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canyons around the famous motocross facility. Kyle Redmond
and Taylor Robert won the first two years’ events, but the
Prairie Dogs have promised that 2013’s Last Dog Standing
will be harder than ever.
This five-day rally in the Carpathian Mountains of
Romania has been run since 2004 and is part of the Red
Bull Hard Enduro series. The first day is a Prologue, with
practice heats for different classes, and finals to determine
the starting positions for the next day. The Prologue actu-
ally boasts some of the craziest obstacles contestants are
likely to face. “They had us ride up to the roof of a build-
ing, really close to the edge,” says Kyle Redmond on one
of his Romaniacs experiences. “It was pretty crazy.”
Then there are four off-road days through the mountains.
There are no special tests and no transfer sections; you
just go when your time comes and finish 130 miles later.
You follow GPS headings the whole way, and the leaders
often end up riding together. At times, they have to get
their bikes across huge gorges with ropes and pulleys.
In recent years, the promotors have added an easier
Rookie class. The total rider limit is generally around 250
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Kenda Tires and Monster Energy sponsor the TKO, which
is probably America’s most extreme off-road event. A
$10,000 purse attracts riders like Mike Brown and Cory
Graffunder, but there’s also a whole Saturday program for
You have to give the creators of the Romaniacs credit for
Another factor that makes Hell’s Gate so tough are the
conditions. It’s always cold and, at the end, it’s usually