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Old 01-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #14356
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Yep I think theyre hiding the truth....sneaky buggers!
JC getting off the bike. That was one hurting unit there, folks.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #14357
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #14358
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:44 AM   #14359
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Laia and Miguel fought it well

Mission acomplished for Miguel Puertas
It is his ninth consecutive Dakar and the last 48 hours remind him only too well of just as exhausting a situation that he experienced on his first participation in 2004. At the time, Miguel Puertas raced to catch up time for 3 days and 3 nights before capitulating. Yesterday evening, when he arrived at the bivouac at La Rioja, Laia Sanz's water carrier was almost completely worn out. However, this time he is staying in the race. “After the day of stage 9, when I towed Laia almost right throughout the stage with a tow rope and we finished at 5 o'clock in the morning, we set off again after two hours of sleep. Due to the tiredness and because there was no longer anything at stake in the general standings, we decided to ride the stage together. We didn't have any mechanical problems, but our aim was simply to finish normally and recover to be able to get back into the pace of the race. The problem was that after 150 kilometres, the entire service core on Laia's bike (where the counters and Iritrack, amongst other things, are located) fell off. We think it was one of the falls the day before that damaged it. We attached it to Laia's camel-bag and set off again slowly. It weighs 10 kilos, so we took turns to carry it. As a result, we arrived at the bivouac at 10 PM completely exhausted. Over 48 hours and two stages, we only slept 6 hours”. After 32nd in 2010, his best result, and 63rd last year, Miguel Puertas, a Spanish air force pilot, has fulfilled his duties as an experienced and reliable water carrier. In Fiambala, he was savouring a plate of spaghetti, but also a job well done and just how far he has come since 2004 and the withdrawal in Bamako, on the 8th stage...




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Old 01-17-2013, 04:45 AM   #14360
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94 cars will be taking starter's orders on the day's special. With a time of 57:16'03", the last man out will be British driver Matthew O'Hare, one of the drivers for the Race2Recovery team. A former soldier, he saw his best friend lose a leg during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. This is also the case for his co-pilot Philip Gillespie, who had to be amputated after being injured in the call of duty. However, neither of them has abandoned their dream: to take part in the Dakar… They are in last place, but still there, and that is what is most important
Thing that makes their effort so impressive is the fact that they're not racers by trade. They're learning those lessons we learned in club racing, on the fly.

Well done to them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:45 AM   #14361
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I was glad to see him appear on the stage and overall results. He's doing a great job, go go Hans Jos!!
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:46 AM   #14362
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But it's summer there, smartass.
That's the reason why Chile is on DST.

Actually in the first SA Dakar in 2009, Argentina still observed DST and they were an hour apart. Tracker/start time mayhem ensued.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:47 AM   #14363
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That's the reason why Chile is on DST.

Actually in the first SA Dakar in 2009, Argentina still observed DST and they were an hour apart. Tracker/start time mayhem ensued.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:48 AM   #14364
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That's the reason why Chile is on DST.

Actually in the first SA Dakar in 2009, Argentina still observed DST and they were an hour apart. Tracker/start time mayhem ensued.
as opposed to SA Dakar 2013... where everything works just hunky dory... what?!
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:49 AM   #14365
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Morning folks. I'm surprised, as I assume the ASO is that the attrition rate is so low this year. Maybe the next two days of Copiapo dunes will be tough.

Some great inspirational stories this year along with some fun conspiracies. The race at the front has been exceptional, I don't recall when the top three positions have swapped around on a nightly basis like they have this year. It has settled down now but for a while there it seemed like anyones race, awesome.

So a cold, long mountain pass then into some blistering hot sand. The sand mountains around Copiapo are truly impressive, these are the stages I've been waiting to see. Today has all the making of another epic day.

GO!!!! Lyndon!!!!
Also vehcile preapration has improved a lot. At least from Southamerican drivers and riders.
Obviously Dakar in 2009 was almost unknok for a lot of them, and their preparation was not as required.
Also, in case of Argentina, a local cross country Championship is developing.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:50 AM   #14366
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...like the corners of my...

never mind...
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:50 AM   #14367
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:51 AM   #14368
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94 cars will be taking starter's orders on the day's special. With a time of 57:16'03", the last man out will be British driver Matthew O'Hare, one of the drivers for the Race2Recovery team. A former soldier, he saw his best friend lose a leg during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. This is also the case for his co-pilot Philip Gillespie, who had to be amputated after being injured in the call of duty. However, neither of them has abandoned their dream: to take part in the Dakar… They are in last place, but still there, and that is what is most important
Brave guys those Brits and yes, they have 'mericans on team too. They lost other three cars and a rapid assistance. They are doin' it the hard way.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:54 AM   #14369
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Brave guys those Brits and yes, they have 'mericans on team too. They lost other three cars and a rapid assistance. They are doin' it the hard way.


Wait...what? Mericans?

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:54 AM   #14370
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as opposed to SA Dakar 2013... where everything works just hunky dory... what?!
I loved that piece of coverage and them vaunting the iritrack system.

Sure would be nice if they let the fans in on the race too. As they currently do things, the fans are the last to see anything. Even us nuts have a hard time getting the story, and enjoying the action. Only way I see them changing is if the major sponsors put their feet to the fire.

Here's a little trick for you, ASO: You're worried about competitors getting a jump on another because they can see your data. So time delay it 30 minutes. Fans get to enjoy, and the data isn't current enough for the elite teams. And all it costs you is bandwidth. Cheap cost for the number of fans you can reach with the sponsor's product.
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