Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Dakar Race Training

Ugg has been on an adventure in Romania with British riders FrontrowGB who are training for the Dakar Race. Romania was to be used for race endurance training on extreme terrain. Day 1 saw an exhaustive mix of extreme technical ascents and descents over dramatically changing trails with continuous torrential rain and flooded conditions.
The following seven days saw a spectacular improvement in the weather allowing the expanse of the Romanian mountains and forestry to be exposed. As the ground dried the terrain would become more extreme promoting a mixture of fast endurance riding along with the physical and mental torture of technical ascents.

9 to 10 hours on the bikes followed by food and sleep, only to get up and do it all again the next day, proved to be great stamina conditioning for the riders.
The whole group worked well together, and there were no complaints, no matter how harsh and difficult the riding became, including the ascent of Mount Tarcu at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Check out the Dakar riders at