Wild Action At The 2018 Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

A look at the gnarly nature of Erzbergrodeo

Portions of the Erzberg course
Portions of the Erzberg course are so intense that riders often have to team up in order to get through certain obstacles.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

The Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble is the most celebrated of the extreme hard enduro races and, perhaps, the most well known. Held in a iron mining quarry outside of Eisenerz, Austria, the Erzberg Hare Scramble starts with two days of high-speed qualifying, which pares the initial field of 1,800-plus down to the final 500 who will face the Iron Giant on Sunday in rows of 50.

The winner of the Erzberg Hare Scramble is often credited as being the best extreme off-road racer in the world. This year’s winner, Graham Jarvis, is now a four-time winner of the event. Jarvis considers the Erzbergrodeo the most demanding of all extreme races. “Once you get to Carl’s Diner, that’s the point where it just gets relentless and you’re pushing your body perhaps harder than any other event,” Jarvis said. “Sections like Carl’s Diner are what makes Erzberg the most demanding of the extreme races.”

Billy Bolt
Fifth-place finisher Billy Bolt makes his way along the top of the mine pit after conquering the Iron Giant.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Colton Haaker
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker got off to a great start to the Erzberg weekend by qualifying first during Saturday’s Iron Road Prolog.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Throw me a lifeline.
“Throw me a lifeline.” Some of the riders needed a little extra help navigating the course.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Jonny Walker
KTM’s Jonny Walker navigates a sea of boulders en route to second overall.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Cody Webb
Unfortunately, Cody Webb didn’t get past the qualifying stage, due to a broken foot he suffered in a crash on Saturday.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Wade Young
Sherco’s Wade Young came out on top of a battle with Taddy Blazusiak to finish fourth.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Manuel Lettenbichler
Manuel Lettenbichler podiumed at the first WESS round at Extreme XL Lagares, and did likewise at Erzberg, finishing in third.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Billy Bolt
WESS round 1 winner Bolt passed both Blazusiak and Walker to take up the lead early in the race, but in the end, the Husqvarna rider settled for fifth.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Johnny Walker
Walker took over the WESS point lead with his win. “That was a tough race but I am happy to finish second and importantly take the lead in the WESS standings,” Walker said.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool