Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Day #4 – Race day & Results

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Welcome to Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016

The Master Championship from Outer Space returns this year bigger and more challenging then ever. Organised by the BIGMOUNTAINSKATE crew,  Sector 9 Almabtrieb IDF WCQ race will be held on one of the fastest tracks in the circuit, high up in the Austrian alps, from July 13th till 16th, 2016. Around 180 downhill skateboarders (stand-up only) will battle down the 3.8 km long track hitting the speeds over 100kph and the fastest will take home the unmatchable title of the “Almabtrieb Champion 2016”.

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Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 race track preview and event information

Update, June 30th 2016
The crew went the track and filmed a rad raw run with Nico Nührig.

After taking a break in 2015, a four day race Sector 9 Almabtrieb returns to this year’s Eurotour and joins the BigMountainSkate events lineup. Previous editions were organised on a rad road in Germany, but this year the race moves to Austria.

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 race track preview and event information

As usual, we can expect some of the world’s most know downhill skateboarders on the Almabtrieb’s riders list. The race supports stand-up downhill skateboarding only and it’s an IDF WQS race. This also means that in order to register for the Almabtrieb race, you must be a member of the IDF.

About the Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 track

The crew was busy scouting the Austrian mountains in search for that perfect road which would match the Almabtrieb’s reputation and recently they finally found one.

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016

The event will take place from 13th till 16th  of July
 2016 in Loser Berg / Altaussee
 / Loser Panoramastraße, Altaussee in Austria.

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 will feature a 3.9 km alpine road with an elevation drop of 405 meters surrounded with spectacular nature and breathtaking views. The track is at an altitude of around 1800 meters above the sea level and in the same area as the Alpenrauschen track. The track has the steepest grade at around 19% and the crew already gave it a try and reported the top speed to exceed 100 km/h (62MPH+). You’ll be happy to know that there’s a sick hairpin waiting for you at the end of it.

Not for beginners

Just like for Alpenrauschen, beginners should think twice before joining this race. Serious downhill skills are required and the competition might be too hard to handle, but you’re always welcome to give it a try and watch the rest of the race if you drop out. In contrast to that, those more expirienced will be able to blow out some steam.

Riders limit and registration, accommodation

Everyone is uber hyped about this year’s Almabtrieb and it’s expected to be sold out very fast. If you are down for serious racing, make sure that you don’t miss the registration, which should start on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 8pm CET via the BMS website.

The riders limit will be set at 180 and the registration fee is expected to be 199 Euros with camping included. If you want to sleep in a bed, there will be some rooms available in a hotel nearby. Price for the room is not known yet. The campsite is located just at the end of the road, next to a big alpine hut.

For inquiries regarding the room rental, it’s the best to get in touch with the BMS crew via the official email address and ask about it.

Food and drinks at Almabtrieb

So far all we can say is that that there will be a restaurant with a bar next to the campsite where you’ll be able to grab something to eat and drink.

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Start View

How to pack for Almabtrieb

You should consider packing the same stuff as for Alpenrauschen freeride with an addition of camping gear. In July, the nights in the mountains should be a bit warmer, but you’ll still need some warm clothes to feel comfortable when the night falls.

That would pretty much be all about it.
If you have any additional questions, leave a comment below.

Let’s check out the track

Also, Markus had a chat with Stephan Risch, who is the OG organiser of the Almabtrieb. Read through Stephan’s words and find out what the Sector 9 Almabtrieb is all about.

“I wanted a new road, a challenging road, which meets the riders skills way better, then the old one in Neukirchen. That’s why we paused the Almabtrieb last season. But now – we found this good looking road, with a badass alps-panorama. For me, it is kind of going back the the Almabtrieb roots. Dated back the first races at Jungholz, we started skating in Austria and finished in Germany – there was always a special bond for me between those two countries. So I was pretty happy, to start working together with my friends from BigMountainSkate. Organising is also way better and easier in groups, so it was a logic way to start working together with them. Felix, Flo and the crew are very experienced and I love the way, how they do things.” ~ Stephan Risch

Thank you, Stephan!

Now let’s lean back and enjoy the official Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 trailer with our friends Gregor “Nussi” Nussbaummüller & Markus Knoblechner skating down the race track last autumn:

Olivier Gires (left) and Stefan Risch @ Almabtrieb © Patrick Labitzke

Almabtrieb: The Organiser’s View with Olivier Gires

Almabtrieb is coming back next year. This time it will be organised on a new track in Austria and in collaboration with the BigMountainSkate crew. It’s not official yet but it should happen in the midd of July, before the first KnK week and it might be an IDF WC… or WQS race. We’ll find out soon enough.

Organising events can be a stressful work but at the end it always leaves a positive effect, not only on the organisers, but on everyone else as well. “That cool dad”, a good friend of ours and the Almabtrieb attaché – Olivier Gires dropped in few words and thoughts about the event from his point of view. Fire away, Olivier!

~ Almabtrieb: The Organiser’s View by Olivier Gires ~

Olivier Gires (left) and Stephan Risch @ Almabtrieb © Patrick Labitzke
Olivier Gires [left] and Stephan Risch © Patrick Labitzke

Almabtrieb. At the sound of this word every downhill skater gets shaky legs, centers itself again and looks forward to an intense race with the best of the world. It was pretty much with the same almost reverential feeling that I listened to stories about Almabtrieb in 2008, when I started skating.

In 2009, when my speed on a board started to exceed walking pace, I was looking forward to join at least as a spectator. But, deception came and Almabtrieb was cancelled that year.

One year later Stephan Risch and Andi Gniadek organised a reissue of the legendary race on a totally new track. In 2010 it was already held on the long and fast track in the Bavarian backcountry, which would be the scene in the following years too. Top speed was 104km/h in the finals in 2013 just before the sharp left hairpin called Risch curve.

I came in 2010 with my son Lenny, he would race in juniors, I would be spectator. But wait, no, as a course marshal (spontaneous recruitment hasn’t changed too much over the years). “Eimer, there are two deer in the s-bend, they run around nervously…” …”get rid of them, no matter how!”. The deer managed the situation themselves without any collision.

Three years later, 2013, at the tenth jubilee of the race, I joined the organisation team with Stephan Risch and Andi Gniadek for the first time and could get to experience such an international DH event from a different perspective. And it didn’t prevent me to be part of the game again a year later. The orga team developed into tight friendships. Or was this the other way round? Who knows…

But now a couple of facts: organising Almabtrieb for me equals to take 7 holidays, having no real rest for at least 10 days but also not being alone for that time frame, together with Stephan being mum and dad for an equivalent of ten kindergarten, the systematic loss of my voice around day 2-3 in exchange with the win of a robust cold in the middle of summer, 3-5 hours of sleep per night, countless discussions, a couple of which with neighbours, who are less positive and send the police as often as they can, dealing with pyromaniacs (not my area of expertise until recently), worries if it will all run smooth, riders would be happy and no one gets seriously injured, looking at the weather forecast weeks ahead (makes no sense…still did it and discovered agrarian weather forecasts as a robust source), adrenaline peaks sufficient for the remaining of the year, tight friendships, very tight friendships, heaps of laughters and sometimes… goose bumps.

Almabtrieb 2014 © Marcus Knoblechner
Almabtrieb 2014 © Markus Knoblechner

For example when I finally manage to stand in the well-known Risch corner on Saturday and watch the semis and finals. Everyone laughs, yells, cheers, parties and enjoys the event. Commonly, a huge positive tension falls off along with the end of the finals and a big smile takes over. It all ran well, now it´s only about the party in the evening and… fuck… REMOVAL.

But wait, before all that happens, Almabtrieb means building up and securing more than 3km of the track with a horde of the best guys I know (yep…here again…playing dad… confiscate fireworks… laugh… shaking heads…grumble…inwardly smile and truly rely on each other. THANKS guys!).

It also means unloading hay balls, secure corners, set poles, tighten ropes and driving the track up and down countless times in the truck (it feels like I could do this while sleeping, eyes shut and backwards after two days). In the evening talking with the local residents calls for excellent language skills (please keep in mind: Bavarian tongue is not the easiest after 6 beers… and 6 beers is not talking about me drinking them). Thanks to you all!

As it should be for this international format race, approx. 180 riders from all over the world usually attend the Almabtrieb. The riders´ list covers everyone from race beginner to top riders, who all deserve to be looked after and take care of. Some expect less, others more.

Almabtrieb 2014 © Marcus Knoblechner
Almabtrieb 2014 © Markus Knoblechner

And all that obviously happens to be in a mixture of languages, such that I am not sure about which language I actually talk after a couple of days. However, before the riders´ list eventually grows, we ask hundredfold the very same questions: will they come? Will it run smooth? Will it be a success? Will all the numerous hours of work, which Stephan primarily puts into pre-event orga, pay out?

According to the majority of riders, who would give us a feedback, then yes it is absolutely worth it and pays out. At the Saturday party some riders would come to us and show how stoked they are (even if I dislike this word, but stoke simply describes it best). And then…almost like a miracle… it may even happen that Eimer, the race director from outer space, hugs me and later picks up the mic as the MC, while hardcore shouter Jimmy Riha roughs up the crowd from up the stage! Well, this is a goose bumps moment too. Rock on!!!

Thanks to all, I mean really all!

Words by Olivier Gires
Photos by Markus Knoblechner
Additional photos by Patrick Labitzke