He outran world class elite runners Azarya Weldemariam (Eritrea) and Joseph Gray (USA), who handed over to the paragliders of their teams 4 minutes after Mamo. Paraglider Markus Prantl (Team Martini Sportswear) managed to make up for lost time on Thomas Mitterdorfer (Austria, Team Land Rover). Mitterdorfer competed for Team Land Rover as a reserve for paraglider Lorenz Peer, who had several bruised and broken ribs from training the previous day.
Thrilling Event up to the Final Showdown
The race continued in the white water: Czech Kamil Mruzek (Team Nutrend) won the kayaking event, closely pursued by the Austrian kayak champion Gerhard Schmid (Team Martini Sportswear) and kayak vice world champion Manuel Filzwieser (Austria, Team Land Rover). After a tight race of the kayakers, leading teams Land Rover Hörburger and Martini Sportswear both started the mountain bike leg off at the same time. Urs Huber, 5th in this year’s mountain bike world championships, rode an incredible race and fetched a comfortable lead. Hannes Pallhuber (Italy), who won the outdoortrophy seven times, placed second. Team Land Rover Hörburger completed the race after 3:37:02 hours and missed the outdoortrophy record by 7 minutes.
Local Team Dominates the Amateur Category
Team “DJ’s Bikeshop” took the first place in the amateur category with 3:57:22. Hannes Metzler, a renowned mountain biker, swapped his bike for running shoes, before Josef Simma (paragliding), Uwe Eichfelder (Germany, kayak) and Manuel Hofer (mountain bike) secured the first rank with a five minute lead over the winners of the previous outdoortrophy, “Virgo X Team”.
Best Allrounder: Johannes Nister
For the first time ever the outdoortrophy solo competition took place, where participating athletes completed all of the four events themselves. Johannes Nister from Bad Aussee (Austria) finished the race within 5:16:19 hours, just before Roland Rupprechter (Austria). Team “Vaude” was the best female team 2013, Team “Fa. Blum” won the title for the best company team. In the evening “The Souljackers” and “Neuland” heated up the place in an atmosphere matching the mountains. Host Chris Alge is already looking forward to the next outdoortrophy in 2015: “It’s just an amazing event – and the outdoortrophy solo was incredibly impressing, we will definitely hold this category again.”