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Old 01-15-2012, 02:59 PM   #4636
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Lack of Eurosport coverage in my area...... Curse you ASO!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #4637
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Originally Posted by neduro
...I was wondering what I'd gotten myself into and how I could possibly make it from here to there. Turns out the answer is one meter at a time, one problem at a time, one day at a time. I always believed I could, but I wasn't always sure how.*

The finishers medal is satisfyingly heavy...

If anyone ever asks why this stuff is important, why it matters... there's your answer.

It's a testament to Ned that he feels like his supporters are doing him a favor. The truth is, I feel lucky that we have the chance to learn this stuff from him.

Well done, sir.

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Now we need to get him a full time sponsor. Baja 1000 for a warm up in November and Dakar in January.
I was actually thinking 'keep it ADV'...

What I mean is we step up our 'game' as Adv inmates - increase the numbers of sponsors, sell T shirts, sell other merchandise, and then get Ned equipped with all the support he needs BUT.... (and here is the thing) keep Ned at the controls, and let him ride his own ride WITHOUT any external pressure on the 'how to'.

I bet we could get him at least 5 times the $$$$$ he got this year given the exposure he now has and given his success.

Just my 3 cents, but I am offering up sponsorship for him next year myself.

(somebody quote me quick )

Seriously.... been thinking about this the last couple of days, and I betcha there are many who would love to be part of next years event with Ned.
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Sponsorship Works!
Excellant idea!

If it can be done, a presentation should be put together and put on tour. I'd pay in a heartbeat to see this, and get some schwagg autographed. All the proceeds could go to next years Dakar 2013.

Thanks Ned and the ADV community!
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:04 PM   #4638
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What an achievement - congratulations Ned - being a Brit I'll have a cup of tea on you
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:07 PM   #4639
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From a different perspective:

I find it very interesting about all the talk recently about Ned getting sponsorship and many people having expectations of him competing next year. I am not saying he couldn't do it, he proved that to us all, but he mentioned it himself how demanding something like this is. I think he called it a very selfish desire or something like that.

Take a look at Jonah, he did this for 6 years and he's now retired and his goal was to compete not simply finish. That is a lot of stress for a guy who isn't a factory rider, not to mention you need to want it very badly to compete at the level this race demands if you want to win. I can't imagine anyone who enjoys trail riding more than racing would be willing to put themselves through that stress even if money wasn't a big problem. You would be limiting your free time to ONLY the things that would help you in the race. No time for a family life, girlfriend, traveling that didn't indulge the efforts of the race.

At the same time there aren't many other american rally racers that can pick up the slack from Jonah's retirement but again its not like anyone has to pick it back up

Remember this is all IMO and doesn't really mean anything

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:10 PM   #4640
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Great Job!!!

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:12 PM   #4641
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OK, that got me out of my cave for a couple of weeks - it was well worth interrupting my hibernation cycle this winter.

Ned, I'm sooooo happy for you and for all those who were involved in making the dream come true. You're all a bunch of amazing amigos for sacrificing so much and letting us share in the spoils.

(First time I watched Peruvian TV here. Thanks very much to whoever was smart enough to post that link. )

One more note:
***WARNIG*** Grumpyness is about to come out of me!
To all of those here on this thread who felt the need to call the French names and try to make yourself feel better about your own ignorance by attemting to get the rest of us to support your shortsighted hatred for others, go get lost. I have ridden,drunk beer and wine, and camped with MANY who have posted here over the years and I cannot possibly imagine any of them holding or supporting OR even tolerating these ignorant statements. That's one of the things that I love about my ADVrider buddies: They are all wonderful people!

I grew up only a few miles from the French border and have met many French who I disliked almost instantly for various reasons. So what? There are plenty of Germans and Americans who I didn't like either -big deal. But I do NOT - and I hope the majority of you don't either - spout ignorant hatred based on those personel experiences.

Ask yourself this: If you're riding/camping with us and a guy or girl walks up to the campfire and introduces him/herself as a visiting French rider, would you call them names soley because they are French? Oh, you wouldn't? Well then, why are you doing it here? I'm sorry but I don't like intolerance towards a person, a group of people, or whole nation based on what they perceived somebody (or an organization like the ASO) did or didn't do. That's just ignorant and seems (to me) to go against the spirit of everything that that is good about ADVrider and especially about Ned's dream ride and, by extention, this thread. Hey, there's always JM if you can't help yourself.
***Rant over***

Now it's time to back into the cave and sleep through the rest of the winter.
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:14 PM   #4642
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Hell of a thread, hell of a race! Congrats.
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #4643
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Originally Posted by joneswgareth View Post
What an achievement - congratulations Ned - being a Brit I'll have a cup of tea on you
Your turn next year Gareth - after all it will be 'just down the road' once you move......
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:29 PM   #4644
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Good Rant, Uli. I agree completely. And so does Ned. His girlfriend is French. And awesome.

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:31 PM   #4645
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Neduro to Dakar. Abbreviated version...

1. One hell of a lot of work, preparation and training.
2. GO!!!!!!

3. One hell of a lot of perseverance, will, and determination.

4. YEA!!!!!


Congrat's Ned!
Great job Ned.
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Is that possible?
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:43 PM   #4646
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I just hustled myself over to Ned's site and ordered up a set of Doubletake mirrors and instructional DVDs -- dude's a Dakar finisher and in a very good position too. I wanted to get in before his new global fame drives prices up

You guys might want to do the same... Link below.

Can we still say GO NED! ?
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:55 PM   #4647
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:57 PM   #4648
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #4649
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #4650
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