Look what we found! Red Bull Dolomitenmann kicks off this weekend and, to celebrate, we had a look in the archives of this iconic race – the world's toughest team event – to revisit its epic history.
It's fair to say we found some real gems. The race has changed little over the years. Dolomitenmann is a team relay race in which athletes run, paraglide, mountain bike and kayak over the challenging terrain of the Lienz Dolomites.
But, boy, the outfits and gear have! Mountain bikes with caliper brakes, 80s-style spandex leggings? Look back and wonder...
Headbands, moustaches, and garish colours. Oh, yes, you've got to love the 80s. The first Dolomitenmann took place in 1988. Here runners get ready at the Hauptplatz, Lienz.
Pillars of strength
Some things don't change. Okay, those trainers belong in a museum, but the mountain runners still need to demonstrate the same determination and strength as they ever did in the running stage, which begins in Lienz and covers approximately 2,000m of ascent.
Style alert, part 1
This may be the only time in the race's history where snow covered the route, but there is something far more eye-opening in this image – that purple ski suit. People wore this stuff? Fashion faux pas today, but back in the day, shiny onesies were the height of cool.
Start alert, part 2
Style police: arrest this man! It's difficult to imagine a time when it was acceptable to run in an all-red onesie. But this was 1992 and it must have been very cold. What was this athlete thinking? Painting the town red, of course.
Take to the skies
After the mountain run, athletes 'pass the baton' to paragliders who then descend to Moosalm, before taking off again and flying back down to the valley floor.
A hallmark of Red Bull Dolomitenmann is its appeal with spectators and fans who flock to the area to watch the world's top adventure athletes battle it out every year.
You have to love those leggings, but look what they conceal? The iron calf muscles of Alfons Hörhager taking off at the start of the paragliding stage. Can you guess the year?
The pilots in Red Bull Dolomitenmann have included some of the world's best. Taking part this year again will be the Red Bull X-Alps athlete Paul Guschlbauer, a previous Dolomitenmann winner in 2010 and 2013.
Give the man a hand
Mountain biking fans, feast your eyes – remember the days when the travel on front suspension was a maximum 100mm or life before disc brakes? And those heavy pre-carbon frames and skinny tyres. This was only 15 years ago.
Over the handlebars
And this is the reason bike manufacturers thought maybe adding suspension might be a good idea.
Hard man on a hardtail
Incredible to think of the days when mountain bikes didn't have any suspension at all. Here, Sigi Hochenwarter cranks it on a retro steed in the 1996 edition.
The famous seven-metre jump near Lienz: this is still an iconic part of the
kayak course today.
A kayaker powers through the rapids in the 1996 edition. Photo buffs, this was shot on slide in the days when you couldn't just press and hold the shutter, and it shows on those deep retro colours. Instagram not required...
Get more classic stories and the best adventure photography from the App. Download at RedBull.com/app.