The sharpest shots from Romaniacs 2014

Look back at the best photos from this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro, won by Jonny Walker.
© Mihai Stetcu/Red Bull Content Pool
By Robert Lynn

Wade Young

RedBull.com's Red Bull Romaniacs gallery, featuring KTM's South African rider Wade Young.
It was a tricky Prologue for Wade Young © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

Tenth in the Prologue and about to be lapped by Prologue winner Paul Bolton (#5), little did Wade Young or Bolton realise how much their fortunes would change come the end of the week. When the race hit the mountains, Young hit his stride, steadily improving to finish third overall, and beat Bolton by four minutes.

Birch loses wood

RedBull.com's Red Bull Romaniacs gallery, featuring New Zealand KTM riderChris Birch.
Chris Birch feels the pain © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

If Chris Birch thought his Red Bull Romaniacs began badly, it was about to get a whole lot worse. After a strong recovery ride on day one, he literally lost his way on the second day, ruining any chance of a top three result. Adding injury to insult, he then suffered every man's worst nightmare when he badly cut his manhood in a crash on day four. He still finished, but 'Little Chris' required seven stitches. Ouch!

The only way is up

Riders crash trying to reach the summit of a steep hill in RedBull.com's Red Bull Romaniacs gallery.
"Catch!" © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

There was no shortage of aerial acrobats at Red Bull Romaniacs. Hang out at any gnarly hill climb and you could be sure of someone slinging their bike to the top. Hard Enduro – hell yeah!

Make some noise!

A chainsaw-wielding fan catches the action at the 2014 Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro.
This is probably not Husaberg's new model © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

This guy is the ultimate Red Bull Romaniacs super fan. Following the entire duration of the race, he was found in the depths of every forest with his chainsaw, rooting for the riders.

Unsung hero

German competitor Lars Enöckl at the finish of the 2014 Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro race..
Lars Enöckl (left) was Romaniacs' Good Samaritan © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

Lars Enöckl was Red Bull Romaniacs 2014's unsung hero. Sometimes putting his own success before others, he was always willing to help out, in true Hard Enduro spirit. On day two, he generously offered Paul Bolton his spare GPS system when Bolts smashed both of his own. Top marks Lars!

Up on the roof

RedBull.com's Red Bull Romaniacs gallery, featuring the finish of Day Three.
Nowhere is out of bounds in Hard Enduro © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

There are no limits in Hard Enduro – anything is possible. This disused coal factory offered a spectacular end to the finish of day three. Up stairwells and conveyor shoots, this rider is about to fight his way to the rooftop finish line directly above his head.

Watertight

RedBull.com's Red Bull Romaniacs gallery, featuring water crossings.
Competitors had lots of water crossings in 2014 © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

There was plenty of water to deal with at this year's race. Your engine being watertight was critical to a hassle free ride.

Tip it on its tail

A rider drains the flooded engine of his KTM during the 2014 Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro race
Water comes out of a flooded engine © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

Some river crossings were less kind than others. With a few riders getting an unscheduled bath, they faced the 'tip it on its tail' procedure to drain the engine and get it restarted.

Hard to swallow

Red Bull Romaniacs 2014 runner-up Graham Jarvis shows the strain of racing the hard enduro race in his eyes after the finish.
Graham Jarvis' eyes say it all © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

The strain of losing Red Bull Romaniacs is evident in Graham Jarvis' eyes. Bloodshot and exhausted, those eyes tell the story of a man who fought his heart out for four days, only to fall short of winning in the final few miles.

The joy of winning

RedBull.com's Red Bull Romaniacs gallery, featuring Jonny Walker.
Victory tastes sweet for Jonny Walker © Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Content Pool

In stark contrast to Graham Jarvis, Jonny Walker looks as fresh at the end of the final day as he did at the end of day one. In a race where both Jarvis and Walker left nothing on the table, Walker stopped Jarvis' domination of the race to become the youngest rider to ever win at Red Bull Romaniacs. In the battle of youth versus experience, youth finally won.

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