The most spectacular battle of the biking scene
Downhill Night Sprint, Dual Slalom, Avalanche Enduro - the Trail Master Challenge is one of the most exciting and varied races of the biking scene - for riders and spectators alike. The breathtaking multi-stage race takes place on occasion of the Republic's National Holiday, challenging some 200 professional and amateur bikers in three spectacular stages on three days: the crisp Downhill Night Sprint, the direct fight for millimeters in the Dual Slalom and the final Avalanche Enduro competition. It's about daily stage victories and overall rankings, tactics and enough stamina - and celebrating the huge variety of our sport.
Comeback of the year
Downhill Nightsprint, Dual Slalom & Avalanche Enduro – it’s the return of the TRAILMASTER CHALLENGE to a new home, the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN
One of the most spectacular bike events in one of the most incredible bike locations: the iconic multi stage race “Trailmaster Challenge” returns finding a new home in the Bike Republic Sölden. During the REPUBLIC’s national holiday celebrations (06.–08. September 2019) trail thirsty mountain bikers will battle it out in three stages: on the intense Downhill Nightsprint, the head-to-head Dual Slalom and the final Avalanche Enduro frenzy.
Freeride Pro Rob Heran launched the Trailmaster Challenge a decade ago and it soon turned into a major season highlight – for ambitious amateur riders as well as pro athletes. As an honorary citizen of the Bike Republic SöldeN Rob now brings the multi-stage event to the stunning valley in Tyrol, where it becomes a part of the REPUBLIC’s very own three-day national bank holiday celebrations. With its truly unique concept and the impressive trail network, Sölden is the perfect host for the Trailmaster’s burst of bike fun.
The first stage kicks off on Friday, 06th of September, at dusk. The flood-lit Downhill Sprint is short but technically demanding and finishes right in the Expo area. This is also where the crowd will celebrate the first winner of the day (and bike life in general) with bands, finest local food and, of course, some drinks as well.
After a long night you can take an easy start on Saturday: catch a brand-new 2020 bike from one of the exhibitors and test it on the superb, fast and flowing 24 trails and lines of the REPUBLIC. However, the afternoon holds a tough challenge – and great crowd-pleaser, the Dual Slalom: man vs man, woman vs woman and in the Trailmaster Kids Race junior vs junior. The head-to-head takes place on a newly designed track packed with obstacles. One by one is eliminated until the last rider is standing. It’s a tough battle not only for the day’s winner but also for crucial overall points. At night you can chill, lie back and watch the pros showing the dankest tricks in the Whip Off Jump Contest before hitting the Saturday party.
Sunday brings the Trailmaster highlight: the final competition, the Avalanche Enduro, is a mass-start frenzy with 1.500 gnarly vertical meters down to Sölden. It’s all about endurance, tactics, technical skills and will power. It’s definitely the title defining race – yet, of course, the Trailmaster Champ will be the one with the highest score from all three stages.
Although the races are tough and demanding, the Trailmaster Challenge is all about celebrating the mountainbike spirit and the sports’ diversity – just as the Bike Republic Sölden is home to manifold citizens all sharing the passion for biking. The number of participants is limited to 200 riders.
Registration from early April 2019, more information will follow!