Over the next 10 weeks, we're counting down to the 20th edition of the Erzbergrodeo. But first, it's time to get clued up on what it's all about with our quick fire guide...
What is the Erzbergrodeo?
The Erzbergrodeo is the signature event on the Hard Enduro calendar with over 1500 riders coming from far and wide to take on the Iron Giant, set in an Austrian ore mine. Erzberg is without doubt one of the toughest races anywhere in the world.
So what is the Red Bull Hare Scramble?
After two days of bum-breaking races, such as the Rocket Ride and two qualifying rides, the 500 fastest qualifiers race off on the final day from the bottom of the mine. They’ve got four hours – which may seem a long time but it’s not - to get across this grueling course in one piece.
Where is it held?
On top of an ancient iron mine in the middle of Austria. Eisenerz, the nearest town to Erzberg means 'Iron Ore.' When they started mining iron there, the most sophisticated tool was a heavy stick.
What is Hard Enduro?
Well is has the word hard in the name because… well, it’s bloody hard! It’s one of the most challenging motorsports on the planet, a combination of trials riding and endurance riding.
What makes it so amazing?
Astonishing feats of human endurance! In 2007, Taddy Blazusiak borrowed a bike and ended up winning the race. He went on to win it another four times and became an international star.
Then there’s five-time Dakar winner, Cyril Despres who made a name for himself on the Erzberg slopes and not forgetting Hard Enduro legend, Graham Jarvis who won despite being disqualified three times in the previous three years while leading.
So it’s just a load of mud, rocks and bikes?
Yes... And a beer tent.