Like so many occasions, the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo laborious enduro occasion ended up taking an unplanned break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final occasion was held in 2019—and laborious enduro fans, each skilled and novice, have been extraordinarily wanting to get again to climbing up the Erzberg mountain. Thankfully, they lastly received their probability once more in 2022.
Of the 1,200 official entrants who began the occasion, solely 500 (!) managed to qualify for the principle race, which came about on Sunday of the four-day competition that ran from June 16 by way of 19, 2022. By the time the occasion was over, solely eight riders in complete had managed to complete inside the four-hour time restrict.
Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler gained, and was the one rider to complete in underneath three hours. This was not solely Manuel’s first win; it was additionally an historic one for the race. His father, Andreas, additionally gained Erzbergrodeo simply seven years in the past. As of 2022, they’re the one father and son crew to perform that feat—so clearly, it runs within the household.
In this video, we get to see only a style of what the highest eight finishers endured as a way to end the 2022 Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble. In a means, that title is a bit humorous—greater than as soon as, whereas watching the riders rock-hopping, I questioned if it shouldn’t be known as a Goat Scramble as a substitute? In any case, we get to see Mario Roman (who completed in second), Trystan Hart, Billy Bolt, Alfredo Gomez, Michael Walkner, Wade Young, and Matthew Green as properly.
Outside the highest eight, we additionally get to spend somewhat time with five-time Erzbergrodeo winner Graham Jarvis. Unfortunately, he ended up with mechanical issues that saved him caught on the beginning line for over an hour, which primarily ended his race earlier than it actually had the possibility to start. He managed to finish rather a lot, even regardless of that truth—however was unable to finish the complete occasion in underneath 4 hours.
As you’ll see on this video, the factor about Erzbergrodeo isn’t falling. You and your bike are each going to fall—and fall a LOT. You’re going to slip. You’re going to must redo stuff you thought you already did, and it’s going to be irritating. Still, in case you fall down 4 instances and get again up 5, and also you managed to stand up the hill on that fifth attempt, what? You win.