Trek Bike Attack 2012 Lenzerheide Switzerland

Aug 15, 2012 at 14:16
by Clemens Capeller  

On August 11th and 12th the 16th Annual Bike Attack took place in the beautiful Lenzerheide in Switzerland. The bike attack is a mass start downhill race with 2000m of vertical descend and 140m of uphill over the 20 km course. Almost 800 starters from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Netherland, Great Britain and Lichtenstein took part in the qualification run on Saturday and the mass start race on Sunday.

Some air coverage from the start



And a longer edit from the race


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The peak of the Rothorn, where it all starts.

Some shots from the quali run on Saturday. Single start with short time gaps. The quali track is the upper part of the racetrack, but mainly downhill. That's why some chose their downhill bike on Saturday, and then their enduro bike for race day on Sunday.

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The upper part of the track is mainly moonland, rocks over rocks...

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Scary moments in the rocks

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and hard contacts with the rocks

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Rene Wildhaber chose his Session 9.9 for the quali run

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Gravity Girls Gone Wild in the quali

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Qualifying run, but still time for some style

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Podium of the qualification run at Trek Bike Attack 2012 1. Braumann Birgit Austria 18.02 4 2. Thoma Ines Germany 18.02 6 3. Oetjen Lucia Switzerland 19.11 1 1. Wildhaber Rene Switzerland 14.57 9 2. Wildhaber Gustav Switzerland 15.09 0 3. Liebherr Janick Switzerland 15.39 5 pic c.capeller
The Podium from the quali run on Saturday.

Men Top 3
1st. Rene Wildhaber Switzerland 14:57.9
2nd. Gustav Wildhaber Switzerland 15:09.0
3rd. Janick Liebherr Switzerland 15:39.5

Women Top 3
1st. Birgit Braumann Austria 18:02.4
2nd. Ines Thoma Germany 18:02.6
3rd. Lucia Oetjen Switzerland 19:11.1

Race Day

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Sunday morning quiteness before the race. 800 bikes waiting to rock the dusty track

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1,2,3 and go...Rene Wildhaber and Gustav Wildhaber leading the pack

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First sharp turn and Rene Wildhaber in the lead from the beginning

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The race train starts

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High speed on the ski slopes

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oops

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Men hunting girls. Girls hunting men

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Rene race style

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Last corner into the finish at Churwalden. 20 km are behind the racers

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Still smiling after a long and hard race

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The finish area.

bigquotesLast weekend I did the long distance-downhill race Trek Bike Attack in Lenzerheide (Switzerland). I could celebrate a victory - my seventh at this race. I had a good qualification run at Saturday, but the race feeling on Sunday was even more perfect, because I could push my body to the limit and I was very concentrated. It was also an interesting race for the spectators. There were five video cameras and a filming drone for live broadcast into the finishing area. I am very pleased with this success, because I was a little bit sad after my crash in the Megavalanche in Alpe d'Huez. - Rene Wildhaber

Trek Bike Attack Race Podium on Sunday

1. Wildhaber Rene Switzerland 29.34 4 2. Wildhaber Gustav Switzerland 30.58 1 3 3. Arnold Marco Switzerland 31.28 6 pic c.capeller

Mens Top 3

1st. Wildhaber Rene Switzerland 29:34.4
2nd. Wildhaber Gustav Switzerland 30:58.13
3rd. Arnold Marco Switzerland 31:28.6

1. Thoma Ines Germany 38.59 6 2. Braumann Birgit Austria 39.30 5 3. Oetjen Lucia Switzerland 43.22 1 pic c.capeller

Womens Top 3

1st. Thoma Ines, Germany 38:59.6
2nd. Braumann Birgit Austria 39:30.5
3rd. Oetjen Lucia Switzerland 43:22.1



Wanna know more about riding in the Lenzerheide, check out Lee Lau`s report from last year
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Switzerland-for-Dummies-Lenzerheide-Part-2-of-6.html

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http://www.sportograf.com/en/shop
Trek Bike Attack
http://www.bike-attack.ch
Lenzerheide
http://lenzerheide.com/en/summer

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29 Comments

  • + 10
 You are so stoked to finally start and than you have to slowly walk down to the first corner. That sucks. Props to Rene Wildhaber for doing it again!
  • + 10
 that is one really badly thought out start !
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  • + 6
 The most ill-conceived start corridor to date. We love your chocolate guys, but take a trip to France or Italy to see how it is done. Lol
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  • + 5
 worlds shittest start from the looks of it, guys at front will have finished before guys at back have even got to the start line!!!!
  • + 4
 i agree but that's why qualifications are so important... i guess
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  • + 5
 was that video supposed to make the race look appealing?
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  • + 1
 I don't care for the whole mass seed concept (i.e., you should never have to walk your bike in a race if it is not due to the terrain/obstacles). Still a really cool event though.
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  • + 1
 its allways fun to start at this race. its about the fun , camping vibes , meeting friends and drink some beers not about the podium......
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  • + 1
 Interesting combo there, Rene... rocking the full face with lycra on an all mountain bike. Clothing aside, congrats to the top finishers of this crazy race.
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  • + 3
 800 rider mass start, wow. Total cluster f*&k. Looks FUN!!!
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  • + 2
 Nice I like that race just for fun an beer all day
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  • + 1
 Well, that was dumb. Good luck trying to pass 500 riders while you walked for 10 minutes.
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  • + 1
 i am saving all my pennies to get to an mtb event somewhere else in the world it might take a while but it will happen.
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  • + 1
 i would have tryed to just bomb down the step part then land myself in like 10 place
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  • + 1
 Good thing they didn't show the middle section - doubletrack babyhead shite.
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  • + 1
 He was going so fast down through the trees, the shorts fell off and he was left only with the chami pants. Crazy.
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I'm really hung over today and after rubbing my eyes for a few minutes, I realized I wasn't just seeing double...
why can't I delete my posts?
  • + 1
 good posts can't be deleted Big Grin
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  • + 2
 worst. race. ever. such a cluster f...
  • + 2
 i know what your saying (podiums shouldnt be taken too seriously), but it still looks like alot fun...its an amazing venue too..
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  • + 1
 If ever there was a need for a 150mm dropper post, this is it!
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  • + 1
 Cool but... a few too many bikers for my taste.
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  • + 0
 Why is RenĂ© WIldhaber racing in Lycra?
  • + 13
 He was going so fast down through the trees, the shorts fell off and he was left only with the chami pants. Crazy.
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