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Discussion in 'Racing' started by BC61, Aug 1, 2011.
That bikes look is saying get me here next year & I'll show no mercy & take no prisoners.
Google says..... глупый
sorry about the DNF.. even a single day event's DNF hurts and makes you think of the shoulda coulda woulda... great effort!
Broke one hand and dislocated the thumb on the other, then rode 250 miles to the end of the stage...ppffft, pussy
Take it easy on RussianBear guys.
Too much vodka makes me stupid too.
I did not read all of this thread, I started at page 31 I believe, but I have been following your blog.
Not that you care at all what I think or have to say, but here it is anyway.
I read your post about failure over the years and dealing with it and it made me feel that I should say something.
I've known you for what, ten years or so? and worked with you for most of those years. Over those years we haven't always seen eye to eye (lol, i can hear you saying "that's an understatement")
Anyway, regardless of work related "differences", there has always been something about you that I have admired, that is your work ethic and dedication. When you set your mind to something, you give it everything you have to make it a reality.
I may not know you as well as many of the people on this forum, but I know enough to know that you did everything you could to make this the best effort possible. You don't have to win or even finish the Dakar on your FIRST attempt to consider the effort a success. The success comes in the fact that you were there. YOU made that happen. Yes, you had supporters, but they did not know to support you until you let them know what you were attempting to do. This was a huge success and a moment to learn from and a life experience that you can take with you forever.
You are a racer at heart and not winning is hard to accept, but not finishing is a terrible thing for a racer to deal with, si I know it's eating you up. Or maybe by now you're over it, idk. I just say, try not to look at it like that. You haven't let anyone down and no one, especially if they've read your story, can say you didn't give it your best effort.
I even posted a comment on your blog about how your repairs and determination to keep the bike going, reminded me of our 24 Hours of Lemons race. lol. I was ready to park my car and call it quits. But not Bill, no way. It still cracks me up to this day that we finished that race in a 1983 BMW 320 with no left fender, no hood, no rear brakes, miss matched wheels, a radiator from a Chevy (mounted VERTICALLY) on the front of the car and a variety of hoses to link it all together. And that was a goofy race that we did just for fun. So I know, if you put that much effort into a car like that, for a race like that, then you put all that you could into this effort.
Pay no attention to some of the negative feedback on here, it's not worth it.
Learn from the experience. Love the fact that you had the opportunity to be a part of an event that so many people only get to dream of doing. Relish the memory of all the cool parts of what you saw and experienced and learn from the not so good parts. Maybe in 2013 you will find yourself in the Dakar again.
Great story writing by the way.
I also want to hear the rest of the story. How did you get out of there, what did they do to the bike, how was transport put together, where did you go, how did they handle the paperwork, all that.
Dude. From where I'm standing, it's plain and simple.
You were too much man for that bike and it simply gave up to avoid the thrashing you were going to give it over the next several days.
Thanks for sharing your journey. Hope you have more in the future.
Helicopter extraction for the bike,.........new benchmark for you to aspire to!!
I'll be happy to heli your bike out... are you ready to pay for it???
In Russia... Pride swallow YOU!
Great reading BC, thanks for sharing your experience. Although, I have to say, I feel a little insulted you consider it failing having accomplished being in something I will only ever dream of participating in. I would love to be able to be good enough, motivated enough, and determined enough to do what you've done so far... so if you're a failure, what the hell are the rest of us who never try! Man up... admit you're badass for going as far as you did.
Bill told me the story of the Lemons race and I'm glad you brought it up. Typical Bill. I've always been impressed with his finish at all costs attitude.
Here's to BC getting another shot at DAKAR!
trying my best to keep this thread alive
Me too! And your travels afterwards....its an experience, this dakar thing, and you have more to share than you realize!
Hi Bill Enjoying the banter while doing my best to keep up a little. Have fun in Lima!
Got up early this morning and headed over to Plaza De Armas for the podium finish. We watched every bike roll over. Congratulations Ned! Hopefully I can join you on the other side of the fence next year.
Fantastic job, Bill- thanks for having us along for the ride.
I'm sorry the result wasn't everything you'd hoped for, but I'm willing to bet the experience had its share of rewards- I hope you feel the same. Just getting there makes you a hero in my book. Proud to fly the shirt and stickers, and looking forward to the next ones.
Hell, if it was easy fat posers like me would be doing it.
It would be good to see you there Bill, you can count on me to throw a few $$ in the pot
You did great Bill, you went and you gave it a shot. More than 99.999% of the planets population will ever get to do.
Good on ya!!