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Dementor te așteaptă la Cheile Grădiștei Endurocross


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Dementor te așteaptă la Cheile Grădiștei Endurocross


 Sâmbătă, 7 august, la Cheile Grădiștei Endurocross, Dementor aduce aproape de tine două din modelele de top ale constructorului austriac KTM. Vei putea vedea, din gama 2011, KTM 350 SX-F și KTM 300 EXC-E. În plus, KTM 300 EXC 2011 va fi motocicleta utilizată de triplul campion național de endurocross, Mani Gyenes.

La Cheile Grădiștei (zona Bran-Moeciu) cei mai buni rideri din România vin să își dovedească măiestria în cea de a doua ediție a Cheile Grădiștei Endurocross. Alex Gârbacea și Romeo Duicu, doi din piloții români care concurează în Campionatul Mondial de Rally-Raid, sunt cei care au creionat traseul cursei de sâmbătă.

După ediția din 2009, Alex Gârbacea (gazda acestei competiții), alături de coechipierii săi din Vectra Racing și-a dorit să facă din Cheile Gradistei Endurocross un eveniment de tradiție în zona Brașov – Moeciu. Așa că în acest an alături de Romeo Duicu, Alex s-a oprit din antrenamentele pentru Raliul Faraonilor (Egipt, etapa din C.M. de Rally-Raid) pentru a face traseul pe care sâmbătă sunt așteptați atât piloți de enduro cât și de motocros.

Evenimentul este inclus în Campionatul Național de Endurocross, fiind a șaptea etapă din acest sezon și totodată cursa la care pentru clasa A se va decide campionul acestui an.

Mani Gyenes, triplu campion național de enduro și endurocross și dublu câștigător al Red Bull Romaniacs clasa Expert, este principalul favorit la câștigarea cursei de la clasa A (avansați). Iar Lucian Neaga, snowboarderul care a câștigat în acest an Red Bull Romaniacs la clasa Hobby Single, vine la Moeciu să dovedească că se simte într-adevăr bine la munte și când rulează cu motocicleta.

Pentru că este vară și Dani Oțil a decis să profite cât se poate de mult de vacanță, vedeta tv pe 2 roți va debuta sâmbătă în Campionatul Național de Endurocross.

Program Cheile Gradistei Endurocross

Sâmbătă 7 august

08:00 – 11:00 Înscrieri și verificări tehnice (Complexul Cheile Grădiștei Fundata)

11:00 – briefing

11:30 – Antrenament clasa C (hobby)

11:50 – Antrenament clasa A (avansați) și B (sport)

12: 10 – Antrenament clasa Quad

12:30 – Formare grilă clasa C

12:40 – Start în cursa clasei C (1h + 1 tur)

14:10 - Formare grilă clasa A și B

14:20 – Start în cursa clasele A și B (clasa A 2h+1 tur, clasa B 1h30min+1 tur)

16:50 – Formare grilă clasa Quad

17:00 – Start cursa clasa Quad (1h+1tur)

18:30 – Festivitatea de premiere


Programul poate suferi modificări în funcție de condițiile meteo și de nr. de concurenți.


Cum ajungi?

Traseul de endurocross este amenajat în apropierea complexului Cheile Grădiștei Fundata.

Pentru a ajunge la Cheile Gradistei din Brașov respectiv București puteți urma ruta:

Cale de acces din Brașov: (31km) Brasov - Cristian - Rasnov - Tohan - Bran - Moeciu.

Cale de acces din București: București - Ploiești - Sinaia - Predeal - Râșnov - Bran – Moeciu.

Complexul se află între Moeciu de Jos și Moeciu de Sus, iar în acest an cartierul general al cursei va fi în partea nouă a mini stațiunii, zona numită Cheile Grădiștei Fundata. Pentru a ajunge la traseul de endurocross și la cartierul general al evenimentului urcați din Cheile Grădiștei Holiday Complex către Cheile Grădiștei Fundata.

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      Drew Anderson KTM 125 SX © TooFastMedia
      Four titles out of the six on offer is a hugely impressive haul for any team, especially in its first year. Team manager Michelle Arnold couldn’t have been more proud at the season’s end. “2018 was a fantastic season for the Judd Orange Brigade. Winning 4 out of the 6 British Youth titles contended at the Judd KTM British Youth Championship in our first year was an awesome achievement, the whole team raced brilliantly, we are so proud of them all!  We’ve now set the bar very high, but that was always the intention when we set up the team with KTM.”
      But you’re only as good as your last set of results, and the off season has been a busy one for the team and the riders within. According to Michelle Arnold: “The team has expanded for 2019 from seven to ten riders, with some great new talent joining us. We have big hopes for all of our riders for the forthcoming season. The reason to enlarge the team is to successfully manage the progression and continuity of each rider’s achievements. When stepping up in an age group, we need to aid the development of each rider’s skills whilst still challenging in every youth class. We can’t wait for it to start!” Giving one rider the chance to hone his or her skills while another makes an assault on the championship future proves the team’s ambitions and ensures that KTM and the Judd Orange Brigade are driving youth racing forward in the UK. As the countdown to the 2019 season nears its end, the enlarged team is READY TO RACE!
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    • De Dementor
      The highs and lows of the 2019 Dakar Rally – Sam Sunderland
      Posted in People, Racing Sam Sunderland talks openly about how tough the 2019 Dakar proved to be with extreme highs and lows arriving with each stage of the infamous rally.
      No offroad sport is more mentally taxing than the Dakar Rally. 10, maybe as much as 15 hours alone inside your helmet racing at high speeds across unknown deserts in tough riding conditions for day after day, all on top of four or five hours sleep a night. This is Dakar they say and for rally racers like Sam Sunderland and his Red Bull KTM Factory team-mates these are the realities of racing the toughest race on earth.
      Sam Sunderland (GBR) 2019 © Sebas Romero
      For Sunderland the 2019 Dakar Rally threw a wild mix of issues above and beyond the norm. Dealing with a badly injured fellow competitor, stage wins and mechanical issues including riding with no brakes, were all in the script. The biggest blow came when he was incorrectly docked an hour time penalty by race organizers – but that came later …
      The list of events “derailing” Sam’s plan for Dakar 2019 began in week one, stage five when he witnessed and helped deal with a crashed rider, Paulo Goncalves.
      “I saw him crash, directly called the helicopter and assisted him as I could with some water, getting his gear off and trying to make him as comfortable as I could even though he was in a lot of pain,” explains Sunderland. Pro racers are focused individuals naturally, but still humans and a fellow competitor’s well-being comes first.
      Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY Dakar 2019 © Marcin Kin
      With the medics on the scene Sam was back on his bike again but both lost in terms of his pace and position in the race and unsettled: “I thought all of my work and the team’s work was going down the pan because I’d stopped to help another rider. I was a bit angry and really was just swinging off it trying to get by all these slower riders. I didn’t really have any reference to know where I was in terms of time.”
      The result was a stage win for Sam, a fact ordinarily you’d expect to be a positive for a rider? “The problem was nobody wanted to win that stage because everyone was petrified of opening the Tacna stage [following day] because they knew it was going to be hell!” says Sam.
      “I got to the finish and the media was there all going, ‘congratulations Sam, you won the stage’ and I was like, ‘Nooo!’ Outwardly I was having to be cool but riding back to the bivouac I was almost crying in my helmet thinking I’d just jacked up my whole race.”
      Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY Dakar 2019 © Marcin Kin
      The drama wasn’t over yet. “I actually opened Tacna really well and was super-pleased with my navigation.” But things took a turn quickly when he unknowingly hit a rock and broke his rear brake disc.
      “I looked down the whole disc was off the hub somehow. Every bolt had bust off and I still had 100-odd kilometers to go in the special. I continued but the caliper came off and started to hit me in the leg so I had to stop and pull it all off, cut the brake line and that’s where all the time went.”
      Riders must learn to deal with these set-backs (including riding 100s of kilometers in sand with no brake!) and must adopt a psychological reset button or an emotional mute button inside the head to lock away the problem and deal with what is in front and not behind.
      “The next day I won the stage because I had no choice. The only thing I could do was try and make up time by going all out to win. From that point onwards I could only deal with what I had,” explains Sam, perfectly illustrating the point.
      Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY Dakar 2019 © Marcin Kin
      But Sunderland’s Dakar took yet another twist the following night after stage seven when organizers issued an hour time penalty.
      Sam explains exactly how events unfolded: “I went to go in the stage and they stopped me saying there is a problem with your iritrack, there was no power, I changed the fuse and I was ready to go. I could have left sooner but they re-seeded me to fourth place at the start line.”
      Innocent until proven guilty? Not in Dakar. Back at the bivouac race organization made the leap Sam had deliberately tampered with his bike in order to not be first on the stage. “I was fuming,” explains Sam. “I had big discussions with the organizers, the FIM, with my team manager and it was no budge. They were standing firm on it and I was out the rally effectively.”
      In the rider’s mind at this point all is lost. 12 months leading up to Dakar, all the issues already overcome during the 2019 rally were blown away with a blown fuse. Sam says he was so angry he was ready to throw in the towel but out of respect for his mechanic and the KTM rally team he continued onwards.
      “Having four or five hours sleep each night and riding for hours or whatever is tough but to have all this other stuff piled on is difficult,” explains Sam.
      The perhaps unseen effect of getting a penalty from the organizers is how you are then viewed by your peers: “When the organizer gives you the penalty it is like a stamp of confirmation that you did something wrong. It looks to everyone else like they found factual evidence – of course I knew I hadn’t but from everybody’s side it looked like I had.”
      “How did I deal with all that piled on top? Not very well to be honest, my head was in the clouds,” says Sunderland. “The worst was day nine because it was a long stage, I got lost a lot, made mistakes, rode in dust a lot and it was tough.”
      Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY Dakar 2019 © Marcin Kin
      In the end the Dakar organizers quashed the penalty but only after the race had finished and after Sam had raced two stages with his “head in the clouds.”
      Emotionally, every sportsperson takes knocks physically and mentally. In offroad sport those knocks can come with a turn of the wheel but at Dakar, the toughest race on the planet, those knocks can be with sledgehammers.
      Last word to Sam: “I race to win, I was in really good shape, did all the hard work and went to Dakar to do that job but we didn’t get to play the full hand of cards. In the end, after everything that happened, I’ll take that third place and live to fight another day.”
      Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY Dakar 2019 © Marcin Kin
      Photos: Sebas Romero | Marcin Kin