New Zealander Chris Birch on Wednesday won the seventh edition of the toughest hard enduro rally in the world, Red Bull Romaniacs, which ended in Sibiu (central Romania).
Birch was declared the winner of the hard enduro rally although he was not ranked the first in any of the four competition days, except the Prologue. On Wednesday, Birch climbed to the second place behind Graham Jarvis from the UK. Once he arrived at the finish line, Chris Birch confessed the rally was even tougher because of the rainfalls and he promised he would attend Red Bull Romaniacs next year as well.
After winning the third place twice, in 2007 and 2008, and a second place in 2009, Chris Birch said right on the day of the Prologue that it was high time he reached the highest ranking of the Red Bull Romaniacs competition. Thus, since the day one he did his best to win the title. He crushed his competitors at the Prologue and on the first competition day he set off the first.
Red Bull Romaniacs 2010 gathered at the start line 165 motorcycle riders from 33 countries for the seventh edition of the competition. Red Bull Romaniacs is considered to be the toughest hard enduro rally in the world and it is a hellish race of over 700 kilometres that spread throughout three counties – Sibiu, Alba and Hunedoara. The winner of the competition covered the 700 kilometres in around 30 hours, on almost vertical slopes and steep climb-downs. Over 50 competitors abandoned the race or were eliminated because they missed two finish points.