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Sandra Gomez - The Limit Is Up To You!

Spain’s Sandra Gomez is one of Enduro’s leading female competitors, carving out her own path in this year’s World Enduro Super Series and enjoying promising results so far in 2019.

Despite missing the opening two rounds due to injury, the former FIM Women’s SuperEnduro World Champion and AMA EnduroCross Champion returned to competitive action at round three, the Erzbergrodeo in Austria. Reaching checkpoint 18 of 26 she finished a commendable 78th out of the 500 starters in the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.

Next, she moved on to her home round of the series the Hixpania Hard Enduro. Despite a pre-event hospital visit due to an allergic reaction, Gomez delivered her best regardless. Qualifying through to Sunday’s Lost Roads main event, she eventually finished a very creditable 34th. Now with round five – Red Bull Romaniacs – on the horizon, Sandra is ready to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye…

Sandra races to 34th at Hixpania Hard Enduro - © Future7Media

Overcoming Injury

“I had initially planned to do all rounds of WESS, but I had to change my plans due to injury. I broke my collarbone competing in SuperEnduro at the beginning of April and so missed rounds one and two. It’s taken a little time to recover from that, but I was back on a bike for Erzbergrodeo and my home race, Hixpania Hard Enduro. Unfortunately, injuries are part of our sport, but it’s important to allow enough time to recover from them no matter how much you want to ride again.”

Big Brother Influence

“It’s so good to have a rider like Alfredo as my brother. I’ve always looked up to him and he’s one of my heroes. While we both have different perspectives on what we want to achieve at the races - he’s racing to win, I want to finish - he’s always ready to offer advice when I need it and is a big supporter of what I do.”

The challenges of Enduro is what she enjoys most in riding - © Future7Media

Fighting To The Finish Line

“There’s no better feeling than reaching the finish line of a race, especially in Hard Enduro. Those races really push you to your absolute limits and sometimes more. Before Hixpania Hard Enduro I had an allergic outbreak and was in hospital for a couple of days, but I didn’t want to miss the race. Saturday’s Cross-Country was physically tough due to the heat, but I kept pushing on. Everyone around me was encouraging me to keep fighting. I was so happy to qualify into Sunday’s main race. I rode a good opening lap with no mistakes but was destroyed after lap two. Somehow, I kept the wheels turning and managed to finish 34th - it was an amazing result for me and one to be proud of.”

Racing Without Limits

“I don’t ever consider that there is an upper-limit to what women can achieve in Enduro and Hard Enduro. I’m simply trying to push the level of what I can do every time I ride. I’m not thinking that because I’m a girl I can’t or shouldn’t be able to do it - I just put on my helmet and go. I think that’s the best way.”

Returning To Red Bull Romaniacs

“My next goal is to be ready for Red Bull Romaniacs. I had a bit of set back with the allergy infection before Hixpania Hard Enduro, so I need a little rest and recovery to be in the best shape for it. It’s been four years since I last raced there, but I feel like I’ve gained a lot more experience in that time and can deliver a better performance this year. It’s a big race, a tough race, but I know if I give my best then I’ll be happy with that.”

With a successful Hixpania Hard Enduro complete, she’s gearing up for Red Bull Romaniacs - © Future7Media

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The World Enduro Super Series continues with round five at Red Bull Romaniacs on July 30-August 3.

Championship Standings (After Round 4 of 8)

1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 2690pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 2570pts; 3. Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 2540; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 2314; 5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 2155; 6. Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 2125pts; 7. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 2090pts; 8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 1900pts; 9. Nathan Watson (KTM - GB) 1631pts; 10. Travis Teasdale (KTM - RSA) 1610pts…

Red Bull Romaniacs Entry List

Competitors 2019
https://www.redbullromaniacs.com/2019-edition/competitors-2019/

Red Bull Romaniacs Fast Facts

211. Bronze class competitors entered for 2019
26. Wade Young’s 2018 winning time in hours
34. Gold class competitors entered for the 16th edition
20. Track managers preparing the four off road days
12. Wacky obstacles planned for city prologue in Sibiu
6. Wins held by Graham Jarvis, the event’s most successful rider

Red Bull Romaniacs 2018 Podium

1. Wade Young (Sherco) 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 3. Jonny Walker (KTM)

Red Bull Romaniacs Past Winners

2018: Wade Young (Sherco)
2017: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2016: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2015: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2014: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2013: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2012: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2011: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2010: Chris Birch (KTM)
2009: Andreas Lettenbichler (BMW)
2008: Graham Jarvis (Sherco)
2007: Cyril Despres (KTM)
2006: Michel Gau (KTM)
2005: Cyril Despres (KTM)
2004: Cyril Despres (KTM)

Photo credit: Future7Media

WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2019 SCHEDULE

Round 1: Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
Round 4: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) June 21-23
Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 3
Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
Round 7: BR2 Enduro Solsona (Spain) October 5-6
Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2