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 Pricey's Romaniacs Story Finished hope you enjoy 
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Post Re: Pricey's Romaniacs Experience Day 1,2 and now 3.
Day 3
Woke at the usual time and headed down for breakfast only this time I was feeling pretty green, not too sure if it was something I had eaten the night before or dehydration, either way I was not feeling the love and the last thing I wanted was to jump on a bike. Couldn’t manage to eat any breakfast just coffee and I knew this was not going to be a good day.
Headed down to Parc Ferme and picked up my GPS and bike and headed off to the off-road start which was about 7klms down the road.

Off I went and struggled straight up, had problem focusing and keeping the bike tracking in some sort of line. Lucky enough the tracks were quite flowing and there was nothing too difficult until around mid-morning.
Came to a big uphill that had lots of switch backs and just kept going up and up, all first gear stuff again, we exited the hill above the tree lines again and continued riding grass bluffs up near the snow line again. The further along we went the rockier the track became, not long before we ended up having to cross some streams with very steep and slippery rocky drop offs and up hills, this took its toll as I pulled over and had to have a break as I started dry reaching – not good all the way up here. I managed to get some energy bars and carb-shots into me and kept going. Another 40mins on and we were heading back into the trees and had some really steep down hills, there was a lot of bull dogging in this section and we had joined back up with the hobby class and boy were they having some problems, the hill was really slippery was a black soil base and the bikes just kept on trying to take of and if you didn’t weight the back down away they went and you became the passenger.
All I was hoping for was to get to the compulsory 20min check so I could have a rest and hopefully have something to eat then along came a short but fast flowing creek crossing, I was about to hop off my bike and walk across when one of the locals kept pointing and saying “Ride here, it is good” yeah right, in I went, front wheel hit a rock and next minute me and the bike are fully submerged, the water was bloody freezing and I had problems trying to get a cry for help out, the bike was being pushed down the river and I ended up on the underside trying to stop it, enter my son and another guy, they pulled the bike off me and put it on the bank, luckily for me I had drowned the bike right at the lunch check so we pushed the bike through so the officials could check me in then the mechanics gabbed my bike and dewatered it while I had my break.

Just getting my feet wet, I ended up under the bike at one stage
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Me and my Son, Not happy Jan and looking pretty tired, still feeling green.
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I managed to get some food into me and took some panadol, I was starting to feel better and ready for the afternoon session. Off I went after lunch and within 20mins came to a pro – expert split with a sign saying “empty yourself”, this was not going to be good, started off with a big steep uphill with a big tree across the track, some guys were trying to ride the bank up high and get around the tree, there was no success there only a lot of hard work trying to lift, pull and push the bike. I went for the big wheely and throw the bike over the tree as much a possible, this worked with limited success as I dropped my back wheel off the side of the track, the track at this point went straight down by a couple hundred feet, I tied the front of my bike to a tree above me and pulled the back of the bike back up, after about 15mins I was on the other side and making my way up. I came to another section with 5 or 6 riders struggling to get up, I had several attempts before finally getting to a flatter section and then kept chugging up.
The hills keep going and going, I thought I was at the top when I got over the next rise and saw about 30 bikes some in single file and some strewn across a rocky out crop. Little did I know but I was about to lose 2hrs in this section and this would eventually see me timed out for the day, I also met up with another Australian Brad Evans here, Brad had started out well on day 1 however day 2 he put a hole in the head of his two stroke so ended up going over time, if he went over today again he would be disqualified and not allowed to start day 4.

The rocky section was nearly vertical and extremely slippery as we had had some rain, we all formed teams and starting lifting the bikes up and over, I had 5 in my team and in hindsight the team was too big as it took us too long to get everyone up. We also had a few pro’s stuck on the hill with us and it was interesting to watch their techniques, anyway after 2hrs we were off however still had a lot of work to do as there were more short steep up hills and rocky outcrops.
It was on one of these outcrops I dropped my bike and it landed and the expansion chamber and broke the power valve cover where the chamber mounts the barrel, this was not good, the bike was loud and had lost power and I still had a couple of hours to go.
Shortly after I damaged my bike I had to go onto reserve, it was at this point I started to worry as we still had a way to go before a fuel check, lucky for me a French rider was carrying 500ml of fuel and gave it to me, this got me to the final check – the finish line. The redbull arch was ontop of a short sharp rise, not too difficult although I was not riding on the pegs as I was buggered and it took everything to stay on the bike.

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Day 3 finished and was my worst result, I had started the day in 38th and was hoping to move forward however slipped back to 42nd.
I had gone over time by 45mins, I was on the bike for just over 10hrs and copped a 2hr penalty plus only had one chance left to not get disqualified so I had to come in on time on the last day.

Unfortunately Brad Evans also went over by 10mins so he was disqualified as were a lot of other riders.

I got fuel at a service station next to the finish line and then had to ride 35klms back into town. I put the bike in with the service crew, had an early dinner, drunk lots of electrolytes and went to bed leaving the bike for my son to look after and put back into Parc Ferme. I was done, stuffed, buggered, rooted and just wanted to sleep. One day to go and I hoped I would be feeling better in the morning, I came too far and trained too long to DNF.

Hang in there - One day to go


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Fri 12 Jul, 2013 4:04 pm
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Post Re: Pricey's Romaniacs Experience Day 1, 2 and now Day3
Day 4
Had a really good night’s sleep and woke up feeling fresh and ready to ride. Headed down for breakfast then got the bike and GPS sorted and headed out for a 35klm road section before the racing started at the off road area.

My minute came up and I was off, had a really good start the tracks were excellent, nice and flowing through native bush and I was on song for a great day. About 45mins in I came to the first pro – expert split and found myself on another steep hill climb, this one had a couple of rock sections that need lifting and pulling to get up, about 10mins later I was clear and back into some primo riding and on the gas, big change from yesterday and was really enjoying the morning.
Another pro-expert split appeared and this time we headed into a Quarry, bring on Erzberg, we had 4 steep up hills, 3rd gear pinned to make it up, these switched back on each other until we made it to the top bench in the quarry then it was time to come down, the organises had picked a doozy to get down, a long lose downhill, I looked over the edge and seen a hard right hand turn at the bottom with big rocks strategically placed to do some damage, one rider was still trying to pull his bike out so bull dogging was the best strategy and got me down with no damage. From here we were back onto some nice flowing trails before the next pro – expert split that seen us tackle a sharp left corner into a steep short climb, there was no run up so out with the ropes again, I had caught up with a couple of my mates so we worked together to get our 4 bikes up, this took about 30mins then we were off. This was to be the last pro – expert split so we knew it would be a lot easier from here.
We had one more extreme downhill to do before lunch and boy was it a snapper, It was again on black slippery clay type soil, I started riding down until the track got too steep, I only knew it was too steep as I picked up a shit load of speed and couldn’t stop until I hit a tree, no damage so all was good. I finished this hill by bull dogging again, the track got steeper and before I knew it I was out of control and picking up speed, at some stage the foot peg must have got caught on a tree root because the bike stopped and I continued on and stopped about 5mtrs below only to look up and see the bike cart wheeling towards me, no time to move and my bark buster came down and nailed my upper thigh, this took my breath away and I sat there thinking how lucky I was, I ended up with a hugh cork but because I was hot this didn’t worry me until I had finished the race and started to cool down.

Made it to the lunch break and had a good 20min rest and was ready to see the finish line, we were told that there was only one more steep uphill then it was all fast flowing tracks. The steep up hill was straight after lunch break, it wasn’t too bad as the hobby class had to do it also, I started up and came across 20 odd hobby guys parked up as the track was blocked, thankfully the hobby guys let us push through and we were back in the clear within 15mins, from here to the finish line was a blast, we rode in all logging tracks, creek beds, open bush and open farm land, most of it was 3rd and 4th gear with the odd occasion of getting into 6th. Great way to finish the event, that is until we got to the finish area – the final twist.
As I dropped over a hill and around a corner I came across racing tape and thought here we go, I followed the tape down to the bottom close to where the finishing line was and thought I am there, I then took stock and looked up at the fxxkin big hill climb we had to do, I had a mate that had dnf’d and he told me how far to ride up the hill climb and were to exit, so off I went at about halfway up there was a chicken line to the right, that’s me, came to far to bust something on the final climb. Off to the right I went, this led to some smaller vertical climbs before bringing me out to the arch at the top of the big hill climb, we were then directed to some super steep vertical drop off’s I rode down all but one and finally I was at the bottom.

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From here it was straight to the finish line, there was a water crossing that some of the earlier guys had done but this was taken out due to the amount of injuries it was causing(thank fxck as I would have been another casualty) – I had finished and couldn’t stop smiling or yelling.

Finally - What a feeling
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Beer Time(2 and I was nearlyt pissed) and time to party yee ha
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My goal was to finish, the bonus for me was to be in the top 50, both of which I achieved, I ended up coming in 41st overall, I can’t help but ponder that had I had not had such a bad day on day 3 I possible could have been around the low 30’s, that’s racing, maybe next time.

My Takeaways are
Go harder in the prologue, I suffered with bottle necks on a lot of the hills in the first couple of days

Either ride a 300 or 250F next time, the 250 exc performed well but was lacking when I needed the torque in 2nd gear, this caused some grief on some of the hill climbs
Organise someone else to look after the bike during and after servicing, going to bed at 11 – 11.30pm every night and getting up early sucks.

Hopefully my story, as long as it is, gives you and insight into such a great event from a riders perspective, I didn’t know what to expect and if my training program was going to be right, even though I had a few injuries leading up to the event I thought my fitness was good and I recovered quickly after the hard sections.

If anyone is interested in going let me know and I will give you all the info you need.

If you want to do the event and want to be challenged but not over the top, the Hobby Class would be good, these guys did less klms and time on the bike and also did not do the real extreme sections that the experts and pro’s had to do but they were still challenged, we shared a couple of sections together and I thought that some would not get through.

Would I do it again, bloody oath, already trying to work out if I could do it next year!!!!!!!! Great 50th Birthday Present………

Sorry about the lack of photos and video footage, as mentioned my Gopro shit itself and I couldn’t get another one and because you are racing there really isn’t time to stop and take photos.
I couple of friends got some photos and once I receive them I will post.

Hope you enjoyed the read and look forward to catching up on a ride in the near future

PS – Anyone want to buy a 250exc, low hours, only ridden 5days

Cheers
Pricey


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Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:14 pm
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Awsome stuff mate icon_thumright
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Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:28 pm
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Some footage off Youtube - Cheers





The infamous K2 - Alfie Cox talking in the backgound, I was about 20mins ahead of these guys


Day one when we went above the tree line and into snow country. not a very good video but gives you an idea of the country we were riding





Finish Line Hill climb and water crossing


Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:51 pm
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pricey wrote:

Hope you enjoyed the read and look forward to catching up on a ride in the near future

PS – Anyone want to buy a 250exc, low hours, only ridden 5days

Cheers
Pricey


WOW Great story.
Did you pack the bikes into a container or ship them individually?

I used to feel like such a newbie struggling to stay on the seat while trying to follow you up hills!!!
Don't feel so bad now I know your CRAZY. icon_thumright

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Post Re: Pricey's Romaniacs Story Finished hope you enjoy
Holy fck! Impressive...MUCH! What an experience and brilliantly written. Hats off to you...well done. Thanks for sharing an epic time.


Fri 12 Jul, 2013 10:47 pm
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Awesome report and congratulations on the finish Pricey!!
Erzberg next maybe? :D


Sat 13 Jul, 2013 7:17 am
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awesome read, must have been the ride of a lifetime, well done.


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Great work top effort,thanks for all the ride reports :wav :wav :wav

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Awesome stuff Pricey! Congratulations :wav icon_thumright Thanks for the ride report :headbang


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Post Re: Pricey's Romaniacs Experience Day 1, 2 and now Day3
2SMOKER wrote:
pricey wrote:

Hope you enjoyed the read and look forward to catching up on a ride in the near future

PS – Anyone want to buy a 250exc, low hours, only ridden 5days

Cheers
Pricey


WOW Great story.
Did you pack the bikes into a container or ship them individually?

I used to feel like such a newbie struggling to stay on the seat while trying to follow you up hills!!!
Don't feel so bad now I know your CRAZY. icon_thumright




Hey TwosmoKER,
How's things going, been a while since we last rode, yeah you need to be a little lose to ride Romaniacs.

We had our bikes freighted in by van from England and then freighted out in a sea container after the event, worked out better than hiring a bike and paying out dead money and the bikes were new so didn't have to worry about breakdowns. :headbang only damage BangHead


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thanks everyone for the comments, glad you enjoyed, look forward to catching up on a ride soon :wav
Cheers


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Thanks for the report Pricey loved it icon_thumright :wav :headbang

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Thanks for the report Pricey loved it icon_thumright :wav :headbang


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Brilliant
I think i,ve read it about 5 times hello2


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well done Pricey :headbang

Top effort and a top read as well :wav

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