Mud, boulders and dirt bikes at the 2011 Erzberg Hare Scramble

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Widely considered the most difficult off-road race in the world, the Red Bull Hare Scramble is the closing event for the Erzberg Rodeo in Austria. Thousands of riders tackle a course through and around an abandoned quarry in the alps, crossing terrain that includes muddy climbs and boulder-strewn slopes. Here’s 31 action photos and a time lapse video from this year’s race.

Photos: Philip Platzer/Erwin Polanc/Samo Vidic/Red Bull

  • Bryce

    That video is rad! Looks like a really cool event

  • Joe

    Love the time lapse. I don’t know if it’s the lens used or what, but that whole thing looked like some kind of moving diorama. snap a frame, move the models, snap another frame, move the models.

    • Joel
      • boxofbits

        I haven’t blinked for the last 3 minutes. Great video.

      • Joe

        Pretty cool.

    • rustycb450

      I’m not sure how many other cameras have this filter, but my Olympus EPL1 has a filter called ‘Diorama’ that can do something very similar.

  • Denzel

    Awesome video, the style, subject and awolnation track… transfixing…

    • Joe

      Yeah, I really liked the music too.

  • gregorbean

    Man, I’d seen plenty of tilt-shift stills before, but not video. That’s rad. Thanks!

  • Edward

    That is far and away the coolest use of tilt-shift I have ever seen. Also, if people are into this kind of thing i.e. enduro, I cannot recommend the movie ‘David Knight: Iron Man of Enduro’ highly enough. The footage from Erzberg is great but all the other stuff will blow your mind as well.

  • pplassm

    Nice. Notice the proliferation of two-strokes.

  • occam

    Not many dirt riders here, eh?

  • David

    Me! Me! I’m a dirt rider!!! (almost exclusively)

    • occam

      Cool :)

  • george_fla

    Dirt rider here as well albeit vintage dirt riding. lol

  • CCarey

    I really can’t wait until the current tilt-shift lense fad dies out, the first 10 or 20 tilt shift videos were somewhat interesting but it’s getting old fast. That being said this is definitely one the better tilt-shift videos I’ve seen but did they really need to use that lense for the entire video?