podium erzbergrodeo 2017 7M 5357 1200

Photo Credit: Robert Lynn/Future7Media

KTM mounted Spaniard Alfredo Gomez has claimed a career first ErzbergRodeo win, topping the Red Bull Hare Scramble in convincing style. 

Despite a small fall during the early stages of the race, Gomez worked himself into the race lead shortly after the one-hour mark. Then powering his way through the rock-littered infamous Karl’s Dinner section he extended his lead over early pace-setter Jonny Walker. Extending his lead he never looked back, taking the later sections of the course in his stride to win by close to three-and-a-half minutes. 

“It’s an amazing feeling to have won the Hare Scramble,’ explained Gomez at the finish. “I knew it would be difficult, like Erzberg always is, so I worked really hard to be ready for this race. That hard work with my team has really paid off. The race went really well for me, apart from a small crash about 300 meters from the start. That lost me some time, but I managed to catch up quite quickly and I knew I could do it. I felt good, got through most of the difficult sections well. It was such a great feeling to get to the top of the last major climb. This is the biggest win of my career, it feels incredible.”

Second to Gomez was the ever-green Graham Jarvis. As he often does, the 2016 winner made a cautious start to the race before upping his pace as the technicality of the race increased. Moving into the runner-up position as he exited Karl’s Dinner, Graham earned yet another well-deserved Erzberg result in second. 

 

graham.jarvis erzbergrodeo 2017 7M 5161 1200

Photo Credit: Robert Lynn/Future7Media
 

“I’m happy with second,” commented Jarvis. “Hats off to Alfredo he was very strong, he rode a great race. I didn't get a good start and then lost five or six positions when I messed up one of the hills. But I felt pretty strong during the second half of the race. I pushed through Karl’s Dinner and made up some time. I don't have any complaints, it was a difficult but great race.”

Rounding out the podium to earn his second consecutive Hare Scramble finish was Cody Webb. Despite suffering with arm pump the US rider got himself in the mix from the start of the race, swapping the lead with Jonny Walker and Wade Young. One of only a handful of riders to lead the race, Cody was pleased with third. 

“Second last year, third this year, I’m pleased with that,” explained Webb. Alfredo and Graham were really strong, congrats to them. I got a great start but I possibly pushed a little too hard. I suffered with my arms – they locked solid. I kept pushing and thankfully they freed off. Back-to-back podiums is awesome.”

Wade Young ended his race in fourth having spent a little time leading early on. Making a small mistake in one of the early forest sections he managed to get himself back in contention with Jonny Walker before passing the Brit to ear fourth.

 

alfredo.gomez erzbergrodeo 2017 7M 5255 1200

Photo Credit: Robert Lynn/Future7Media
 

Spending one-hour leading the race Jonny Walker set a strong pace from the start following an impressive holeshot. Falling behind Alfredo Gomez during Karl’s Dinner, he dropped behind Jarvis and Webb before being passed by Young during the final stages of the race. 

Five minutes behind Walker, Paul Bolton reached the finish 15 minutes behind winner Gomez. Rounding out the top 10 were Billy Bolt, Manni Lettenbichler, Mario Roman and Travis Teasdale.

25 riders completed the full race in the allotted four hours. 

Full round up of the action to follow… stay tuned to Enduro21.

 

 

Results – ErzbergRodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble 2017

1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 2:17:06

2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) +00:03:22

3. Cody Webb (KTM) +00:05:04

4. Wade Young (Sherco) +00:09:31

5. Jonny Walker (KTM) +00:10:41

6. Paul Bolton (KTM) +00:15:53

7. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) +00:18:24

8. Manni Lettenbichler (KTM) +00:24:47

9. Mario Roman (Sherco) +00:30:20

10. Travis Teasdale (KTM) +00:34:06…

 

 

 

jonty edmunds bio enduro21 1

Jonty Edmunds
jonty@future7media.com