with the young and recreactional riders and are also active in trail and park building and management. Miha Jakopič, chief of club’s programs, received the prize.
Thee young downhillers received prizes for outstanding achievements in mountain biking – Rudi Pintar, Marko Niemiz (both Sinter Brakes Team) and Jure Žabjek (Unior Tools Team).
Rudi is overall winner of junior category of iXS European Downhill Cup and National Champion, he also had a successful start in the World Cup.
Marko became the overall winner in U17 in Unior Downhill Cup, placed in top 10 in iXS European Downhill Cup and crowned his season by winning at the unofficial youth World Champs in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria.
Jure reached all the way to historic 10th place in the World Cup. He took two more top 15 results and finished the World Cup in 14th overall. he is currently in 8th place in the UCI rankings. He also won the overall in iXS European Downhill Cup and Unior Downhill Cup and defended his national title.
Ciril Grkman, president of Calcit Bike Team, received a prize for long time work in the sport. He has been in charge of one of the strongest clubs in Slovenia since 2001 and has been active since 1984. Under his management the club has been successfully running the popular XC Kamnik race and has also held events in downhill, enduro, cyclocross and eliminator.
Cover photo from left: Marko Niemiz, Primož Roglič, Rudi Pintar, Monika Hrastnik and Jure Žabjek