Location: Baisoara, Romania.
6 days off-road race (Sunday to Friday)
Daily race tracks are the same for all: EXTREME.
1 day of 6 days to be cancelled by racer request (yellow card + red card = out)
GPS tracks to follow + 100m left/right. We recommend smart-phones to follow the tracks. Tracks will NOT be up- or downloaded to/from GPS devices anymore. They will be sent by mail/whatsapp to each pilot shortly before the race starts every day. Pilots can then use mobile GPS App’s or upload to their GPS devices themselves. HTW-organizer check the tracks driven by pilots using special trackers mounted on each ATV. The race can be followed live online.
Only for 4×4 ATV’s with mounted winch.
2 classes: FINISHER class, NOT FINISHER class. The better result of the first 2 race days establishes the class in which pilots will be classified (no choice by racer). Example: A pilot not reaching the finish the first 2 days will start in NOT finisher class. A pilot reaching the finish on only one of the 2 first race days will automatically start in the FINISHER class and loose his yellow card. FINISHER will always loose the yellow card when not reaching the finish or missing the track. NOT FINISHER will loose the yellow card when missing the track only.
On Sunday mass start is given according to the date of payment of the race fee.
On Monday mass start is given according to the result of first race day.
The first 2 days Extreme pilots of previous HTW-editions will always be positioned in front of all other pilots.
On the following 4 days the mass start is given by classes, with a time difference. Racers will be aligned according to overall time minus the day with the worst day result (worst day by position, not by time difference to first).
Award ceremony will take place Friday evening.
WINNER FINISHER CLASS: A pilot who does not reach the finish line gets yellow, second time red card. Winners are the fastest. Seconds count. Help by others then racers of same class is not permitted.
WINNER NOT FINISHER CLASS: Classification is given by percentage of track-km’s done in permitted time on 5 out of 6 days. Highest percentage (given in points) wins. To enable teams on the podium, 2 or more pilots will be seen as a team if they have the same points in the final overall classification, with a tolerance of +- 10 points.
HUNT-THE-WOLF tracks are very difficult, very dangerous, very hard to find. Only experienced pilots should dare to race HTW. Only very experienced pilots will be able to race FINISHER class in safety and at all. Pilots planning to team up should bring long strong ropes, carabiners and other tools to enable them to pass crazy climbs, abrupt downhills and awful off-chambers. Full body protection is absolutely mandatory for every participating pilot. During registration process every pilot will be asked to video-record him/herself while reading a statement acknowledging the extremely high risks at HTW and agreeing to take all risk and responsibility upon oneself.
Hunt the wolf rules
How to drive
– Haste makes waste! Or: better slower (not slow!) and steady then fast and crash or wrong way! HUNT-THE-WOLF Extreme wins the fast who care for engine and tires (!) and at the same time are able to check and follow the GPS without stopping. Train it!
– With modern ATVs we ALWAYS go in 4×4! Unfortunately for those who go without power assisted ATVs: they need arms of iron and should in any case WHEREVER POSSIBLE only go in 2×4 in order to save power. But on climbs and especially (!) on steep descents always go in 4×4!! Otherwise it can quickly become dangerous!
– In short, very steep descents always slow at the very end! Otherwise the ass of the ATV flips over on you. Think about going down in L!
– Before long steep climbs you HAVE to think: Can I do that or not? A NO can be wiser! Those who opt for yes must be 100% for it: GAS, especially before the climb begins, then with constant gas but without acceleration and without hesitation all the way up. If you have to somehow stop or the Atv turns sideways, stop completely and immediately! Do not try to start in the steep when stopped! Also back-rolling is usually not the answer. Better gear in PARK, block brakes. Descend! Use winch! Or wait for help.
– When riding sideways travel body towards the mountain, if necessary step onto the mountain running board. Important: drive slowly! A small bump can – via the suspension – overturn your ATV. Test maximum inclination already at home, to get a feeling!
– Once again, dare long really steep climbs only if WITHOUT hesitation! Accelerate only up to the where the climb begins! Completely STOP when problems! When going sideways: slow!
What should be used (DURING RACE)
! – Handguard: absolutely, otherwise bleeding hands soon! Through the brushes otherwise you end up like a warthog.
! – tire-repair-kit: Those things you plunge in the holes are a must! Also you should carry a starter spray and a lighter to “explode / press” back on the rim a tire which came off th rim! And of course an electrical pump! But that one should fit into a small backpack.
– 2 GPS: a reserve! Must not be mounted on the ATV, but if one gets destroyed by crash or branches, then you can continue to race with the 2nd one!
– Camel bags: Drink, drink, drink – to prevent cramps. Those who do not drink enough will fail. Electrolytes in the water, etc. also help.
– Under normal gloves use cycling gloves: prevents blisters on fingers or near fingers. – Storm Cap: keeps the helmet sweat free and serves as a cap when it gets cold while waiting for rescue after…a break down.
– Googles with extra plastic sheets: they might get muddy when others pass you…or you them! Good vision is essential!
– Smartphone: GPS-Motion-X is the best application you can use on the phone. In ADVENTURE you do not need a GPS if you have a GPS-app on your smartphone. (In EXTREME you MUST bring a Garmin GPS!), Bring your car-charger for the phone!!! Also for emergencies! The phone MUST be free for roaming and you MUST have credit on the phone! It is best to use a NOT-Romanian SIM-card during the race since to be able to use all the poor signals around! This can save your life!!!
Just before the start
– 5 min warm up: especially the forearms, head, shoulders, hips and back should be loosened and warmed up right. Whoever starts after a warm up will not get tired arms immediately and will not get hurt as easily by an early crash!
– Check GPS/Phone: Track of the day is up? Batteries charged? Charger OK? Protective film on the GPS screen good enough? GPS mount ok? GPS should not be vibrating! Tracks are pre-stored in red, your own track should save in black! Check settings! Better go entire race with GPS display-light on 100% “on”! This gives more contrast, but beware when driving with batteries. The light sucks them out fast!
– Tire pressure: Different opinions exist. I personally ride in races with 0.5 to 0.6 PSI in the front, rear 0.4 to 0.5 PSI. Less pressure makes fast driving un-secure and might cause (tubeless)tires from slipping down from the rim (Badlocks we no longer use because the tires are damaged so quickly). Other pilots race with less pressure to have more grip.
– check contacts: battery tight?, battery cables tight? Winch works?
– make sure you have 1 spare-pair of dry gloves and 1 spare dry T-shirt along!
impressions of pilots