outdoortrophy 2017 – it’s a wrap!

Ludmila Sidlova in her kayak at the outdoortrophy 2017

The outdoortrophy 2017 has successfully taken place on saturday, the 12th of august, in the beautiful Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg.
It had rained in Vorarlberg since thursday, so the conditions were very difficult and the decision to postpone the start for a few hours turned out to be very smart.
The paragliders had bad luck, the weather didn’t get better fast enough, so they had to run a round on top of the mountain “Niedere” with their full equipment instead of actually flying. It was too dangerous due to bad sight and strong winds.
The rest of the disciplines could be held and everyone who competed showed their best effort. The contest was well-organized, by a very responsible team, that made sure that all contestants made it to the finish line safely.

Kristýna Dvořáková
Runner Kristýna Dvořáková // Copyright: outdoortrophy.com / Lars Wieser

 

The contestants were separated in the categories Pro, Amateur, Women and Single. Yes, there are people who take on this competition all by themselves and give it their all in mountain running, paragliding, white water kayaking AND mountainbiking in one single day!
Big respect to all the contestants!

 

Ruth Hagen carrying her mountainbike
Mountainbiker Ruth Hagen // Copyright: Virgosystem

 

 

The fastest female team was the Czech Outdoor eXtréme Team XX with an excellent time of 4:49:50!

The results of the female teams:

The female teams at the prizegiving ceremony

1st place: Team „Czech Outdoor eXtréme team XX“ – total time: 4:49:50,3
Kristýna Dvoráková CZE / Barbora Pavlásková CZE / Ludmila Šídlová CZE / Zdenka Nemcová CZE
1:26:44,2 (17.) / 0:21:15,6 (20.) / 0:34:05,9 (23.) / 2:27:57,7 (11.)

2nd place: Team „Volksbank Vorarlberg Racing Team“- total time: 5:07:19,7
Sandra Urach AUT/ Monika Jakobi GER / Sonja Schmidt GER / Ruth Hagen AUT
1:30:21,4 (18.) / 0:20:52,8 (18.) / 0:37:05,7 (27.) / 2:39:13,6 (16.)

3rd place: Team „prime elements“- total time: 5:24:09,1
Johanna Raid AUT / Christina Feuerstein AUT / Anngrit Scheuter GER / Vroni Weiß GER
1:40:08,7 (27.) / 0:23:12,9 (23.) / 0:36:38,8 (26.) / 2:44:23,0 (19.)

You can find the complete results in this PDF from outdoortrophy.com:
-> http://www.outdoortrophy.com/5_files/ergebnisse/outdoortrophy-2017/ot-2017-gesamt.pdf

 

 

I have asked a woman from each discipline for an interview, read here what they had to say:

 

Runner Johanna Raid before the start

Johanna Raid is a runner from Vorarlberg, she was part of the Prime Elements team which took 3rd place at the outdoortrophy 2017.
She has taken part in a half marathon and she is currently preparing for the Aukland marathon. She hopes that she will be able to start there.

Is it your first time at the outdoortrophy?

It’s my first start here, it was a spontaneous decision to compete.

What was your motivation to sign up?

I’m running a lot and I enjoy being in the mountains, but I haven’t done a trail run contest so far. It was an interesting challenge!

What do you think is the reason that more men than women compete in runs like this?

I think that women are more self-concious, they doubt that they can make it, whereas men dare to simply try stuff.

 

Kayaker Anngritt Scheuter

Anngritt Scheuter is a Kayaker from Germany who started for the Prime Elements team. She started white water kayaking 5 years ago.

Is it your first time at the outdoortrophy or have you competed here before?

Yes, it is my first start at the outdoortrophy.

What was your motivation to sign up?

I got asked by Christin if I wanted to join the team with my Kayak. It sounded like a challenge, especially since it is my first competition in general.
Since I focus on whitewater kayak, the slalom was my biggest fear. I trained the slalom, but I got lucky and the slalom part had to be cancelled due to the high water situation.

What is your opinion on the male/female ratio in sports like kayak?

There are lots of awesome and very talented women in kayaking worldwide, but in Germany we only have a few whitewater contests and female kayakers.
I think it will develop. I’m a climber as well and I saw how the situation changed during the last 10 years. The number of female climbers has greatly improved and I hope it will be the same in kayaking!
There should be more women in competitions!

 

Barbora Pavlásková from the Czech Outdoor eXtreme Team at the outdoortrophy

Barbora Pavlásková is a paraglider and she joined the contest with the Czech Outdoor eXtréme Team XX, who were able to win the outdoortrophy 2017!

Is it your first time at the outdoortrophy or have you competed here before?

It is my first start here. I have already competed in local contests in the Czech Republic before.

What was your motivation to sign up?

I think contests like this are an amazing experience, I really enjoy meeting new people and it’s always a lot of fun!

The weather conditions made it impossible for the paragliders to start, so they had to complete a running round with full equipment instead. Were you sad that you couldn’t fly?

Well, I think as a paraglider you can’t complain about the weather, since that would be what you would do a lot. You just have to take natures conditions as they are.

It was still an exciting experience and I found the running round hard and a challenge.

What do you think about the percentage of women in paragliding?

I would like to see more women paragliding! Currently it’s pretty easy to get good placements, since the competition is so small. I would feel more motivated if there were more women in contests.

Would you like to take part in the outdoortrophy again in the future?

Yes, I would do it again, I think that team competitions are especially great fun!

What do you think is the reason why there are so many czech teams competing here today?

Austria is close to the Czech Republic and the mountains here are awesomely challenging. We don’t have mountains like that at home!

More about the Czech Outdoor eXtréme team:
-> https://www.facebook.com/coetcz/

 

Mountainbiker Ruth Hagen and family

Ruth Hagen is a local mountainbiker from Vorarlberg, she scored 2nd place for her team Volksbank Vorarlberg Racing Team.

Is it your first time at the outdoortrophy?

No, I have actually competed in the first ever outdoortrophy that was organized and it’s my fourth start here in total!

How was the bike ride course today?

Experience was very important today. The ground was very slippery and soft due to the big amount of rainfall we had in the last days. I had to carry my bike quite a lot and it was an extremely difficult, slippery carrying passage.
Normally you can ride nearly all of the course. Nevertheless, I am very happy with my ride!

What motivated you to sign up?

I have been asked by my company Volksbank if I would like to start and I am competitive. After many years of biking I wanted to find out if I still had what it takes!

Sandra Urach put together the team, it was the first trail run for her, although she is an experienced runner. I want to thank her for setting up the team!

Did you enjoy the outdoortrophy?

I had a lot of fun, especially the crowd was great – they cheered for us and pushed us with their applause!

What do you think about the number of females competing in contests like the outdoortrophy?

Well, it is a very special kind of contest, so there are only a few starters in general, especially women.

I think it could be a motivation if there was prizemoney for the female teams too. Of course I don’t do it for the money, I compete because I enjoy it a lot, but women have the same expenses as men and it would be great to get a bit of money to cover the costs!

More about Ruth:
-> http://ruth-hagen.com/

 

 

To round off this report from the outdoortrophy 2017, here are some pictures.

 

The next outdoortrophy will take place on August 17, 2019 – mark your calendars now!

For further info, please visit:

-> http://www.outdoortrophy.com/
-> http://www.bregenzerwald.at/
-> https://www.vorarlberg.travel/

Winter 2016/2017 in review

this winter imposed a special challenge onto me. i will try to make a long story short.
in september, my husband and shredbuddy Roman tore the patella ligament in his right knee while stepping out of our camper in France. we were lucky that the campsite was situated closely to a hospital specialized in chirurgical surgery, where Roman could undergo surgery the day after his accident. thanks to the professional care in this hospital, we were able to leave France and head home two days after the accident, which was only possible because our camper has enough space to prop up ones leg while still being correctly belted.
of course, i was the designated driver for all those kilometers home, which was strenuous, but i was just so happy about the possibility of getting closer to home and our families that i pushed on until we reached Austria 2 days later.
although the healing process had been going very well, Roman was not ready to hit the mountains again. thankfully, Roman is not the only person that i knew would like my company during a splitboard tour or freeriding, but it makes things a bit more complicated if your planning efforts aren’t just like “tour?” “yep” (of course we do plan all our off-piste endeavours much more in detail, i’m only cutting a corner for the sake of an entertaining story).
the second special thing about this winter were the temperatures and the ost-stau. most of the time, we have nord-stau in Austria, meaning that regions from Dachstein on west-ward will get a lot of snow on their northern side, and that Lower Austria (where i’m situated) won’t get as much snow.
i’m very grateful that the weather decided to flow over to us from Russia, bringing us snowfall and temperatures of about -15 degrees celsius for quite some weeks in january.
the snow was meant to stay this time! :)
this allowed for lots of splitboard and snowboard trips in the eastern alps. i really enjoyed spending time with friends in the mountains, increasing the number in my shred counter.


i also took part in two contests this winter, the FWQ* Hochkar and the FWQ** Gastein. i was planning on entering the FWQ** Goldeck and the FWQ*** X Over Kitzsteinhorn, but sadly due to lacking snowpack, Goldeck got cancelled and i couldn’t collect enough points to make it into the FWQ***.
i was able to take home the 2nd place at the FWQ* Hochkar and landed on the 5th place at the FWQ** Gastein. my focus this year was on selecting a line during the facecheck, imagining how it will look like from above and then finding the line as well as incorporating a few jumps.
it might sound like an easy task to ride down a hill, but in a contest it’s really something different. you will have to take the conditions as they are, keep your senses together even tough you’re nervous, look out for landmarks where you have to turn right for example, keep up your speed, watch your riding style and on top of that, throw in some jumps, ideally with tricks.
while i was happy with both my contestruns, i know i could have stepped it up speedwise in Gastein. i got a lot better at remembering my line, setting myself up for jumps and landing them safely, next i want to work on improving my speed.
still, miracoulosly, my ranking in the Austrian Freeride Series this season is better than ever (i placed 6th). i have to say that this fact helps me keep my motivation. i wanted to quit contest riding after the last season, but this season it was a perfect way of collecting experiences for me and i have enjoyed it a lot more than last season.
we have had temperatures above 20 degrees on some days now, it felt nearly like summer already, but last week we had an unusual amount of snowfall in the eastern alps…
we’ll see if the season is really over for me now or if we might be able to smuggle in one more day of riding/touring in this prolonged winter.
thanks to all the friends that i was lucky enough to ride with, to the Open Faces crew for organizing these amazing contests and to my sponsors PIEPS and Julbo Eyewear for supporting me!
 
—- UPDATE —-
i was hoping to squeeze in maybe one last winter adventure for the season in may, but had a bit of bad luck and broke my middle finger at the beginning of our holiday in may. this meant that i could focus on bettering my stamina with lots of walking, running and hiking, but no splitboarding adventures, no climbing, no sauna…
my finger has nearly healed completely in the mean time and i can’t wait to put it to good use soon again ;)

fwq*** x over kitzsteinhorn 2016

on the 18th of march, we packed our gear into our camper and headed west to kaprun. at half past six we dropped into the baumbar to sign up for the fwq*** x over at the kitzsteinhorn.
we ran into many familiar faces and it was really nice to see everybody again. after the cancellation of the fwq** in kappl due to high avalanche risk the fwq*** x over was the first contest of the season for us.
roman still was on the waiting list for the contest at the time and we both hoped that he would be able to make it onto the starting list. it looked bad at first, but then a phonecall brought the change – one of the riders on the starting list wasn’t able to come, so roman was given a starting place and a bib number. he was going to drop in as number 46, whereas i had gotten number 16.
needless to say, we both were very cheerful.
we left the bar shortly after and quickly hit up a supermarket to shop for much needed alimentation.
then we found a good parking spot for our camper and called it a day, after discussing our lines for the contest.
after a night with only a bit of sleep we met up with the others at the gondola at 7am. the sun was already shining when we arrived at the public area to check out the contest face.
the start of the contest was postponed for a few minutes at the riders meeting to allow the crusty surface soften up a bit in the sun.

X OVER 16 - a group of freeriders perfoming a face check from the judges table. Pic by Daniel Roos.
perfoming the face check from the judges table. Pic by Daniel Roos.

shortly after the face check, we took the second gletscherjet gondola up to the alpine center and started our traverse and hike up to the start of the contest.
i really enjoyed the hike a lot – i didn’t have a lot of chances this winter to hike / bootpack or go on a splitboard tour, so it was a very welcome change for me to finally be able to move upwards powered by my two legs.
 
 
X OVER 16 - pic of Stephanie Jagl-Posch during the hike up to the start. Pic by Freezing Motions.
during the hike up to the start. Pic by Freezing Motions.

 
X OVER 16 - on the hike up.
on the hike up.

the tension rose while we waited for our turns at the start. somehow i felt a bit more nervous than usually. i watched rider after rider drop in and swoosh away through the soft-looking powder and my urge to cruise down the face got bigger every minute.
X OVER 16 - the view from above - looking pretty good!
the view from above – conditions looking pretty good!

then it was my turn! i strapped in, nearly got a cramp in my left leg, and then it was time to ride! i rode the upper part pretty quickly, jumping over two bumps. i tried to find my way into the couloir i had chosen, but got a bit lost and then had to traverse a bit to get to the right entrance.
i was rather happy with my riding in the steeper bottom part of the face. i had two hand drags, but nothing serious.
when i crossed the finish line, i was stoked and a bit exhausted, due to the cold i was suffering from at that time.
i exchanged experiences with the other riders who were waiting in the finish area for the other women and then moved to the viewer area.
a short time afterwards the results of the snowboard women category was shown on the big screen. i have to admit i was a bit bummed to find out that i had gotten second to last.
i didn’t understand the result at first, as i hadn’t crashed and felt pretty good about my run.
when we talked to the snowboard head judge after the contest, he filled me in that the cause for my bad placement had been the traversing i did in the middle section.
well, too bad. it still was a very enjoyable ride!
about an hour after my run, it was time for roman to drop in. he rode smoothly and safe, which secured him the 6th place in the end.
we continued to watch the whole contest and were able to witness some spectacular and inspiring runs, as well as getting our goggle tan on ;)
we went to eat lunch after the end of the contest and then came back for the prize giving ceremony.
X OVER 2016 - pic of the girls who made it onto the podium. Pic by Freezing Motions.
congrats to the girls who made it onto the podium: Manuela Mandl won snowboard women, Chevy Challis came in second, Mara Neumayr scored third; Stefanie Noppinger won the ski women category, Verena Fendl came in second and – not on the picture – Tijn Vuijk came in third. Pic by Freezing Motions.

after the prize giving, khantu suggested that we should put the rest of our day pass to use and go ride.
this was nearly the best part of the day – we hiked up to the womens start of the fwq* contest from 2014, everyone picked a point to drop in and then we were able to carve turns into an untouched field.
the view was nice up there, our mood was fine and we indulged in the few slushy powder turns we were able to make.
here are some pics to show you what i mean :D
can't buy happiness, but can hike up to ride an untracked field.
can’t buy happiness, but can hike up to ride an untracked field.

 
hiking and riding after the contest.
hiking and riding after the contest.

 
roman cheering, khantu strapping in.
roman cheering, khantu strapping in.

 
khantu riding the untracked field.
khantu riding the untracked field.

 
roman turning a lot more than usually.
roman turning a lot more than usually.

 
with this good feeling we left the kitzsteinhorn, checked into a camping site with sauna and then fell into our bed where we slept like babies.
 
gotta keep the burli clean!
at home: gotta keep the burli clean!

Catch Some Rails Contest 2016

Catch Some Rails - A Snowboarder on a rail.

After the Catch Some Rails contest had to be postponed two weeks ago, the re-edition could take place on the 19th of march in the Neighborhood Snowpark at the Weinebene Resort in Styria. Blazing sunshine greeted all riders. In the morning, it was time for some practise runs in the park and after a short lunchbreak with treats from Almdudler, Afro Coffee, Red Bull and Hirter Bier, the contest took place in the afternoon.

The level was very high and many riders offered a huge bag of tricks, which made it rather difficult for the judges to make their decisions.

Results Ski Ladies:
1. Hanni Janesch
2. Sophie Brandl
3. Maria Hütter

Catch Some Rails Podium Girls Ski
Catch Some Rails Podium Girls Ski

Results Snowboard Ladies:
1. Elena Hammer
1. Andrea Szathmari (ex aequo)

Catch Some Rails Podium Snowboard Girls
Catch Some Rails Podium Snowboard Girls

All participantes received goodie bags with free stuff from 32, Picture, Ecophant, Coulour Wear and Zimtstern.


Stay tuned for the late season events in april and may!

-> http://neighborhood-snowpark.at/

Neighborhood Jam 2016

Neighborhood Snowpark Jam 2016

Neighborhood Snowpark Jam 2016

on the 13th of february, the Neighborhood Jam 2016 took place in the Neighboorhood Snowpark at the Weinebene in Styria.

10 centimeters of fresh snow and wonderful sunshine got all contestants fired up to compete in the snowpark. in the morning, it was time for the qualifiers. after a short lunch break, where all the riders could indulge in food, beer and beverages like almdudler, red bull and afro coffee, the finals were on in the afternoon.

the good mood of all participants pushed the riding levels high up and everyone threw down their best tricks in the park.

Steffi Reicht from Graz scored the first place in the snowboard girls category, Babsi Wallner from Lower Austria came in second.
Sophie Brandl won the ski girls category.

 

Neighborhood Snowpark Jam 2016
the podium – congratulations to all contestants!

the full results:

Ski Girls:
1. Sophie Brandl
2. Maria Hütter

Snowboard Girls:
1. Stefanie Reicht
2. Babsi Wallner
3. Andrea Szathmari
4. Claudia Rothdeutsch

all riders received nice goodies from the sponsors Intersport Pilz, Picture Organic Clothing, 32, Nitro, Völkl and Zimtstern.

 

the next Neighboorhood Snowpark contest will be on the 5th of march, mark this date in your calendars and be there!

 

-> http://neighborhood-snowpark.at/

A Winter’s Tale

german snowboarder Nicola Thost played a big role in developing womens freestyle snowboarding. she won the halfpipe contest at the olympics in 1998 and didn’t stop winning contests after that.

in 2010, she decided to quit riding halfpipe contests. in the same year, she started an initiative called Sprungbrett to help kids and teenagers to pursue their dream of becoming pro snowboarders.

come the winter of 2014/2015, Nicola got the chance to try her hand at freeride contests. she scored a wildcard for one event of the Freeride World Tour and made her way to the finals in Verbier.
with a mix of freestyle tricks and high-speed, fluid riding, she was even able to win the legendary event in Verbier.

congrats Nicola, you keep inspiring us!

-> http://facebook.com/thostnicola
-> https://www.facebook.com/sprungbrett

FWQ*** X-Over Ride 2015

X Over Ride 2015 - photo by frø-studio.com
me riding at the X Over 2015 – photo by frø-studio.com, thanks to Chevy for sharing it!
 
this past weekend, the FWQ*** X-Over Ride 2015 took place at the lovely Kitzsteinhorn in Salzburg.
i’ve always been a fan of the countryside of Salzburg, as i’ve been skiing and snowboarding there since i was a small kid. the country offers a beautiful mix of picturesque lakes, soft, green summits and harsh, rocky peaks. most of the people there are very friendly and usually address you with the informal “Du”, as if you were friends, which is not the case in the east of Austria, where foreigners are approached with the polite, but also distant “Sie”.
it’s the perfect place for holidays, no matter the season.
i had visited the Kitzsteinhorn many times before (read about our first descent on the Niedernsill freeride route with the Freeride Experience here) and also competed there in 2013, when a FWQ* took place at the Geißstein (vis-à-vis of the Lakarschneid). i had a great time at that contest, riding powder on a blue bird day and taking 3rd place.
as soon as i knew i was on the starting list of the FWQ*** X-Over Ride 2015, i looked forward to riding the graceful face of the Lakarschneid for the first time.
we packed our bags on friday morning, then drove to Kaprun and took the gondola up to the public area underneath the competition face.
the weather was not too good, but we had the chance to get a first quick glimpse of the competition face.
it looked rather promising with a layer of fresh snow and hardly any tracks.
after a quick lap on the official ski routes we had to take the gondola down to the valley again, as the time window for accreditation was approaching fast. we quickly checked in at our accommodation (a’nette pension – my recommendation! they truly pampered us there with delicious vegan food!) and then headed back to the Baumbar in Kaprun to sign up for the contest and collect our bibs. Roman got number 24 and i was number 2.
pictures were taken of everyone to show them on the big screen in the public area before everyones run.
afterwards, we went back to the pension, had dinner (yummmm!) and then drove back to the Baumbar again for the riders meeting.
we received an update on the safety instructions, judging criteria, the hike to the start and the conditions in the face. basically, we got told the face was going to be pretty ace.
on saturday, we got up early, had a quick breakfast and then drove to the glacier gondola again. we did another face check and then started the traverse to the beginning of the hike.
sadly, as i had bib number 2, we were the first people to start the traverse and we didn’t really knew where to go exactly, so we traversed too low and had to do a 20 minute hike up to the proper start of the hike before the real hike already. dang! at least we were warmed up properly :)
from there on, all went well, we hiked through a wide couloir, then over a small rock, which was a bit tricky, but everyone helped each other getting over the rocky part. it was a nice feeling to experience this community vibe!
after about 30 minutes we reached the starting area.
i had only a few minutes left to breathe, calm down, take a sip of water, hectically ask Roman to hand me my goggle out of my already strapped on backpack and – “bib number 2, ready to drop in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” – off i went!
a great and rather unexpected asset of my personality is that i calm down rapidly as soon as i start doing something physically demanding. i can focus on the moment and concentrate on what i am doing and need to do right now and all other thoughts get muted. that’s also why i love sports so much – they clear my mind off all stuff that’s not so important in that very moment and puts things into perspective.
anyhow, my run was smooth, i should have gone faster, i should have done a jump in the lower part of the face, but still, i didn’t fall (a nice experience after setting my personal contest tumble record of 3 at the montafon contest) and so i felt good. it was a real pleasure to ride, the snow was pretty okay for me (it got slushier every minute), my mood was fine and so i arrived in the finish area happily.
i stayed in the finish area together with some of the other girls and we cheered for the riders who just finished their run. it was a nice, friendly atmosphere and i enjoyed being part of it.
i waited anxiously for Romans run and then witnessed how he also came down pretty smoothly, did some small drops and jumps and then arrived at the finish area satisfied.
we watched the whole contest and, although we used sunblock, got a fresh goggle tan.
the prize giving ceremony was very happy and delightful, congrats to all people who made it onto the podium and to the four new Austrian Freeride Series champs, Manuela Mandl (Snowboard), Jacoba Kriechmayr (Ski), Julian “Theking” Zenzmaier (Ski) and Thomas Feurstein (Snowboard)!
 
after the prize giving, Roman and i approached the snowboard head judge to find out our results – Roman came in 13th and i scored 5th place! very happy about these results! :)
finally a good result and a good ending for the contest season! i’m motivated for the rest of the winter season (hopefully some spring touring!) and already looking forward to the next competitions!
thanks to PIEPS and Julbo Eyewear for supporting me!
here’s a video of my run!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIOUnXoL86Q]
 
Results X Over Ride Snowboard Women:
X Over Ride 2015 Results SB Women, 1 - Mikaela Hollsten (FIN) 2 - Bettina Pickl (AUT) 3 - Manuela Mandl (AUT) 4 - Siobhan Challis (AUT) 5 - Stephanie Jagl-Posch (AUT) 6 - Caroline Onarheim (NOR) 7 - Laura Perfler (AUT)
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