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History of the Alpen-Trail
 
As the Alpirod in 1995 was suddenly and totally unexpectedly cancelled, Lutz Binzer and I came relatively to a quick decision, not have the race completely come to an end.
The Alpirod was in many respects a landmark and not only in Europe. It was the most meaningful and best organized stage race in sleddog sport and had many new things like stage races, reverse start (i.e. fastest musher starts last), a dog pool, very demanding trail management, super organization with an international staff and last but not least a super beautiful trail in all of the Alps.
We wanted to carry on a downsized version of the Alpirod.
The idea, to drive a clearly stress-free race on the most beautiful trails in Europe, is and was our dream. The Alpen-Trial was to fulfill this.
However, there were two hurdles to overcome. Where do we get a staff with about 24 people and a sponsor willing to share the costly expense of the race?

To our amazement, we got together very quickly a staff through our friends and veteran Alpirod helpers. Royal Canin, which is inseparably linked with the names Alpirod and Alpen-Trail, was willing to become sponsor and has developed an excellent high performance dog food for this race as well.
Once again, I would like to give a special thanks to the staff and sponsor. They have both accomplished something exceptional beyond the usual standards.
I would like to thank the participating athletes for always giving a fair competition and sometimes putting on a good party, too.
 
Heini Winter

Last year’s Alpen-Trail winners: 

Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
1996
1.
Dr. Gerhard Offer [A]
Tim White [USA]
2.
Volker Brinkmann [D]
Lutz Binzer [D]
3.
Michael Jonlet [B]
Albert Henrot [B]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
1997
1.
Ferdi Klotz [CH]
Helmut Peer [A]
2.
Bernhard Schuchert [D]
Albert Henrot [B]
3.
Erwin Föger [A]
Thomas Gut [D]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
1998
1.
Susanne Cremer [D]
Heini Winter [D]
2.
Dr. Gerhard Offer [A]
Rudi Ropertz [D]
3.
Udo Dietl [I]
Alois Deiser [A]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
1999
1.
Susanne Cremer [D]
Heini Winter [D]
2.
Alois Deiser [A]
Rudi Ropertz [D]
3.
Alain Hercher [F]
Lutz Binzer [D]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
2000
1.
Dr. Gerhard Offer [A]
Heini Winter [D]
2.
Thierry Lifrange [B]
Rudi Ropertz [D]
3.
Stephan Gerstmeier [D]
Thomas Waerner [N]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
2001
1.
Dr. Gerhard Offer [A]
Heini Winter [D]
2.
Erwin Föger [A]
Michael Tetzner [D]
3.
Johannes Kronbach [D]
Albert Henrot [B]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
2003
1.
Volkmar Stuber [D]
Ullrich Kuhn [D]
2.
Michael Link [D]
Heinrich Stahl [D]
3.
Johannes Kronbach [D]
Volker Brinkmann [D]

 
Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
2004
1.
Heini Winter [D]
Ullrich Kuhn [D]
2.
Volkmar Stuber [D]
Heinrich Stahl [D]
3.
Michael Link [D]
Lutz Binzer [D]

Year
Place
6 Dog Class
10 Dog Class
2005
1.
Michael Link [D]
Heini Winter [D]
2.
Johannes Kronbach [D]
Carlos Franch [E]
3.
Dr. Gerhard Offer [A]
Tom Andres [D]

Year
Place
8 Dog Class
12 Dog Class
2006
1.
Dr. Gerhard Offer [A]
Heini Winter [D]
2.
Carlos Franch [E]
Michael Link [D]
3.
Marte Heilemann [N]
Tom Andres [D]

Year
Place
6 Dog Class
8 Dog Class
2008 1. Størbraaten Jørn (NOR) Heini Winter (GER)
2. Susanne Cremer (FRA) Marte Heilemann (NOR)
3. Florian Bachmann (GER) Michael Link (GER)
  Year      Place
6 Dog Class
8 Dog Class
2009


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1. Quintana Juan Carlos jr. (ESP) Marte Heilemann (NOR)
2. Dr. Gerhard Offer (A) Heini Winter (GER)
3. Erwin Föger (A) Michael Link (GER)
Place 6 Dog Class 8 Dog Class
1. Sylvia Ulrich (GER) Heini Winter (GER)
2- Thorsten Ballas (GER) Uli Kuhn (GER)
3. Andrea Wohlmut (A) Volkmar Stuber (GER)
Place 6 Dog Class 8 Dog Class
1. Björn Ling Pederson (NOR) Marte Heilemann (NOR)
2. Sylvia Ulrich (GER) Tom Andres (GER)
3. Thorsten Ballas (GER) Helmut Peer (AUT)
Place 6 Dog Class 8 Dog Class
1. Sylvia Ulrich (GER) Heini Winter (GER)
2. Lukas Kriegler (GER) Marte Heilemann (NOR)
3. Martin Dickel (GER) Volkmar Stuber (GER)
Place 6 Dog Class 8 Dog Class
1. Isabelle Lemoine (FRA) Heini Winter  (GER)
2. Quintana Núñez Juan Carlos (ESP) Helmut Peer (AUT)
3. Dillon Gast (USA) Volkmar Stuber (GER)
  6 Dog Class 8 Dog Class
1. Marte Heilemann (NOR) Heini Winter  (GER)
2, Karl Habermann (GER) Martin Dickel (GER)
3, Isabelle Lemoine (FRA) Tom Andres (GER)