Thrilling Extreme Race expected


Eduard Fuchs, Markus Hager, Ralph Diseviscourt, Mads Frank, Thomas Mauerhofer und Rennleiter Michael Nussbaumer bei der Pressekonferenz in Linz. Foto: Felix Roittner

This year´s Race Around Austria promises an exciting fight until the finishline in St. Georgen im Attergau. Even Race Director Michael Nussbaumer isn´t able to predict a winner. „This year there are so many great riders participating and the quality of those riders is quite equal, so i'm not able to guess who will win the race this year.“

One of the favourites in the ninth edition of Europe's hardest cycling race with a length of 2.200 kilometres and 30.000 metres of elevation gain is Edi Fuchs from Styria. The 41-year old won the race already three times. „I am not thinking about a possible fourth win here. I try to give my best and hopefully that will be enough for the win this year.“  Another rider heading for the win this year is Markus Hager from Germany. He finished third last year and will try to improve his time of 2016. Austrian Thomas Mauerhofer is also fighting for the victory. The 39-year old is trying to finish the 2.200 kilometres in less than 96 hours. He already participated in 2015 but unfortunately didn´t make it to the finishline.

Rookies try to challenge experienced riders

Beside those experienced riders two international rookies are fighting for the victory. Mads Frank from Denmark and Ralph Diseviscourt from Luxembourg participate for their first time at the Race Around Austria. Especially Diseviscourt has a lot of experience in ultracycling. Last year he finished the Race Across America fourth. For Mads Frank it is the first race over such a long distance. After some 24-hour races in Denmark and the Race Across Italy the 25-year old is prepared for the race and is already looking forward to the scenic ride through the Austrian alpine climbs.

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