Ex­treme En­duro meets Mad Max when the Erzberg roars into life

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - Michael Guy, Sports Ed­i­tor

Held in the big­gest iron ore mine in Europe, the Erzberg Rodeo is the mother of Ex­treme En­duro events that has grown into a four-day fes­ti­val of off-road mo­tor­cy­cling may­hem.

Ev­ery­thing about it is ex­treme from the qual­ity of rid­ers, ter­rain they have to ride over right through to the amount of al­co­hol con­sumed each and ev­ery night in the in­fa­mous beer tent.

Pro­ceed­ings start on Thurs­day with a host of Ex­treme En­duro mini events and hill climbs, but the se­ri­ous busi­ness gets un­der­way on Fri­day where over 1500 rid­ers get their chance to race 10 miles up the moun­tain in the Pro­logue. They get an­other shot at the Pro­logue on Satur­day with only the top 500 rid­ers qual­i­fy­ing for the main Hare Scram­ble event on Sun­day.

The Hare Scram­ble sim­ply has to be seen to be be­lieved with the best rid­ers in the world as­cend­ing and de­scend­ing the side of the moun­tain. And it’s hard; re­ally hard. In 2016 only nine of the very best in the world got to the fin­ish. World class rid­ers get chewed up and spat out by the moun­tain, bikes are bro­ken, bones are snapped. But while it’s se­ri­ously tough up front, the real may­hem comes when the low­erseeded rid­ers try to take on the moun­tain. So if it’s car­nage you want just stick around near the start and you’ll see an al­most end­less stream of bikes and rid­ers cartwheel­ing down the side of the moun­tain. O Info: Erzberg Rodeo, Eisen­erz, Aus­tria, June 15 to 18. From €55 for a four-day ad­vance ticket . See www.erzber­grodeo.at

‘It’s hard. Re­ally hard – only nine rid­ers fin­ished in 2016’

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