Romania isn’t all about the Romaniacs – the sixth edition of the King of the Hill Hard Enduro saw Austrian rider Michael Walkner take the victory across three days racing.
The King of the Hill Hard Enduro kicked off the 2019 Hard Enduro season in Romania in great conditions across three days racing in Ghioroc, North of Timisoara close to the Hungarian border.
Prologue on Friday, Hard Enduro race on Saturday and Extreme Cross Country on Sunday are the format for this race which runs in a resort town next to a popular lake in this land-locked part of Europe.
Friday’s prologue was built in a new location with easier access for riders and public to watch the action. Like the previous year, the prologue was a SuperEnduro-style track that also featured some steep climbs and descents.
Michael Walkner started the event as he meant ot go on by winning the prologue with Eduard Hegyi and Varga Akos finishing second and third respectively.
On Saturday the riders had to tackle the 60 kilometres of Hard Enduro course. For this year the organizers had added some new parts to the track but as usual it was still muddy and that made it extremely slick going for riders.
After battling for nearly two hours to make it to the finish it was again Walkner who was the fastest. He was followed by Thomas Schranz and Vaclav Nedved on the podium.
It was exactly the same podium for Sunday’s faster ‘Extreme Cross Country’ during just over one hour’s action. With the three days added together, Walkner was able to finish with a clear 11m:37s margin over Schranz and Nedved.
KOTH, round 1 of the Romanian Hard Enduro Series 2019, pro class results:
- Michael Walkner 3h09:32.376
- Thomas Schranz 3h21:09.656
- Vaclav Nedved 3h29:53.678
- Raul Patrau 3h38:04.571
- Eduard Hegyi 3h54:12.835
- Jaroslav Nedved 4h16:31.751
- Felix Bopp 5h36:44.292
- Lubos Polisensky 6h07:26.286
- Tibor Hostyanszki 7h16:28.201
*only nine riders finished the pro class
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