THE WINNING TEAM RED BULL SHOWED NO MERCY
THE TEAM “MOUNTAINSHOP HÖRHAGER LADIES WON THE WOMEN'S CLASSIFICATION
Mayrhofen, 14th December 2019: “Four athletes, one team, no mercy!” - This motto applies all over again on 14th December 2019 at the 8th RISE&FALL event in Mayrhofen. This unique relay contest with the four disciplines of ski tour, paraglide, mountain bike and ski demands everything of its participating athletes. The 78 teams of four with a total of 312 athletes from all over Europe fought relentlessly for victory and provided the spectators at the festival grounds with a top-class sporting event - either from the sidelines, or live on the video wall.
An adrenalin-fuelled ride
As the canon shot was fired at 13.00 hrs sharp by Mayrhofen “Schützen” Rifle Company, the ski mountaineers sprinted up the Ahorn valley ski run along the 1.3 km route to Gasthof Wiesenhof. Once there, they handed over to their team colleagues - the paragliders, who flew down a predetermined flight corridor towards the finish area and completed an arduous 400-metre sprint, before handing over to the mountain bikers. These were then presented with the task of pedalling up the 430 metres in altitude anew over the 3.7 kilometre course back up to Gasthof Wiesenhof, from where the fourth leg team members, the skiers, hurtled back down over an obstacle course and on to the finish line. A giant video wall allowed the spectators and fans to witness every hand-over, the pain-contorted faces of the athletes, as well as their expressions of relief from the finish area at close hand.
RISE&FALL WINNERS 2019
The coveted victory finally went in a record time 38:46,8 to team RED BULL, Anton Palzer (Ski Mountaineering), Aaron Durogati (Paragliding), Daniel Geismayr (Mountainbiking) und Markus Eder (Skiing). Second and third places went to teams TEAMWORK SCHWEIZ (39:07,8) und ARONIALAND-Sport Auer (41:08,8).
The team “Mountainshop Hörhager Ladies” with Sarah Dreier (ski mountaineering), Stephanie Kröll (paragliding), Christina Sautner (bike) and Anna-Lena Riml (ski) won the women's classification with a total time of 55:19,1. They relegated the “Dynafit Girls” (57:17,1) team to second place and the team “Bike Zoo / Cloudbase Flugschule” (59:50,7) to third place.
The 8th edition was full of excitement and made you want more. That's why…
SAVE THE DATE: 9. RISE&FALL am 12.12.2020
You will find the total results of 2019 here.
This relay event is a race against time and opposing teams: one team consists of 4 athletes. The athletes must each surmount 430 metres in elevation in their respective discipline.
STARTS: on 14.12.2019
START AND FINISH AREA: Base terminal of Ahornbahn cable car in Mayrhofen.
ORDER OF EVENTS: Ski tourers start at the race finish area – race up the Ahorn downhill run to Gasthof Wiesenhof – changeover to the paragliders– who fly in a predetermined flight corridor and land in the target area as accurately as possible – changeover to the mountain bikers – who ride up to Wiesenhof – final changeover to the skiers - who ski the Ahorn downhill run to the finish area.
- Skitour, 1.7 km – 430 metres in altitude
- Paraglide 3.2 km – 430 metres in altitude
- Mountainbike 3.7 km – 430 metres in altitude,
- Ski 1.7 km – 430 metres in altitude
WINNER: The team whose skier or snowboarder crosses the finishing line first wins RISE&FALL.
Athletes in interview
4x430 altitude metres of intense struggle and challenges lay before the athletes of the 85 teams competing in RISE&FALL. This awesome sporting event which kicks off the winter season in Mayrhofen on the 15th December 2018, pushes the competitors to their limits. We find out from the athletes themselves exactly how they prepare to compete in their chosen discipline. The hard training doesn’t begin in Autumn, but requires endurance and fighting spirit throughout the whole year!