Salzkammergut Mountainbike Trophy 2010
SALZKAMMERGUT MOUNTAIN BIKE TROPHY 2010: Euphoria, pain and lots of sweat
Bad Goisern, 17th July 2010, 23.00 – The 13th Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy, an 18 hour race, gets underway.
Route “A” competitors undertaking the 211 km challenge set off on the long trail through the UNESCO World Heritage Region at 5 o’clock in the morning. For the first few hours it looked like there would be a double victory for the Czech Republic, but all was set to change during the Salzberg mountain sprint. The Austrian Erwin Dietrich completed the 35 per cent ascent in the shortest time and was awarded first prize on the winners’ podium. He completed the course in 10:39:58. Second place went to Gerhard Trampusch, road racing champion from Austria. This was an outstanding performance, especially as this was his first ever mountain bike race. Tomas Trunschka of the Czech Republic came third in this, the longer race, and had been favourite to win. First lady to finish was Ewelina Ortyl from Poland in a time of 14:11:00.
Approximately 1100 cyclists “sprinted” along the 119.1 km long Route “B”. Urs Huber from Switzerland was first to cross the finish line in an incredible time of just 5:06:12. In second place in the “100″ was the Czech Jan Hruska who finished 8 minutes behind Huber. Third place went to the proud local hero Roman Rametsteiner from Upper Austria. The first lady to finish the race was Annika Schirmer of Germany in a time of 6:50:13, followed by Pavlina Cerna (CZE) and Sandra Lettner from Austria.
A full list of results is available by visiting http://www.salzkammergut-trophy.at/ergebnisse
Ski jumper Andi Goldgerger completed a nose dive of a different kind. Goldi was forced to drop out of the race, but not before having had the chance to attempt the legendary mountain sprint. “I really wanted to complete this section. Now I’ll be allowed to miss it out next year, wouldn’t I?” said Goldberger cheerfully, despite his cuts and grazes.
Worries about the unsettled weather conditions turned out to be relatively unfounded. The sun shone and the mountain air was already humid. Temperatures by the afternoon were as high as in Egypt. A few clouds did appear later, providing some relief for the cyclists bathed in sweat. This was followed by some patchy rain. By this time many of the competitors were in the Bad Goisern locality, and so were close to finishing. They had, at least, completed the Salzberg section of the race without being troubled by mud.
The event was, however, overshadowed by a tragic accident. A 38 year old man from Vienna sought to overtake, and so attempted a risky manoeuvre whilst cycling uphill along a forest track. He fell and was killed. The race organizer who belongs to the Austrian Cyclists’ Association stated that “at this moment in time there is no cause to terminate the race for safety reasons”. Organizers, together with thousands of competitors and spectators, held a minute’s silence in his memory.
Sponsors of the Salzkammergut Mountainbike-Trophy:
Hutchison 3G, Intersport, Kelly bicycles, Land Oberösterreich, Nokia, ORF Oberösterreich
Tourism Association Dachstein-Salzkammergut
Mountainbike Club Salzkammergut