Central Queensland Enduro Rider Andrew Jeffries just competed in his second Red Bull Romaniacs event. Regarded as one of the toughest Enduro events in the world, the 12th edition of Romaniacs took place in the Carpathian Mountains, Sibiu, Romania. Andrew lets us know how he went:
Another 350 Enduro crazy riders took part in the 5 days of racing, which makes up the 'World's Toughest Hard Enduro Rallye'.
For me it was my second time at the event, and I entered the Silver Class (expert) again. Prologue didn’t go to plan but managed to come away with being the 28th starter of the 110-rider class for the first off-road day.
Long days are all part of it, with a 5am wake up to gear up, fuel up (body) and grab the bike and GPS, ready for the 45km ride to the start line. It can take anywhere from six to 10 hours to complete the 130km avg course of Extreme, long climbs/traverse’s/downhill’s/river crossings and single trails to get to the Red Bull arch at the finish line.
From there it’s drop off your GPS(s) for inspection of your days navigation, then to the riders paddock for repairs/tyre changes to the bike and get your pasta fix before heading to the hotel for a freshen up. Riders Briefing at 9pm then back to bed. Repeat x three.
It’s an absolute marathon for the majority of the field to complete the four off-road days and it really takes its toll on your body, but the feeling of finishing this “extremely” great event is something money can’t buy.
This year I finished 23rd in class and will be back in the near future for another crack…
The next ride I’m getting excited about, and am itching to get back to sunny central Queensland to get some training in for is an upcoming event that every Enduro rider in the region has been waiting for- The Yeppoon Enduro X to be held on the 22nd of August 2015.
Being a remote region in Queensland, we have to travel large distances to compete in any series competition that is available, which also makes it hard for clubs to hold events as numbers can often drop off due to travel requirements. This and any new events/series are welcomed by all of the motorcycling community to boost the level and skills of our current and upcoming riders.
The guys looking after the Yeppoon Enduro X have really done a great job advertising the event throughout various channels and obviously social media and have got some top riders coming to the event including Rob Nowak ( Erzberg ) and Kane Hall ( AORC ) which will make for some great competition and exciting racing for the spectators. Gum Valley has also announced they are running the Steve Dinsdale Memorial 2 Day Sprint/MX on October 11 - 12 which also draws a great field of riders.
CQ riders have got a lot to look forward to in the coming months…So get yourself down to as many of these events and show your support.
Check out a highlights reel from this year's Romaniacs: