JAN 15, 2018
At the largest Austrian event in skimountaineering, Armin Höfl won the “Tour” distance, followed by another Backland athlete, Daniel Zugg. And though the brand-new BACKLAND 65 UL has undergone its test on fire more than successfully.
The Mountain Attack in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria, is a skimountaineering race on piste with different distances to be covered. On the „Tour“ race with total 2,036 metres vertical climb, the two Austrian athletes Armin Höfl and Daniel Zugg could celebrate a twin-pack victory. Höfl accomplished an incredible new track record with 1:35:59 hours and delivered stunning proof of his current extraordinary physical shape.
For the new BACKLAND 65 UL, it was also a show-off with success. The race in Saalbach was planned as the first official race event for the completely newly developed touring race ski. On the steep and hard slopes of the Saalbach Hinterglemm ski circus it has immortalized itself, also with an impressive top-speed of 126kmh, in the 18/19 list of winners.
Already before he had started, the Styrian (AUT) athlete Armin Höfl was self-confident and planned to reach for the victory: “Clearly, I’ll be racing today to win. The conditions are ideal, there is only little ice and artificial snow on the track, and I want to make use of that.” Indeed, it was an amazing race for him, which he commented after his victory: „I was very engaged from the beginning, and I was hoping at half-time that I hadn’t begun too fast. Daniel Zugg was closely behind in some phases, but on the last 400 metres climbing I could really push again. The downhills were super-fast anyway today, so I was able to win.”
Daniel Zugg from Vorarlberg (AUT) delivered a very good race as well and was ranked 2nd. “The first ascent over the “Schattberg” I mastered with only little distance between me and Höfl. Until the last ascent, I could manage to come closer, and I chose a different track to work out an advantage for me. Unfortunately, this didn’t paid out, but I am still very happy with the second spot.”
Manuel Seibald (AUT) finished 15th in the Marathon distance – another respectable achievement.