The eight international elite competitive lumberjack athletes met in Budapest on Saturday night for the world's toughest race. Finally, Australian Brad Delosa outdid all the others with a breathtaking final spurt: in less than 59 seconds, he cut up four tree trunks with an axe and saw. A crowd of about 2,000 watched the competition in the Lions Court at Buda Castle, high above the Danube.
Brad Delosa from Australia is the world's best competitive lumberjack athlete, as he demonstrated with an unprecedented performance in the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy in Budapest on May 17. In the toughest contest of all in lumberjack sports, he got the axe and saw red-hot, cutting up four logs in 59.25 seconds in the final. In the setting of the Lions Court at Buda Castle, he took home first place ahead of Jason Wynyard of New Zealand. The supremely fit winner from Lithgow, near Sidney, who weighs 227 lbs., was delighted at the result:
"What a great and extremely tough competition," said Brad Delosa. "I tried to improve my performance from round to round; that was incredibly energy-sapping - the Trophy is indeed the ultimate challenge."
Jason Wynyard, who finished second in the final competition stated, "I congratulate Brad! However, I am disappointed that I did not succeed to win. But a pulled muscle in my leg during the last event thwarted me quite a lot."
The top-placed European contender was Martin Komárek from the Czech Republic, who ranked fourth.
The Australian had devoted months to an intensive training program in preparation for the Champions Trophy in the Hungarian capital, and it paid off in the end. Right from the first round against the Hungarian local hero, István Juhász, the engineer pulled ahead. He kept this level of intensity through to the semi-final against the Canadian, Mitch Hewitt. Delosa, STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® 2013 World Champion, and Wynyard, five-time World Champion, competed nearly synchronously in the final and with extremely quick changeovers between the axe and the saw events. It was not before the last event, the standing block chop, that Delosa caught up, and to the cheers of around 2,000 spectators, he prevailed.
Lose once and you're out
In the Champions Trophy the athletes compete against one another in four out of the total of six STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines in a knock-out system. All four disciplines are contested head-to-head and have to be completed one right after the other, without a break. That's what makes the Champions Trophy the toughest competition in competitive lumberjack sports. The seamless transition from one discipline to the next demands the utmost stamina, precision and tactics from the athletes and pushes them to their absolute limit. The contest starts with the stock saw discipline, followed by the underhand chop and then the single buck, using a single man cross-cut saw two-meters long. Lastly, the athletes have to show what they are made of once more in the standing block chop discipline, which simulates felling a tree with an axe. A hundredth of a second makes all the difference between victory and defeat.
The world's very best lumber sport competitors
The field in Budapest was comprised of the world's top eight competitive lumberjack athletes, who had qualified by their 2013 World Championship rankings. They completed the Champions Trophy as follows:
1. Brad Delosa (Australia)
2. Jason Wynyard (New Zealand)
3. Mitch Hewitt (Canada)
4. Martin Komárek (Czech Republic)
5. Matthew Cogar (USA)
6. Daniel Vicente (Spain)
7. Krystian Kaczmarek (Poland)
8. István Juhász (Hungary)
See results here