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Kozakov’s 10th birthday; Historic, World-Class Racing with a Heavy Finish

Kozakov’s 10th birthday; Historic, World-Class Racing with a Heavy Finish

The 10th anniversary of any downhill event is a rare, special occasion; the 10th anniversary of a legendary event like Kozakov is truly momentous, deserving of great celebration. Fortunately, Kozakov is something of a specialist when it comes to celebrating, and they delivered and exceeded the lofty expectations of downhill racing excellence and epic partying. A field of 242 racers from 28 countries across the globe descended onto this beautiful track to throw down and figure out who's fastest.

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Elissa Mah: 4 Time Asia Pacific Champion

Elissa Mah: 4 Time Asia Pacific Champion

Becoming a continental champion is no easy feat. It means that you're traveling across multiple countries and competing among the best in that respected area of the globe. But to become a continental champion 5 years in a row? Elissa Mah has been quietly taking victories over the past few years and I wanted to sit down with her to learn a bit more about her life on and off the board.. oh and today is her birthday!

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Kozakov B- and C-Lists Fight For Their Lives While The A-List Parties

Kozakov B- and C-Lists Fight For Their Lives While The A-List Parties

At Kozakov Quali Day, the top 59 Open skaters passed straight through to the A-Bracket, giving them reason to party last night and then luxuriate today while the 60th-182nd times had to fight for the remaining 5 A-Bracket spots. The "C-List" - Qualifiers 119-182 - raced first, gunning for the top 5 positions (all 4 Finalists and the Consi winner) to graduate into B-Bracket. After day full of supremely close finishes, the top 5 B-Bracket qualifiers ultimately earned their ranks among the 64-person Open Finals bracket.

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The Tenth Kozakov Qualis; Hot Laps and Headwinds

The Tenth Kozakov Qualis; Hot Laps and Headwinds

On a day of blustery headwinds, Carlos Paixão qualified fastest, closely followed by fellow Brazilian Thiago Lessa. That reverses their final placing at the end of the 2017 World Cup season, and sets up a classic battle in the finals of the tenth Kozakov Challenge. Behind the two Brazilians lurks Daniel Engel, back in form after struggling in Transylvania.

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Mitch Thompson and Sabrina Ambrosi Crowned King and Queen of Transylvania

Mitch Thompson and Sabrina Ambrosi Crowned King and Queen of Transylvania

Mitch Thompson (AU) has reached many podiums, but the top spot has always eluded him. That changed at Pasul Vulcan. He pushed out in front of the final, widened his lead at every corner, and by the finish was well ahead of the remaining pack. Sebastian Hertler (DE) followed in second, but uncharacteristically crashed in the final corner, his first crash there of the whole event. Adam Westfall (US) seized the opportunity, sneaking past into second place, while fastest qualifier, Harry Clarke (AU) squeezed into third after Hertler controversially crossed the finish line on hands and knees in a desperate scramble.

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Transylvania Qualifiers: Battling The Weather

Transylvania Qualifiers: Battling The Weather

This is one of the world’s fastest racetracks, but the weather is some of the craziest we’ve ever seen. Qualification started with a sunny morning, giving everyone some cautious optimism after practice turned rainy yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately the forecast was accurate: midway through the first quali run, the rain began.

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