MARIO ROMAN IS KING OF THE HILL
Mario Roman claims the top step of the podium at the King of the Hill extreme enduro
The 2015 King of the Hill proved one to remember for many different reasons but mostly due to the weather. Harsh weather conditions ensured tough riding for all but when everything was said and done, it was Mario Roman who grabbed the overall win.
Kicking things off with the prologue on Friday in Ghioroc Romania, it was Roman who scorched his way to the fastest lap time to take pole position for Saturday’s race day while the feature SuperFinal race went the way of Wade Young.
With Saturday bringing plenty of rain, Roman was tasked with leading the field out.
A 60 kilometre long trail with 12 sections to clear ensured for some a nine hour day of roots, rocks, logs and heavy mud.
Despite putting in a near flawless ride in the difficult conditions, Roman was unable to match the pace set by Beta’s Martin Volny – who found the best lines to stay out of trouble in the mud and take the day win – and so had to settle for second.
Placing nine minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader, Andy Noakley held off Lars Enockl to take third.
There was disaster for Wade Young who ran into mechanical trouble and was forced to ease his pace during the final 20 kilometres in order to reach the finish.
With everything to play for on day three, a three-hour extreme cross-country race would ultimately decide the final finishing order.
On a mission, Roman quickly reeled in Volny to take the lead and then set about building his advantage over his rivals. Making no mistakes, Roman crossed the finish line as the deserved winner.
Fighting hard to work his way back into contention, Young battled his way to the sharp end of the results and placed second to Roman.
Day three didn’t work out like day two for Volny as he lost 23 minutes to the leaders, dropping him from first to third overall.
Ninth on day two, Beta’s Ben Hemingway delivered a strong ride to place fourth, coming shy of snatching the final step of the podium away from Volny.
Shadowing Hemingway throughout the day, Blake Gutzeit also recovered well from a problematic day two to salvage a top five result in fifth.