2012 Merzouga Rally

Discussion in 'Racing' started by SafariBerg, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Mike The Swede

    Mike The Swede Mike, The Swede

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    There is an obvious reason why Team Rally Raid Sweden cleaned out all outdoor stores of freeze dried food packs and mini gas stoves in preparation for Tuareg Rallye 2011 and 2012!
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  2. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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  3. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Merzouga Rally Stage 4 unofficial results

    Brett Cummings did not have a great day as he has been suffering from a stomach bug since last night. He said the stage was really tough while the navigation GPS and roadbook compass bearings were out. He made a few wrong turns of which "one was an 18km long mistake"...
    Said Brett: Oh well, at least we are learning how to get unlost as well..."
    Glen Grundy is still racing as well.

    SS4 270 km - unofficial Lap times
    1. Czacor Orlen Team
    2. Nicolas Cardona - Team Venezuela
    3. Cesare Zacchetti
    4. Pedro Bianchi Prata
    5, Maurizio Micheluz
    6. Matteo Rizzi
    7. Michot Frederic
    8. Mario Patrao
    9. Alex Busquets Tarragona Leyenda Dakar
    11. Antonio valero Antonio Ramos
    12 Brett Cummings


    Barbary Fever!
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  4. rallyeman

    rallyeman Dakarboy -

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    hey guys
    i got the poisening as well. But i mange to stop the shower:rofl and take the start and rest and went to finish the stage.
    I sh:rofluld be fine fr tomorrow.... inch allah
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  5. rallyeman

    rallyeman Dakarboy -

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    The gear box is amzing, it control the torque. on the dunes i start on second gear. so i dont dig.
    gear are amazing
    Thanks so much for your words it really gives me energy. i need it now.. hope i will finish to make history thanks
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  6. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    :freaky I really love the idea of an electric bike. Going to get the little girl an Oset next spring, I hope :deal

    Good on you!


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  7. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    It seems to have opened up at the top with Jacek's penalty, but down below in the ATV's Safariberg seems to be having fun, we should get some nice info and reporting soon?:ear

    It's a long ride back to WA so he should be able to pen something good to read :clap

    Well done to the buggy boys, keep at it :clap
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  8. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Ace Giovanni Sala is out.. :cry
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  9. rallye

    rallye Been here awhile

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    what happened to Gio Sala
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  10. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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  11. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Seem's like the major off piste navigational hazard at the "Montezuma Rally" this year, was not a matter hitting the waypoints with the GPS... but rather finding the fastest route between the catering tent and the crapper without soiling ones bike shorts or making an emergency trunk call on the big white telephone*

    * Now, for that matter... one thing we western civilization ADV types might want to ponder... Being "ill" in a foreign land/culture, ain't exactly like getting a bad dose of mexican or indian food at a local restaurant back home in western suburbia; where one can retreat to the comfort of your own fully accomplished bathroom.

    No siree... consider having to lean over and "yack" into your garden variety African "hunchover" latrine (ceramic tiles if you're lucky... but possibly/probably earthen floor), while your nether regions feel like a busted fire hydrant/combined with the sensation of a flaming basketball hoop... all in up to 40 degree temperatures; with nowhere to escape from the heat... your head is pounding like a kettle drum and stomach churning... "too scared to fart" becomes your motto.

    For those of us that are used to white vitreous China waterclosets... and the creature comforts of modern bathroom facilities... this shit makes the giant dunes of a DAKAR look like a walk in the park!! :eek1:lol3

    Once again... cross country/desert rallying, it's not just the eight hours a day on the motorcycle that is reflected on the score board... Everything you do, from the point of inscription - 24 hours a day - till you cross the finish line; effects what that bottom line figure on the timesheet is at the end of the day... What you eat, how you sleep, personal hygiene, and recovery/relaxation time are in many ways just as important as mechanical preparation/service, riding skill/speed etc. It's not just out on the piste that determines the winners from the also rans (sorry more inadvertent toilet humour :rofl) and managing all of these factors is a part of what competing successfully in a marathon rally is about.

    None moreso than DAKAR... :wink: (where I am told though, that the catering of recent years is of TOP NOTCH standard) but certainly, in years past (especially on some African events) there have been many occassions where food/water consumption needed to be given a lot of thought/consideration if you wanted to avoid a bout of the "both ends boogie".
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  12. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Damn! Patrick's bike would be awesome to ride. Good luck Patrick :clap

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  13. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    Fugly but veeeery interesting! What's the radiator for? It has something liquid cooled ...I thought the power electronics would be super efficient by now :scratch

    We need to start a thread about this Tacita thing... Thanks for the info so far Patrick and best of luck with this race.

    :huh Would love to see this in the flesh, I've been in Merzouga last week and I'm going back there again next week, lost this one by this little.
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  14. barrier

    barrier Says who?

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    So is this the Wiki definition for 'Fire in the Hole!:lol3

    FTH! Oooops!:eek1
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  15. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    140 to 180 kg, 10 to 30 hp :huh .... respect Patrick!
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  16. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Still, it's in the name of science, and it would still be damn fun. You have to admit, it's better than the waisted Dakar entry on this 10-30 hp alternative. If I had $100,000 and a chance to try something spectacular, I think Patrick's bike would be an honorable choice. He does mention the torque being rather fantastic.

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  17. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    The difference between a FiTH and a FarT... is only hair fine... but it can be oh so devastating... :rofl
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  18. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Don't forget about the 'SharT'...somewhere in between. :lol3
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  19. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    No doubt about that. Just meant that if the bike is indeed 180 kg I have even more respect by Patrick's endeavour!
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  20. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    he got hit by the stomach bugs as well and pulled out yesterday, but rode the short 125km stage today.

    I reckon 70% of the bivouac has got it to some degree, Ben much worse than most :cry
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