The Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye (or simply "The Red Bull Romaniacs") is an annual event for enduro, a popular form of off-road motorcycle sport, held in Romania. Originated in 2004, it is considered to be "one of the toughest extreme motorcycle events on the planet", the multiple Dakar Rally champion Cyril Despres rating the race top three hard enduro.[1][2]


From its very first outing in 2004, the event became one of the best hard enduro races on the calendar backdrop testing the pros to the limit against a spectacular backdrop of Romanian forests. Four days of competition along a difficult and enthralling course, which leads through the Southern Carpathians (Transylvanian Alps) and redefines the meaning of “extreme enduro”.

Martin Freinademetz, the multiple Austrian snowboard world champion and Dakar veteran, designed all the Pro lines of the editions specifially as a test for the very best riders. "There are certainly parts that mere mortals can barely walk over,” he said. “I think there are probably only 50 riders in the world who can take on its Pro track and reach the end."

The rally

The organizers took one look at the Carpathian Mountains that surround the ancient Transylvanian city of Sibiu and immediately saw the enduro possibilities of the region.


The prologue stage of Red Bull Romaniacs is always staged along the main street of Sibiu before the action spills in the nearby rocky mountain sides and thick forests. There, the competitors have to prove their endurance and riding skills. Every year the design is new and spectacular obstacles, extreme elements, and difficult obstacles are added in order the competitors to race over.


The track is unfolding along well-chosen mountain areas, rocky grounds, hills and valleys; tarmac is avoided as much as possible. The length varies for every class, meaning between 100km to 220km each day.

The main challenges are the technical parts, which lead through wood areas, where competitors are challenged with natural terrain obstacles, they traverse over trees, rocks, mud, and climb and mountains.

Petrol fuel stops (tank stops) are placed over distances of approximately 70 km, where contestants refuel their motorcycles and have the opportunity to refresh themselves with Red Bull energy drink and water.

The track is marked with banners, signs and colored markings, but the official track of the contest is also loaded onto a GPS in order to guarantee safety. There are also specially designed spectator points.


Cyril Despres won the Red Bull Romaniacs 3 times.

List of winners

Graham Jarvis won the rally for the third time in 2012 to equal the record of Cyril Despres:

Year Rider Motorcycle
2012 United Kingdom Graham Jarvis Husaberg 300
2011 United Kingdom Graham Jarvis Husaberg 300
2010 New Zealand Chris Birch Husaberg 300
2009 Germany Andreas Lettenbichler BMW G450 X
2008 United Kingdom Graham Jarvis Husaberg 300
2007 France Cyril Despres KTM 300 EXC-E
2006 France Michel Gau KTM
2005 France Cyril Despres KTM
2004 France Cyril Despres KTM

Source: Results of Red Bull Romaniacs


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