Almabtrieb

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Almabtrieb

Jungholz, Austria

Jungholz is a small Austria village in the foothills of the Alps. The town has a couple of ski lifts, and a seemingly endless supply of hotels.

The course starts at the edge of Jungholz.

and the finish.

Thursday, July 7

Sometimes I wonder why I go to sleep, cause it seems every time I wake up for a street luge event, its raining, today was no exception. I decided to sit out the morning practice, but about 20 die hard riders didn't.

Each run they hit the hill a little harder.

The rain didn't let up throughout the day, but some continued to ride.

That evening there was a free BBQ at the tent.

Friday, July 8

The weather hadn't improved much, it is still wet

After lunch I decided to suit up, qualifying would start soon, and I was going to get a time. It had stopped raining, but still very overcast. Hopefully the course would dry up. Some of the riders had a hard time finding proper head gear.

There was a long delay as there were problems with the timing system.

runs in before lunch, as they worked on the timing system. The course continue to dry out.

The locals set up a place to eat, and served sausages near the start.

Since my hotel was across the street, it was where I ate. There was also some food at the main tent for those camping at the campground. During lunch the weather began to clear up and the sun came out.

We got some practice in after lunch, before qualifying started. Marcus ran tech near the finish line,

I am sure I had a horrible qualifying time, as I was braking way to much for the turns, but I was very happy to run in the dry.

Since the bus wasn't coming back up, and our hotel was at the top, we used my car to get back to the top.

came out of nowhere to hitch a ride to the top, for one last run. I think we had a dozen guys hanging on at one point!

The Americans stopped for dinner at the half way restaurant

Buttboard and Luge: James, Gravity Bike: Kessler, Standup: Haller

After the awards ceremony there was some live entertainment. Someone played with fire outside.

Saturday, July 9

I woke up to nice blue skies for a change.

I had lunch up at the start again.

After lunch we got a couple more practice runs in, then we had the buttboard race.

Gravity Bikes and Dirt Surfers raced next. Two of the bikers ended up pulling out, and there ended up being a 4 man race, but it was still GP style.

which looked a little better with six racers.

Street luge was the next set of races.

To make things interesting, and because this race originally

Once again we hit the half way restaurant for dinner.

presented the trophies.

Buttboard:

Dean, Baumann, Chaperon

Gravity Bike:

Burel, Garcia, Kessler

Dirt Surfers:

Uysal, Gut, Hutter

Street Luge:

Dean, James, DeKyndt

Women's Standup:

Nobre, Vogler, Luginbühl

Men's Standup:

Burel, Barat, Haller

After the prize giving the party really started. I am not sure what the name of the band was, and they had odd uniforms,

Not quite the same party as last years Almabtrieb, but still a blast.

While a few people saw the paramedics, and I was a little worried about the vehicle that said "die" on it,

but there were no serious injuries this weekend. The road was a lot of fun, with high speed straights, and a very technical section. The town was also very happy to have us here, and are looking forward to seeing us next year.