Heaven and hell

Heaven and hell

WORDS: ANDREAS ROTTENSCHLAGER
Photo (above): LUKASZ NAZDRACZEW/RED BULL CONTENT POOL

Sun, sea and suffering: at Red Bull Sea To Sky, the elite of the hard Enduro world fight it out across the tough terrain of the turkish riviera

HAIL OF STONES

HAIL OF STONES

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Red Bull Sea To Sky is a Hard Enduro event in the Turkish resort of Kemer, where the world’s motocross elite go head-to-head for three days solid, across beaches, through forests and finally up a mountain. Avoiding flying pebbles is the least of their worries.

JUMP CLEAR

JUMP CLEAR

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The UK’s Mike Slater (front) rides the training circuit in Kemer, ahead of the Forest Race on the second day of competition. The stage comprises 29 miles of forest, gravel and trial track. Fellow Brit Graham Jarvis, the defending champion, knows how to get through it as quickly as possible – and in one piece. “You have to analyze the 3 miles ahead of your front wheel as quick as a flash and choose the line with the most grip.”

SANDSTORM

SANDSTORM

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The Beach Race at Kemer on day one determines the starting order for the two main stages: the Forest and Mountain Races. After a mass start, there’s a high-speed section leading into a motocross course complete with turns, hills and trial- style obstacles. Here, Britain’s Jonny Walker, who dominated the 2015 Hard Enduro series, takes first place.

A CHAMPION’S TACTICS

OFF-ROAD RACERS

OFF-ROAD RACERS

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Showdown on day three. Race favorite Jonny Walker thrashes his KTM 300 EXC through the Kesme Bogazi gorge in Kemer. The crowning stage of the Mountain Race leads from the beach downtown up to the 8,600 ft. volcano Lycian Olympos. Despite having suffered a heavy fall when he overshot a cliff, the 24-year-old keeps the race exciting all the way to the end. “The adrenalin kills the pain,” he says later.

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02 2016 The Red Bulletin

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