Marcel Hirscher, 8-time overall ski champion, competes in the toughest motocross race in the world
“Certainly not as easy as it looks.” –Marcel Hircher
About Red Bull Erzbergrodeo:
1 mountain. 500 runners. 15 checkpoints. 4 hours of time. And only a handful of runners crosses the finish line! Welcome to the cruel reality of the real highlight of Erzbergrodeo – the RED BULL ERZBERGRODEO, considered the toughest motocross race in the world! Only the fastest 500 riders in the Iron Road Prologue qualify for the world’s most technically demanding off-road competition. The departure ceremony is already a legend in its own right. When, at 11:00 a.m., Karl Katoch guides the competitors towards Lake Erzberg, the thrilling atmosphere once again gives goosebumps. At 12:00 sharp, waves of 50 runners are unleashed and places on the front lines are highly sought after. The starting positions correspond to the times reached in the prologue, so the 50 fastest riders of the Iron Road Prologue start in the front row of the RED BULL ERZBERGRODEO.
When Heinz Kinigadner and Karl Katoch raise the starting flag, the riders have 4 hours left to pass 20 checkpoints on the 23 kilometer track. At 4:00 p.m., the game is over as the checkered flag is swung for the very last time. Any riders who are still battling with the track at that time are listed in the official results with their last passed checkpoint in working order. Right after the start, it is clear to everyone that there will be only one way to the finish line: straight up the mountain! While the best runners are served with a spicy potpourri of endless climbs, fearsome descents, tight forest trails and unforgiving rocky passages, the vast majority of runners will spend most of their four hours in one of the first climb sections. Only the best of the best are able to reach the legendary Red Bull Arch inside the Erzberg-Arena, making them the elite of enduro riders worldwide.
The price for this inhuman drudgery is not a cash prize. It is a piece of rock, shaped directly from the side of the Iron Giant. A piece of rock from the mountain that runners have beaten with will, determination and quite a few battle scars…