Dakar 2013 - Official Event Coverage - thank you ALL TeamF5, lurkers and posters!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Wyvern

    Wyvern Long timer

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    someone had put daily map and route highlights together all in one place. I can't find the link . any help guys ?
  2. K_N_Fodder

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    I'm in the snowball, not sure I'll catch up.

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  3. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Been here awhile

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    I think you are right on with those comments,ASO are a business,they run other major sporting events such as Tour de France,and with that event,each town bids to pay the highest,then ASO arrange to start or finish there each day,it very much a franchise.
    There are many riders here in Europe who go on the smaller rallies in North Africa,such as Tuareg,Race Africa,Heroes Legend purely for the fact that they do not stay in separate areas,but have 1 bivouac,where all eat & sleep together,and share the comaradary of all other competitors,bike,quad,car,truck,and mix with the organisers.
    Yes,the sleeping arrangements can be "interesting",food "variable" and toilet/washing facilities "sparse",but from my own experiences,the friendships formed from these amateur events,where you are mixing with like-minded individuals,is probably more than you would expect to get from larger events.
    They appeal to the original TS Dakar philosophy of getting out there and trying to do something out of your comfort zone,both as a rider and culturally.When you arrive in some of these North African countries,it can be a shock,but it is best to respect their beliefs and attitudes,it is their land,but enjoy the freedom of the areas you travel through,ride within your abilities,because you generally have to fix any damage yourself,without the luxury of back-up,and there is nothing better than riding with a group of friends with the same outlook.
    I,for one,hope that the smaller rallies and raids in North Africa continue,because getting the experience of riding in these remote areas will become more difficult as the years progress.
  4. Stagehand

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    I for one, hope to see you there.
  5. too old

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    With only half an hour separating the top 30 or so and an hour the top 50 and only 2 real days in, it's still anyones game for the 2nd, 3rd and remaining top placings - 1st, no comment :lol3
  6. Vicks

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    any YFFs's complain about FI issues, fuel pump problems and low fuel mileage on the KTMs ?

    what audacity i say !!!!
  7. Southest US Thumper

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    Here's a thought from the middle of the Pacific, what if somebody could drag one of Manny's used, used Mousse back from SA and cut it up into bits and mail a piece to those that helped out??? I'd take one and nail it up next to the piece of Riff Raff road book that Jonah and Casey signed a while back.

    Just sayin...

    Go Manuel, Go Pyndon!!!:clap:clap:clap
  8. too old

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    Ha Ha - mail - you should see the cost to get Ted's book to the Middle East - I'll scan/photograph a copy of the envelope this week and give you all a laugh - it takes the world record for the number of stamps on one envelope :rofl:rofl
  9. Bluebull2007

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    Day 4 has three huge ergs on the menu; the 1st is the day of Cerro Marcha, the bikers will have to come straight down this. :deal :huh

    Not too bad, its only 1,000m high....

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    The cars and trucks have to go down further to the left on a route that is 1km longer and half as steep - which is still pretty freaking steep.

    Still working on the route, but in between the ergs it looks like old rocky, winding mining tracks that eventually drop down to a lovely green valley in the desert.
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    The 2nd erg is not as steep but its a climb that will test the spirits of but the best dune riders.

    The 3rd erg is the hardest, with a another huge descent into a gulley from hell, similar to the one at Fiambala. The special stage ends after they can make it out of the gulley.

    Then they have a nice winding coastal route to relax on for about 200km before another series of long, hot, boring strights to the bivouac.

    This day I think will be the toughest Peru has to offer.
  10. too old

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    :rofl:roflSo after the three easy warm up days I think there are a few out there who will be looking forward to this then - what a start!!! :freaky
  11. Trang

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    Sometimes i feel that elements of the Dakar are evolving into an "Erzberg Rodeo" rather than solely focussed on being the long/endurance event of the past. :cry
  12. Bluebull2007

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    Yes but in this case, who wouldn't want to ride and ride down a monster dune like this?? It begs to be ridden.
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  14. Vicks

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    I finally caught up (well before the day's special started) and i'm tired after juggling work, an understanding but still sad wife, the live streaming TV channels and finally the wrap up of the day and you say you are going to have something up for stage 4 ?? You're crazy.:clap:clap



    Kaia posted the maps here. Hope it helps.



    I like this idea. Someone post it up on Manuel's FB but, we'll have to see if he has money :lol3 :lol3 - i'm kidding, for the postage.





    and oh, 'mornin folks ........
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    thats what im talkin about ... dropping in...


    wheres my tent .. Im hitting the F5 wall
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  17. Vicks

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    [Fan Pic'] Crash for #331, Vladimir Vasilyev in the Ica Dunes by cmonteroj.


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    bit more detailed view of the rear from Qatari bugly
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    Evening!

    I was thinking, in my American Centric Self kind of way, to toss one in Robby Gordan's luggage and he'd bring it back to a F5er in the US to mail out (the guvment subsidizes our mail), I mean, he hauled parts for JC didn't he?!?!? :rofl
  20. K_N_Fodder

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    I'm pretty sure I missed any France4 coverage.

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    I'm just sayin. :ddog