Three X Games Enduro X competitors swept the podium June 2 at the Erzberg Rodeo's grueling Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria.
Two-time X Games Enduro X gold medalist Taddy Blazusiak couldn't compete because of an injury, but Graham Jarvis took first, Andreas Lettenbichler claimed second and Alfredo Gomez notched third in the hard enduro race made more difficult by heavy rains.
Check out the video above and the photo gallery below to see why it's been called the toughest single-day endurance race in the world. Five hundred riders started the race but only 14 managed to finish before the four-hour time limit.
Touted as the toughest single-day race in the world, the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg Rodeo had just 14 riders finish out of 500 June 2 in Austria. Browse through the gallery of its watery start, steep climb and rocky, hard enduro terrain. There's no hiding from the elements of the Erzberg Rodeo. Wade Young waits for the start of the Red Bull Hare Scramble on June 2 in Erzberg, Austria. Deep in an old open-pit mine riders begin their staggered starts June 2 at the Erzberg Rodeo's Red Bull Hare Scramble 2013. Getting out front was especially important at the start of the Red Bull Hare Scramble. An Erzberg Rodeo rider tries to get through the knee-deep water June 2 at the Red Bull Hare Scramble. Andreas Lettenbichler, who would eventually finish second, makes it to the top of a hill during the Red Bull Hare Scramble. Riders and bikes litter the hillside on one of the inclines June 2 during the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg Rodeo in Austria. Graham Jarvis sets the pace early at the Red Bull Hare Scramble 2013 in Austria. Up is down, down is up … just part of the madness at the Erzberg Rodeo's Red Bull Hare Scramble on June 2 in Austria. Graham Jarvis keenly navigates a rocky portion of the course. Jonny Walker was the defending champion in the Erzberg Rodeo but he got off to a rough start when his bike nearly sunk in deep water. After his poor start Jonny Walker forged ahead for a respectable fourth-place finish at the Red Bull Hare Scramble Erzberg Rodeo in Austria. Graham Jarvis had been first across the finish line in previous years but never had won the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg Rodeo because of checkpoints he had accidentally missed. Nothing could stop him from winning the event this year, however. Red Bull Hare Scramble champion Graham Jarvis, center, second-place Andreas Lettenbichler, right, and third-place Alfredo Gomez will all be competing in Enduro X at X Games Munich later this month.