Renowned as the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye, the Red Bull Romaniacs brings together some breathtaking riding in the wild, mountainous wilderness of Romania. Day one opens with a wacky wooden-obstacle prologue in downtown Sibiu. Four days then await the 450-plus competitors from over 35 different nations where the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains offer some of the purist and most breathtaking enduro terrain for all levels of ability.
Thanks to his adventurous style, Martin Freinademetz, the former multiple World & European snowboard Champ and the organiser of the “Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro rallye”, explored the Carpathians Mountain areas on his own enduro bike for many years, before coming up with this solid and unique hardcore competition in 2004.
He had the off-road experience and skills, knew the geographical areas better than anyone, so could present an unforgettable and unique enduro rallye experience.
Amazing mountain climbs and downhills, fantastic single trails, add in some GPS navigation…and thanks to the numerous exploring experiences, Martin figured out that adding a time attack to those tracks would leave him with an ideal World Class motorcycle enduro rallye event on tracks never crossed or ridden by offroad motorcycles before.
Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, central Romania. It’s known for Germanic architecture in its old town, the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. Around the city are the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. In the upper town, Brukenthal Palace now houses the Brukenthal National Museum, with European paintings. The nearby Evangelical Cathedral has gravestones in its walls.
The Passage of Steps is a 13th-century complex of staircases and archways leading to the lower town. The steps weave under the wrought-iron Bridge of Lies, reputedly the site of merchant disputes. East, near the train station, the Steam Engine Museum displays old locomotives from Romania, the U.S. and Germany. Surrounded by forests and lakes, the huge ASTRA Open Air Museum showcases local folk culture with hundreds of structures, including windmills, farmhouses and a wooden church. Southeast of Sibiu, the Transfăgărășan Highway weaves over the Făgăraș Mountains, past Lake Bâlea and the hilltop Poienari Fortress ruins.