Hey gang, This is a very special thread for me as I'll be writing about my preparation towards the 2010 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (formally known as the UAE Desert Challenge, or UAE-DC) this upcoming March/April. Ever since I was a little boy I've been dreaming about being able to take part in a rallye (mostly from my father doing them), so I'd like to share my story towards my participation with you over the next few months For those that haven't heard of this event, take a look at these links for more infos: Old Site New Site Now, to start of: Since I turned 18 this last October I am now OFFICIALLY allowed to take part in a rallye event I had a look around of what was possible money- and time-wise. Since I'll be paying the entire event all from my own pocket, it was important for me that the event I chose was as affordable as possible. Of all the FIM events around (Tunisia, Egypt, UAE, Morocco, etc.) the DC was the most affordable of them all. Since I still go to school, the event would also have to take place when I was on school holidays, which by coincidence the DC does (during the easter holidays). Excitingly I won't be embarking on this adventure all by myself since my father will be joining me (as a competitor )! His excuse to come along is that mum won't allow me to go all by myself, so he has to tag along!!! From the info I've gathered on this forum, there'll be several other guys you may know taking part, too: - G.T and JayBo1 from Australia - Cummo from Oman (thanks for all the handy advice ) I haven't officially registered myself, yet, as I haven't completed the rallye build of my bike. I have until the end of February to entirely complete my setup as our bikes will have to be brought down to Italy from where they'll be shipped down to the UAE which will roughly take 3 weeks. Once the build nears its completion, I'll send of my entry application!!! So to conclude my introduction: ENJOY!!!