The 'Erzbergrodeo' begins with the Iron Road Prologue, in which riders can ride scooters, sidecar rigs, ATVs, dirtbikes, even Harley street bikes up a nearly ten-mile stretch of mountain. The fastest in the Prologue free-for-all move on to the torture and treachery of the Red Bull Hare Scramble, the Rodeo-X Endurocross or the new Rocket Race. Only 500 of the fastest finishers in the Iron Road Prologue will move on to the Red Bull Hare Scramble, a 4-hour 1-mountain flog staight up a threatening, boulder-strewn, switchback-laden mountain.
Defending champ Blazusiak
KTM factory rider Taddy Blazusiak will be back to defend his title. Former two-time winner and Dakar Champion Cyril Despres will be trying to unseat him. German Andreas Lettenbicher and Austrian enduro champion Gerhard Forster, Rudi Poschl, Jade Gutzeit and Gray Dick will all be taking on the Iron Giant on the BMW G450X. As one event publication put it, "This is going to be one crazy race."
- To see the Erzberg in all its gory glory, rent the documentary called "Tougher Than Iron: The Enduro at Erzberg 2008".
Taddy Blazusiak was once again crowned champion of the "Iron Giant" but the BMW team riders acquitted themselves very well. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport´s Andreas "Letti" Lettenbichler placed third in the famous Hare Scramble, and rode the BMW 450 X into the finals of the inaugural Rocket Ride.
"What a brutal affair," said Lettenbichler of the Hare Scramble. "Rocks everywhere and lots of new sections. There were no lines to keep riding, all you could do was drag and tow the bike.“
Lettenbichler finished third in 2:25,17 hrs, behind Poland´s Blazusiak and Britain´s Graham Jarvis.
Interestingly enough, Letti did well on a much heavier 4-stroke while many of his top-challenging competitors rode lighter 2-strokes.
BMW South Africa´s Jade Gutzeit, who enjoyed the support of BMW Motorsport at the Erzbergrodeo, managed to score 15th place. Out of 500 riders qualified for the Hare Scramble, only 21 made it to the mountain top.
Erzberg Hare Scramble Top Ten Finishers
1. Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL), 1:41,46
2. Graham Jarvis (GBR), 2:22,05
3. Andreas Lettenbichler (GER), 2:25,17, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
4. Ben Hemingway (GBR), 3:27,48
5. Cory Graffunder (CAN), 3:37,50
6. Rory Mead (NZL), 3:38,02
7. Dan Hemingway (GBR), 3:54,24
8. Chris Birch (NZL), 3:55,01
9. Gerhard Forster (GER), 3:58,21, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
10. Kyle Redmond (USA), 4:08,49