It seems there’s a magic formula for rallies: they kick off with a fun prologue stage followed by a longer day; then, a long, exhausting four-hundred-kilometer day, then something technical and finally, something for just fun. Because Bosnia Rally is just four days, the formula is condensed, and we were all suffering today… in the best way imaginable.
A 395-kilometer day took us across grass plains, forests, rocky hill terrain, incredible wide-open spaces, gravel roads, ghost towns, lush green valleys, and mountains. One minute we felt like we were riding the steppes of Mongolia, the next, it felt like we were in Scotland, Greece, Central Asia, and back to Bosnia – all in the matter of just one day.
Our team of four survived all 395 kilometers after spending twelve hours on the bikes traversing Bosnia’s stunning terrain. Technical sections were mixed with fast tracks, grasslands, rocky inclines, loose pebbles, and long forest sections, throwing everything Bosnia Rally had at us today.
Me, I sometimes held on by a mere thread and had I been alone, I probably wouldn’t have made good time and bailed somewhere around kilometer 250. Having a team of the funniest, friendliest, and dorkiest riders at Bosnia Rally made a world of difference – trying to keep up, I somehow survived the full stage and got back to the bivouac for celebratory beers at 7 pm.
Tomorrow is a technical stage, and we’ve all learned by now that the rally organizers mean business. We’ll have much more liaison tomorrow, but the technical parts are said to challenge everyone in the rally regardless of their experience and the type of bike they ride. It’s only Day 2, but I can feel the wear already, and I’m a little anxious about surviving tomorrow and getting back to the bivouac in one piece. On the other hand, this rally has been a perfect balance between challenging, demanding, and ridiculously fun all at the same time so far, so I’m hoping tomorrow is going to exceed even more expectations.