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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
Stage 8 from Dakar site....
Stage 8,dakar site
I try to limit my input to only the most erudite, relevant and insightful that's available to copy and paste.
Yes very good points. Yes it was my video, and I was the interviewer as well. BY the way you cant look at it anymore because Youtube has suspended my account after repeated copywrite claims by ASO
He and Coma are super inpsirational for me, and so I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to him for a mine or two. At the time I was really upset and disappointed by Cyrils response to my approach, and it did change my opinion of him, but in retrospect it was 15 minutes before he left on the SS and some pilots just want to relax and focus on what they are about to do, not do interviews or talk to fans.
Ive warmed to Cyril again, especially after the last couple of days and also Flanny's personal anecdotes.
Pedro Bianchi Prata, 4th yesterday, on his nightmare 5th stage:
The day everything went wrong: (actually the Husqvarna is a very good bike and sturdy, made more than 90 km of the stage without water in the radiator and the electric part all melted .... and then 270 km of connection ... we reached the camp at 2 in the morning we exchange the motor and the 5:30 already we were again on the road)
Good to see the customer Husky package doing well
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This reminded me of something that happened a long long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
As it's rest day, we have the time for some hindsight I think....
The guys will be like any elite sportsmen, get them away from the competition and the nicest people you could meet, catch them in the zone and Jekyll and Hyde would be appropriate
They can't appreciate waving a mike stuck up their noses after a 400 k liaison and a 300 k special and on the bike for 7 hours, but they put up with that also
Man, it sucks that they've removed everything! I enjoyed that content!
I keep worrying about Bounds. His back problem doesn't seem like one that will hold up over another week of Dakar.
Did Dabrowski do any work to Cyril's engine before riding on it the next day? Looks like he made it in 79th yesterday. I assume he'll be doing an engine swap today?
Latest from TSC was I think just before the start of the marathon. Word is he came out on the ss, was swept away by Flooding at a wp Rivergate, stranded in a small village with no Foster desperatly growing a moustache. Locals are now terrifyed by a man sneeking around whispering: "mussst fiiiind engiiiine....."
Just got around to listening to Lyndon's call in from yesterday, thanks so much for this Nate
Some amazing, truly priceless info on there (10% ICO deficit in soft sand, who would've ever guessed?)
I would assume he will pull right up to the big orange KTM truck for a refresh
Set up a new account with the name "bleu taureau" and see if the ASO will bend the rules a bit.
"Simon Pavey We are lucky they cut the stage short today. It turned out to be a really long and physical stage. We rode for about eleven hours today; if the special had been the full length it would have been horrendous.
I didnt ride well at all either, I was tight on the bike and its silly, but I picked the wrong goggle. I was riding with a dessert, theyre really good for the road and faster riding but it caused my goggles to fog and its hard to ride when you cant see."
Sounds like Caselli's baptism didn't go so smooth on the last stage! Haha
When even the racers with years and years of navigating experience are getting turned around...odds are it isn't going to go too well for a total newbie!--but that's why he's there this year, anyway, right???
I'm surpised that--given the conditions--so many riders were riding in the actual riverbed itself on that part of the course.
....and that's when you're left to deal with this!
Just another thing that shows how good the aliens really are, to calculate all that in your head on the fly!!
And he will cop for a second engine change penalty, but at 79th and 6 1/2 hrs down it hardly matters and would be reason why there were no real issues in the initial swop.
Mind you he must have had some concerns about being able to stand a chance of finishing, with a few doubts on Cyril's " it is ok - ze engine is good for 120 kmph in ze 4th gear, it will get you back no problem.
One interesting thing though was that he only finished 47 mins behind Cyril, mind you, not that even Cyril would have been able to predict the days events to follow
I did think that when I watched the video and also wondered if you might have got a better response had you approached him with "Bonjour Cyril comment allez-vous?" rather than going straight in English
I also took your subtitle as being tongue in cheek!
As an international cycling official (Commissaire) we always teach newly qualified guys and girls "never speak to the riders before the start", especially on something like a Downhill Race where they will be waiting their turn alone with only you, the time keeper and perhaps a mechanic in attendance. We always explain that you wait for them to speak to you and if they don't then stay quiet.
It's interesting how riders when in the zone act in completely different ways, some will be "zoned out" hardly even aware of your presence, others may give you a brief nod, or a quick word, whereas others will be chatting and joking right up to the point they accelerate out of the start hut.
In fact two of the chattiest, jokiest riders in recent years have both been French, Cedric Gracia and Fabien Barel so you clearly can't apply national stereotypes to the phenomenum.
I have to say I like Cyril despite the fact that as an Englishman I have been taught from birth to despise all of the cheese eating surrender monkeys over the Channel
That's a joke by the way!
If I remember correctly around $18k :eek1 I'd have to ask Scott to be sure.
Except I think they didn't
Some might've thought they had a faulty sensor, but to recognize the deficit due to the terrain, and then to compensate that 10% on the fly, exiting the river in those conditions... well I am damn impressed.