|08-05-2014, 10:54 AM||#1|
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Worcestershire UK
So I wanted to be a Romaniac!!
My definition of a “ Romaniac” is someone who gets an official finish in Redbull’s Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye which is billed as the worlds toughest enduro.
So I took a break from touring on my Hp2 and trail riding in the UK and spent as much time as I could training on and off the bike. I had a great time training on the bike meeting some great people who are now mates for life, trying to get fit was tougher!
So off we went to Sibiu, we met up with Seb & Justin who I’d met training (to be fair the plane was full on racers) little did I know how Seb & Justin would effect me becoming a Romaniac
First thing was to get signed on which meant getting all the right stamps
Bike checks were a quick look over and them putting Redbull stickers on your bike
But they did check all your safety kit
We all had to carry tools, flares, foil blanket etc.
I used Desert Rose Racing for shipping my bike to Romania and for servicing the bike at the service points and each night. They were great and I would use them again for sure ( I signed in using my race name)
I used a KTM 350 exc
So lets go and scare ourselves with the prolog
This was the track director for the prolog
Seb, Emily & myself trying to chill before our turn on the prolog
My bike all lined and ready to race
Then its my turn, to say I was worried would be an understatement !!
Yep pleased with that
As you can see the prolog takes place on the main street in Sibiu
Seb & me very pleased with our run (and not having to do it again)
Off road Day 1 start
Justin and me at the start
So it’s all starting to get a bit real now 4 days of racing ahead of us
Day 1 over
Off road Day 2 start
Day 2 Finish
We now have moved away form Sibiu to Voineasa where the food and accommodation was not the best so home made breakfast for me (accommodation was no better in Petrosani for our next night)
Now throughout day two Seb, Justin & me found ourselves riding together not planned but it worked really well as there are places on the track where you need to team up, so on day three we started out together
Off road day 3
(Not many photos of day 3 as Nicky was called away to help Justin who had injured his eye)
The off road start of day 4 was miles down a track and even with Nicky’s 4x4 it would have taken too much time getting there so Nicky headed to the service point
Me coming into the service point on day 4 where you have to have a 20 minute break (only break you have all day)
The Finish Hill !!
Justin, Me and Seb
Ok I’d better have a go then
To be honest I didn’t have a lot left in the energy department so just aimed at the first chicken run which ran parallel to the main hill which was only a little easier
You always need help form your team mates !!
Yes got there and in time (lots got to the finish but had timed out)
Still blown away by how happy new mates were for me at the finish, I think this is because we’d all been through it together.
I’m a Romaniac, living the dream! Completely knackered!!
Big thank you to Nicky for the great photo’s and being a great team manager, couldn’t have done it without her!
Here's a link to Justins video, I personally think it captures the real essence of Romaniacs (Can't be viewed on an iPad or iPhone sorry). It's 30 minutes long, beer required! http://youtu.be/L32e29ymO4Y
|08-05-2014, 01:44 PM||#4|
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Thanks a lot for this write up. It's something I'd love to do in the future. I'd be interested in hearing more about your training regimen.
Awesome job, to say I am jealous is an understatement!
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|08-06-2014, 07:45 AM||#5|
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Devon, England
Well done Louis.
Liz will be pleased to hear you finished and she'll enjoy the pics.
Come ride Devon
|08-06-2014, 08:38 AM||#6|
Joined: Dec 2003
Good job Louis !
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|08-06-2014, 08:00 PM||#10|
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|08-07-2014, 02:17 AM||#12|
Goin down hill fast
Joined: Apr 2008
How about a few bits of your thoughts on the highs and the lows of the four days, I know the pics of the finish and your friends tell a story but I for one would like to hear more
p.s. not suggesting an international speaking tour or anything
And miles to go before I sleep
|08-07-2014, 02:51 AM||#13|
Joined: Jul 2013
But dude, those Romanians seem to take the LOG part in prolog quite litterally...
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|08-09-2014, 03:10 AM||#14|
Still a B.A.N
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Vienna, Austria
Great report Paul, thanks for taking the time to post it and congratulations on an amazing achievement.
Did you get a chance to meet Patsy btw? Amazing person, first British woman to complete the "proper" Dakar. She's on my bucket list ;p
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|08-09-2014, 10:55 AM||#15|
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Oxford, UK
Sorry, Paul, I'm late again...
What a fantastic report and what an achievement - congratulations!
And how lucky you are to have such a talented photographer with you.
Will I see you both in Wiltshire?
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