Erzberg Rodeo 2011

By Dan Aspel -

Riding Skills

 26 May 2011 16:58

Where better to test your riding skills that the Erzberg Rodeo?

Dubbed “the toughest race in the world” by feverishly insistent organisers, the Austrian off-road event is based on and around the Erzberg “Ore Mountain” (1533m). Mined since the 12th century it once produced more than 800,000 tonnes of iron ore per year.

Nowadays the “Iron Road” and “Iron Mountain” dominate a course which should only be attempted by “Iron Men”, as the events website explains: “Chosen riders have to prove stamina, courage and riding skills to remain victorious in their struggle against the Iron Giant. And it is these riders, who are heart and soul of the Erzbergrodeo.

"The more they are tortured and humiliated, the more enthusiastically they spread the story of the toughest single day race in the world. Only real man take up this challenge and they give no mercy. They spare neither their bodies nor their motorbikes”.

This year’s meet is running from 23-26 June 2011. Unusually gifted riders or jaded masochists should point their browsers here.