Hard enduros and extreme off-road racing have gained in popularity over the past few years, and many of the top factory teams have switched their efforts from the traditional World Enduro format to the many hard enduro races that have cropped up around the world. In fact, Graham Jarvis, the king of extreme racing, will be focusing exclusively on hard enduros in 2019.
In 2018, Cody Webb, Mario Roman, Wade Young, and Jarvis stood out as the top extreme off-roaders on the planet, as the four riders combined to win the majority of the extreme racing events last year. The 2019 season should see more of the same, as the extreme calendar kicks off in late January.
Most of us don’t have the means to travel to these events to watch them firsthand, but you can keep up with all the extreme racing action in 2019 right here at dirtrider.com, as we bring you coverage from each round.
Erzberg Hare Scramble
May 30–June 2, 2019
Won by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis in 2018, the Erzberg Hare Scramble is perhaps the most celebrated event in the Hard Enduro Series. Just the venue alone is extreme, as the race takes place in an iron mining quarry outside of Eisenerz, Austria. The Erzberg Hare Scramble starts with two days of high-speed qualifying, which whittles the initial field of 1,800-plus down to the final 500 that will face the Iron Giant in rows of 50. The winner of the Erzberg Hare Scramble is often credited as being the best extreme off-road racer in the world.
Jarvis says Erzberg is probably the most intense of all the hard enduros. “Once you get to Carl’s Diner, that’s the point where it just gets relentless and you’re pushing your body perhaps harder than any other event.”