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Old 12-20-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Raid de l'Amitie 2012

Didnt see a thread on this one yet...


April 28 to May 8 in Morocco-


Anybody from here sign up, yet? Neduro did this one last year, and came in 6th overall! I cant seem to find a legitimate website, apart from the Facebook page.

Here's a short video pilfered directly from a google search from last year's:



Honestly I've got a hankering to try this one. Seems like a good one to get feet wet. Not outrageously expensive for a real rallye.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:49 AM   #2
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AIO site is not working, but there's a forum

http://aio-france.forumactif.org/
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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Right thanks- i did find that one actually... kinda of spaced it till you mentioned

Good place to get used to French
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #5
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Cool!

I was wondering, can you explain a little bit about the format? Its mostly a distance-keeping event?
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:19 AM   #6
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Its mostly a distance-keeping event?
Hi,

It's only distance-keeping. You are issued a collection of daily roadbooks. Everyday your odometer's mileage is checked at Control Depart at the beggining of the Special Stage and at the end of it at Control Arrivée. If you manage to do the exact distance of the roadbook for that day you get zero points, for every 100 meters more or less you get a penalty.



If your odometer has a known deviation you can declare how much of it at race start and that will be considered on your daily distances.



The idea is to navigate the roadbook exactly as it was conceived to be ridden. There are Checkpoints marked on the roadbook and there can be other "hidden" CP's, so you are not tempted to solve navigation errors by taking shortcuts in other legs.




Altough the event is not timed, there are some limitations on your timeschedule: there's a time interval for you to start your Special, you can decide when to start inside that time window. You must arrive to CP's until a certain time. If you don't you will have to proceed directly to the end of the stage and you'll get maximum penalty for that day. The same with riding after dark, if you didn't got to the end of the special before sunset you will get maximum penalty and must proceed to the bivouac or you are reigned in and bivouac where you are. This is basically to assure logistics and safety of everyone involved.

The event is conceived as friendly as it can, but there's always some rivalry among participants and there is a sort of race between the fast guys to see who can make the day without navigation mistakes and in the fastest possible way



It's a great way to practice navigation on the environment of the serious, timed races, and it costs a fraction of any of those races. The tracks are as diversified as Morocco is, and as beautifull as they can get.



I've done it once some years ago and it was great fun. Arqui was there last year and can add some details, for sure. I'll call in Luis Lourenço to this thread, he's a big promoter of the event outside the french community and he is already on the lookout for the details of the 2012 edition.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:20 AM   #7
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Thanks for that, That sounds and looks really great. I am already in contact with Luis via facebook and our mutual friend C.Grimm.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for that, That sounds and looks really great. I am already in contact with Luis via facebook and our mutual friend C.Grimm.
Interested in this event as well. Logistics from the US appear at first to be the largest hurdle.

Sign me up for any updates or info for those of us stateside who'd like to participate.


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Old 12-27-2011, 09:35 AM   #9
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Interested in this event as well. Logistics from the US appear at first to be the largest hurdle.

Sign me up for any updates or info for those of us stateside who'd like to participate.


See you at Sandblast Stagehand.
Me too; probably not 2012 but perhaps 2013...

There was a rumour going about possible rentals and support?
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:31 AM   #10
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In agreement with you guys... I think maybe 2013 if there isnt a bike rental option. I also heard a rumor someone was looking into it. I said I would contact WHeels through Morocco or Redtread Morocco and see if they are interested in renting for such an endeavor,m but I havent done it yet.
Chris has a mind to buy a DRZ over there and sell it at the end Talk about adding an adventure onto one already

Wild Man! Looking forward to Sandblast, yes. JJ told me they sorted your 450 issues by keeping the ECU and replacing the rest of the bike?
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:26 AM   #11
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In agreement with you guys... I think maybe 2013 if there isnt a bike rental option. I also heard a rumor someone was looking into it. I said I would contact WHeels through Morocco or Redtread Morocco and see if they are interested in renting for such an endeavor,m but I havent done it yet.
Chris has a mind to buy a DRZ over there and sell it at the end Talk about adding an adventure onto one already

Wild Man! Looking forward to Sandblast, yes. JJ told me they sorted your 450 issues by keeping the ECU and replacing the rest of the bike?
Something like that.

Actually I'm doing most of the "replacing the rest of the bike" with my ever so slow conversion to a Speedbrain 450RR. In the end there won't be much left but the ECU. Hopefully I'll finish it one of these days.

See you in SC! (On a KTM)
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:02 AM   #12
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There was a rumour going about possible rentals and support?
Is, there's that possibility... Now heading to the YEP - Year End Party, I will return to the subject next year

A great 2012 to you all
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:08 AM   #13
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I'll be there this year for the 6th time in a row (since 2007).

Dates will be from 28 April to 8 May.

Program:

28 April - 14h at Marrakesh - Technical verifications
29 April - Marrakech - Tinherir
30 April - Tinherir - Merzouga
1 May - Merzouga - Merzouga
2 May - Merzouga - M'hamid
3 May - M'hamid - Gue Jeff (bivouac)
4 May - Gue Jeff -Icht
5 May - Icht - Icht
6 May - Icht - Plage Blanche (bivouac)
7 May - Plage Blanche -Agadir
8 May - 13 h at Agadir - Prize award lunch

Will be great, as usual
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:24 PM   #14
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I have good news!

It will be possible to arrange rental bikes here in Lisbon, fully prepared for the Rally. Will be provided / rented by a KTM dealer in Portugal.

The bikes will be KTM 450/530, with:

- 24 litres tank
- Roadbook f2r
- trip remote control for use with original Trip2 (ICO as option)
- Radiator fan
- Bib mousses and Bridgestone Gritty ED77/ED78 (Michelin Desert as option)
- Carter protection

Now I'm working on a plan to transport the bikes to and from the Raid and other logistics...

Not possible yet to have a final price but I think will be a fair price comparing with we can find in the market...

Who is interested ? (of course not yet a commitment...)
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:27 AM   #15
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Now I'm working on a plan to transport the bikes to and from the Raid and other logistics...

Not possible yet to have a final price but I think will be a fair price comparing with we can find in the market...
Great Great Great Work, Luís! As usual!
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