Kill Hill Vol 2 Teufelsberg Rennen
This was a regional race in the Kill Hill series. It was held on Teufelsberg Hill, just outside of Berlin. This was an artificial built hill, that held a US listening post during the cold war (apparently in the early 60's it was also used as a ski hill!) The course is the little used access road up to the station. The road is overgrown with lots of debris along the edges.
The course started at the gates of the compound with a large right hand sweeper. Almost immediately after was a sharp left hand hairpin.
Saturday, July 15
I showed up at the race just a few minutes before things were supposed to get started. As usual things were running late. Registration got under way about 30 minutes later.
After our first run, as the truck began to go up the hill for our second I witnessed one of the worst chase truck accidents. Our chase truck was a smallThe paramedics worked on him for a while. Eventually they took him to the hospital. We were told it didn't appear that he had any major injuries! A HUGE bruise and some minor cuts.
We finally got under way.
After lunch we did qualifying, starting with standup.
We had a DJ outThe "Go" was announced through the loud speakers via a radio,
We finished up qualifying pretty late, it was almost 7 by the time I left. I went downtown to grab a bite to eat, and saw the tail end of the Love Parade. Some of the festivities were still going on, but the bulk of it was over. The parade is a huge 1.5 million person party! After diner I went over to the the Fritz club. A large night club that hosts 3 large dance floors and an outside area, with another small dance floor. Red Bull had given the riders free tickets and a free drink! I had to be up early so I left about 2. There must have been a couple hundred people waiting to get IN when I left!
Sunday, July 16
We started the day off with the standup race.
We were half way thought the buttboard race before I understood the format. There were 8 racers, so we raced two four man heats. Each heat lost one rider, then two 3 man heats. Then we raced the finals. In the finals I got hit as we entered the final turn. I lifted my legs, but not quite high enough. My foot caught enough of the bale to twist my knee. While it was quite painful, and I could stand for several minutes, I knew that I had only sprained it. Dirtsurfers were run last.
Immediately after the races the prizes were given out.
Racing had started fairly early, and the days evens were done early afternoon. With my knee hurting and a 6AM plane trip tomorrow I took off early. Meanwhile many of the racers continued to ride the hill for the remainder of the day.
This was a fine little regional event. The course was too short, and there were fewer spectators than I thought we would get being so close to the city. But the course was fun for being so short, there were plenty of prizes, and they even announced the race! I think we only had the two injuries, the one run over by the truck, and me with a sprained knee.