DaCarl blog - Dakar 2015

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Hagenblad, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. GezwindeSpoed

    GezwindeSpoed Been here awhile

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  2. Hagenblad

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    Ok, better bring life into this thread now.

    As John promised the LC4-50 arrived to Sweden and I did a quick check on it, changed the tires and went straight into the woods. Raining, muddy and wet logs everywhere. The reason for this was to see if it was too heavy for me (I'm 73 kg). Worked just fine when flipping the bike, in bogs, and other gnarly enduro tracks. I called and said I'll ride this thing in the Dakar-rally for sure.

    Same weekend me and Mikael Berglund, who's also on the Dakar team met up in a 2-day Roadbook rally. Took us 3 h to force our way through the first 80 km, and the whole 500 km day seemed to be all rocks, bogs and power line tracks. 14 h on the bike. Felt ok, but in high speed I didn't feel confident. That changed the next day. No problem what so ever and Micke asked how many red bulls I had for breakfast. So, it works fine and I'll ride it in the real race.

    I'll also try to write a decent review on it.

    Testing the LC4-50 for the first time.
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    Mud, I mean grass track
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    Me and Mikael starting early the Dakar shake-down.
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    Looks deep down there
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    Old fire tower
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    Sometimes muddy in Dalarna
    http://youtu.be/wqzl8dAxmX0


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  3. Hagenblad

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    With the two ground rules from John; "Drive like you stole it", and "anyone can test it", The LC4-50 Elise is on it's way back to the UK. Rode about 1900 km on it with absolutely no problems, mostly with team member and friend Mikael Berglund. Right now we are in the middle of all the admin work. Planes, clothes, tents, food, regulations, tests and license. I've saved this years vacation and worked all summer. I also worked a lot extra, fixing motors and also sold out all the crap in my basement (Wife's happy), and with the bike it looks possible. Training a lot now, but after a MX-crash I promised the team no more motocross and no more competetitions. In two weeks there is an enduro, but I changed from iron man class to team with my wife Anna, so I take it more as a training session.

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  4. Hagenblad

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    Sorry about the pic size in the last post.


    From now on the focus is lifting weights, enduro and terrain running.

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  5. Hagenblad

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    So, the bike and all of our stuff is on the Dakar boat from Le Havre in France to Buenos Aires. It's about one month to the start and I'm in the middle of hard training, to show up as fit as possible. Since you've read the story several times before about people blogging about their projects, I thought I might turn this into a last month Dakar prep thread. Is this something anyone would follow? I was thinking about what to pack, spare parts, riding gear, camping gear and stuff like that.

    What do you think?
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  6. Hagenblad

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    But, I might as well do a project update:

    I got almost all the 33000 € + bike I need for my budget (gauge at hagenblad.se)
    - I cleared out my basement for 5000 €
    - I sold T-shirts for 11000 €
    - I got 6000 € of sponsor money
    - People worked at raising money and donating it for 2000€
    - I fixed bikes and engines and dealing bikes for 5000 €

    I got my Husaberg rally bike sold, which also is money locked up.

    The bike I'm going for, RRP's LC4-50 is all cleared in Le Havre and looks great.

    There was a misunderstanding about the Swedes tire order, so when my team mates Mikael and Mattias where on the way to France I had no tires. Great. We solved it by buying 5 tires and mousses on the road, and hopefully we can buy the rest during the competition.

    So, all in all, I feel pretty good about it. Left to do is to sell some t-shirts more, train like crazy, get the jackets I ordered, pack my stuff and try to share it all on the internet. What can go wrong?

    Carl
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  7. Hagenblad

    Hagenblad Adventurer

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    But, I might as well do a project update:

    I got almost all the 33000 € + bike I need for my budget (gauge at hagenblad.se)
    - I cleared out my basement for 5000 €
    - I sold T-shirts for 11000 €
    - I got 6000 € of sponsor money
    - People worked at raising money and donating it for 2000€
    - I fixed bikes and engines and dealing bikes for 5000 €

    I got my Husaberg rally bike sold, which also is money locked up.

    The bike I'm going for, RRP's LC4-50 is all cleared in Le Havre and looks great.

    There was a misunderstanding about the Swedes tire order, so when my team mates Mikael and Mattias where on the way to France I had no tires. Great. We solved it by buying 5 tires and mousses on the road, and hopefully we can buy the rest during the competition.

    So, all in all, I feel pretty good about it. Left to do is to sell some t-shirts more, train like crazy, get the jackets I ordered, pack my stuff and try to share it all on the internet. What can go wrong?

    Carl

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  8. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Good luck, we'll be watching:clap:freaky:freaky:clap
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  9. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    Exactly...

    Kudos for the great work you've put in Calle, your preparation, testing build up, packing lists etc. all great stuff... and though we've followed many privateer and even semi pro efforts here on ADVrider over the years, each journey is different, each individual is unique... and following these journeys is a pleasure for those that "stay at home" as Fab' is often quoted to have said.

    But instead of the "packing list" 101 angle you pitched... you're uncle Troy is gonna' throw you a curve ball question... something entertaining; maybe even a little thought provoking for the viewers at home. :deal

    Now I've know carl for nigh on 10 years... we've ridden together on numerous occassions, hung out a fair bit and had our share of "project oriented discussions" about one thing and another... :wink: I know that Calle is a pretty resourceful, damned clever and not just a little bit determined young bloke... in a very calm and collected package. He also rides pretty damned well. :wink:

    So Calle, my question to you IS along the lines of... "What can go wrong...?!" (:wink: this is a bit of an in joke... "vad kan gå fel?" is one of carls fave catch phrases on the SOE.se offroad enthusiasts site in Sweden). Many of us know and understand how much planning and preparation goes into an effort like this... one can plan for many contingencies - but everything goes, not always to plan... does it?

    So my question to you Carl von Norrköping av Hagenblad goes like this; :evil:deal (remember Q & A time at the final av DDU in 2007... hi-hi... i told you there'd be days like these...?:wink: :rofl)

    "What previous experience in your life (it can be motorcyle oriented, it can be from another sporting or social endeavour, work related or even home/family life in general) has had the most effect on your Dakar attempt. That which mentally or physically equipped you to readily undertake the 2015 DAKAR rally this January, and will see you finish at all costs...?"

    Name one defining experience or quality, that you think will be essential to your effort Calle?

    Go... :deal
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  10. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    As one of the "stay at home" f5-ers that Troy mentioned in post #29 (thanks for not mentioning too-old-and-creaky-to-do-much-else, TSC :D), info about last-minute preps for The Big Show would be most welcome - but not at the expense of time you feel would be better spent training. So bring it on if you feel like it, blow it off if not. Either way, I'll be wearing my Team LC4-50 shirt when the festivities kick off.
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  11. Corsica101

    Corsica101 Been here awhile

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    awesome...good luck:clap
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  12. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    I'm curious what type of training you do off the bike to keep yourself in shape. Weights? Running?

    Meanwhile, this whole thing is really cool. Pretty exciting for the LC4-50 project and getting you all down there. Really looking forward to following your progress at the rally!

    Cheers! :freaky
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  13. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    Following with a lot of interest! Thanks for taking the time to share...
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  14. Hagenblad

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    If I would name one thing that started the detemination it would be the 2013 Tuare rallye, where everything went wrong. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=879943

    Before this, I was trying to find the way, but had no clue how to make this possible. After, I was pissed off, then when Mattias gave me a push I made up my mind.
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  15. Hagenblad

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    Training:

    Since I promised to stay off the bike, the cardio training for me is night trail running, but without trail. I've made my own reflection track with 4 different lengths and run that. I live on a mountain side and the track goes up and down, steep, rocky technical and exhausting. One lap is 13 km and 2500 kcal with me at 98% of the time in my max pulse zone.

    I also pump iron.

    When the days where longer I do all kinds of sports, mountain bike, MX, enduro or ahwatever, but now it's dark here.
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  16. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    Calle, post up a couple of pic's of the terrain where your running/mtb training trails are... (it's pretty kick ass f5olks)... and literally only a few minutes from his front door step. :clap I think Carl has the fitness prep' box ticked... no problems. :thumb
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  17. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    I'm listening. excercise and fitness prep threads are always interesting. If you please, could you add diet and recovery foods and drinks?
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  18. Hagenblad

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    Food during racing I focus on. I'm skinny and burn food fast during racing.

    Normally this is what I eat a typical race day:
    - Breafast with slow carbs like musli, eggs or such. A rally grogg made of a Paracetamol and two water replacement pills to be on plus before sweating.
    I drink only water during riding, I don't like the sweet taste of sports drinks.
    - When I have time I eat dried meat or sausage (protein, fat and salt) and Swedish muslibars called flapjacks (nuts, oats and oil only).
    - Normal dinner but often two of them

    Dakar is warmer so the sausage is not an option I think, but in Argentina I think there will be no problem finding dried meat. will also bring eggs in a egg-box I have. I also have an empty water bottle and electrolyte to mix for lunch if I have time.

    During training now I eat normal food, but try not to be hungry. I do have a he-man grogg every morning you can test:

    In the mixer:
    2 dl yoghurt
    2 dl milk (or 4 dl milk (+ chocolate powder))
    1 banana
    2 raw eggs
    2 dl oats

    You can add nuts, oil, fruits or whatever to find your flavour, or protein powder. This + coffee is my breakfast for the last 15 years by the way.
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  19. Hagenblad

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    Heat plan:

    It's hot in Argentina. Very hot. 2015 We had 50.5 degrees C and the asphalt turned into goo when the big trucks parked in Santa Rosa racetrack, the bivouac site. I could not have my hand on the ground under my tent at 2 am even. I'm Swedish, and here's cold most of the year. I'm skinny and doesn't sweat much, so that's one advantage. This is my plan of keeping cool.
    - Show up as fit as I can, so nothing is tough - Status: No problem
    - Have enough food: No problem
    - Cool clothes: Vented jacket and pants ordered. White (with zebra stripes) and made from mesh fabric. I Also have a cooling vest. You soak it in water and it takes a couple of hours to dry, cooling me as it does. Status: No problem
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  20. iggs

    iggs Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure what your options are in the bivouac but I do know plenty about sleeping somewhere hot as I live in Dubai and camp lots

    My advice to you on the hot days is to ditch the tent and just use a mosquito net. Also try and get up into any breeze there is. We often sleep on the tops of vehicles if we can. Makes a huge difference
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