I am pleased to announce that the picture of Chris Birch taken in the Carpathians, Romania was used for the official promotional poster and media campaign for Red Bull Romaniacs, The World’s Toughest Hard Enduro Rally event. It was also a great pleasure working with Chris who was very dedicated and surely is one of the best motocross riders in the world.

As a playground, there have been 800 kilometers of mostly mountainous tracks laid out, legally cleared, marked and made accessible for rescue-measures and support and total 314 persons were working for the sake of 118 riders and their assistance crew members.


Red Bull Romaniacs is one of the hardest Enduro Rallys and in the Top 10 Motorcycle Adventure worldwide.
The history of the last event that can offer you a race in the wilderness of Europe began more then five years ago, but the challenge started in 2004, when, for the first time, one of the best riders in the world raced at the first ever Red Bull Romaniacs – Cyril Despres. The head of the event is Martin Freinademetz, a man who dedicated his life to extreme sports and who tried everything – from snow competition to the African desert and wilderness of Carpathian Mountains. Romaniacs is a hard enduro rally that offers you the chance to discover the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains.

Starting with a Prologue in the middle of the town, Red Bull Romaniacs is close to the public. At four of the previous editions, the main street from Sibiu was chosen as the perfect location for the Prologue. After the day in town, the riders will go to the mountains for four days and this is basically the hardest part, because every day the riders pass from stones to trees, difficult climbing and downhill, river crossing etc. Because the track is so difficult, after five days of racing, in general at the finish you are going to find half of the riders that you have seen at the start of Red Bull Romaniacs.


Chris Birch is the current and 5 time New Zealand Enduro Champion. At 27 years old Chris has been competing in endurance motorbiking since the age of 17. Chris Birch lives and breathes motorcycles, he is in partnership with Red Bull and rides KTM bikes. Chris began his motorcycling career when he started competing in motorbike trials in 1988. His first enduro was in the North Island Enduro championships, coming first in the 200cc class in 1998.

He won several New Zealand National Trials titles in Clubmen, Intermediate and Expert classes at the age of 18. Chris has now discovered extreme enduro racing and has competed successfully at Red Bull Romaniacs, Red Bull Last Man Standing, Hells Gate and the roof of Africa. Extreme racing has now become Chris’s passion.