Guys I was there! It is epic! Really interesting that outside of the small little village of Eisenerz, and I mean 20km away, nobody knows about the race. I went with my brother and my wife. We were constantly asked why we were in Eisenerz. When we replied to watch the race, they reacted like we discovered a secret easter egg "the race? you came only for the race? who knows about this race outside of Europe?" Serious good time with serious good people. Few Americans and I guess that enhanced the experience for us because people were so glad to see us.
I was there because of my hydration system that Cody had been periodically testing, but he was out and his mechanic was seriously bummed as was Cody when I spoke to him. However what a champion! He sat at the signature table and signed all the autographs people wanted. Plus he was in good spirits even when pressing his mangled fingers at me to inspect - I think they were f'd up from what I could see inches from my face.
Josh, Haaker's mechanic was a stellar individual and was eager to speak to us. He was really a great person to connect with. I have a video of the entire "Raid on Eisenerz" and Josh almost ran right into me as his way of saying 'Hi again!'
We met with such great people and the Austrians are wonderful and ready to host the party.
I have some insight if you want any on how to get around the race next year - let me tell you several people told me "you should have been here 5 years ago". Hey, everything evolves.
Anyway, I am headed to the TKO next August and I think that might be more like the Rodeo was 5 - 10 years ago.
I can't wait. I hope Cody is ready to go by then and it sounds like maybe he will be ready to defend his title.