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Old 01-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #46
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Better?

Better? I think 2012 will be hard to match! We had Neduro, and he finished in fine style while sharing his first hand experience every day. Very hard to replicate that.

Thanks very much Nate. Dakar should pay you. Maybe give you a free entry to ride along.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:04 PM   #47
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in the cliff notes keep track of ADV members in the race.. beside that .. nothing..
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:09 PM   #48
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I also found myself more intrigued with the car battle and Robbie Gordon than the motorcycles which is wierd for a motocicle nut like my
self. so I would like to also hear updates from the Gordon or other USA racer camps, not just the bikes.

So as has already been said. There HAS to be a way of funding a USA roving reporting contingent. If you have heard of On The Throttle TV http://www.onthethrottle.com/ , they are a couple of Utah based roadracing fans with dedicated interest in it just like us adv riding freaks who were fed up with the lack of roadracing coverage on American tv. They went out and did something about it and have done a wonderufl job with it! From just two guys roving around Miller Motorsports Park http://millermotorsportspark.com/
doing their own reporting to what you see above on their site with collaborations all over the roadracing world. There's no reason why it can't be done on the advriding/rally side at the same level.


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-personally, that made all the diff from past years coverage, together with the radio interviews.

cant thank JMLATVANAFAN and other contributers enough.

My first exposure to Eurosport and I loved the behind the scene's stories -more of those would be oober great!!
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:26 PM   #49
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Better? You're kidding. You have rocked this thing all the way home.
During the Baja, I literally walked a game trail into my carpet (no worries, it was old and had to get ripped out anyway ) but during the 2012 Dakar, you saved my new floor. Despite the fact the TV coverage was spotty as usual and I spent more time searching for decent live on-line feeds than anything else, I managed not to go (more) insane simply because of the outstanding coverage you provided and the reassuring radio-call ins I knew I could count on-it was simply fabulous.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:35 PM   #50
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My how we've grown

Year - Posts - Views
2012 - 14,173 - 725,667
2011 - 12,452 - 758,577
2010 - 7,138 - 499,864
2009 - 3,362 - 285,430
2008 - 714 - 68,821
2007 - 1,327 - 74,175
2006 - 420 - 30,113
I don't think that these numbers are the Paul Harvey, just one part of the whole. If you account for all the other dakar threads, sticky and non-sticky, then I think you can just look at the above table and double the numbers for this year. Yes, double. Look around at the views on the cliff notes. The media thread. Then dive into Ned and Bill's threads. And so on.

We've gotten a LOT bigger than it appears in the numbers, too. Eurosport is using us as a reference. So are the the actual race teams, and not just those that we have ties to. To me, this implies an onus of responsibility on our part to make it not necessarily better per se, but to focus on reliability and accuracy. Yeah, we're just a bunch of gearheads that go gaga for this stuff, but it's become more than just a fan thing.

It wasn't intentional, but we became relevant.


Just something to keep in mind, I think.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #51
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Better,better than it is now, I live in Europe and have been into this race since the early 80's and I've never had so much infomation as now, if memory serves me right it got half a page at the back of the MCN, under the title "French madmen ride into sahara"
those early guys really had balls but no twitter/facebook or satphones so have gone
unreported.google Dakar 1979 and go from there for more info,as for making the coverage better short of flying me out to SA you guys have it all covered.Many many thanks to you all.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #52
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A photo of the Gordon endo?
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:15 PM   #53
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It wasn't intentional, but we became relevant.


Just something to keep in mind, I think.

Interesting point. How does Team F5 start acting like grown-up's in amongst world-class athletes?
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:20 PM   #54
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The only idea I have is to recruit a few spanish & english speaking interpreters who will pick the choicest videos/written statements and translate them/do a voice over (if possible). And perhaps even expand this to french etc. to help fill in some of the non english info that is available.

Just an idea.

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Old 01-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #55
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Interesting point. How does Team F5 start acting like grown-up's in amongst world-class athletes?

On one level, who cares?

On another level, it's already happening on its own. Back in the first few days of this year's rally there was a discussion about how the number of posts were on pace, but the quality had changed. Where just a couple years ago you were getting four or five posts every time someone crossed a checkpoint, those repeats have been replaced by content and information. 205's still happen, but not like it was.

I'd be afraid to monkey with the formula too much, for fear of screwing it up. I do like the rule about Doyle getting to make the first post, though.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #56
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On one level, who cares?

On another level, it's already happening on its own. Back in the first few days of this year's rally there was a discussion about how the number of posts were on pace, but the quality had changed. Where just a couple years ago you were getting four or five posts every time someone crossed a checkpoint, those repeats have been replaced by content and information. 205's still happen, but not like it was.

I'd be afraid to monkey with the formula too much, for fear of screwing it up. I do like the rule about Doyle getting to make the first post, though.
I also liked the idea of bunting the excessive francophobe/xenophobe posts to the basement this year.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:31 PM   #57
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I also liked the idea of bunting the excessive francophobe/xenophobe posts to the basement this year.
The only problem with that is 'big brother'. We have enough government. Not any really harm done with a few hostile posts about the French or various characters. We don't want a censor system. I mean we are
Motorcyclists! WTF?
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The only problem with that is 'big brother'. We have enough government. Not any really harm done with a few hostile posts about the French or various characters. We don't want a censor system. I mean we are
Motorcyclists! WTF?

That doesn't mean we have to be classless dicks about it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #59
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That doesn't mean we have to be classless dicks about it.
You are right, but you would rather have censorship? I mean who cares other than a few like you. It's the internet...
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You are right, but you would rather have censorship? I mean who cares other than a few like you. It's the internet...

I think a lot of people were getting tired of it for about a 36-hour cycle. Light moderation is needed in a group this size, and "Racing" isn't "JoMomma". I see no need to let disrespect get the better of us, especially when the host of this great website is giving us the space for free - and he's obviously set the tone here as "civil". I choose to respect that, and welcome any efforts to keep it respected. I see no reason if someone wants to start a bashing thread in the basement, why they can't. Just keep it out of here, is all I'm suggesting.
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