Ezberg 2013

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bigkuri, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. bigkuri

    bigkuri Long timer

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    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.

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    And the redbull enduro for those incredibly nuts..
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    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)
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    The route there was a holiday, a road-trip, but why not & beats motorways :)
    The European road trip to kill all road trips :)

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    The road route there will take in lots of this:

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  2. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    That first picture looks like insanity.
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    :clap.... love the pics... more please... :clap
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    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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    bring it on....:clap
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  6. bigkuri

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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 :D )
    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

    :deal
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  7. bigkuri

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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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  8. bigkuri

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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.

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    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).

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    Some roadside tinkering
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    Nicely packed bike; tent, clothes, tools.
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    The approach to Vianden
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    Our lunch time view
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    Another nicely packed bike :)
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    M tyres of choice for the road trip part of this journey (not really of choice, as they were only used as were free! :) )

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    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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  9. bigkuri

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    Day two, Michael is keen to go :) (he's not a keen road rider preferring off-roading and rallies! :) )

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    A late lunch at Turckheim

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    A long day, many many miles of twisties and sights

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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!


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    Great views

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    Getting into the mountains

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

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    Some more tinkering

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    Worth the ride though

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

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    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...


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

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    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

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    COWS

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    :)
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    Wow! Great pics, and already an exciting story... :thumb


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  13. Two Moto Kiwis

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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 :rofl

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

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

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    The road-trip part of this trip continues.

    A bit of trailside excitement, the first mechanical issue - Michael has been thoroughly sick of his bikes alarm for ages now, but removing it has always been on his to-do list. After several years the alarm wiring has stretched out the OEM ignition loom, resulting in the bike cutting out when at full lock! So an hours break to find, and fix, the issue. The resulting fix was to unbolt the entire ignition and duct tape it to the fairing so it did not move with the steering.


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    Was a nice place to break down :)

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    Some professional bodging going on...

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  17. bigkuri

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    That night was pizza in Italy, Bellinzona, a nice enough spot and pretty relaxing wee town.

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    A pity it is not leaning ;)


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    Pushed on the next day to skirt around the lakes, this one being Lugano, and John admiring the worlds biggest screen (John is a healthy 6'4"+ tall...). Note the wee scooter is a Hybrid!!!

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    This looks a nice place to stay with the wife sometime, with interesting statues!

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    Cool....

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  18. bigkuri

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    Lunch in a mystery town somewhere in Italy, heading towards Austria

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    The evening in Innsbruck


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    John offering some roadside assistance "it's definitely your water-pump gone"... ;)

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    Collecting dinner


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  19. bigkuri

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    The next day took us over the Gerlos Pass, a lovely spot, with awesome roads.

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    We continued north-eastwards through Austria, to finally arrive at the gates to ERZBERG!

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    Never missed a beat

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    It's worth saying now I've spent some time on the SE, in comparison to the Adventure...

    The SE rocks. For road-riding it is faster; better in the twisties as quicker handling and lighter, and it stops better too, with the (single) front brake outperforming my poor old Adventure, with which I used to have to plan corners in advance, like piloting a super-tanker. Where the Adventure still wins is settled high-speed touring, with anything over 70mph just so much easier on the Adventure. The one and only thing to modify on my SE is it does need a small screen, just 3-6 inches of protection for a bit of relief from the wind blast.


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    We arrived at a perfect time on Wednesday, with a massive queue of vans on both sides of the road for over 1km. We just nipped past, and after about 30 mins the gates opened with us about the 5th on the mountain :)

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    Nice view

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    But the main view!


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    WE ARE HERE! :)



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  20. bigkuri

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    Our empty backyard quickly filled up, with over-excited motorheads roaring up in vans and grabbing choice spots to set up camp. They were all old-hands at it, and so pretty well prepared with huge marques, fire-pits, tables, benches, stereo's.... We were the only people camping in tents and only with motorcycles!


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    Mental note, I will be selling my wee tent. It is a brilliant tent (2 person Vango) for motorbike camping when conditions are nice. But when conditions are filthy wet and constant rain for 4 days, it is just too small. For wet conditions I needed a covered porch to get changed in and store all the wet kit.


    Down at the main compound

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    The weather already closing in....

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    The finish line of the Hare Scramble. Looks easy eh.... !!

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    This is the very bottom of the riders camp, which was now FULL

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    The evening lunacy began, these lads were all doing burn outs on their Enduro bikes on an old wooden door

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    VIDEO to follow (as I ran out of bandwidth - fixing now...)
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