Monday, September 14, 2009

Red Bull Dolomitenmann

The Red Bull Dolomitenmann marathon event took place last Saturday, September 12th. Born in Europe, the Red Bull Dolomitenmann includes mountain-running, paragliding, whitewater-kayaking, and finished by a mountain bike ride. The marathon event, started in Lienz (Austria) was held for the 22nd time.
First of all the mountain-runners have to cover an 1700 meters in altitude track, starting in Lienz on the main-square. The track leads to the Dolomites, where very steep tracks have to be conquered. At an altitude of over 2400 metres they will hand over to the paragliders and scrip 200 metres downhill to the take off area. From there they'll pass some of the most breath taking peaks in the dolomites before negotiateing in intermediate landing. An another 500 meter run to the next take off station follows. After that they'll sore down into the town of Leisach, where they hand over to the kayakers, who have two selective segments to overcome:
Starting with a tight 1000 metre slalom course against the raging current in the river Drau. After that a short portage segment leaves them to the river Isel for a quick downwater run to the final changeover. Now it's all up to the mountainbikers. The final 12 kilometres and 1300 vertical metres lead them over a rollercoaster course. Through narrow woods and steep sections where they have to shoulder their bikes to blistering downhills on tight switchbacks. And over open fields and screeping alpine paths that break … speed. A delvy burndowny asphalt into Lienz again for the finish.