The first few gates are followed by a marked transition at the Goasweg, from where the course drops to the right over a lengthy section until it the slope abruptly falls away.
STEILHANG, HÖHENWEG AND DOPPELWELLE
The Steilhang surprises with its 70 percent gradient, sloping steeply down to the left, it does not allow for even the smallest of mistakes. The next big hurdle at Höhenweg and the strongly undulating terrain can only be mastered with the utmost concentration and a dynamic technique. This is followed – in the mid-section of the course – by a double groundswell, Doppelwelle, and extremely shifting terrain in the fall line and two major transitions, before entering the second steepest section with a 48 percent incline.
The most challenging section is the “Querfahrt” (Traverse), which cannot be trained for. Thomas Sykora: “The spectators were so close to the race course in 1996, that I was momentarily blinded by a camera flash.“