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Old 11-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Albania Rally 2014 - 6/14 June



From June 6 to 14 the 10th edition of the Albania Rally will take place. This perfectly well organized rally had competitors from all over the world the last couple of years and can be perceived as one of the nicest rallys on the calendar.

Albania is a beautiful country where the off road rally rider is still more than welcome. After 9 successful edition will this 10th edition be one big party with;
- 1880 km racing
- 90% off road
- 3 bivouacs
- 8 days of fun


For more info http://rallyalbania.org/ra_14/home.html
You can also contact the agent for UK, Ireland and BeNeLux, Martin Fontyn van EAO (Tel:+32487638060).

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Old 06-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #2
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A thread with no messages about this fine rally ??!!

Anyway it has started, follow the race here
http://live.rallyalbania.org/
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:01 AM   #3
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Dimitris (Doc) Athanasoulopoulos, good friend and Serres Rally organiser participates in the 10th edition of this Rally,
Dimitris was the 2008 winner, while in 2009 he took the 4th place in the general standings. In 2012, Angelo Pantelidis (inmate Brodovitch ) was 2nd in his category....

Dimitris is a unique rider and has been the No1 Aurora Rally Equipment development/test rider from day 1, doing the testing for all the equipment that has been developed. I cannot thank him enough, because doing R&D means that you are prone to problems while in a race, and you have to have nerves of steel to cope with the development of anything while racing for podium places. A special thank goes to him and the Off Road Team for helping develop Rally equipment. Having said that, Diimtris is running a custom designed magnetic roadbook holder, custom mounting bracket and he is also running the Highway Dirtbikes nav tower.

The race can be followed through FB and through the excellent orga site, Dimitris had some technical problems yesterday and although he was leading he race, he lost 15 minutes in SS1 trying to correct the problem, but kept losing time in SS2 as well.
He is currently running 4th in the GS, it's still early in the race and today they have 262 km day long, much shorter than the 509 km they had yesterday. The first day it was a massacre with people staying for about 10 hours in the stage, tough navigation and beautifull scenery as Alessio's photos show.

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Old 06-10-2014, 05:17 AM   #4
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Wow.....
Why would you want to ride there? All that beautiful land...
This looks like an amazing place to ride/race.
Thanks for the photos and info.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:26 AM   #5
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Zebra fever...

Looks as though Calle's Zebra stripe bike rash has spread to his legs...

He seems to be on the pace though?!
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:57 AM   #6
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Carl lost a bit of time at the end of today's SS2, there is another Stage to catch up, he is doing great at the moment

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Old 06-11-2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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Another massacre today....
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Carl had a fall, over the bars, bike landed on his shoulder

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Day 4, we're moving again and another long day. First special went ok and then a long liason. The second I chased Massimo, who I raced in Hellas. In a steap mudroad I took it slow, but lost control and fell over the handlebars. Ok until the bike flipped and landed on my shoulder. Took a while to get loose, and i ate some painkillers at the next fuel stop. Hurt so bad I had to ride on first gear. Stopped again and ate a stronger pill and after en hour I could move a little faster. 14 h on the bike and I can't use the arm. Interesting. ..
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:20 AM   #9
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At ten o'clock yesterday, more than twenty riders were spending the night out along with ten cars that could not make it.

Difficult stage, too long and for some reason (to gain tim I guess) the orga left the riders to start in pairs of four.
Navigation problems cost a lot of riders time, resulting in some losing 15 minutes, some up to 40 minutes....

To be honest, I like this event more and more, small days and then long days. It has to be in my calendar for next year

Doc is trying to keep up with his 250, I cannot imagine what's going on in this little engine when he is chasing the 450's , he said that he will train his heart out for next year and be back with a 450 to fight with the other guys

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:30 AM   #10
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Just reading on the Swedish forum (soe.se) that Calle's shoulder/arm is very pianful overnight (nowhere near full useage without immense pain), so there is some queston over whether he will ride today (thursday) or not...?

This seems to have developed (over the last couple years) into one technical and tough event... with diverse stages, much navigation and fantastic terrain.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:24 AM   #11
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I did this rally in 2012 and it was the best rally so far. Indeed, long days 13+ hours followed with shorter ones. Never seen more beautyfull lanscapes.

See my report some clips of the landscape:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=740948&page=4
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And this is not good from the orga's side...

Copying form DaCarl's blog,

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Day 5: It wasn't easy at all to sleep but I woke up much better. Still painful and I can't use it but still much more than yesterday. Short day up a mountain today, and I stuffed myself with 3 different painkillers and went drunk to the start. I was able to stand again and took off fast. Lost after only minutes and drove around until I found the way. Got there with 7 other riders and no other showed up. Got a hole in my engine so I had to fix that on site. Drove down and found the rest of the rally in the bivouac, with the whole stage cancelled. Turned out the elite got lost, called the organisation which cancelled the stage. Hmmmm.
Drove back pissed off with a busted motor and on drugs, for what?
The good news is that my axle gets better by the hour and with those pills I'll be pushing again tomorrow.
The penalties were removed from on the seocnd day, and now a whole stage was cancelled.... Weird because it's a short stage, bivouac is not moving today and some people (EDIT: actually, 7 people) managed to make it to the end... way point system did not work so that added to the online confusion....

crap...
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So 7 riders managed to complete the stage, regardless of the difficulties with navigation etc. yet they cancel the stage (because the majority of the "elite" complained/protest about the penalties?) and the whole day gets wiped? Unfair to those 7 who made it however.

interested if there is more info about this...?
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:20 PM   #14
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I've poste a question on theri FB page, but no reply so far, Couldn'tread anywhere about a cancellation, but no results around for yesterda's and today's stages

At the latest wp yesterday the situation was:
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From DaCarl blog

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Justice at last.

Calle


Even that, for me, is completely unfair to the others. I totally respect the orga's decision, but I do not agree with them. Whoever is lost, the rules are clear.

Anyways, tomorrow is another day.... and it will be a long day... Let's see if people get lost again what will happen...
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