Häckl “runs” to victory at the 1. Kitzbüheler Radmarathon!
Victory for Häckl
In pole position the marathon stars Mathias Nothegger, Patrick Hagenaars, Florian Lipowitz (out of competition – pro from Team Tirol), Niklas Kellerer and Benedikt Kendler started the race. The top favourites, however, had to end the race soon – Nothegger because of material defect and Hagenaars because of the brutal cold. At the top of the race Tobias Häckl and Alex Schnerrow broke away after the descent from Pass Thurn and harmonised for a long time. At the Kerschbaumer Sattel they were set by professionals of the Tirol team. “At the Horn I gave everything and immediately broke away at the bottom. The course with this final climb is so crazy! Unfortunately I miscalculated the gear ratio, so I had to run up 1.5 kilometres. I am so happy that I still managed to win,” said Häckl. By the way, the best Austrian was Lukas Kaufmann in fourth place.
The finish of the first Kitzbüheler Radmarathon was waiting after 216 km over the Pass Thurn, the old alpine road of Gerlos, further through the Zillertal over the Kerschbaumer Sattel, over into the Alpbachtal further to Brixlegg, Kramsach, over Brandenberg to Angerberg and over the Brixental back to Kitzbühel on the steepest cycling mountain in Austria, the Kitzbüheler Horn! The award ceremony took place on site at the Alpenhaus Kitzbüheler Horn. “A big thank you to the organisers and also to the athletes who made this event so unique,” Franz Reisch from Alpenhaus said in thanks. The rain did not make the 4,600 metres in altitude any easier – nevertheless, the rate of falls remained relatively low.
The race – the premiere – the success
“There are only winners on this day! All those who took part and were able to finish, all the participants and supporters as well as partners and sponsors – my greatest thanks go to them. We managed the premiere successfully – and true to our motto it was #echtsteil!”, organiser Franz Steinberger summed up, also thanking the Arbeiter Samariter Bund Österreich for providing security for the cyclists.
Taking part instead of just being there – Harisch Hotels as an active partner
Premium partner Hartisch Hotels was also at the start with many starters. Dr. Christian Harisch sent his greetings from Vienna in advance: “Dear cycling fans, the “Kitzbüheler” Radmarathon will be an event of superlatives. Watch or take part, everyone who is there is a winner.”