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Old 07-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #76
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Funny how all the pictures are of the flat, easy terrain...
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:14 AM   #77
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My gratulation to the Texas Boys. I have seen you in your Tuxes at the Prologue.

I was riding too. It was my first Romaniacs too and I reached my goal of seeing the finish line every day. Only day 3 left me 10 minutes short of the cut off time. I blame it on the bottlenecks of course, not on me

Nice write up Matt. You are totally right. If you havenīt seen the endless uphills and downhills, you donīt know what romaniacs are all about. Some guys even lowered the bikes with ropes down the steep sections. And its not just a short way itīs for miles and miles and miles.

If you ask me how many push-ups to do before the race. I tell you - Donīt count, just do all of them.

Ah yeah - and hereīs the awful truth how riding looks like when a Hobby rider enters Romaniacs. But I figured out that the other riders beside me did not look much different

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Old 08-02-2014, 07:14 AM   #78
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Way to go Matt and friends congrats on finishing

Originally Posted by Maineroot View Post
We got back this week, with lots of bumps, bruises and scrapes. No broken bones or major loss of blood. My advice to anyone who rides a dirt bike is to RUN to the airport and go spend a week riding in the mountains around Sibiu. It's enduro heaven. Kind of like baja, except its wet, has lots of tacky dirt, and endless dark and spooky forests to get lost in that are home to packs of wolves and bears (no lie).

Quoting Homero Diaz (KTM MEXICO TEAM RIDER) "It's like being in a haunted house, and every room is scarier than the last for 4 days straight."

The course is set up to make you fail, and not finish. In other words, it's UNRIDEABLE. Most importantly are the impossible downhills, and the impossible side hills. You don't know what steep is until you visit Romania. Sustained 45 degree plus for miles on end. Just insane.

What a blast, cant wait to go back........

Here is a link to some pics and stories.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:32 AM   #79
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Sup ADVenturers!

My attempts on finishing RBR are getting worse by the year
but the attempts to show coherent videos of the experience are getting better and better :-)

These are the 2014 videos from me :

A: My unfortunate prologue (crash at the final jump, broken thumb, hurt ankle)

B: Day 1 :10 Rules of romaniacs

part a :
part b :

I have had some breathing problems within the past 2 years, and i realized when i narrowed it down to my new helmet, that the chin valve was completely shut.
Add the noseguard and the mask (which cannot be removed because it's my camera) the helmet was completely shut and i was racing in what doctors call CO2 poisoning !

in 2013 i almost fainted from low oxygen during the prologue and i had to quit.
2014 improved my physical condition but breathing problems insisted and prologue that has no air whipping your face gets real hard!


i hope you enjoy the vids.
there is some serious riding after the part1 service stops

I wish the best of luck to anyone who decides to race it.
LUCK is no1 factor up there, so "Good luck" is the only thing riders wish to each other!


Achilleas Dimou
from Greece

P.S. The 2013 videos include an expert river trail called "Amazon River"
make sure to check that out before you pick a class.

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