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Old 12-30-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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Dakar stage maps - the top secret stuff !

After hours of investigations, spying, and using my full bag of connections and secret tricks, I have mapped out the complete Stage 1 Special. I have it in full Google Earth form, which could be pretty handy for competitors to study for an hour or two, zoomed in to see every turn and every bush.

I already started on Stage 2, and guess what, . . . I'll leave it at that!

Stage 1:
The stage starts in flat farmlands in an area called Rodeo Viejo. This is a lot of VERY fast dirt roads with a couple of wash crossings. If it rains, these washes could present some interesting challenges. Without rain I suspect they will be dry.

Later the route curves up into some rugged mountains, reaching around 3800ft (1200m). These mountain roads are very twisty and not so wide, with lots of opportunities for going off the edge.

The motos take a bit of a shortcut detour mid-way, but then rejoin the car route. The detour is not shown on this map but it's in some rugged mountain terrain.

The stage then goes back down to farm lands, back into the mountains, back down again, finally finishing near San Agustin.

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Old 12-30-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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I have it in full Google Earth form
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:45 PM   #3
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Cool....thanks Scott
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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Eek

My Spanish isn't very good, but it's clear that about half way through they ride through a section where tigers will try to kill them (Tigre Muerto). Seems like guys on bikes will be unfairly disadvantaged. But then this the the Dakar, not some pansy-arse baja ride!
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Old 12-31-2010, 07:57 AM   #5
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:06 PM   #6
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After a bit more work on Stage 1, I was able to map out the two places where the bike route departs from the car/truck route. One is a shortcut midway through. The other is at the end of the stage. It looks like ASO is trying to make the bike route a bit shorter and keep them away from the cars at the end so there isn't much car vs bike passing.

I also mapped the first 70% of Stage 2, including the separate car and bike sections of the route. Stage 2 is pretty much ALL mountains, so they won't be hitting 100mph much if any!

If I had a roadbook or two to work from, this would have been a bit easier!

Here's a view of the course through the farmlands at the beginning of Stage 1. VERY fast stuff!


And later in Stage 1:


And a view of the moto only section of Stage 2. This is pretty typical of the whole stage. Damn that road looks like FUN !!!
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:30 PM   #7
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Love your work!!

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Old 01-01-2011, 04:52 AM   #8
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And a view of the moto only section of Stage 2. This is pretty typical of the whole stage. Damn that road looks like FUN !!!
I have glorious visions of you drifting through those corners with your passenger in full extension!
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:48 AM   #9
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Any chance of a google earth file or two to have a look at the stages on my machine at home?

Ta!

Check ths quick article out about Tamsin Jones Dakar attempt last year (she's looking after Craig Bounds 86) in this years event.

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I never did get to try riding monkey with you, maybe next time?
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:02 AM   #11
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Hogwild, this is a uniquely awesome thread. We appreciate your work!
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:44 AM   #12
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amazing stuff HW. Thanks a lot for this :)
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:55 AM   #13
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I have glorious visions of you drifting through those corners with your passenger in full extension!
Ya, that section reminds me of Pikes Peak!

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Any chance of a google earth file or two to have a look at the stages on my machine at home?
Sorry, it's reserved for a couple of guys down in Argentina.

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I've got a little whoop section out at Dumont you might like!

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If it's muddy in the early stages as some have suggested due to rains, they could have problems at the water crossings, steep hills, and surprise hairpin turns. I predict a lot of bikes and cars slipping off the roads in the turns.

Here are a pair of images from Stage 1. The first is the car/truck only section where they cross a creek. It doesn't look like there's a bridge, so who knows how bad it could be in the rain. It's also pretty rugged in that area, so if it's wet they could have a real mud fest! Climbing that hill after the crossing could be interesting too! The second is the bike only section. This is another water crossing, with a 15 foot wide bridge. But it gets a bit steep after that, so it could be fun if it's slippery!



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Old 01-01-2011, 11:09 AM   #14
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Ya, that section reminds me of Pikes Peak!

Sorry, it's reserved for a couple of guys down in Argentina.

I've got a little whoop section out at Dumont you might like!

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If it's muddy in the early stages as some have suggested due to rains, they could have problems at the water crossings, steep hills, and surprise hairpin turns. I predict a lot of bikes and cars slipping off the roads in the turns.

Here are a pair of images from Stage 1. The first is the car/truck only section where they cross a creek. It doesn't look like there's a bridge, so who knows how bad it could be in the rain. It's also pretty rugged in that area, so if it's wet they could have a real mud fest! Climbing that hill after the crossing could be interesting too! The second is the bike only section. This is another water crossing, with a 15 foot wide bridge. But it gets a bit steep after that, so it could be fun if it's slippery!



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Old 01-01-2011, 11:39 AM   #15
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Awesome, Scott!
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