That will be the 30th edition of the Red Bull Dolomitenmann
Close to 520 athletes from across the entire world are to meet up again this year for one of the most extraordinary team events anywhere to compete to be the ‘hardest under the sun’. The Red Bull Dolomitenmann demands every last ounce of energy from its participants, driving the athletes to remarkable performances in the four disciplines of mountain running, paragliding, mountain biking and kayaking. Last year the Red Bull team won the event for the first time in 10 years with a time of 4:07:25. Toni Palzer, Paul Guschlbauer, Alban Lakata and Harald Hudetz took on the forces of nature in the Dolomites as well as their rivals to claim victory in a dramatic finish ahead of Pure Encapsulations and Kleine Zeitung Panaceo Martini Sportswear. This year’s event is set to see another strong starting field. Organiser Werner Grissmann and his team are expecting another exciting top-class relay contest in the 30th edition of the Red Bull Dolomitenmann.
The key sections of the Red Bull Dolomitenmann course this year are again to include the Goggsteig, which the mountain runners are to grind their way up on their way to the Kühbodeltörl, and the Moosalm, where the paragliders make an interim stop before setting off again to make their final landing at the Dolomiten Stadium and hand over to the mountain bikers. The mountain bikers face a brutal climb up to the Gamperlhütte hut, before they race down the H2000 former World Cup downhill skiing course with an average gradient of 26% towards the kayakers, who have to navigate the final stage before crossing the finish line in the main square of Lienz.
Werner Grissmann is looking back fondly on the very first edition of the Red Bull Dolomitenmann ahead of its 30th anniversary, saying: “A lot of starters completely underestimated the contest. 54 teams started and 25 finished. The equipment was completely different back then. The paragliders were just rags and there weren’t any mountain bikes. Many of the bikes just broke. All the athletes have top equipment these days and try to get the upper hand with technology. One thing is always the same, in that the Dolomites are the toughest opponent of all.”