Photo Blast: iXS EDC Châtel

Some of the best images from last weekend's European Downhill Cup 5th round in Châtel.
By Rajiv Desai
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Downhill on the agenda
Spectators at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Downhill on the agenda Châtel first played host to the iXS European Downhill Cup in 2008. It is now one of the regular tracks used in the European series. © Thomas Dietze
Wet conditions
Ziga Pandur at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Wet conditions It rained on and off throughout the weekend at Châtel. This made the track slippery and extremely hard to ride. Ziga Pandur made the most of the sun peeking out on Saturday's seeding run to go second fastest. © Thomas Dietze
Preparing for battle
Marcus Klausmann at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Preparing for battle Marcus Klausmann was ready to take on the wet conditions at Châtel head-on. © Thomas Dietze
Short and sweet
Joshua Hein at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Short and sweet Châtel is one of the shorter tracks in the European Downhill Cup series at just 1,500 metres. Germany's Joshua Hein found the course to his liking and came in 27th overall. © Thomas Dietze
Mud glorious mud
Jacques Bouvet at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Mud glorious mud Further rain on Sunday made the Châtel track a mud chute. Jacques Bouvet of the Basislager Ghost Racing Team was one among many riders who didn't deal with the conditions well. He finished 53rd in the end. © Thomas Dietze
Ruaridh Cunningham wins at Châtel iXS 2013
Ruaridh Cunningham performing at Châtel iXS EDC 2013
Ruaridh Cunningham wins at Châtel iXS 2013 Ruaridh Cunningham on his way to victory at the EDC round at Châtel. © Thomas Dietze
Double celebration for Zarja
Zarja Cernilogar at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Double celebration for Zarja Zarja Cernilogar took the women's title at Châtel. Her win meant she can't be caught by second-placed Jana Bártová and is confirmed as the women's European Downhill Cup champion for 2013 with once race of the series remaining. © Thomas Dietze
Men's podium
Men's Podiuim at the 2013 iXS European Downhill Cup in Châtel
Men's podium Men's winner Ruaridh Cunningham is joined by Wynn Masters, Jack Moir, Lars Peyer and Miran Vaugh on top of the podium. © Thomas Dietze