2022 Red Bull Erzbergrodeo finishers
1. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER) 2:58:51
2. Mario Roman (ESP) 3:02:17
3. Trystan Hart (CAN) 3:11:53
4. Billy Bolt (GBR) 3:18:25
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP) 3:20:30
6. Michael Walkner (AUT) 3:40:32
7. Wade Young (ZAF) 3:55:13
8. Matthew Green (ZAF) 3:55:54
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Manuel Lettenbichler has beaten 1,200 competitors and a mountain called the Iron Giant to triumph at the 26th edition of Austria’s iconic Red Bull Erzbergrodeo seven years after his father Andreas achieved the same feat – the only father/son combo to do it. Here is all you need to know:
– Held in the Austrian mining town of Eisenerz and first launched in 1995, the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo is a holy grail for Hard Enduro riders and takes place around the gravity-defying Erzberg mountain, a functioning mine producing more than two million tons of iron ore per year.
– The Iron Giant is the world’s largest human-made pyramid, creating an unrivalled challenge in offroad motorsport. After a three-year wait since the last 2019 edition, thousands of amateurs and professionals made the pilgrimage to the four-day festival that draws tens of thousands of fans.
– Riders had four hours to complete the course made up of 27 arduous checkpoints and, in one of the toughest editions ever, Lettenbichler battled against the mountain and runner-up Mario Roman of Spain for two hours and 58 minutes – the only rider to finish under three hours.
– The 24-year-old revealed: “When I cleared Lazy Noon (checkpoint 26), I was like ‘oh man, how sick is this’. Literally, the last push wasn’t too difficult, and it was an unbelievable feeling. I’m over the moon. It means so much that both my dad and I have won this race. Not many people will do that, it’s such a cool story.”
– Lettenbichler’s win wasn’t without challenges, as he struggled through checkpoint 22, named ‘Highway’, paving the way for Roman to draw close.