An 82-year-old was among the finishers at the Inov-8 Descent Race in October 2020, which took place on the world’s toughest ski slope.
Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria, which is a 350m-long hill with an 80% gradient and near vertical blind drops, was the setting for the daring runners.
After strong winds forced the event to be postponed for 24 hours, Germany’s Rene Claussnitzer was fastest in a time of 53.88 seconds on his first run. Despite a fall on the second run which resulted in an injury, he held on to win a total time of 1 minute 50.9 seconds.
Lisa Groll regained her women’s title with a combined time of 2 minutes 44.86secs.
Rene Claussnitzer, winner of the Inov-8 Descent Race (credit: Michael Werlberger)
Austrian 82-year-old Hubert Zohrer was another of the brave runners, covering the course on his first and only run in 2 minutes 15 seconds. “It was very steep but great fun,” he said afterwards.
Organiser Georg Uberall, an outdoor sports retailer from Kitzbuhel, said: “It was a difficult weekend with the storm on Saturday, but thanks to the adaptability and commitment of everyone we were able to stage a brilliant race the following day.”
The fourth inov-8 Descent Race will take place on Saturday October 2, 2021. For entry details go to www.ueberall.cc/de/descent-race-kitzbuehel.html