“Don’t bet against the house” goes the previous playing adage. Those phrases to the smart additionally apply to the Erzbergrodeo. Of the 1,500 opponents that took on the problem, solely 500 progressed to the principle occasion on Sunday, June 19, 2022. With 35.2 kilometers of boulder gardens, steep hill climbs, and muddy forest between the beginning and end traces, solely eight contenders truly accomplished the course inside the four-hour race time.
Hard enduro rider Pol Tarres already is aware of what it takes to overcome the Erzbergrodeo, although. Aboard a standard two-stroke enduro, Tarres accomplished the grueling off-road race 3 times and completed within the prime ten in 2019. Apparently, the skilled Erzbergrodeo rider wanted an excellent greater problem in 2022, piloting a specially-equipped Yamaha Tenere 700 by the primary 17 of 27 phases of the competitors.
Sadly, Tarres wasn’t capable of end the race for his fourth consecutive marketing campaign, however he grew to become the primary rider to succeed in the seventeenth stage on a twin-cylinder bike. On the opposite hand, his ascent to that stage was something however straightforward.
Each rider is allotted 4 hours to progress so far as they’ll by the powerful and treacherous terrain. However, sure phases current more difficult obstacles than others, and a queue of riders builds up in consequence.
Tarres’ tempo was impeded by these pure visitors jams, however he pushed by with each useful resource at his disposal. At one level, Tarres even helped a fellow competitor dislodge his bike from a very tough part earlier than blasting by along with his T7.
Despite his finest efforts, the Yamaha rider’s Erzbergrodeo bid ended between Stony Party (Checkpoint 17) and Udo’s Playground (Checkpoint 18). He completed in 77th place in consequence, however that result’s a miraculous feat when contemplating the 1,500 riders that began the race weekend.
Tarres will now carry that momentum to the Africa Eco Race with the Tenere 700 World Raid Team on October 15-30, 2022. No, you could not wish to guess in opposition to the home, nevertheless it’s simply as unwise to guess in opposition to Pol Tarres and his Tenere 700.