Asphalt and Rubber calls Erzberg Rodeo the toughest single day race in the world. It’s not the Isle of Man TT, the Nurburgring 24 hours, or even Redbull’s Romaniacs. It’s the Erzberg Rodeo, and it’s brutal. In 2012, 1800 people started and only seven finished. It’s that tough. The Metzeler 6 Days Extreme enduro tire is tougher. It has been carried our riders to victory in the last 7 Erzberg rodeos.
The 6 Days Extreme is the same tire Taddy Blazusiak used to win the inaugural X Games Enduro X event last year. It’s a very tough tire, with Metzeler’s “High Resistence Polyester” carcass and “X-ply” constuction, which keeps the tire intact in the most extreme conditions. The knob design, distribution, and compound provides excellent traction in both dry and wet conditions—check out some of Taddy’s endurocross performances for proof!
Back to the enduro: The race is held in an iron mine in Austria, and has impossibly steep hills, brutal rock gardens, and strict time limits. Only the toughest, fittest riders finish.
Travis Pastrana gave it a shot and wound up saying “Erzberg is by far the most difficult race in the world. I wouldn’t call it a motorcycle race, it’s a pulling your bike up hills race, it’s a launching your bike… it’s a dropping your bike off cliffs cause you’re not brave enough to go down the cliffs race.”
Travis said Carl’s Diner was the hardest part of the race. Here is some video of that section of Erzberg.
Pic of Metzeler Rider winning the from Coastalwatch.com