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With a time of 2 days 12 hours and 20 minutes, the strong 4-man Team Vorarlberg set a sign at the legendary Race Around Austra and sensationally finished with a new course record.
In consistently warm temperatures Maximilian Kuen, Daniel Ganahl, Nikolas Riegler and Swiss guest rider Peter Inauen started the toughest bike race in Europe last Thursday evening in St. Georgen im Attergau. The Race Around Austria demands everything from the riders as well as from the organization and helpers team. It is non-stop 2,200 kilometers along the border roads around Austria and conquer an incredible 30,000 meters of altitude.
New course record by Team Vorarlberg
The four highly motivated riders of Team Vorarlberg mastered the route excellently and also mastered the more difficult section with Großglockner, Kühtai, Bielerhöhe, Faschina and Hochtannberg. In the end it was enough for a new course record. With a time of 2 days 12 hours and 20 minutes the sensation is perfect. The four cracks from Team Vorarlberg have beaten the previous course record by 1 hour and 17 minutes.
Jürgen Schatzmann - team leader: "It was a very special challenge for everyone. Especially the logistics of such a race are enormous. It requires a meticulous organization in advance as well as a perfectly organized team of navigators, mechanics, physiotherapists and other helpers during the race. Without them, such a race would not be possible. Of course, the special conditions such as sleep deprivation, a non-stop operation over days and weather conditions are added. It was a brilliant experience with many challenges that were overcome together. That's why this course record is a special victory for everyone! "
Maximilian Kuen: "Everything went right all around and it was optimal conditions. A big thanks also goes to the support staff in the background, who looked after us perfectly all round. Only in this way has this course record become possible at all."
Nikolas Riegler: "At the beginning of the race we simply looked at the planned driver change technique and quickly got into a good mode. Everything just fit and was a lot of fun with the motivated colleagues."
Driver Team Vorarlberg:
Daniel Ganahl (AUT), Nikolas Riegler (AUT), Maximilian Kuen (AUT) and Peter Inauen (SUI)*.
* Peter Inauen starts as guest rider for Team Vorarlberg
Start and finish location: St. Georgen am Attersee (Upper Austria)
Course length: 2,200 kilometers
Altitude difference: 30.000 meters
Number of attendants: 12 persons (3 vehicles)
Average speed: 35,94 km/h
New course record: 2 days - 12 hours - 20 minutes