Graham Jarvis Dominates Romaniacs

Cycle News Staff | July 8, 2013
Graham Jarvis won the Red Bull Romaniacs for a record fourth time. Photography By Jonty Edmunds KTM Images

Photography By Jonty Edmunds/KTM Images

Despite accruing a 15-minute penalty, Great Britain’s Graham Jarvis claimed his fourth victory at the Red Bull Romaniacs extreme off-road race in Sibiu, Romania, July 4-7. He was joined on the podium by his Husaberg teammate Alfredo Gomez of Spain.

Jarvis jumped out to a big lead after the first day of competition and never really looked back, though he did have to overcome a penalty along the way.

“Day one was probably the most important result of the week for me,” Jarvis said. “Between the hot weather and the hard trails it was a really tough ride. I kept pushing all day and managed to make very few mistakes. I think that helped set me up for the rest of the week.

“I was disappointed to have got a 15-minute penalty on day two,” he said. “My GPS system was programmed wrong and I missed a couple of waypoints. Even though I had a big lead I knew I couldn’t afford any more mistakes like that again. I rode hard on day three and was able to gain some time back.

“Throughout day four I kept an eye on the times and after the final service check I knew the race was mine. It felt great to stand on the top step of the podium for the fourth time. I’m really happy with how everything has gone.”

Jarvis finished 45 minutes ahead of Gomez in what was his first Romaniacs race.

Filling out the podium was Husqvarna’s Andrea Littenbichler.

KTM’s Jonny Walker was fourth.