Hot on the heels of the final round of the iXS European Downhill Cup in Todtnau, Germany, last weekend came the season finale of the iXS German Downhill Cup in Thale.
The event attracted nearly 400 downhill riders to the Harz mountains and after victories in Todtnau for the French rider (and overall women's champion) Emmeline Ragot and Austria's Markus Pekoll, it was the turn of some homegrown Germans to win this weekend.
Andreas Sieber (Radon Factory), who finished the iXS European Cup season ninth, was back to his best at an event he won in 2010. He was fastest in the seeding run on Saturday and managed to repeat that feat in Sunday's final, remaining ahead of Belgium's Dave Goris (Giant Germany) and Fabian Fader (Solid Factory Team).
Sieber finishes the season third behind overall winner Benny Strasser and Marcus Klausmann. Strasser had the title sewn up at the fourth and penultimate round in Bad Wildbad and ducked out of this weekend. Klausmann, meanwhile, was forced out of the event through injury.
In the women's category, overall leader Nicole Beege (Liteville) came out on top in Saturday's seeding run and by the end of Sunday she'd also managed to retain her overall standings lead.
However Beege had to settle for second fastest in the final after her close rival Sandra Rübesam (Propain Bikes) took her second victory of the season to cement her runner-up spot in the rankings. It was a great result for Rübesam, who had to recover from a flat tyre in the seedings run.