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Erzbergrodeo, last day

And, once again. This is our last day at the Iron Giant.

The only thing to do is to put all our wet stuff into the sun, do our final breakfast , look after the devastations all around and finally pack everthing together and move on.
Exact at the time of the HAre Scramble start we sneak out of the camp and leave the area over the rear entrance, avoiding the massed crowed on the hot streets. We speed home, and arrive right in time to see Graham Jarvis winning the race. Congratulations, he is really unbelievable!
There is still time to see the enthralling race through Lazy Noon for the following riders, totally worth it not to miss.
Why we are not at site, you might ask?

The tribune is already overcrowded, visiting one station means, not seeing others and finally, Junior has to regain lost hours with schools, as he has to prepare for some tests in the following week.

Some records from the Life streams:

Hare Scramble 2016

Broadcast 1

Broadcast 2

Full Stream recorded

Erzbergrodeo arrival day

At 2 pm I started loading the transporter, a long list of 165 items were at my packing list.

Everything had to be stowed secure and right in place, the first challenge for the days to come.

At approx 3:30 I was ready to fetch Junior from school and up we went to the highway.

On the way there we filled our canisters and the tank of the transporter, and bought some food and something to drink too.

And up we went…

After a few construction sites along the road ,and 200 km later, we arrived at Eisenerz at 7pm.
Big advantage of the late arrival, we hadn’t to queue at the cash counter,
disadvantage: IMG_20160526_080822704Only a few spaces left within the familiy paddock??

IMG_20160526_080633449_HDR We managed to cuddle between some italian and German transporters and tents and started building our camp.

Unpacking the transporter and the tent, we did have an unpleasant surprise: there are no side sheets with the tent, as it seems we did left them at home?!! OMG!!

A telephone call home verified the fact, the sheets are still at home. My older boy will bring them to us within the next 2 hours, how kind of him!
In the meantime we did prepare the bottom of the tent and then head for the registration desk and the technical check of our bike. Only 4 minutes before closure (at 8 pm) we managed to finally finish this procedure.

So we return to our “tent”, thus reminding us on the mediocre state its still in.

A short check with junior reveals, it still will last approx. 1 1/2 hour until he arrives. So we proceed with our preparation of the inner tent.
Finally a call from junior arrives, he had left the highway.  We did  start our machines to drive to the city border of Eisenerz to meet him there.

I fix the head light on the EXC so we can be on the way even in the dark, but the next unpleasant surprise: Without license plate there is no allowance to leave the camp after 8 pm, wtf?! We had some discussion with the security guy, but he wasn’t willing to give in. So we returned the bikes to the tent and started our walk the hill up and down to Eisenerz.
There we finally met with junior.
As he and we haven’t eaten yet, we enter the Eisenerzer Stüberl for a meal of Wiener Schnitzel and Gulasch, which wasn’t to bad at all.

After this, Junior brought us back to the back entrance of the Rodeo site, which provides us with a shorter way back. Still, the sheets are heavy and I am glad to be back at our tent. As it is 11:30 pm now, we silently start to finish our tent, then do some cat wash, and went to sleep.  At 1:30 am Junior sends an SMS that he had arrived back home safely.
The night is fresh but relatively silent, so we fall asleep fast and unspoiled.

Not a common thing here, as we know: IMG_20160530_093049


today, I received the Link from Sportograf with our pictures.
I did upload them to our cloud,
and here is the Link:

Short preview:


Hare Scramble

As I do not have my own video ready,

as a first glance, the official recording  (4:38 hours)

Second Prolog Day

The long evening at the big tent does effect our sleeping routine, so we did get up rather late.
ReifenrepAs Juniors front wheel still looses some pressure, we decide to change the tube completely. Not an easy task, considering the everywhere dust . And, having the tools already laid out, I did dismount the left front fork, to repair the lower gasket, as it was leaking.

In this environment a horror, but still, a necessary task.

2015-06-06_11-21-10_314To move out of the increasing heat (approx 30° C), we did decide to relocate down to Eisenerz, to get some “real” food for lunch.

We spot the Bräustüberl, and after spending there some time in the shadow, we really can recommend the food there.
After Lunch, we did a little nap, but short after, 2015-06-06_14-35-33_272we prepared our selves for the second prolog race.

As always, queueing at the prestart area. But, only 1 1/2 hours later (in complete harness), the race starts for us.


The track, now even more worse, was really hard to tackle.
As I did want to keep my 5th place from the first race, I kept a higher pace right from the start.


2015-06-06_16-01-56_28 smallUnfortunately, a flat front tire, at approx. half of the track, didn’t help.

Even worse, high speed is now only medium to slow speed. And so, I loose more than 2 Minutes on the track.

In sum, I shift down to the 6th place, unlucky, but not to bad, as the first 4 woman riders are all Pro’s.

So, I really can be satisfied with the result, can I? …  –  honestly, I am not  😉

After a very slow return to the tent, tube fix again
as it seems, i would be a really good mechanic too. 😉

WP_20150606_13_15_43_ProAs small satisfaction we receive an autogramm from Ossi Reisinger

First Prolog Day

2015-06-05_14-43-29_173 We both manged to get to the top (of the mountain) in one piece and in relatively good time.

The track had been worsened significantly, in respect to last year…  brrr.

Not a problem for the pros’s, but for us amateurs  :-/

Others were not so lucky:

Erzberg Prolog Strecke
Here are my statistics for this race

It’s not completely correct as I started tracking after last technical check in prestart, and approx. a minute? after arriving at the finish.


We did arrive today, early in the morning, but still most of the good sites were already gone.

We found a niche at one of the dead ends, meaning, less dust from passing vehicles – most of them Enduros in training Speed  :-/

2015-06-06_10-57-10_647It wasn’t easy to fix the sun sail. only a sharp, but massive, screwdriver was able to penetrate the hardened soil.

but, finally the Tent and the Sail were up.

luckily we had one of our famous AUT riders close by.

Ossi Reisinger!
He has no Team, no Crew, no mechanic tent, no Catering as the big Factory Teams do ahve. Only freinds and his father……

2015-06-04_21-52-49_364in the evening there was the Rider Briefing for the first prolog race at the main tent, as well as, the winner ceremony for the Rocket Ride.

And the Winner is: Ossi Reisinger! 🙂

Because it looks so beautiful


a small picture update afterward:


As you can see with the picture logo, I am not the owner of the pic, despite the fact, that I am the content of the pic  ;-),
Original is from:

Prolog Route

During the Prolog race i let my GPS tracker on.

Thats the Route:


It starts at the circle, at approx. 864 m sea level, and ends, 14 km later, after stones, water and fog at 1437m sea level

One simple mistake, combined with a worsened spark plug did cost me about 8 unnecessary minutes (according to log) , unfortunately it was to late, when i recognised my mistake. Pitty, but reason enough to come back next year, to do it better 🙂

Erzberg 2014

it was cold, it was wet, it was fun!!

I did manage with each prolog run, to have one major mistake which really did cost a lot of time. But still, i managed to keep position 17th in both runs of the ladies cup among 30 starters there.
It certainly wasn’t enough to get into hare scramble, not even close  😉 but that was never the target.
So, I survived Erzberg!!

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