Thirty-five thousand spectators watched the world’s hardest relay race in Lienz, East Tyrol, on Saturday, September 12 as Team Kolland Topsport, 2008 winners of the Red Bull Dolomitenmann, retained their title with another notable victory.
The Kolland Topsport athletes were just a far too good a team to let anyone else stand up against them, not least because of the invaluable time they gained through New Zealander Jonathan Wyatt’s top performance. The indomitable mountain runner was the fastest man on the track, running up to Kuhbodentörl in 1h 23m 11.3s. Markus Kröll, running for Team Red Bull, was not in his best state of health, but made it to seventh place.
From Kuhbodentörl, Christian Amon, who also participated in this year’s Red Bull X-Alps, took the lead on to Moosalm via paraglider. His advance was only threatened by Wendelin Ortner (Team Red Bull), the only paraglider to have participated in each of the 22 Red Bull Dolomitenmann editions. Red Bull kayaker Harald Hudetz gave a great performance in the white waters of the river Drau, but Team Kolland Topsport’s mountain biker Alban Lakata was unbeatable on the final stretch of the race.
The winning team came home in 3h 54m 46.1s to take the trophy for 2009 back to Styria.