1500 RIDERS AGAINST THE IRON GIANT!
On Friday the offroad comunity's biggest, fastest and craziest starting grid starts the fight against the stop watch! 1500 competitors from more than 40 nations and all continents enter the blakläder iron road Prologue sharing the same goal: to conquer the 15 km long and sometimes 30 meter wide racetrack as fast as possible, qualify themselves amongst the 500 fastest and earn a starting spot for the Red Bull Hare Scramble.
The blaklÄder iron road Prologue offers dramatic high-speed action of an own level. Riding skills, speed and the perfect choice of line through the many curves decide upon winning or losing. Almost anything resembling a motobike is entitled to compete in this race, assumed it is technically OK. Big bore Enduros, Scooters, Mopeds and even modified street bike are no rare sight at the start of the Erzbergrodeo's Prologue race.
The rules are simple: each competitor has two attempt on the racetrack, one on Friday and Saturday each. Riders are released on the track in intervals of 20 seconds, and as soon as the checkers are lifted it's all about holding the throttle wide open until the finish line at the Erzberg's peak at 1466m above sea level. Top speeds of 190 km/h are no rarity on the bumped and gnarly gravel racetrack which winds alongside the main rider paddock up to the iron mountain's peak.
After 2 days of racing, each riders fastest heat decides about his total ranking in the blakläder iron road Prologueand his start at the Red Bull Hare Scramble...!
The blakläder iron road PrologUE spectator areas offer an amazing sight on the gnarly racetrack and the massive high-speeds racing action. The spectator areas are in short walking distance from the Erzbergrodeo Arena.
ERZBERGRODEO ENDUROCROSS: E-BIKE ACTION at the Erzbergrodeo Arena
One more highlight on Friday: the qualifying of the ERZBERGRODEO ENDUROCROSS. Riders compete all on the same machinery - the full electric KTM Freeride E-XC! The race is held right inside the Erzbergrodeo Arena on a manmade Endurocross parcours featuring obstacles such as a 5m high wooden wallride! This format offers spectators a perfect view on the action conveniently from the grandstands!
In qualifying riders have to secure the fastest possible lap time to enter the 48-riders Superfinals on Saturday evening. The Superfinals offer fierce and tight racing action as the eventual winner will be awarded with nothing less than a first row starting spot for the Red Bull Hare Scramble!
ERZBERGRODEO ONE-ON-ONE RIDER PRESENTATION: experience the Superstars of Xtreme Enduro live and up close!
Closer to the action and you'll need a helmet too! The 2-hours long ONE-ON-ONE rider presentation inside the Erzbergrodeo Arena offers an exclusive look at the world's elite motorcycle offroad riders. Erzbergrodeo presents top riders and talented rookies head to head on the Endurocross parcours in front of the Arena's grandstands. Event announcer Andi Brewi and Erzbergrodeo press/media manager Martin Kettner present each rider to the crowd. An unforgettable experience that no motorsports fan should miss!
RAID ON EISENERZ: the world's biggest dirtbike procession!
Friday evening is all about the biggest dirtbike-raid! At 7:00 p.m. Erzbergrodeo race promotor Karl Katoch leads more than 1500 competitors and their motorbikes from the Erzbergrodeo Arena down to the historic centre of Eisenerz and again back up the iron mountain. The unique procession is welcomed by thousands of people. The RAID ON EISENERZ is meant as a giant Thank You to the people of Eisenerz for their support and hospitality - a tradition that lasts for more than 2 decades!
RIDER PARTY at the Ottakringer Festival Marquee
Competitors, entourage, crew members and spectators gather at the legendary Erzbergrodeo Ottakringer beer tent on Friday evening for another night of fun and party! The Erzbergrodeo resident DJ will rock the beer tent until 4:00 in the morning...!