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Taking on the world’s toughest motorcycle race

Jan 03, 2018
The directors of Greater Manchester-based removals company Roy Trevor Ltd took a trip to Romania last July to take part in the world’s toughest motorcycle enduro race: the Red Bull Romaniacs Rallye.

Riding their KTM 250 machines, the two motorcycling daredevils John and Neil Trevor, supported by brother Paul, joined around 450 top endurance riders from 40 countries for the gruelling five-day event.

The race began in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu with an extreme obstacle course comprising huge boulders, old tractor tyres, wooden pallets and other assorted horrors to decide who would start in pole-position for the start of the demanding five-day off-road adventure through the Carpathian Mountains.

The competitors are required to navigate by way of a GPS preloaded by the organisers each day and can only deviate ten metres either side of the line without being penalised, or even disqualified. Some of the terrain is so remote that bears and wolves still roam there. Should a rider have an accident, rescue time can be up to two-and-a-half-hours, so each rider has to carry a survival pack containing essential supplies and flares.

The goal of the majority of riders is to cross the finishing line, which is no easy task. Happily, the Trevors did it and hope to return in 2018 for even more punishment.

After all the excitement it was back to the removals business for Neil and Paul and for John, who at 70 years of age is the oldest competitor to ever finish the race, it was back to retirement.

Neil and John would like to thank their main sponsor Basil Fry for their generous support.

Photo: John and Neil ready for the challenge.

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