Red Bull Romaniacs – Race Day 3
Red Bull Romaniacs – Race Day 3 update
When the going gets tough the tough get going… Sibiu, Romania, July 19th, 2011
Update from Day 3 of the Red Bull Romaniacs, the toughest Hard-Enduro rallye of the planet.
Again riding in beautiful weather, all the wishes of last year`s competitors who were praying for sun after riding in soaking wet conditions in 2010 seem to have been heard: it was certainly hot today – and only the shadow in the forest and the river crossings brought some relieve for the riders. But certainly not enough.
Race Day 3 is traditionally the day, that breaks the ones who are not made for the Red Bull Romaniacs – and the dramatic stories at today`s track reflect this. Tough men were crying, hardcore Enduro riders were ready to sell their soul for some help getting the bike over obstacles and human creatures became ready to fight for some water to survive the day.
Riders actually started offering money, waving their credit cards and cash to get some help from spectators – just trying to make it through the day. Some competitors were seen raiding the gear-bags of the camera teams for some water and falling into the nearby creeks to drink like thirsty animals. Pain clearly became the “motto of the day” – even for the top riders. However, the crème de la crème of the world Extreme-Enduro elite arrived at the finish-line with a broad smile on their face, after the toughest challenges were already in the morning and they had some time to recover in fluent riding, capture some of the country`s beauty and get refreshed in high speed river-crossings.
The leading man of the day, Graham Jarvis finished just minutes before Chris Birch, who was ahead of Jarvis for some time in the morning but then had to watch his bikecrashing down a ravine and hitting into a tree.
1 - Graham Jarvis
2 - Chris Birch
3 - Xavi Galindo
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