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Go on then, who's thinking about it?

What do people think of the classes nowadays?

I was going to enter iron but then a guy that did bronze in 17 said I'd be able to do bronze, and then someone else was quite negative about the iron class being too easy. So now I think I ought to try bronze but that might be a push, especially if it's wet.

Problem is that I need to lose a lot of weight and get a lot fitter either way so I can't really judge against my ability now but entries open in a month...

So who's done it in the last 3 years and how do you go about picking a class?


Better to do and easier one and finish or push a harder one and fail??
 

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I raced iron in 2019, I only finished 2 days for numerous reasons!
Firstly and most importantly I am not very good hahah, day 2 and 4 were very wet, day 2 was abandoned just before lunch for the slower riders, day 4 I was physically and mentally ruined as well as it being torrential for most of the day.
I didn't eat enough, drink enough, rest enough and due to working on oil rigs half of the year I couldn't ride enough prior to going.... that being said I am racing iron class again next year, the gym work whilst offshore has already started and heading home today for 4 weeks for as much riding as possible.
I am a clubman B rider, now 42 but do a lot of gym work, I am confident of finishing this time as long as its not too wet!

I fully recommend it, the riding is incredible, the scenery is amazing.
Lining up under the RedBull arches early in the morning felt incredible!
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I raced iron in 2019, I only finished 2 days for numerous reasons!
Firstly and most importantly I am not very good hahah, day 2 and 4 were very wet, day 2 was abandoned just before lunch for the slower riders, day 4 I was physically and mentally ruined as well as it being torrential for most of the day.
I didn't eat enough, drink enough, rest enough and due to working on oil rigs half of the year I couldn't ride enough prior to going.... that being said I am racing iron class again next year, the gym work whilst offshore has already started and heading home today for 4 weeks for as much riding as possible.
I am a clubman B rider, now 42 but do a lot of gym work, I am confident of finishing this time as long as its not too wet!

I fully recommend it, the riding is incredible, the scenery is amazing.
Lining up under the RedBull arches early in the morning felt incredible!
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Brilliant, thanks! Great pic.

What was the riding like in iron? Where there many bits that involved a lot of pushing and dragging or was it more just technical trail riding? Do you think you would have been fine if it wasn't for the rain?

Seeing as you're going back again, did you enjoy it the first time or was it a case of needing to finish it?
 

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Brilliant, thanks! Great pic.

What was the riding like in iron? Where there many bits that involved a lot of pushing and dragging or was it more just technical trail riding? Do you think you would have been fine if it wasn't for the rain?

Seeing as you're going back again, did you enjoy it the first time or was it a case of needing to finish it?
A good mix of tough up and down hills, bogs and miles of off camber climbs and descents. Generally the riding difficulty is well planned with a tough section then you'll get some flowing track to get a rest. Day 1 and 3 I didnt drop the bike once from what I can remember.
When we left I never wanted to ride a bike again, 2 days later I was determined to go back and finish it.
Me and a friend drove over in a van with another friend meeting us there to mechanic.
We will be doing the same next year although with a different friend riding, he massively underestimated his fitness and ability level.
 
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I've ridden in Romania but not Romainacs. Amazing place to ride.

As an option for anyone i went via Motoland Romania as a package holiday but these guys have ridden Romainacs and will supply bikes and mechanics for it if that's easier for anyone thinking of it.
 

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Is that it then? There must be plenty of people on here that have done Romaniacs or want to do it soon?
 

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I reckon most would love a crack at Romaniacs. I know I would. Biggest issue for most though is the whole process. The riding part wouldn’t worry me to much, several days though? That’s a serious fitness test. It’s the time needed for adequate preparation is the killer. Nobody has it unless they can force it. Just training time and bike wear/tear alone is going to be huge.

It’s an amazing dream for most. Total respect to any privateer who gets to that start line.
 

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I reckon most would love a crack at Romaniacs. I know I would. Biggest issue for most though is the whole process. The riding part wouldn’t worry me to much, several days though? That’s a serious fitness test. It’s the time needed for adequate preparation is the killer. Nobody has it unless they can force it. Just training time and bike wear/tear alone is going to be huge.

It’s an amazing dream for most. Total respect to any privateer who gets to that start line.
Yeah I agree. If I can lose enough weight, I reckon I can get myself prepared to do it (depending on class) but it's the logistics and all the farting about travelling to hotels and start lines, and the early starts, and the heat.... those are the things that I'm most concerned about.

I was all set to do iron but what's the point going to all that effort if your riding mates aren't impressed.. lol
 

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Doing the event before is a big advantage I think. Made loads of mistakes first time round and you underestimate the amount of hassle it is whilst your there getting yourself sorted out etc.

Hoping to go back this year although I don’t even have a bike at the moment, just waiting on my work rotation to come through before I can decide. Would happily only do 3-4 events per year and just practice and then do Romaniacs rather than race every other week, the riding you do there is unrivalled by any other event.
 

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Doing the event before is a big advantage I think. Made loads of mistakes first time round and you underestimate the amount of hassle it is whilst your there getting yourself sorted out etc.

Hoping to go back this year although I don’t even have a bike at the moment, just waiting on my work rotation to come through before I can decide. Would happily only do 3-4 events per year and just practice and then do Romaniacs rather than race every other week, the riding you do there is unrivalled by any other event.
Brilliant. Thanks.

What sort of things were a hassle and what did you learn? Which classes have you done? What were they like?

Sorry - I've looked through all the old threads about Romaniacs but it's surprising how little is one here and even less elsewhere on the web.
 

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You could pm Zip. He did it from memory.

It’s a proper challenge. Make no mistake. Probably why a lot of people use a good set up with experience and latch onto a team. They would help reduce stress. Give Eurotek a shout. Don’t they send vans/team over there?
 

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Have a look at the YouTube on this from 'Girl on a Bike'. She did it and finished...and not the easy class.
She had (paid for) support from Patsy Quick/Team Desert Rose.
Some aspects of it sound like a pain...the event hotel/HQ is not very near the Parc Ferme, so you have to start and end every day with a taxi ride. Doing it unsupported would be quite difficult...Desert Rose was waiting at the compulsory rest stops with fresh hydration packs, food, tools etc. Without that, you'd be carrying the lot all day, every day.
 

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Yeah will definitely be doing it with a support team. Have watched the Girl On A Bike vid, and I'm a better technical rider than her but she's very fit (obvs not as strong as me) and had her husband escort her around.

Annoyingly I saw her at the D2D but she was entertaining an audience so I didn't want to ask her. Wish I had now.

I wonder if it can be compared to something like Tong or Cowm or Wern Ddu or something? I was tempted to do Tong in October but it looks like a fucking nightmare and it's a long way to go on my own in case anything bad happens.
 

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Brilliant. Thanks.

What sort of things were a hassle and what did you learn? Which classes have you done? What were they like?

Sorry - I've looked through all the old threads about Romaniacs but it's surprising how little is one here and even less elsewhere on the web.
First of all financially you need to make sure you can afford it. Roughly £4500 all in depending on current bike condition etc. At the time I didn’t really have the money for it so was working like crazy beforehand which severely cut down on my preparation time on and off the bike beforehand.

You need to either go with a support package (Eurotek, desert rose etc) or have a friend with a big van there willing to support you. Theres no other way to do it so don’t even think about going alone.
After the race day has finished you still have to get back to Sibiu (one of the day finishes was roughly 1 hour away)wash your bike, change your rear tyre and that’s before you have any damage to your bike to fix so you have no chance without assistance.

There are pros and cons to whichever of the above you choose. Some Romanian companies also do service packages, I have heard they are good but obviously you then have to either get your bike out there yourself or hire one from them.

I did bronze in 2017. It was dry that year but I don’t know if if it was comparatively difficult or not as I havnt been since (gold course that year had some complaints about some of the downhills being too difficult)
I underestimated it and went with a worn 140 moose on day1 as with that I was still getting up everything at Tong and Cowm so thought it would be ok. It wasn’t. Some of the hills are never ending and with minimal run up, there’s loads of grip but only if you’ve got a soft moose in. Needless to say I changed it after the first day. My electric start broke and I had constant problems with the bike overheating which made it even more difficult but the riding there is far better than any other I’ve ever done. Downhills that last forever, mountain ridges, river beds, fast open sections across fields and through woods. Steep climbs and descents there’s everything.
 

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Levels I would say comparatively at British extreme events.
Silver - Top expert riders
Bronze - Clubman, decent level sportsman
Iron - Average sportsman
 

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Brilliant input mate. Exactly the sort of thing I need. I expect I probably do sit in between iron and bronze but I know fitness will be a major component.

I'm fortunate that at the moment I have the money and generally enough time to train off the bike but I'm a long way from fit enough for bronze right now. Shame I can't enter and then change class nearer the time.
 

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Brilliant input mate. Exactly the sort of thing I need. I expect I probably do sit in between iron and bronze but I know fitness will be a major component.

I'm fortunate that at the moment I have the money and generally enough time to train off the bike but I'm a long way from fit enough for bronze right now. Shame I can't enter and then change class nearer the time.
If you are in between then I guess it depends on if you want a good result in Iron or be happy to just finish bronze. I’m not sure about being able to change, bronze gets booked up pretty quickly so you may be able to change out down to iron but there would be no chance of changing the other way around.
 

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If you are in between then I guess it depends on if you want a good result in Iron or be happy to just finish bronze. I’m not sure about being able to change, bronze gets booked up pretty quickly so you may be able to change out down to iron but there would be no chance of changing the other way around.
I'm only looking to finish, whatever class I enter.

I guess there are so many variables. This year was mega dry and the days were really short so I fear they may make next year longer. Throw in some rain and all of a sudden bronze becomes way too hard.

Are there many "stoppers" - i.e. stuff you just can't get up. Or is everything doable but it's the relentless nature of it and the pushing/pulling that makes it so hard?
 
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