Dolomitenmann

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The Red Bull Dolomitenmann is billed by its organizers as "the world's toughest team relay race".

The race is held yearly in September in the East Tyrolean, or Dolomite Mountains of Austria, near the city of Lienz. The founder and organiser is Werner Grissmann, a former World Cup skier and self-proclaimed "tough guy". 110 teams typically start the race each year.

Each team consists of a mountain runner, a paraglider, a whitewater kayaker, and a mountain biker, racing in that order. The course varies slightly each year according to weather conditions and the mountain runner typically runs and climbs a few thousand feet from a start line that is already far above sea level. The actual running distance is usually around 12 kilometres (7.5 mi), but that is far less challenging than the change in elevation.

When the runner makes the hand-off to the team’s paraglider, he must also run, this time with his whole equipment to the first take-off point. After descending by air to Moosalm, the paraglider runs (again!) to a second take-off point, descending to Leisach where the kayaker is ready and waiting.

The teams kayaker swims across the river Drau where his boat is stationed. His first maneuver is an "alpine-start", or a drop off a 7 metres (23 ft) ramp to the river. After the jump the kayaker must navigate a difficult white water track on the river Isel before handing off to the mountain biker.

The mountain biker typically climbs 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) or more, over a distance of about 27 kilometres (17 mi). After the climb, the mountain biker must ride a downhill track to the finish. The winning team collected 15,000 Euros in 2002.

The Dolomitenmann relay race has been run yearly since 1988. In recent years the race has been sponsored by the manufacturers of Red Bull energy drink and is now known as Red Bull Dolomitenmann.

Winning teams and tracks[edit]

# Year Participants Track Winners Time Comment
1 1988 51 Goisele  Schlickermandln Nordtirol (AUT) [1]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Florian Stern (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  André Bucher (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Markus Dobesch (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Ernst Denifl (AUT)
3:25:47,6
2 1989 57 Steiner Mandl  Schlickermandln Nordtirol (AUT) [2]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Florian Stern (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  André Bucher (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Markus Dobesch (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Ernst Denifl (AUT)
3:48:14,5
3 1990 54 Steiner Mandl  Hypobank Figaro Lienz (AUT) [3]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Hansjörg Randl (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Walter Holzmüller (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Holger Kerbl (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Uli Mattersberger (AUT)
3:58:06,6 First participation of a Red Bull Team. Team finished in 2nd place.
4 1991 71 Steiner Mandl  Red Bull (AUT) [4]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Alois Stadlober (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Hansjörg Bachmayr (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Peter Winkler (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Manfred Kornelson (AUT)
4:13:39,2
5 1992 100 Laserzwand  Profi-Team (AUT) [5]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Florian Stern (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  André Bucher (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Alex Schimanofsky (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Jürgen Juen (AUT)
4:05:03,3
6 1993 125 Karlsbader Törl Warsteiner Team (INT) [6]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Helmut Schmuck (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  David Perathoner (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Markus Gickler (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Gerhard Zadrobilek (AUT)
3:55:54,0
7 1994 79 Kühboden Törl  Red Bull Körper (AUT) [7]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Florian Stern (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  André Bucher (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Markus Dobesch (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Ernst Denifl (AUT)
3:52:55,2
8 1995 58 Steinermandl  Red Bull 1 (AUT) [8]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Peter Schatz (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Kurt Pock (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Eckehard Dörschlag (AUT)
3:33:05,9
9 1996 36 Steinermandl Warsteiner Team (INT) [9]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Helmut Schmuck (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Mario Insam (ITA)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Becker (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Sigi Hochenwarter (AUT)
3:04:59,2 25 cm snow at Zettersfeld; -5 °C at finish line
10 1997 46 Hochstadl Red Bull Körper (INT) [10]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Alfons Hörhagel (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Hilger (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (AUT)
3:35:09,1
11 1998 65 Steiner Mandl Red Bull Geist (INT) [11]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Hilger (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (ITA)
3:00:28,7
12 1999 84 Steiner Mandl Red Bull Geist (INT) [12]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Alfons Hörhagel (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Hilger (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Alessandro Fontana (ITA)
3:35:46,2
13 2000 94 Steiner Mandl Red Bull Geist (INT) [13]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Alfons Hörhagel (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Hilger (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (ITA)
3:36:04,1
14 2001 102 Steiner Mandl Red Bull Geist (INT) [14]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Alfons Hörhagel (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Hilger (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (ITA)
3:24:26,0
15 2002 111 (22 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Red Bull (INT) [15]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Stefan Steinhöfer (GER)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (ITA)
3:55:17,3
16 2003 110 (46 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Skoda Auto (INT) [16]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Robert Krupicka (CZE)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Tomas Lednik (CZE)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Kamil Mruzek (CZE)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Jure Golcer (SLO)
3:45:11,7
17 2004 110 (184 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Leingruber Fighter (INT) [17]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Chrisian Amon (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Harald Hudetz (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Hanspeter Obwaller (AUT)
3:50:53,4
18 2005 110 (208 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Leingruber Fighter (INT) [18]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Chrisian Amon (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Herwig Natmessnig (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Alban Lakata (AUT)
3:53:36,3
19 2006 110 (260 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Red Bull (INT) [19]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Markus Kröll (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Harald Hudetz (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (ITA)
3:55:41,6
20 2007 110 (263 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Kolland Top Sport - Kleine Zeitung (INT) [20]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Helmut Schiessl (AUT)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Chrisian Amon (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Herwig Natmessnig (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Alban Lakata (AUT)
3:26:14,0 Paragliding contest had to be cancelled due to gusty conditions.
21 2008 110 (272 on waitlist) Kühboden Törl Kolland Top Sport (INT) [21]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Chrisian Amon (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Herwig Natmessnig (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Alban Lakata (AUT)
3:00:17,2 Paragliding contest had to be started from Moosalm due to gusty conditions.
22 2009 111 Kühboden Törl Kolland Top Sport - Kleine Zeitung (INT) [22]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Chrisian Amon (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Herwig Natmessnig (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Alban Lakata (AUT)
3:54:46,1
23 2010 115 Kühboden Törl Kolland Top Sport - Kleine Zeitung (INT) [23]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Chrisian Amon (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Marcel Potocny (SVK)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Christoph Soukup (AUT)
3:50:39,5
24 2011 115 Kühboden Törl Robotunits (INT) [24]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Azarya Weldemariam (ERI)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Markus Prantl (ITA)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Gerhard Schmid (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA)
3:55:01,7
25 2012 125 Kühboden Törl Pure Encapsulations Team (INT) [25]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Azarya Weldemariam (ERI)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Markus Prantl (ITA)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Gerhard Schmid (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA)
3:57:15,5
26 2013 121 Kühboden Törl Kleine Zeitung (INT) [26]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Petro Mamu (ERI)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Jakob Herrmann (AUT)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Manuel Filzwieser (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Urs Huber (SUI)
3:52:23,7
27 2014 124 Kühboden Törl Adidas Outdoor (INT) [27]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Abraham Kidane-Habtom (ERI)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Jakob Herrmann (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Lukas Buchli (SUI)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Stephan Brodicky (AUT)
4:07:57,8 Racing order has been changed to mountain running, paragliding, mountain biking and whitewater kayaking.
28 2015 116 Kühboden Törl Kleine Zeitung - Panaceo - Martini Sportswear (INT) [28]
Athletics pictogram.svg  Petro Mamu (ERI)
Paragliding pictogram.svg  Lorenz Peer (AUT)
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Kristian Hynek (CZE)
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Manuel Filzwieser (AUT)
4:07:57,7 Hand over from paragliding pilot to mountainbiker was moved to Lienz
Key
hosted in Lienzer Dolomiten region
hosted in Zettersfeld region (not in Lienzer Dolomiten)
paragliding contest cancelled
paragliding contest on shortened track

The fastest athlete of each discipline is awarded the title 'Dolomitenmann'

Top 10 Dolomitenmen (as of September 2015)[edit]

# Name # of wins
1. Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Roland Stauder (ITA) 7
1. Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Harald Hudetz (AUT) 7
3. Paragliding pictogram.svg  Wendelin Ortner (AUT) 6
3. Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Thomas Hilger (GER) 6
5. Athletics pictogram.svg  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) 5
5. Athletics pictogram.svg  Helmut Schmuck (AUT) 5
5. Paragliding pictogram.svg  Markus Prantl (ITA) 5
8. Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Kurt Pock (AUT) 4
8. Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA) 4
8. Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg  Gerhard Schmid (AUT) 4
8. Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg  Kristian Hynek (CZE) 4
12. Athletics pictogram.svg  Peter Schatz (AUT) 3
12. Paragliding pictogram.svg  Alfons Hörhager (AUT) 3
12. Paragliding pictogram.svg  Paul Guschlbauer (AUT) 3
12. Athletics pictogram.svg  Petro Mamu (ERI) 3

Dolomitenmen[edit]

Winners so far
Year Athletics pictogram.svg Mountain running Paragliding pictogram.svg Paragliding Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Whitewater kayak Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Mountainbike
1988  Florian Stern (AUT)  André Bucher (AUT)  Alexander Schimansky (AUT)  Ernst Denifl (AUT)
1989  Peter Pfitscher (AUT)  Peter Geg (AUT)  Kurt Pock (AUT)  Dörschlag Ekkehard (AUT)
1990  Hansjörg Randl (AUT)  Walter Holzmüller (AUT)  Kurt Pock (AUT)  Uli Mattersberger (AUT)
1991  Peter Schatz (AUT)  Hansjörg Bachmayr (AUT)  Kurt Pock (AUT)  Manfred Kornelson (AUT)
1992  Helmut Schmuck (AUT)  Andre Pucher (AUT)  Alexander Kirn (AUT)  Hubert Pallhuber (ITA)
1993  Peter Schatz (AUT)  David Perathoner (ITA)  Kurt Pock (AUT)  Gerhard Zadrobilek (AUT)
1994  Helmut Schmuck (AUT)  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)  Markus Gickler (GER)  Dörschlag Ekkehard (AUT)
1995  Pio Tomasselli (ITA)  Alfons Hörhager (AUT)  Thomas Becker (GER)  Thomas Ilg (AUT)
1996  Helmut Schmuck (AUT) – (cancelled)  Thomas Hilger (GER)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
1997  Helmut Schmuck (AUT)  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)  Thomas Hilger (GER)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
1998  Helmut Schmuck (AUT) – (cancelled)  Thomas Hilger (GER)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
1999  Peter Schatz (AUT)  Alfons Hörhager (AUT)  Thomas Hilger (GER)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
2000  Robert Krupicka (CZE)  Alfons Hörhager (AUT)  Thomas Hilger (GER)  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA)
2001  Roman Skalsky (CZE)  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)  Thomas Hilger (GER)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
2002  Markus Kröll (AUT)  Christian Amon (AUT)  Gerhard Schmid (AUT)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
2003  John Maluni (KEN)  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)  Gerhard Schmid (AUT)  Juri Golcer (SLO)
2004  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA)
2005  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)  Christian Amon (AUT)  Gerhard Schmid (AUT)  Roland Stauder (ITA)
2006  Jiri Magal (CZE)  Wendelin Ortner (AUT)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA)
2007  Jiri Magal (CZE) – (cancelled)  Kamil Mruzek (CZE)  Alban Lakata (AUT)
2008  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)  Markus Prantl (ITA) (short track)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Hannes Pallhuber (ITA)
2009  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)  Markus Prantl (ITA)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Alban Lakata (AUT)
2010  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL)  Paul Guschlbauer (AUT)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Tony Longo (ITA)
2011  Azarya Weldemariam (ERI)  Markus Prantl (ITA)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Hynek Kristian (CZE)
2012  Azarya Weldemariam (ERI)  Markus Prantl (ITA)  Harald Hudetz (AUT)  Hynek Kristian (CZE)
2013  Petro Mamu (ERI)  Paul Guschlbauer (AUT)  Herwig Natmessnig (AUT)  Hynek Kristian (CZE)
2014  Petro Mamu (ERI)  Paul Guschlbauer (AUT)  Herwig Natmessnig (AUT)  Lukas Buchli (SUI)
2015  Petro Mamu (ERI)  Markus Prantl (ITA)  Gerhard Schmid (AUT)  Hynek Kristian (CZE)

As of September 2015, there are 49 Dolomitenmen from 10 nations.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Official results 1989" (PDF), 2. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  3. ^ "Official results 1990" (PDF), 3. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  4. ^ "Official results 1991" (PDF), 4. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  5. ^ "Official results 1992" (PDF), 5. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  6. ^ "Official results 1993" (PDF), 6. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  7. ^ "Official results 1994" (PDF), 7. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  8. ^ "Official results 1995" (PDF), 8. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  9. ^ "Official results 1996" (PDF), 9. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  10. ^ "Official results 1997" (PDF), 10. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  11. ^ "Official results 1998" (PDF), 11. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
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  19. ^ "Official results 2006" (PDF), 19. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  20. ^ "Official results 2007" (PDF), 20. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  21. ^ "Official results 2008" (PDF), 21. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  22. ^ "Official results 2009" (PDF), 21. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  23. ^ "Official results 2010" (PDF), 23. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  24. ^ "Official results 2011" (PDF), 24. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  25. ^ "Official results 2012" (PDF), 25. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  26. ^ "Official results 2013" (PDF), 26. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  27. ^ "Official results 2014", 27. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 25, 2015 
  28. ^ "Official results 2015", 28. Dolomitenmann, Dolomitenmann, retrieved September 24, 2015 

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