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Old 06-08-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Ezberg 2013

Erzberg, the Iron Mountain. A series race in the Extreme-Enduro rounds. Top billed riders, sweat, blood, and extreme riding no doubt. A famous event here in Europe, and one that demands respect for any rider attempting the main Hare Scramble event. It really is extreme, with some sections progress is measured in feet per minute. The course is designed to try to have only 1 winner/completer. This year only about 10 finished out of 500.




And the redbull enduro for those incredibly nuts..


A few of us decided to bite the bullet, and enter the Prologue event - 1,500 riders with the best 500 getting into the Red Bull Hare Scramble (Extreme-Enduro)

The Prologue:
More of the actual hill climb (not the nuts redbull scramble)




The route there was a holiday, a road-trip, but why not & beats motorways :)
The European road trip to kill all road trips :)




The road route there will take in lots of this:

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Old 06-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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That first picture looks like insanity.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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That first picture looks like insanity.
.... love the pics... more please...
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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That first picture looks like insanity.
No worse than a Barstow-to Vegas in the early 70's.

Probably 4000 entries. BLM limited it to 3000 the next year.

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Old 06-08-2013, 07:10 PM   #5
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:49 AM   #6
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My training for the trip, and the Prologue event consisted of:
a) Having major shoulder surgery that means even now I cannot lift a can of baked beans above my head with that arm (note, official excuse and poofters way out is lodged )
b) Buying a new (to me) SuperEnduro that I am not familiar with (back up excuse)
c) Only having one off road day since the Op on the new bike! (stupidity, but that's the way I roll... doh!)
d) Watching loads of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLbosLjWXoI

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Old 06-09-2013, 01:53 AM   #7
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Hate to say it, but I have to start this RR with a little bit of a whinge.

Bloody politics of the Erzberg, or just bad management dressed up as "health and safety"?
Roughly 1,500 riders race the Prologue event which is run over Friday and Sat, and is a 15km blast up the mountain roads, incorporating a wee hill climb to sort out the girls & boys. We arrived to good weather, but were then hit by a day of heavy rain, a night of snow, and so Friday dawned with 3 to 6 inches of snow, loads of slush, and white-out conditions up top.

So the hardy of us shrugged aside the physical conditions, prepped the bikes, and went for a run; after all, it was just practice for the next day (with a better forecast), so why not!

The Friday run for everyone was pretty grim. Slush and rain down low, snow and slush in the middle, and just no fucking visibility up the top at all. What a mess. But we all got a feel for the course and prep for balls out on Sat.

Come Saturday it was sunny, dry, no snow, no rain, lovely hard-pack surface (the quarry drains well after all!), but the Austrian wankers go and change the rules. All of a sudden those who made a run on Friday are NOT allowed to have heat 2, and only those who were too pussy to get out were allowed to make a Sat run.

So whinge almost over - those of us on a Friday run have pretty suck times, including mind you Graham Jarvis who went up it the same day as us, and started something like 57th (to then win the event by 15 odd minutes). Boy that lad was pissed. I don't mind so much - a great experience, but it does sour the event somewhat....

Ride report to follow.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:57 AM   #8
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The Eurotunnel was the usual way used to cross from England to continental Europe. We went over on Friday evening, rode an hour into Belgium, and stayed at a nice, and cheap, hotel in Aalter - it just gets all the phaffing of the Eurotunnel over with meaning a clean run on Sat.

The first pics are near Vianden, just on the border of Luxemburg.



The bikes! Michael is on a 2010 well used Adventure R (entered and raced in every big-bike rally champion round of 2012), and I was on my (new to me) Super Enduro 950 R that I'd only spent one day riding (but loads of prep time on it as my shoulder healed).


Some roadside tinkering

Nicely packed bike; tent, clothes, tools.

The approach to Vianden

Our lunch time view

Another nicely packed bike :)


M tyres of choice for the road trip part of this journey (not really of choice, as they were only used as were free! :) )



Michael's tyres


We ended up day one in Baden-Baden at the top of the black forest, a good run, and some great roads on the way.
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Day two, Michael is keen to go :) (he's not a keen road rider preferring off-roading and rallies! :) )




A late lunch at Turckheim







A long day, many many miles of twisties and sights


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Old 06-09-2013, 02:03 AM   #10
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An extra bike!

We met up with ZedsDead, John on his 950 Adventure, in Switzerland, staying the night near Neuchatel, then hitting the roads and cutting into the Swiss Alps. John had come straight from 5 weeks of riding in Morocco and Spain, so had some miles under his belt!






Great views





Getting into the mountains





This is halfway up the Sustenpass, which turned out to be closed at the top!





Some more tinkering




Worth the ride though







On the way back down this happened right in front to me, from a clear road to this in about 20 seconds




I had taken the photo's of the others riding on the way up sitting in exactly the spot now covered by a ton of snow...


VIDEO


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A relaxing lunch at the bottom (Swiss side) of the pass





If you can make out what looks like a few waterfalls - those are avalanches happening. Lunch was spent listening to massive cracks and booms and spotting the resulting avalanche. Awesome






COWS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcA6BFGUckI


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Old 06-09-2013, 05:59 AM   #11
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:13 AM   #12
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Wow! Great pics, and already an exciting story...


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Old 06-09-2013, 09:33 AM   #13
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Great pics man and beautiful spot, been there years ago, you are a lucky fella riding there.

Nice bike too ... without bias of course

Wave that Kiwi flag high bro, will follow along!!!
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:49 AM   #15
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Great pics man and beautiful spot, been there years ago, you are a lucky fella riding there.

Nice bike too ... without bias of course

Wave that Kiwi flag high bro, will follow along!!!
Cheers!

I think I ended up being second place in the Kiwi's... (out of two! ). I don't think Chris Birch was in it this year, but instead some new upcoming trials based rider.
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