Strong performances at the 5th Austria eXtreme Triathlon
The toughest endurance race in Austria has by now firmly established its fixed place in the calendar of international extreme events. On 22nd June, athletes from 20 nations accepted for the fifth time the challenge to cover the 258 km between Graz and the Dachstein by swimming, biking and running. With an outstanding running performance, German Sven Weidner was the first to finish, Austrian Barbara Tesar clocked the fastest time ever reached by a woman.
As in previous years, race day started around 3:00 a.m. in the river landscape south of Graz. Many participants had a long journey from South Africa, China and a large number of European countries behind them. Some knew the race from earlier years and have come back. Silence, concentration and final equipment checks, but also the anticipation of the route through some of Austria's most beautiful landscapes shaped the atmosphere.
The start at 4:30 sent the participants the 15 degrees cold river water of the Mur. As always, the first 200 m of the river's current became a first endurance test, before moving on to the remainder of the 3.8km stretch. After less than an hour, Austrian Claudia Müller led the entire field out of the water. In the evening she will cross the finish line at Dachstein for the third time.
With the change to the bike, the athletes are confronted with 186 km distance over almost 3.900 vertical meters. While the front part of the field passed in dry conditions the pass heights on the Gaberl, the Lachtal and the Sölkpass, many participants had to fight here with rain showers, wind and cold. Andreas Wünscher, the editor-in-chief of triaguide.com led the field for a long time, he will reach the finish line only 37 minutes behind the winner in fifth place.
At the Sölksperre the Norwegian Odd Iavr Solvold was the first to turn his bike off, only about half an hour later Barbara Tesar switched to the running shoes. The running distance over 44 km came along with about 1,900 altitude meters high and finally brought many athletes and supporters to their limits. All the more, as rain showers accompanied the race and the last part of the running track led up into alpine terrain.
Here, the German Sven Weidner, after cycling in 10th position played out his running power and was the first to cross the finish line in a time of 12:54, ahead of Norwegian Odd Iavr Solvold and Austrian Bernhard Hirsch. Austrian Barbara Tesar finished as the fastest woman in 14:08 in the 11th overall place, ahead of Austrian Christina Herbst and German Rita Gottleuber. With Hugo Schwarz, the founder and organizer of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon has successfully tackled the challenges of the race, fulfilling his original dream, to start his own race and finish it off. A total of 58 out of 71 athletes reached the finish line.
"One has seen once again what is possible, if people together believe in a goal, however impossible it may seem at first", Maria Schwarz, president of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon shows herself enthusiastic above all by the close cooperation of athletes and supporters. And: "All who have finished today have won".
Austria eXtreme Triathlon - It's time to change your life!
Here are a few updates!
Swimming training on Thursday, June 20
- On Thursday, 20 June, 5:00 pm Claudia Müller offers a swim training in the Mur river. The meeting point is the Altarm-Thondorf, directly at the exit of the swim course of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon.
Registration and briefing on Friday, June 21
- Of course, we’ll provide you with the latest weather forecast.
- Please remember that you have to bring photo IDs of both, the athlete and the supporter. Athletes and supporters have to be present in person.
- You’ll need 20 Euros in cash as a rental fee for the vest in which you wear the GPS tracker while swimming. The rental fee will be refunded upon return of the west on Sunday during the brunch.
Race Day, June 22
- In the final part of the running leg have to expect two larger snowfields this year and it can get very cold at night – choose your equipment accordingly.
Closing ceremony and brunch on Sunday, June 23
- Attention, new address! Hohenhaus Tenne, Coburgstrasse 512, 8970 Schladming. For the trip from the Ramsau please allow about 30 minutes.
GPS Live Tracking
- Also this year we offer a GPS live tracking.
Attention, we have a great new location for the award ceremony and brunch on Sunday, June 23!
Hohenhaus Schladming, Coburgstrasse 512, 8970 Schladming
To go there by car from the Ramsau plan about 25 minutes.
For the athletes and supporters the participation is included in the starter package. For everyone else, we remind you that you have to buy a brunch ticket until Sunday, June 16 (25 €). Link/www.autxtri.com/service/brunch/ Place is limited, first come, first serve.
9:00 - 11:30 Award ceremony with brunch
11:30 Finisher photo; then drive to the Dachstein cable car station
12:15 By cable car up to the Dachstein
we hope you are all well and eagerly training– only 5 weeks left until the Austria eXtreme Triathlon! From our side a few more informations:
On May 24 and on June 20, at 5 pm, Claudia Müller offers a swim training in the Mur. The meeting point is the Altarm-Thondorf, i.e. directly at the exit of the swim course of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon. A good opportunity to familiarize yourself with the cold river water! With Claudia not only a finisher of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon is available, but also a proven swimming specialist.
Please remember that not only you, but also your bikes should be in top shape on race day. In case of doubt, again for service!
The last part of the race leads into alpine terrain, here it could be quite cold. Think of your optimized and pre-tested equipment.
And finally: Pay attention to sufficient regeneration, we want to see you healthy at the start.
We look forward to the 22nd of June,
Your AutXtri Crew
Survey confirm Austria eXtreme Triathlon!
What motivates athletes to participate in an extreme triathlon? What do they like, what do they wish for? The Austria eXtreme Triathlon has asked a series of questions – and has received pleasing answers.
Strong participation, great image
Around 700 athletes from 25 nations were contacted and asked to answer 28 questions. A very respectable response rate of more than 38% underlines the great interest in the future development of the competition.
The answers provided very positive results for the organizers of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon. In general, the image of the event is very good. "Every company would like to have such an image," emphasizes Bernd Oberzaucher, marketing expert of the survey agency OMK.
Sporting challenge and good organization
When asked about the motivation to participate in extreme triathlons, the unique challenge of the races was first and foremost mentioned. Furthermore, spectacular landscapes and the extreme experience itself are very important.
For the Austria eXtreme Triathlon, the excellent signposting of running and cycling routes is judged very positively. Likewise highlighted are the shared experience – not least during the award ceremony and the associated brunch – as well as the simple registration procedure. Also, a majority of athletes emphasizes the appeal of the long forest and meadow trails, which are practically a figurehead of Styria.
High-caliber sporting event, uncertain future
The Austria eXtreme Triathlon has become a top-class sporting event in recent years. The results of the survey confirm that the organizers are on the right track. "All the more we look forward to the 5th Austria eXtreme Triathlon on June 22", the organizers summarize. Nevertheless, it is currently questionable whether this race will still be taking place in 2020. Why?: "On the one hand, fulfilling legal requirements and soliciting sponsorship money is becoming increasingly difficult. On the other hand, we do not know if there will be enough athletes in the future who share our philosophy. We will see…".
STOP or GO 2020
Just as many athletes have faced a great challenge in recent years, the organization team is asking about the future of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon and will conduct a market analysis over the next two weeks.
We want to know what drives an eXtreme triathlete and according to which criteria he or she participates in an event. Therefore, we asked a marketing professional, OMK Bernd Oberzaucher, to develop a questionnaire.
We see the foundation laid to make this race the best eXtreme triathlon ever. We offer a fantastic track, an award ceremony that focuses on the athletes, a finisher jersey in premium quality made in Austria.
Since the Austria eXtreme Triathlon is a step-by-step race, which can only be completed as a team, we are convinced that the Austria eXtreme Triathlon offers the right format and gives the triathletes a new direction.
It is also important for us to note that the organizing team of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon inests more than 7,000 hours per year free of charge for the organization and execution of the event! The entry fee covers about half of the actual costs, the rest is financed by sponsorships.
Project Manager Hugo Schwarz: "There are many possibilities that we are considering for the years to come, for example, it is conceivable to offer an additional relay competition, different distances or catering along the route, or perhaps we are heading towards a smaller group of participants but very exclusive! Or the complete end of the event, it will definitely be exciting!
So now you are asked for your opinion, we thank you in advance for taking part in the survey.
Here is the survey: https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/NX8Y2HL
Your AutXtri Team
Dear Austria eXtreme Triathlon fanbase!
The starter list is online! Use it to get to know each other and to arrange training sessions or ride sharing - the gateway to new friendships is open.
We also present our 5-year anniversary team designs from Löffler. You can buy them at the briefing and brunch. Only the finisher shirt you have to earn ...
We wish you a training-intensive time and a lot of joy in moving.
Your Autxtri crew
Also 2018 brought us and the athletes a race that lived up to its name – the fourth edition of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon was not stingy with extreme challenges.
It started when a part of the bike route over the Sölkpass was carried away by a huge storm. The road simply was not there anymore. Since the reconstruction in the alpine terrain was not completed in time, we opted for a 210 km long replacement route. There it got down to business, low temperatures and a strong headwind demanded everything from the athlete. But not surprisingly, they tackled the challenges not only on the bike, but together with their supporters also on the following running leg in the freezing rain.
Also the many volunteers have mastered the innumerable challenges and thus made the race a success. Without them, the fourth Austria eXtreme Triathlon would not have been honored as the "Event of the Year" by the Styrian Triathlon Federation.
The fifth Austria eXtreme Triathlon will take place on June 22, 2019. The route over the Sölkpass is restored. The organizing team is working at full speed and the volunteers are fully motivated. It will be an exciting year for sure. Also for you?
Have you participated in the race before and can you recommend it? Then please do so and let the others know!
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a thrilling, successful and healthy year 2019. In this sense: train hard, but be careful.
Your Autxtri crew
Austria eXtreme Triathlon wins the "Organizer of the Year 2018" Award (3.11.2018)
You once again write a piece of history together with the Austria eXtreme Triathlon! The Styrian Triathlon Federation has honored the Austria eXtreme Triathlon as "Event of the Year 2018". The award was awarded to the Austria eXtreme Triathlon association on November 3rd, 2018 by the presidents of the Austrian and Styrian triathlon federations Walter Zettinig and Werner Kreuzer. This award shows once again which professional and above all strong-willed team stand behind the Austria eXtreme Triathlon. Each sponsor, helper, athlete, supporter, crew member and fan can get an idea of this unique event on June 22, 2019 and take spectacular impressions with them. This award gives the entire crew additional motivation and pleasure to work together for the 5th Austria eXtreme Triathlon! Many Thanks!
Löffler Sports Premiumwear 2019 (7.10.2018)
Also for the year 2019, the 5th edition of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon, we are pleased to have a cooperation with our textile partner LÖFFLER again!
Löffler Sportspremium wear stands for top austrian quality with specially made finisher shirts in Autxtri Design!
Registration opens on 09.09.2018, at 09:00 am
Registration for the 5th Austria eXtreme Triathlon opens on 09.09.2018, at 09:00 am.
For the registration the system "First come - first serve" is used. So register quickly!
Austria extreme Triathlon 2018: 59 iron hard athletes finish at the Dachstein
As in previous years, the fourth edition of the Austria eXtreme Triathlon was not stingy with the challenges facing the participants. On the 258 km course from Graz to the Dachstein, they had to fight not only with the track but also with strong wind, rain and temperatures only just above the freezing point. 62 athletes from 27 nations reached the finish line with sensational performances, led by Christoph Schlagbauer in a time of 12:45 and Dominique Lothaller in 16:08.