16 years of Red Bull Romaniacs
The Red Bull Romaniacs extreme enduro rallye was created in 2004 by founder Martin Freinademetz. It has evolved to become the world`s toughest hard enduro rallye. The Red Bull Romaniacs takes place every year and attracts competitors of more than 50 nations.
The race is spread over five days, the first being the inner city Prolog in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans. The four “Offroad race days” lead the competitors on some of the world`s most beautiful enduro trails in the regions around Sibiu, Romania (Southern Carpathian Mountains). The breathtaking wilderness, the Romanian hospitality and the unbelievable challenges make the +600km race an unforgettable, lifelong memory for all participants.
“I expect the competition to be really fierce because of the new WESS series, everyone is hunting for points. Some may play it safe because they have a good lead. I think the course is going to be a lot more “wild”, like an old school Red Bull Romaniacs, more hidden surprises and up into the high mountains where weather can play a big part. It’s one of the most important races, it’s the longest, a lot can happen out there! The Red Bull Romaniacs is where my hunger for hard enduro came from, for me it’s the best race of the year, you get so much challenging riding, its not always fun at the time but the achievement at the end is unbelievable. Overall I’m looking forward to it and am ready as ever!
The Red Bull Romaniacs is an event created by competitors for competitors, born out of his passion for enduro sport, the brain and driven person behind these events is Martin Freinademetz. Known for his career as professional snowboarder, he was world champion twice, won four world tour titles and participated in the 1998 Olympic games. During his time as a professional snowboarder, Martin met his wife Sigi, who since then has been his strong right hand manager. Besides their love for snowboarding, both share a passion for extreme enduro, which lead them to create Edition 1, the first Red Bull Romaniacs in 2004. In 2018 the “Epic Edition 15” was reached in 2019 we have reached "Edition 16"
The Red Bull Romaniacs became one of the main catalysts behind the sport of hard enduro, which is now widely popular and fuelling the associated motorsports industries.
“I expect great race tracks, as always, this year at Red Bull Romaniacs. My goal is to win and gain solid points for the WESS championship. This event is really important as it is the last chance to get points in my speciality, hard enduro, it’s the last extreme race before the other events which are more difficult because they are not my speciality.
Red Bull Romaniacs is the hardest race of the year and is so special to me because of the absolutely amazing feeling that I had after winning it the two times before and then being injured the past two years means I want to make it my third win here even more”.
All Freinademetz events have the passion for extreme enduro in common and make the race experience for the competitors quite unique:
- Amateur competitors get to race together with the best in the world, meeting the “who is who” of xtreme enduro out there on the track, at the food points for noodles or in the hotel
- Everybody is challenged to their limits - and beyond, the amateur riders and the professionals, to push the bar of what is possible in extreme enduro every year
- Participants benefit from world class service: they are taken care of from registration onwards, along the race track (with support, fuel and water) and they can rely on a state of the art 'medical rescue teams', unique rules and regulations and a time keeping system to maximise fairness and fun of riding.
“I’m really looking forward to this years Red Bull Romaniacs, my expectation this year is for the podium as I missed it last year coming in fourth. It is good that we are heading out of Sibiu,for some new tracks, I think they are already great and they do a proper job. It’s going to be a tough one and the competitors are so good now so I am just going to try my hardest and see how it works out! Romaniacs is important in this years calendar because it is the last of the hard enduro events before we head into the fast stuff in the WESS series so it’s good if I can get as many points as possible. Its definitely one of the biggest events in the series. For me it’s so special because it is such long days and you have to ride so strategically all four days, not making any mistakes or crashing and focus on navigating. You have to ride “clever” all four days and that makes it one of the toughest in the season”.
Despite the large organisation and lots of international travel, Freinademetz has a strong focus on staying “hands-on” and RIDE!. All race tracks are developed with Martin`s personal involvement and test ridden by him before approved - in order to avoid surprises that could affect the experience for the competitors.
“Red Bull Romaniacs is my favourite race. It’s the best terrain in the world and four long off road days. I need to be in peak form and use all my experience as the younger guys are getting better. I always expect the race to get tougher, gnarlier and crazier every year!
I feel I have a chance to win again and it is a great opportunity to get some good points in the WESS series.”
Over the years, the Red Bull Romaniacs core team has grown significantly and features all departments of a modern adventure sports business with a strong focus on development of race concepts, time keeping, rules & regulations, with special tracks created for each race class and stong event Marketing, the Red Bull Romaniacs achieve a yearly average of 1800 transmission hours in international TV and boasts a huge popularity online.
Freinademetz surrounds himself mostly with active riders and people who are passionate about extreme sports. His team has a track record of creating internationally successful events that are known for some flavor of craziness and for their professional execution. Many motorsport professionals and competitors consider the Red Bull Romaniacs one of the best organized and most professional enduro events in the season. Despite the complexity and incredible unique to the Romaniacs event, the massive overall track length and riding time competiors have to manage to become a FINISHER.
Currently there are only two professionally executed Extreme Enduro events: The Erzberg Rodeo and the Red Bull Romaniacs. It was the first time for me to get to experience this event and I am quite surprised: by the concept, the amount of people involved and the professionalism. This is a very unique event, there is nothing comparable out there! What amazes me most, is how the team around Martin Freinademetz manages to bring the participants of each of the classes to their limits. Which is the purpose: at the end of the day it is a race and not a 5-day adventure tour!”
It was something completely crazy for me when I came the first time in Romania. This is the kind of race that I will remember forever, definitely. Now I see that the race and especially the sport, the extreme enduro moved to a really technical sport. You cannot make another sport or other type of races like I was doing in my beginning, when I was doing extreme enduro and rally in the same time, in the same year. Moving from the heavy rally bike to the small 2stroke bike is not possible anymore. You need to train and focus for only one sport and this is what I do. I stay concentrate on the rally. I saw Graham Jarvis and a couple of guys and they focus on extreme enduro and they push the level really high. The time I spent in Sibiu was something special, but if I will do extreme enduro in the future it will be only for fun.
All Freinademetz events have the passion for Extreme Enduro in common and make the race experience for the participants quite unique:
- amateur riders get to race together with the best in the world, meeting the “who is who” of Extreme Enduro out there on the track, at the food points for noodles or in the hotel
- everybody is challenged to their limits - and beyond, the amateur riders and the professionals, to push the bar of what is possible in Extreme Enduro every year
- participants benefit from world class service: they are taken care of from registration on, along the race track (with support, fuel and water) and they can rely on a state of the art safety and rescue team unique rules and regulations and time-keeping system to maximize fairness and fun of riding
The Red Bull Romaniacs has always been known as the pinnacle event and something on my bucket list! I try to live by the quote “if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough” and Romaniacs was exactly what I needed. All expectations were exceeded, it’s well organised and great to be a part of it all. As it states it’s the World’s toughest enduro, right from the start that prolog was not easy for a bronze competitor like me! Highlights were reaching the Red Bull arch at the end of each Offroad day. It continually gets tougher, just when you think you’ve conquered the day they make you push your boundaries more, forcing you to keep learning and pushing your riding. My riding improved a lot just by doing the event. The final finish with all the spectators and fellow Kiwi riders was pure emotion and a very proud moment, the medal takes preference on my shelf at home. Riding with the Proffesionals is amazing, having Walker and Jarvis cruising by you and also new enduro friends from all around the world was bloody cool too!”
Despite the large organization and lot`s of international travel, Freinademetz has a strong focus on staying “hands-on” and RIDE! All the race tracks are developed with Martin`s personal involvement and test ridden by himself before approval - in order to avoid surprises that could affect the experience for the participating riders.
The race has got more professional and better organized every year.
It’s an extreme race by definition. When I participated a few years ago I found the race technical and very, very difficult. It was fun to ride because Red Bull Romaniacs has a very beautiful track and the public is incredible, especially at the Prolog. It is a very good event.