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The World’s Toughest Team Relay Race: Who’s Gonna Be this Year’s Dolomiten Man?

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This extreme team relay race consists of a mountain runner, a paraglider, a mountain biker, and a whitewater kayaker, taking part in the ultimate endurance test in the mountains of East Tirol. One of the gnarliest races on the planet, the Dolomiten Man race is billed as the “world’s toughest team relay race” held each year in September in Lienz, a mountain town with a population of 12,000. The founder and organiser of this extreme event is Werner Grissmann, a former World Cup skier and self-proclaimed “tough guy” who invented this insane competition back in 1998. Featuring mountain running, paragliding, kayaking, and mountain biking, this four person relay puts the most extreme endurance athletes to the test in the iconic Dolomites Mountain Range. Rocky terrain, shifty winds, big water, and a massively steep uphill run are just some of the extreme elements that competitors have to face. In other words, this race is not for the faint of heart. This does not seem to deter the participants, though, as the race fills to capacity very quickly each year. In 2017, brave athletes will compete for the highly coveted title of “Dolomiten Man” on September 9.

Are you courageous enough? Would you dare to enter? Mountain running, paragliding, mountain biking or whitewater kayaking?

1. Mountain Running

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Former World Cup Ski Jumper and repeated Dolomiten Man Competitor Andreas Goldberger on his way up, up, up. (Photo Credit: Philip Platzer / Red Bull Content Pool)

Dolomiten Man Mountain Running Course: Lienz, Main Square – Amlach – Goggsteig – Klammbrückl – Hallebachtal Valley – Kuhbodentörl

2. Paragliding

Paul Guschlbauer mit seinem Gleitschirm im Schlepptau. (Foto: Martin Lugger / Red Bull Content Pool)

Paul Guschlbauer with his paraglider in tow. (Photo Credit: Martin Lugger / Red Bull Content Pool)

Dolomiten Man Paragliding Course: Start: Kuhbodentörl – Stopover: Taxer Moos (‘Moosalm’) – Finish: Dolomiten Stadium

3. Mountain Biking

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Alban Lakata, one of the four Dolomiten Men in 2014. (Photo Credit: Martin Lugger / Red Bull Content Pool)

Dolomiten Man Mountain Biking Course: Lienz, Dolomiten Stadium – Moosalm – Hochstein Hut – Hochstein Cross – Gamper Hut – Hochstein Hut – Leisach (Sports Ground)

4. Whitewater Kayaking

Harald Hudetz (Foto: Mirja Geh / Red Bull Content Pool)

Harald Hudetz in his favourite element. (Photo Credit: Mirja Geh / Red Bull Content Pool)

Dolomiten Man Whitewater Kayaking Course: Start: Leisach Sports Ground – Finish: Lienz, Main Square. Sprint and swim across the river where the boats are situated, launching off the 7-meter ramp into the river. After the jump, the kayakers must navigate a difficult 5-kilometer long whitewater track upstream on exposed and wild Drau and Isel rivers. Paddlers face strong currents in their 35-minute long quest for glory, which might result in exhaustion-induced hallucinations.

So what’s your pleasure?

Learn More: redbulldolomitenmann.com | www.tyrol.com

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