The 2009 edition is scheduled from Saturday August 15 to Wednesday August 19.
Founder and mastermind of Red Bull Romaniacs, Martin Freinademetz from the organising agency www.xventure.net offroad tours explains: “We’ll be able to host and cater for up to 250 riders in 2009; more are not possible due to track conditions and safety aspects for the riders”.
“From last year’s feedback from the pan European markets we know that the demand for our starting slots remain high; in 2008 the 230 slots were sold out by March for an event in September”.
The event’s center and main bivouac will again be the town of Sibiu, but for one night, an external overnight bivouac will be set up in the city of Petrosani, in order to ramp up the Rallye character and to add superb over the mountains stages. Again, new routes have been created, Martin Frienademetz and xventure track scouts have been out since the end of the 2008 Enduro Rallye, searching, finding and developing new adventurous tracks, and for the Pros some torturous routes to fully test their talents.
Prominent names in both - title holders and challengers - have already announced their participation for 2009: Be it 2008 surprise first time entered winner and title defender Graham Jarvis (UK, Sherco).
BMW‘s decision on whom to send for this eXtreme challenge in 2009 is still pending, will they probably even send their new signing David Knight (UK), who has won pretty much everything globally EXCEPT this event, and so get BMW up from second on the podium in 2008 to first time BMW winner in 2009? Only time will tell … and Berti Hauser, BMW’s team-manager. KTM has already dropped the bomb; they will be sending two bigs guns with the Dakar winner and three times Red Bull Romaniacs champion Cyril Despres (FRA) and Teddy Blazusiak (POL), two times winner of Red Bull Harescramble. After all, the lineup at the Red Bull Romaniacs Rallye in 2009 will better than ever before, and everyone can watch the fight live on www.redbullromaniacs.com with our minitracker technology.
Payment of the entry money in full finalises and confirms entry and puts those riders who enter first into the starting list onto a lower start number.