International downhill race on Lošinj island to Lukasik in front of Žabjek and Pandur, Černilogar in front of Hrastnik and Skrzypnik in women’s race.
After a season off the downhill gang from different parts of Europe returned to the rocky course from Sv. Ivan hill to the old port of Veli Lošinj on the island of Lošinj for a UCI Class 1 race (for elite men).
In the 70 riders strong men’s elitethe category Polish rider Slawomir Lukasik (NS Bikes – Pro Fro) was already the fastest in the morning semi-final. He was about 10 seconds faster that what the organizers from MTB Trbovlje club figured would be the fastest times on the rebuilt course. In the final run he shaved 4 more seconds from his time to secure his victory. The silver medalist from last year’s European Championships beat the Champion from that race, Slovenian Jure Žabjek, by four and a half seconds. Žiga Pandur, another Slovenian from Unior Tools Team followed in third, a good second down on Žabjek. Jure placed second here for the second time, Austrian Manuel Gruber won in front of him in 2014.
Slovenian Miran Vauh (Blackthorn) finished 4th and Brit Lachlan Blair 5th.
Zarja Černilogar (Unior Tools Team) remains unbeaten on the island. But only in final runs. Another Slovenian Monika Hrastnik (Črn trn) was faster in the semi-final but took 2nd in the final run. Polish rider Sonia Skrzypnik took third place.
Rudi Pintar (Rajf Funsports, Slovenia) won the junior men category and Matej Drnovšek (MTB Trbovlje, Slovenia) was the fastest in masters men.
Close to 200 riders from 11 countries entered the race.
DH LOšinj also marked the start of national series of both Croatia and Slovenia. The series are almost completely united this year: points for both will be awarded in Kranjska Gora (May 15th), Soriška planina (August 28th) and Maribor (September 25th). Croatia Cup has additional race in Sarajvo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on August 21st.
Zarja Černilogar in cover photo, all photos by Klemen Humar