The 500 fastest riders qualify for the Red Bull Hare Scramble. The rest only qualify to watch the Red Bull Hare Scramble.

Friday morning is the best opportunity to set a fast time on the quaifying prologue course, before the track breaks up, although riders do get a second bite at the cherry on Saturday.

The undoubted highlight of Friday afternoon at Erzberg though is the now traditional Raid on Eisenerz when the amateur riders parade through the small mining town in fancy dress.