Catching up with Kevin Gallas after the 2018 Erzbergrodeo where the 2018 SuperEnduro Junior World Champion hit electrical problems and had a hell of a task getting through to claim a coveted Hare Scramble finisher’s flag.
At the first weekend of June over 1500 riders came to Eisenerz, Austria, to battle the ‘Iron Giant’. Kevin Gallas was one of the few riders to reach the finish line in the four hour time limit.
But as ever there’s a story behind the results and, in a race of immense physical struggles for all riders, Gallas had more than his share of physical effort to reach that finish line.
The event is regarded as the toughest single day extreme enduro and lived up to its billing this year with new routes and added severity to established sections like Carl’s Dinner and a sting in the tail at ‘Green Hell’.
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That being the case life is going to be double hard if your bike keeps cutting out for half the race. That’s exactly where Kevin Gallas found himself during the 2018 event.
Qualifying well on the all-important front row for the Hare Scramble, in 38thplace, Gallas got off to a great start inside the top 10 but at the famous Checkpoint ‘Water Pipe’ another rider fell back down and they crashed head on.
By the infamous Carl’s Dinner Gallas showed his years of trial experience, saving energy and gaining positions back again. But that’s where the issues began to affect Kevin’s new Husqvarna.
Basically the engine kept cutting out, a sensor kept telling the ignition to cut out, and for the last third of the race Gallas had to push his bike up all the hills. At the very least take each hill in just tiny frustrating bites, allowing other riders to overtake.
With enormous physical and mental effort Gallas still managed to get himself and his bike through the finish, as the third best German and to claim one of the coveted finishers flags in 19thoverall.
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Kevin Gallas was supported by his long time mentors Marcus Haas / MH Motorräder and Marko Prodan / Endurides for this year’s Erzbergrodeo.
Gallas parted ways three weeks ago with his old team, Hill Climb and his main sponsor Grenzgaenger with whom he raced to SuperEnduro Junior world title – mainly to pursue his own way and goals.
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