The Erzburg Rodeo is considered by many to be the toughest harescramble in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Competitors start at the base of the colossal Erzberg mine (the largest in Central Europe—over 230 million tons of iron ore have been removed since the 16th century) and race through about 20 checkpoints and over unimaginably difficult terrain on their way to the top. This year, competitors enjoyed nearly constant rain, making the race even more difficult. Each year, only about 2% of the competitors make it to the finish line, and the top finishers are often trials champions.
Then again, the event is a trials rider’s dream. The course is peppered with bounders, step-ups, and cliffs that can break wheels, smash radiators and blow fork-seals. At points spectators have to use ropes to haul the bikes up the cliffs. Metzeler is proud to have sponsored the top 3 finishers in this year’s event, and is proud to have provided the 6 Days Extreme tires that helped them on their way. Pole Tadeusz Blazusiak took first place on his factory KTM, and Brits Dougie Lampkin and Jonny Walker took second and third place.
Of his win an overjoyed Blazusiak said “It’s been a tough race but to get a fifth win is just amazing. From the start I felt good, but the weather was horrible. I took an early lead before getting past on one of the first climbs, but once we got to the first tough sections in the forest I got back into the lead and pushed hard to open up a gap at the front. I didn’t have any problems on any of the next hard sections and had about a two or three minute lead as I got to the toughest rock section known as Carl’s Diner. It’s amazing having five wins here, I have to say such a big thanks to everyone who helped me as well as to all my sponsors. Now I’ll be spending my time getting ready for Endurocross in the States which starts with the first race at X Games.”
Congratulation on the excellent performances gentlemen.