to rent and race one of their old race
ATVs—a 2011 Can Am Outlander X
XC. I was relieved, and we were back
in the race.
DW: How much are the entry fees,
transponder/GPS rental, etc.?
RC: Entry fee is around $450 Euros
or $500 U.S. HTW had a promotion
going on that the first entry from each
country was free, so I took advantage
of that. There are no transponders for
the race or GPS rentals. You must
bring your own GPS, which is sug-
gested to use a Garmin Montana or
60CSX; I would suggest using two at
a time—one zoomed in at 80 meters
and the other at 120 meters—that way
one was good for more detailed track
changes and the other gave you a
broader outlook of turns ahead. Plus,
having two GPS’ gave me a backup
if I broke one, which I did smash my
Montana on a downhill crash on the
DW: How did your race go?
RC: The race went well. The pace
is around 20–30 mph in most areas.
The first two days we did a lot of
backtracking on missed turns, but by
day three I think a majority of new
competitors made the adjustment to
read the GPS better. The main track
that both the Crossover class races
and shares with the Extreme class
was absolutely beautiful: imagine
busting through snow drifts for a few
miles, then, before you know it, you’re
riding a grassy ridge passing farmers
herding sheep to riding on logging
roads that at times were jammed with
tractors or horses dragging logs.
DW: What kind of crazy obstacles
did you have to ride through?
The scenery in Transylvania is beautiful. Even though during most of the race you
don’t have time to pay attention to it all, it’s a great sight to see.
Eighty-three racers from 16 different
countries showed up at Hunt-the-Wolf
to compete in the Adventure, Crossover
or Extreme classes.
Hunt-the-Wolf is the most challenging
race in the world for ATVs. Rick Cecco
is the first American to attempt it.