2014 Alcan5000 announced

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Pantah, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    Man this looks like to much fun. Ive never been much for timed events, patience is not one of my virtues:lol3
    Maybe I can try to learn in time for the event or just say what the heck and just have a blast.

    I saw IronMtns postings from a few years ago and immediately knew this was something I should do.
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  2. snowhawk jockey

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    Google mapping the route shows some amazing sections of gravel sweepers that go on for literally miles and miles. I am trying not to get my excitement up too much cause it is looking REALLY FRAGGIN FUN!!!

    Tipping her in and twisting the tail out, with a peg weight transition in between, time after time, mile after miles and miles... I probably need to get medical attention before I go on this ride, to ensure my body can tolerate the tractional intensity and extended torsional tests I'll be facing.:deal

    The car boys on my team are getting themselves relocated to Seattle. Since they will be living near the start, we'll have a base and garage for staging.
    :freakyI am sure we will be doing a bunch of "staging" for this gig.:freaky
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  3. tehdutchie

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    Can anyone help me out if i ship my bike and gear into Seattle and back out from there?
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  4. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    I'll get with my boys and see if we can get that handled. Another inmate to PM would be H2W, he might have leads on who else can help you out.
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  5. Pantah

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    If you sign up, I am sure Jerry Hines can help solve your issues. He's the rallymaster. Just go to the site and send him an email through the contact links.
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  6. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    Well, I convinced the wife, and will be signing up soon. Provided the Air Force does not have any surprises, this will be my first rally. The KLR is almost totally set up as it sits. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!
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  7. tehdutchie

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    Thanks guys, will reach out!
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  8. Uller

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    I'm not sure if I'll be doing this ride but, I can help you out with the bike and gear if you need someone. I live about an hour north of the Airport and maybe 45 minutes from Kirkland (where I believe it starts, if I read correctly).
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  9. brocku

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    I think I'm in for it. Came across this a few years back and forgot about it. Have wanted to do it since the first time I saw it.
    Now trying to convince the wife to let me and some of the boys go play for a month :D. My 9fiddy is ready today too.
    I love long term build ups.
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  10. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    Sending my entry on Monday!!! This is gonna be awesome!!! So can anyone tell me, does a vapor vector fill the need for an ico? Or should I spend the full $350 on one from rally management?
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  11. AceRph

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    The first time I did it, I used a spreadsheet to make a list of times & mileage & tried to keep them matched up w/ my bicycle speedometer & my stopwatch. Plus I had two GPS devices.

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    The second time I used an ICO & had my then 16yo daughter as my navigator.

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    Both times I didn't do very well in the standings, but had one heck of a good time. The Alcan w/ my daughter was the best trip I have ever had. Once in a lifetime.
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  12. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Here's some more bait.

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    2006 Alcan 5000

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    2006 Alcan 5000

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    2010 Alcan 5000

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    2010 Alcan 5000
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  13. novaboy

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    If you have any "blips" in your past I'd contact Canada Border Services first to see if they will let you in, be bad to find out once you hit the border. Our customs have gotten more strict since 9/11, but not near as strict as the US has become.

    The best way to cross any border, be honest, no chit chat, do not volunteer any info, and be nice and polite.
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  14. Pantah

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    I found the US guards are somewhat surley. If I took my helmet off before they asked they were a lot more friendly, particularly at the AK crossing. Also the crossing above Seattle was very slow in both directions. Maybe an hour wait coming back into the US.

    I carried a passport, proof of insurance and license. Nobody asked for anything but my DL.
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  15. Pantah

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    I think you are going to want the ICO Checkmate Enduro Computer. It tells you if you are riding early or late.

    http://www.icoracing.com/

    The trick is learning how to program it when you get your roadbook instructions the night before. I am told it takes lots of practice. In 2010 there were a couple of fellows who didn't figure out the programming until the last couple of days. But they were spot on once they did!

    I rode the non computer class before. I solved for time at each route instruction and noted it on my roadbook. I mounted stop watches on my tank. I used my GPS satellite clock to start in my second and simultaneously started my stop watch. I then attempted to adjust my speed if my stop watch told me early or late to a given route instruction.

    Seems like it should be easy but the math gets tricky and a math or nav error screws up the whole stage. If you had a TSD calculator it would be a lot easier than trying to solve for time in MPH and Miles. The enduro computer allows you to make mistakes yet recover.

    It looked nice, but sucked to use:
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    This would have helped if I had it:
    http://www.machinehead-software.co.uk/bike/speed_distance_time_calc.html
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  16. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    Okay. I am going to have to learn the TSD navigation and how it works. Good thing I have some time. I am trying to scrounge the money for a road book holder next. Anyone have any good reads on how the navigation for this ever will work? I have no intention winning anything, but I want know how to do it right before I show up.
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  17. Pantah

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    You don't really need a roadbook holder. The motorized units are nice, but not worth the expense for one ride IMO. I bought my 950 with this specific event the objective, so they threw in my motorized holder. It went to the new owner of my 950. :D I hope he finds a use for it. In 2014 I'll use a manual Acerbis holder,,,, or make up a large map case tankbag envelope big enough to hold a TSD section. I think I need about 12 inches. Maybe more, but not much. The TSD roadbook instructions are generally short on length. The whole day navigation is long, but most of it isn't timed.
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  18. AceRph

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    You have an honest face, Bob.
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  19. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    Bob, I just finished reading your story from 2006. Holy crap, this is going to be such a good time. With your experience, can I pick your brain about my bike setup? My KLR is pretty well built, but just wanna know if I need to do any more work. I need to work on my techniques for cornering at speed on dirt. I just hope I stand a chance at finishing the race and not be last. I feel like a little kid, I can't wait.
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  20. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Thanks. Yeah 2006 was special because I got to ride with my old boss, Ned. I liked writing that article. I signed up for 2014 because of the route. It is similar to 2006 except we go up the Haul road instead of the Dempster.

    I'd be glad to help you any way I can. You have a most excellent machine for it. It's comfy enough and good in the mud if you use the right tires. Regarding outright speed, you'll pick it up. I was pretty timid the first couple days but by the end of the South Canol, I could keep up with anybody. The TKC 80 was a good front tire for that bike and the conditions we had.

    You can use my email address. I think it's in my profile somewhere.

    -Bob
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