As the 2017 winner and most successful rider in Red Bull Romaniacs history, Graham Jarvis began the 15th edition aiming for his seventh victory in what had been a vintage year for the experienced Hard Enduro specialist. 

 

Finishing fourth on the opening day in the mountains (after seventh in the Prologue), Graham was 17 minutes behind the leaders, not happy with his riding and clearly not where he or we expected him to be. 

However, despite citing a lack of energy, the 2018 Erzbergrodeo winner battled through Off Road Day 2 to reach half way in the race seventh, although over 30 minutes down on eventual winner Wade Young on the day. He did maintain fourth overall however and at this point we knew from past experience with Graham things could turn around.

 

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But Jarvis started the penultimate day still feeling low on energy and clearly fatigued. After reaching the first checkpoint of the day and riding with many possibilities running though his mind, he was forced to withdraw from the race before the midday service point. 

“Deciding to stop was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but it was the most sensible option to take.” Said Jarvis after the event. 

“I simply had no more energy to continue and knew the safest thing to do was retire from the race. The race this year was tough, one of the toughest for a very long time and right from the off I just wasn’t feeling right. I didn’t get into that groove like I normally do and was struggling in places where I knew I shouldn’t have been.” He explained.

2018 has brought the usual mix of tough challenges for Jarvis but he more than met them with victory at Erzbergrodeo. The most successful rider in Romaniacs history was all set for the challenge against his younger rivals in the 2018 event: “I really wanted to challenge for a seventh Romaniacs win this year but it wasn’t to be. My focus now is to rest and recuperate and get back to full fitness and energy for the rest of the WESS championship.”

 

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The World Enduro Super Series continues with round five at Red Bull 111 Megawatt on September 8/9.