The course is unique and certainly aint no stroll in the park or Sunday bush bash, and the setting is something quite spectacular! Nestled amongst towering mountains in the province of Styria, Austria lays the largest iron ore open pit mine in central Europe. More than 230 million tons of iron ore have been removed from the Iron Giant since the 16th century leaving in its wake a somewhat naked and scarred mountain face. The endless snaking 'steps' carved into its side create the perfect setting for the most extreme and nuttiest dirt bike riders to attempt to conquer.
There are 20 checkpoints throughout the 35 km course to pass through and only 4 hours to complete them in.
Riding skills, speed and the correct choice of your line through the many, many curves decide if you win or lose on your way up the gravel road that is 13,5 km long. Rules are as simple as it can get: Riders start in 20 second intervals, each competitor has two attempts to beat the mountain. Here a rider goes through a pond of water.