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Offroad day one

Posted by desflurane on June 15, 2012

Link To Offroad Day One Video!!

Again, the press release from Volker:

A “Walker” in the park?

Red Bull Romaniacs Offroad Day One charmed the field of riders comfortably into the race, Jarvis made his claim for domination

Sibiu, Romania, June 14th, 2012 – A spectacular riding day charmed the majority of competitors easily into the first day of the Red Bull Romaniacs. Many felt like being on a scenic run through the Romanian mountains and enjoyed the view with perfect weather, others stopped and took pictures of the countryside during the race. The ones, who had already seen it all, like Darryl Curtis and Erich Brandauer, spicedtheir ride up with teasing each other or chasing the lesser experienced riders across obstacles. Enjoying the ride and conserving energy, was certainly a good strategy for the “charmer” of the Red Bull Romaniacs Offroad Days, since the demanding nature will progressively increase over the next days.

Some of the PRO riders however did not have much time to enjoy the unbelievable scenery, the flowing track and perfect markings. Even though they still managed to play a bit of “Guided Enduro Tour” by taking turns in leading for about 2 hours, they certainly came to talk business. Prologue winner Jonny Walker was busy leading the race asfirst starter and trying not to get lost during his first race with a GPS. Even though he got lost a few times and hated it, he still brought home an impressive 4th rank for the day`s results. Which shows what a serious thread the “young gun” is for the established riders. Graham Jarvis, Chris Birch, Xavi Galindo and Andreas Lettenbichler did not get up early in the morning today to just go out there and let this happen. They had caught up with Walker at checkpoint 2, gaining about 10 minutes on him. Around there, the group stayed together until after the next service point, taking turns in leading and navigating.

In the first technical sections “Quad trail” and “Black Mamba” Jarvis put everything on one card and reclaimed his “top-spot in the food-chain” by quickly gaining 10 minutes over the competition. His lead stayed untouched for the rest of the day and he finished first. Throughout the race, Andreas “Letti” Lettenbichler did not take any chances and also scored significant time-gains in the technical sections. This earned him the 2nd place for the day. Starting only 8th in the morning, Chris Birch had also gained massive time during the morning but got slightly hurt when trying to knock over a tree with his leg… However, his riding and the 3rd place clearly showed his intentions to win the 2012 Red Bull Romaniacs. Another member of this elite group was Xavier Galindo, who finished the Prologue yesterday as 2nd, despite his bad crash at the Erzberg. Due to technical problems, Xavi only finished 5th today.

Graham Jarvis: “All top riders are in good shape, so if nobody makes any mistakes it’s gonna be a nice and equal fight.”

Jonny Walker: “it wasn`t how I expected, I was lost a few times, but navigation was easier than I thought. I am happy that I finished the day all right! At one point I was even chased by shepherd dogs… We teamed up a few times with Xavi, Graham and Letti – and in the end with Chris, who was super fast in the mountains!”

Chris: “It felt pretty good today, the first part was nice with lovely scenery, after the Service point it got harder, then we reached a river section where the trial guys kicked my ass… As much as I like Martin, but at some of the obstacles today, I thought that he most have lost it!”
The results:
More extensive information is now also available about all riders, about the daily results and much more at:

All photos courtesy of Dragos Lula Z


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