1500 riders line up every year to take on the 3000 vertical foot pit which is sometimes called the Iron Giant. Most guys have a trials background due the consistent and relentless rocks, tight turns, climbing and descending. Austria’s largest iron ore mine called Erzberg is the host to this amazing hare scramble. With grueling sections like “The Machine”, “Carl’s Diner” and “Downtown” it’s really no surprise that only around 30 ever complete this 4 hour event.
6. Let it rip
9. The course changes each year and riders are not able to pre-run the sections, every turn is different than the year before. Multiple water crossings, hill climbs, rocks and forest. Johnny Walker is one of the best.
10. Just think, if you are within the first 100 riders there are 1400 more coming up this behind you, and they are going as hard as they can. Total carnage everywhere you turn.
12. One of the greatest and unexpected moments in last years race was Alfredo Gomez and Johnny Walker helping each other through the new “Downtown” section. No spectators are allowed to help in this section, and although fierce competitors, these guys realized that in order to finish the race they had to work together. Five riders decided to cross the finish line together out of respect for each other and the collective effort it took to even finish the race.
13. Great perspective