The relief on Graham Jarvis’ face as he crossed the finish line of the 2013 Red Bull Hare Scramble was clear to see. Hard Enduro’s ‘Silent Assassin’ survived starting the flooded course from the second row of the grid to secure his first win at the notorious event.
Graham had been considered as the unluckiest guy at the Red Bull Hare Scramble as it stood out as the only major Hard Enduro race he was yet to win. Despite being the first rider to cross the finish line during previous editions, accidentally missed checkpoints had seen him excluded from the podium on numerous occasions.
It was due to Graham’s previous misfortunes that he expressed sheer relief on the finish line rather than unleashing a wild celebration. Following Graham home in second place was Andreas Lettenbichler, another rider who was putting to bed the ghosts of a few unlucky trips to Erzberg.
Third place at the torturous race was claimed by Graham’s Husaberg team-mate Alfredo Gomez after he got the better of defending champion Jonny Walker in an intense battle for the final podium place. Jonny had done magnificently to fight back after his bike nearly sunk in deep water at the start of the race before finishing in fourth.
Out of the 500 riders who started the Red Bull Hare Scramble only 14 reached the finish of the toughest single day race in the world.