Last May we headed out to the IXS Dirtmasters festival along with our German distributor Sportnut to share our innovative cycle security with the German public, this year we’re back and the festival is bigger still – it’s now the largest Freeride MTB festival in Europe, with 4 days packed full of racing, riding and most importantly shopping for new bike gear.
The Dirtmasters Festival takes place at Winterberg, in the north-west of the country, about a two hour drive from Dortmund and home to a world-class bikepark, featuring everything from technical downhill to a slopestyle course.
HIPLOKS IN THE WILD
Coming to the festival for a second time meant we saw a lot of familiar faces, and we were delighted to see so many happy Hiplok owners – it seems we have a great community of German Hiplok enthusiasts that we’re also attending the festival. Check out this great use of Z LOK COMBO to keep a bike safe whilst the rider took a quick break from the trails!
The main focus of the IXS Dirtmasters Festival is the Downhill Cup, with races from rookies through to the pros, but as well as Downhill there’s 4X, Pump Track and Enduro to keep you entertained. We were thrilled to see some Hiplok Riders and friends in the line-ups. As well as our friend Deaks and the Sportsnut DH Talent Team, we got to see guys like American rider (and Hiplok favourite) Abby Hogie racing and narrowly missing out on a podium spot.
KEEP YOUR COOL
Aside from the racing, it was great to meet up with some Hiplok Riders and see how they use our products on race-day. Whilst a Bikepark isn’t a particularly high-risk environment, you might be surprised to learn that there were a few reports of thefts over the weekend.
We caught up with the DH Talent team to see how they use their locks, and Jannick explained that having the bikes locked up in between laps means they can relax more and focus on the race, rather than worrying about their bikes being safe – with Jannick setting the fastest time in qualifying it looks like that extra focus worked.
WILD WHIP OFFS
Some of the most wild and entertaining events at Dirtmasters wasn’t the racing itself, but throughout the weekend a number of spectacles take place keeping the stoke levels high. From bunny hop comps to the ‘Braaaap Off’ there are a huge number of events to catch. Our highlight from last year were the Whip Offs and this year promised more of the same and it was great to see young British rider Sam Hockenhull claim the win amongst a whole field of big name pros such as Fabio Wibmer, Josh Bryceland, and Sam Reynolds to name a few. Following the contest was a rowdy impromptu celebration on top of the hill – I’m not sure if Ben Deakin has been seen since!
One of the great things about the festival is how accessible it is for the whole family, with a wide range of events and activities nearly all ages are catered for and it was great to see whole families engaging in cycling and mountain biking activities together. We even saw a very cool buggy lock that looked familiar!