Graham Jarvis has taken victory at the 2018 Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble – ahead of Jonny Walker in second and Manuel Lettenbichler third.
It is Jarvis’s fourth win at the iconic Austrian event and possibly his sweetest victory in what turned out to be a tough, fast-paced Erzberg this year.
Early leaders Manuel Lettenbichler and Billy Bolt were looking strong for the win in the first hour, making mincemeat of Erzberg's classic climbs like 'Machine' and then riding together through the legendary Carl’s Dinner.
Switching back through the 'Diner' for two assaults this year, Mani and Billy were setting a fast pace. At this point Jarvis had already picked riders off from an early 17th place to close in on Jonny Walker in third.
Arriving at the steep uphill section called Grune Holle (Green Hell) it was to be the race-changing section of the 2018 Erzberg Hare Scramble. Lettenbichler and Bolt got caught up, blowing energy and time helping each other. It was all the invitation Jarvis and Walker needed to close in and take up the reigns.
Jarvis left Green Hell in front and maintained his lead through the last tough section, Dynamite, and down the mountain again to the finish in a mind-blowing 2h:05m:59s total running time.
“I just can’t believe it." Said Jarvis on the finish line. "I was just hanging on and hanging on for the win. I hit Green Hell well at the bottom and managed to get a fair way up but still had to do some pushing. That’s where I got by the guys and I was cramping up after that. Really I was just hanging on but I managed it.”
In total 500 riders became 23 official finishers at this year's Hare Scramble, round two of the WESS championship. Perhaps the most relieved was Leon Hentschel who clocked in just 14 seconds shy of the four hour time limit.
2018 Hare Scramble Finishers:
- Graham Jarvis 2hrs:5m:59s
- Jonny Walker 2hrs:6m:40s
- Manuel Lettenbichler 2hrs:9m:02s
- Wade Young 2hrs:21m:44s
- Billy Bolt 2hrs:30m:03s
- Travis Teasdale 2hrs:38m:49s
- Paul Bolton 2hrs:39m:40s
- Taddy Blazusiak 2hrs:41m:51s
- Pol Tarres 2hrs:54m:40s
- Mario Roman 2hrs:58m:57s
- Dieter Rudolf 2hrs:59m:16s
- Colton Haaker 2hrs:59m:33s
- Blake Gutzeit 3hrs:00m:13s
- Philipp Scholz 3hrs:11m:28s
- Lars Enockl 3hrs:18m:17s
- Jozsa Norbert Levente 3hrs:24m:02s
- Josep Garcia Montana 3hrs:24m:11s
- Daniel Oliveras 3hrs:31m:23s
- Kevin Gallas 3hrs:31m:36s
- Joakim Ljunggren 3hrs:49m:04s
- Xavier Leon Sole 3hrs:50m:22s
- David Cyprian 3hrs:57m:50s
- Leon Hentschel 3hrs:59m:46s
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