Auerberg is a church and a restaurant that sits on top of a small hill just outside of Bernbern, Germany. This small town sits on the edge of the foothills of the Alps, in Bavarian Germany. Amazingly beautiful, with a gorgeous view of the Alps in one directory, and green pastures in the other.
The race course was about 1.5 km long. It starts with a fairly steep drop leading to a switchback,
Monday, July 5
The four day race didn't officially start until Wed, so I originally had planned on site seeing Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. But they've got something planned for Tuesday, and it took most of the day to pack up and drive from Switzerland (about a 4 or 5 hour drive, with a lunch break.) We decided to get here early and look for a hotel room or something. There was a campsite
We drove into Munich, about an hour and a half away to see some sites, and have lunch.
Tuesday, July 6
A special field trip was planned. Hofbrau Munich was a sponsor of the race, and they invited us to Neuschwanstein for lunch.It was a nice way to keep us all preoccupied before the race started.
We return to the race course to find people cleaning it.
Not for from the start line, and fairly close to the campsite, an enormous circus tent and been erected,
We had a riders meeting Wednesday night to kick the race off.
Wednesday, July 7
We would run practice the first day. They started by cleaning the track fairly well.
Red Bull showed up for practice day, but wouldn't be around for race day.
After dinner everyone gathered around to see the posted times.
Thrusday, July 8
Today started as a nice sunny day. I climbed up to the church at the top of the hill. There is an observation platform on top of the church, and I wanted to take some pics. The inside of the church was fairly impressive.
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday was cold, a little rainy. Today was gonna be hot.
We were supposed to run one at a time, so we lined up
There were a lot of racers at the event, so tech as done as a when you get a chance over the first two days.It showed the riders speed through the speed trap located near the finish line, and the total time. The system was about 100 yards from the finish. Unfortunately by the time you stopped and got up and turned around, the next rider was probably just crossing the finish line.
Friday, July 9
Because we had three days of practice, and because the race was being filmed, a lot of filming was going on.
There were only a handful of Americans at the event, and all of us except for Bob
As I got more time on the hill I got a little more comfortable. There was still a few corners I couldn't get through without braking. After a few hard wrecks, I've been fairly conservative. Racing more for fun that for racing. I manage to hit my goal of sub 1 minute 40 seconds and was very happy.
One of the coolest things about this course was a small hotel and restaurant at the start line. We decided to have a German meal there today.
The weather in the Alps is very iffy. It is very difficult to forecast, one minute it is raining, the next it is nice and sunny. The forecast was calling for rain, on Saturday, so it was decided to run the standup race today, while it was nice out.
There was a party at the big tent. First the 2003 World Cup Trophies
I know Kessler was VERY happy to win, but Knaggs was in Seventh Heaven.
Saturday, July 10
We woke up to a wet course.
I had wanted to get more buttboard pictures, I got the Americans
We had a long break for lunch, because there was a wedding at the church.
I spent most of the day at the Window Maker, the large carousel, where most of the spectators watched from.
As in Switzerland there was someone to entertain the crowd between rounds.
After the races were over, a quick podium was set up for the video.
Later that evening we had the after party and prize giving. But first was the pole. I saw one of the worst looking wrecks I have ever seen. The top speed of the course happens at the finish line, which then takes a short jog to the left. There is no braking needed to get through this turn, but it is a turn at very high speeds, and would be a tight squeeze with multiple people. I watched this happen from the meadow at the Carousel. I saw two lugers touch just as they crossed the finish line. At the time I didn't know exactly what happen, but I remember seeing the board fly end over end through the air. I thought I had seen the first fatal accident in street luge. At the part I found out the luger had collided with a sign post. Amazingly the sign post is the worse for the wear!
Almabtrieb has something to do with an annual tradition of the cows changing pastures or something. So the trophies were cow bells.
Then the party commenced.The party was over.
Almabtrieb was a fun event. The road was technical and fast. There were several major injuries, and least 4 people visited the hospital, although I think only one person had a broken bone. Most of the other injuries were not severe. The broken bone happened during a practice run, and perhaps the most severe injury, also happened during practice AFTER the finish line.