Marcel Hirscher makes his debut at the self-proclaimed “toughest enduro rally in the world”, but is left behind by ski star Justin Murisier.
In 2019, the eight-time overall World Cup winner put his skis in the corner, then discovered his love for motocross. That is why Hirscher dared to compete in the “Red Bull Romanics”. There are still four stages on the program for one of the most brutal enduro races in the world until Saturday.
Hirscher completed the prologue on Wednesday, finished in a respectable 60th place, but is not the best skier in the field. Because the Swiss ski star Justin Murisier has Salzburg as a prologue 23. clearly left behind.
The 29-year-old can, however, look back on significantly more experience than Austria's ski star. “I already took part in this event in 2016, so I know exactly what agony I will be facing,” said Murisier, who came third in the Alta Badia classic giant slalom last season, the “Blick”.
“Back then, it took me around six hours to get to the finish line on the king's stage. After just three hours, however, I felt violent cramps all over my body,” said the 29-year-old, who made his second attempt at the enduro rally in Romania prepared for a three-day training camp in Spain.
The question remains whether the tough rally will disrupt the preparation for the World Cup? “Lots of fellow ski racers play golf at this time of the year. I certainly promote stamina and coordination no less on a motorcycle than with a golf club,” smiled Murisier.