suddenly and unexpectedly the Alpirod was canceled. Lutz Binzer and I made quit fast the decision to not let the race die completly.The Alpirod was a landmark in many ways, not only in Europe.It was the most importnat and best organized stage race in sleddogsports
and brought us many new things such as
Stage race, Reverse-Start (= fastest mushers starts last), a dog pool, very challinging trails, super organization with international staff-team and last but not least super beautiful trails in
the Alps.We wanted a Alpirod - light in "slimmed" version to continue.The idea of a significantly less stressful race on the most beautiful
trails in Europe was our dream.The Alpen-Trail should realize it.
Two obstacles had to be overcome.Where to get a staff team of about 24 people and how to find a
sponsor to carry the costs of the race?To
our own surprise we quickly found the staff team among our friends and veteran Alpirod helpers.To the helpers and sponsors I would like to say thank you again very much.Their affords are far beyond the usual standards.I also thank the participating athletes
who always had a fair competition and "sometimes" also super parties.