After the huge success of the Red Bull Sea to Sky extreme enduro in 2011, event organisers, Xventure officially announced that race will return to Turkish beachside resort of Kremer on October 20/21.
After the 2011 Red Bull Sea to Sky experience all the top riders confirmed that this year's edition ranks very high in their race calendar. Leading the charge of the main contenders hoping to stand as the winner on the peak of the Olympus Mountains is Husaberg's Graham Jarvis.
"This is by far the most enjoyable event in our calendar," confirmed Graham. "I'm looking forward to coming back again."
Jarvis holds the trophy everyone wants to win © Nuri Yilmazer/Red Bull
But he won't have it easy this year. With riders now knowing what to expect, everyone will be geared up to give it their all. Finishing second in last year's race Britain's Jonny Walker (KTM) was one of the standout performers. As a relatively unknown rookie, the KTM rider shocked everyone with his speed and technical ability - this year he'll be aiming to go one place better.
As a three times Roof of Africa winner and Red Bull Romaniacs winner KTM's Chris Birch is never one to count out. Finishing third in the Red Bull Sea to Sky in 2011 shows he's got proven pedigree for a top result.
"The difficulty here at the Red Bull Sea to Sky is spot-on," remarked Chris. "This is actually the first race where you're taking yourself to the limit while actually riding the bike rather than pushing the bike. I simply love it!"
Adding in names like Spain's Xavi Galindo (Husaberg) and Germany's Andreas Letti Lettenbichler (Husqvarna) and possibly enduro legend KTM's David Knight clearly indicates this race is stacked in talent.
Incorporating a beach, forest and mountain race ensures the Red Bull Sea to Sky is one of the most unique events on the extreme enduro calendar. The event starts in the morning with a sandy, motocross-like Beach Race including hi-speed sections right at the shore and surges of adrenaline while jumping insane natural tables in the dunes right beside the beautiful seaside resort Kemer.
Taking riders from the beach to the mountain, the Red Bull sea to Sky is a real adventure © Lukasz Nazdraczew/Red Bull
Right after the Beach Race the riders will face dream-like but definitely tiring single trails in the Forest Race so they better preserve some energy during the "breakfast" at the beach in the morning. The Forest Race has it all: Faster gravel roads in the mountains, the first steeper up- and downhill sections and tricky, slow single trails in the forest.
While preserving some energy in the Beach Race will be a good strategy for most competitors they better give it all in the Forest Race since the result will determine the starting rows of the main event on the following day: The incomparable Red Bull Sea to Sky Mountain Race is taking the riders from the start at the Kemer beach through endless river beds and single trails in the forest all the way up to the rocky sections beyond the tree line and the very top of the legendary mountain Olympus at 2,365 meters high.
Martin Freinademetz, mastermind of the Red Bull Romaniacs and Red Bull Sea to Sky: "Building on the huge success in 2011 we will add a bit more spice and special flavour this year, especially in the sections beyond the tree line for those being ambitious and trained enough to get to the peak of the Olympus. Personally I really like this terrain very much here in Kemer because it has an incredible potential. We have most recently found sections especially in the rocky parts beyond the tree line ... you wouldn't believe how much fun those have in store for the next ten Red Bull Sea to Sky editions. Since last year this race is known to be the most enjoyable Extreme Enduro event. 2012 will take it to the next level!"
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