Originally Posted by Brodovitch
Johnny on yesterday:
Dakar race report-stage 11:
La Rioja to Fiambala
First bike out of the bivouac was at 5:15am for the liaison.
It rained on the liaison and the special was wet also. Rivers were flowing and important things like wet sand dunes!
This stage can be miserable, hot and endless sand. Today it was actually in great condition and weather was cool and overcast. There was a lot of cross country sand (off piste) I struggled badly with my injuries and keeping the bike upright. I felt like a beginner out there! My hands and back were really fatigued from holding on tight and my ribs were splitting with every impact. I rode to a dismal 30th place. Another stage that would have been fun to rail rather than survive. 3 stages left. Tomorrow we cross the Andes for the second time and return to Chile for the final three stages. Heard it was snowing up there. Thank you all for the prayers. Keep them coming.
I really like this guy, he seems very genuine and honest with himself.
Dreaming of Dakar
Everyone has a max speed, 90% of that max speed is much safer and easier, and if that 90% speed isn't fast enough at Dakar, you enter the snowball. - neduro