RISE&FALL 2019 in Mayrhofen
“Four athletes, one team, no mercy!” – This motto applies all over again on 14th December 2019 at the 8th RISE&FALL event in Mayrhofen.
This unique relay contest with the four disciplines of ski tour, paraglide, mountain bike and ski demands everything of its participating athletes. The 78 teams of four – with 8 teams of women – with a total of 312 athletes from all over Europe fought relentlessly for victory and provided the spectators at the festival grounds with a top-class sporting event – either from the side lines, or live on the video wall.
AN ADRENALIN-FUELLED RIDE
As the canon shot was fired at 13.00 hrs sharp by Mayrhofen “Schützen” Rifle Company, the ski mountaineers sprinted up the Ahorn valley ski run along the 1.3 km route to Gasthof Wiesenhof. Once there, they handed over to their team colleagues – the paragliders, who flew down a predetermined flight corridor towards the finish area and completed an arduous 400-metre sprint, before handing over to the mountain bikers. These were then presented with the task of pedalling up the 430 metres in altitude anew over the 3.7-kilometre course back up to Gasthof Wiesenhof, from where the fourth leg team members, the skiers, hurtled back down. Shortly before the finish they had to go through a so-called “Ninja-Obstacle Course” with their ski equipment before they were greeted by the spectators at the finish. A giant video wall allowed the spectators and fans to witness every hand-over, the pain-contorted faces of the athletes, as well as their expressions of relief from the finish area at close hand.
We are happy about the big amount of skywalk wings in the starting field. 44 out of 79 participants chose our skywalk miniwings TONKA and TONIC for the race.
5 out of the top 10 rankings were skywalk pilots.
Our team pilot Thomas Friedrich could even get on the podium and was 2nd place in the paraglide ranking. Congrats!
Platz 4 – Tobias Wechselberger
Platz 5 – Marco Hollaus
Platz 6 – Manuel Nübel
Platz 9 – Michael Lacher