Hard enduros and extreme off-road racing have gained in popularity over the past few years, and many of the top factory teams have switched their efforts from the traditional World Enduro format to the many hard enduro races that have cropped up around the world. In fact, Graham Jarvis, the king of extreme racing, will be focusing exclusively on hard enduros in 2019.

In 2018, Cody Webb, Mario Roman, Wade Young, and Jarvis stood out as the top extreme off-roaders on the planet, as the four riders combined to win the majority of the extreme racing events last year. The 2019 season should see more of the same, as the extreme calendar kicks off in late January.

Graham Jarvis
According to Graham Jarvis, knowing when to push hard and when to play it safe is the key to success at the Red Bull Romaniacs.Courtesy of Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Most of us don't have the means to travel to these events to watch them firsthand, but you can keep up with all the extreme racing action in 2019 right here at dirtrider.com, as we bring you coverage from each round.

Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rally
July 30–August 4, 2019
Sibiu, Romania

The Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rally is Mario Roman’s favorite hard enduro. It’s a four-day event, which puts added pressure on the riders, especially the older ones like Jarvis. “I think the multiple-day ones are harder on me because of the recovery time and the younger riders can just hammer it every day,” Jarvis said. “Romaniacs is four days, whereas Erzberg is a real short race, two and a half hours for the top guys. But it’s just cool that every race is different. The strategies are different. The tracks are changing all the time. It keeps it interesting.”

Mario Roman
Roman Red Bull Romaniacs is Mario Roman’s favorite hard enduro, though Wade Young won last year’s event.Courtesy of Hila Tiberiu/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Romaniacs has an added element since it requires GPS navigation. It’s long, too, requiring riders to compete for five or six hours a day for four days. According to Jarvis, you’re still pushing as hard as you can, but the strategy is knowing when to push hard and when to play it safe. “[It’s] just about survival, really,” Jarvis said. “Getting the bike through and getting through uninjured. You’ll have maybe five or six crazy bits a day where you’re pushing up the mountain.”