Graham Jarvis took his fifth career Erzbergrodeo win in 2019. He walked away with victory after a truly hard-fought two-hour and 27-minute run, battling back from well behind the lead early on to clinch the victory. He finished a little more than two minutes ahead of KTM's Manuel Lettenbichler. Sherco rider Mario Roman rounded out the top three.
Jarvis, 44 years old, was thrilled with the result:
“This feels amazing. I think this could be the most important Erzberg victory of my career. A lot of people were talking about my age, and at 44 I did have some doubts about my fitness for the full race. But I just kept my focus and kept pushing. I knew I would have work to do from the start, but the faster sections of the race, early on, never really suit me. Once I got to Carl’s Diner, I started to make up time. It was different to when I walked it, and I was feeling it physically, but it went really well. I managed to lead going into Green Hell, but it was close there with Manni. I just had to keep pushing after that. It’s amazing to be a five-time Erzberg winner.”
In addition to giving its finishers a remarkable sense of accomplishment, the Erzbergrodeo also produces some of the most epic off-road competition images in the world. We’ve gathered together some of our favorites from this year’s event below. They demonstrate the incredible scale and difficulty of the event, and really put a point on just how big an accomplishment it is to win.