Sunday, September 2, 2012

Karrera and Reiter Claim Impresive Stage Two Victory at the Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run

The quaint village of St. Johann in Austria, the host town for the first nights stop over of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN, seemed alive with the anticipation of what lay ahead for stage 2. Start line nerves were soon replaced with raw excitement as the customary sounds of the Australian band ACDC’s "Highway To Hell" began to get louder and louder over the PA system. With the sun beginning to slowly filter through the breaking clouds, it seemed eminent that the competition was going to change.
An electrifying pace from Iker Karrera and Philipp Reiter of Team Salomon in the opening kilometers saw them open up a commanding lead over stage one winners Billy Burns and Ben Abdelnoor of Team Inov-8 Gore-Tex Footwear. With the sun looking like it was going to make an appearance sooner than expected, Karrera and Reiter made the most of the cooler weather to advance almost 5 minutes ahead of Burns and Abdelnoor, finishing in a time of 3:43.07.
Commenting on their stage 2 strategy, Reiter said "one of my strengths is climbing so we wanted to make sure we took full advantage of that early on".
Running for second place, a brief lapse in concentration saw Burns and Abdellnoor take a wrong turn mere kilometers from the finishline costing them an extra minute overall, finishing in a time of 3:50.22.
A commanding run by yesterday’s second placed finishers, Gitti Schiebel and Ildikó Wermescher of Team Mountain Heroes, saw them leading from start to finish crossing the line a massive 26 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals in 4:32.25. Women stage one winners, Elisabeth Egarter and Petra Theiner from Team Sexten Salomon, had a somewhat off day, slowing their pace down quite substantially and finishing in 4:58.47.
Another surprising change of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN leaders jersey took place in the Mixed Category with stage 1 second place finishers Che Bustillo and Nur Dominguez of Team Buff driving daylight between themselves and the rest of the field, finishing in a time of 4:32.32. Running strongly to finish in second place, Irene Senfter and Ste Tschurtschenthaler of Team Sudtirol Dolomiti Superbike, crossed the finishline in 4:34.50. Stage one winners, Gabi Steigmeier and Roman Nef dropped well off the blistering pace set by Bustillo and Dominguez to finish a further 18minutes back in 4th.
Continuing their winning streak in the Masters Category, Marcus Kröll and former mountain running world champion Helmut Schiessel from Team Salomon Austria Germany triumphed on stage 2, winning in a time of 3:55.12. Enjoying ideal running conditions, they managed to add a minute to their overall lead over second place finishers Christian Stork and Michael Veit of Team Salomon Masters, who finished in 3:56.27.
Enjoying the intermittent sunshine was Gerald Rüschenpöhler and Jörg Schreiber of Team Kempten Hildrizhausen improving on yesterday’s second place, crossing the finishline in 4:26.00. Paul Steinhauser and Hermann Schaiter Hermannwere over 5 minutes off thepace finishing in 4:31.49

 Stage 3 Snapshot -Kitzbühel to Neukirchen am Grosvenediger

Stage 3 is where the climbing really begins with this stage offering an altitude difference of more than 2200m. Also known as the Royal Stage of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN, this 46.5km stage begins with some serious climbing early on along the route. Runners will be faced with challenging ascents and descents as they move through the Kitzbüheler Alps until they reach Stagenjoch. From there, the last tricky ascent forthe day is up the Wildkogel. Amazing views across the Hohe Tauren national park await the runners on their way into the finish at Neukirchen.

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