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

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

  1. XSpearsX

    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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    Me too. He does have the most will of anyone there. And has the best mechanic possible too (hehe...my husband). So combined.....magic may happen!
  2. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    hat's off to both of them!!!!!
  3. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    If anyone can do it it will be Luis. Im optimistic, somehow.



    Meanwhile Darryl Curtis FB after todays stage, and yesterdays crash.


    Darryl Curtis


    Made it home today, never had so much pain in one day ! M dreading tmorrow it's 100 Kay's longer !! #toomuchpain
  4. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    I tell you guys, I've had a shit attitude for the last few months with all the crap going down in the US, little kids getting shot in school, etc. Just starting to weigh me down, getting pretty brittle actually. Clinging hard to my family, having a tough time controlling my emotions like a normal grown man would at times. Giving lots of long hard hugs to my kids. Probably not enough long hugs to my wife :).

    But then the Dakar comes along and I get to follow a bunch of people I don't know, struggling mightily every day. One of them walking in the dunes right now, 1:33 AM in Chile, pushing a 150cc bike for crying out loud. A guy who probably hasn't slept more than 4 hours a night since early January, and keeps going. Watching one of them who we know well after many heartbreaking failures, telling his wife on a satphone that he's just too old for this after getting run down by a truck. Another, with no expectations, making a top ten finish and then a few days later repairing a potentially race ending failure with zip ties and liquid steel. All the while taking his time to call in to his friends and report every night. A young gal, one of only two on bikes and back of the pack, stopping to help other riders when nobody else would. Another guy, a star, stopping to help a mid pack rider with a broken leg, and then that rider going out of his way to show appreciation from a hospital bed in a foreign country. A snippet from the wife of a rider, relating how her husband was breaking down because he missed his little girl's first day of school. And a million other human stories in this contrived, yet very real drama.

    And then... the massive community of people supporting them, shouting for them, scrounging around on the internet looking for scraps of information because this huge, human enterprise, in one of the most spectacular areas of the world, isn't big enough news to be given more than a few minutes in the middle of the night. Providing high end analysis based on years of following racing and for some many years of actual racing. Building sophisticated tracking software and sharing it for free instead of sleeping. Juggling a family and running interviews for the F5 crew, and then soliciting funds so the riders aren't burdened by internationally sized phone bills. Finding a tire mousse for a kid who has nothing but still managed to get there. Finding and communicating information for hungry fans and worried friends and spouses. Postulating endlessly on why this person is 10 minutes late and that 10 minutes early. Cheering foreign TV streamed on a small laptop screen and screaming when the deadly "snooker" appears.

    It's an interesting deal and one that I simply can't fathom why isn't a BIGGER deal in this country. I'm very glad to be part of it, even if barely hanging on after another 11 hour work day. Thanks a bunch you guys and gals, it's going to be weird when it's over. Now, time to do my workout (ugh), get to bed, and do it all over again...
  5. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Now I really like this merican! :deal

    Thank you for you sharing your thoughts with us so openly.

    Hang in there brother, dig deep and things will get better. In life we all have our own Dakar's of sorts, and its sometimes not much easier to be honest.
  6. Chilipepper

    Chilipepper Baja wannabe

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    I like how you put this down Fodder.
  7. zenjen

    zenjen Go Outside

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    That's good stuff, right there. :beer
  8. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    I love how you've put your emotions into words. Wish more people adopted this way/attitude towards life :clap:clap
  9. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    Dakar.com has finished up adding photos from stage 11. i've re-posted everything over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread. over a hundred awesome photos!



    #32 - IVAN JAKES (SVK)
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    #9 - OLIVIER PAIN (FRA)
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    #314 - BORIS GARAFULIC (CHL) / GILLES PICARD (FRA)
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    #306 - LUCIO EZEQUIEL ÁLVAREZ (ARG) / BERNARDO ROLANDO GRAUE (ARG)
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    #36 - LAIA SANZ (ESP)
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    #327 - BALAZS SZALAY (HUN) / LASZLO BUNKOCZI (HUN)
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    #150 - LUIS BELAUSTEGUI (ARG)
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    #277 - SAREL VAN BILJON (ZAF)
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    #266 - GASTÓN GONZÁLEZ (ARG)
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    #35 - THOMAS BERGLUND (SWE)
    #103 - MARIO PATRAO (PRT)
    #28 - JEAN DE AZEVEDO (BRA)
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    #102 - DAVID REEVE (ZMB)
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    #33 - JOHNNY CAMPBELL (USA)
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    tldr; i've re-posted everything over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread.
  10. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    All things on my mind as well. Excellent post.

    Thanks.
  11. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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  12. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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    Go Luis!

    Make it so!

    Slow clap x 1000
  13. JUNBUG

    JUNBUG Adventurer

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    We should send Kurt a non flat brim.:D
  14. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Very well said K_N. :thumb It echoes what I think most of the F5team also feels. Those of us that have been tracking Dakar for any length of time know the excitement during and somewhat empty feeling once it's over.

    As to why it's not bigger in the USA, it's not a surprise to most of us here. I think it's basically a corporate thing. Rally is is not a big money supported sport; even enduro, most of the desert races and even motocross barely make news. Football, baseball, basketball and NASCAR are the money makers and the sponsored athletes. I'll wager almost nobody in the USA knows Robbeeeee Gooordon races the Dakar, but most know him from NASCAR. Jonah and the few other American racers that have tried Dakar have all struggled with support. Dakar might get big in the USA if they held the race here (yeah, right) :lol3 There are others here who can get into far more detail than I can about motorcycle racing in the USA but otherwise it's a dedicated small group of die-hard fanatics that keeps the Dakar and Rally fire going.
  15. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    spot the cable tie :lol3 :clap
  16. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    Does she ride standing up for the whole event? :eek1

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  17. Nitro

    Nitro Been here awhile

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    Here is the daily update from Ingo's wife




    Hi all<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Did anyone watch on TV last night .. mmmm or was it the night b4- how they explained the tracking system? Soooo wish they would have shown that, in the beginning of the race. If i had known that it updates it’s self every 5min.. i would have been a bit kinder to my keyboards refresh and enter buttons.<o:p></o:p>
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    I dunno what Ingo did today...but me- likey likey.. he got up to the 40’s and stayed there, from WP to WP.<o:p></o:p>
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    For those that don’t know.. the fall that David Reeve had yesterday- caused him to break his shin bone. ( ouuuuch) he is being flown out to Johannesburg where they will operate and put a pin in his leg ( ouch ouch ouch) it’s so -not “lekker” that this happened to him..and with the finish so close.<o:p></o:p>
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    Darryl Curtis had a bad fall yesterday as well.. hurting his shoulder badly and his back and arm. News I got last night- was that he probably would be out of the race.. but didn’t want to say anything here..as I had a good feeling that he would “fight” this rally to the end. They apparently “strapped “ him up ..and he was gonna try tackle today’s stage. Just finishing the Dakar- you are a winner.. so let’s hope and pray that he makes it. <o:p></o:p>
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    Riaan Van Niekerk is still up with the top 20 riders and is making it look like a walk in the park. He sent Zoe birthday wishes and good luck for her 1<SUP>st</SUP> day of school... well my little tough tomboy- turned into a blushing shy –happy chick. She thinks the world of Riiaaaaaan ( as she says it) and was taken aback when she heard that Gilly was going to the Dakar to help the guys out.. and her thought on it, was- we should go too..so that when Gilly sleeps and stuff she could help the guys ( think she meant JUST to be Riaans pit crew... bugger the other “guys”)<o:p></o:p>
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    Brett is also doing so so well.. he went from the back of the pack ( after towing his team mate ) and is now th overall. Glenn – who fell out of the race in the early stages..is still following the race with the service team.. and I have a sneaky feeling he is making every minute count. Who wouldn’t.... i am sure just being there and amongst everyone in this amazing race must be as good ( ok ok maybe not) as actually taking part<o:p></o:p>
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    At this stage 54 bikers are out .... oi oi.. gotta stop here.. just saw Ingo is in at the finish in 43<SUP>rd</SUP> position... ok.. my first little victory dance on my chair- for this year. J<o:p></o:p>
    Oi.. ok.. that was a bit of “all at once”..as soon as i saw he was in- he phoned..<o:p></o:p>
    Jesses.. we got a hiding today he said.. was 300km of enduro kind of racing. My knees are so sore.. i can’t stand or sit---after riding in that bend position- whew it was tough <o:p></o:p>
    There were ALOT of dunes and I actually got a bit scared of some of them .. they aren’t like our dunes- you get one dune and on that are lank small dunes, covered with vegetation. So I had to either zig zag through them...or to over them. Was all tiring.<o:p></o:p>
    Now i just need to rest and give my knees some rest too.<o:p></o:p>
    He also said he had his first proper fall yesterday (clever bum only telling me 24 hours later) but nothing serious..just “clipped a rock” with my front wheel.<o:p></o:p>
    “i got a feeling tomorrow is gonna be tough...” i think “they” (the organisers) think we think -cause its only two more days.. they gonna go easy on us. I will take it easy and take it as it comes. <o:p></o:p>
    And then his sat phone cut out....<o:p></o:p>
    From right now... ppllls don’t change.. Ingo came in 43<SUP>rd</SUP> for the day.. bringing him up to 46<SUP>th</SUP> overall..and currently 2<SUP>nd</SUP> in the marathon stage.:J J J<o:p></o:p>
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    Tomorrows stage is the last of the dunes in this year’s race-with 294km being the connection and 441km being the race stage-totally in 735km ride.<o:p></o:p>
    The organisers again warned ahead...saying the wide tracks that the riders will ride on towards the end of the stage, conceal stones- which can shatter dreams.<o:p></o:p>
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    Okie dokie everyone.. for once i have this all kla to send out before the actual TV coverage... and i see i still have time to watch Revenge before 22h30 Dakar coverage.<o:p></o:p>
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    Over and out<o:p></o:p>
    T U & F X<o:p></o:p>
    Proudly Nam chicks<o:p></o:p>
    Lisa and Zoe<o:p></o:p>
  18. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    Excellent post Fodder, there is something in there for everyone and if not look, there will be.

    The emptiness of next week will be tough also, what to do with those spare minutes or hours, I don't believe I've read an online newspaper since it all started. Anyway 2 more days to enjoy :clap
  19. Sylvia

    Sylvia vir sapit qui pauca loqui

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    Great Call in Pyn.. :clap
  20. K2vodka

    K2vodka Been here awhile

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    Ha! Ha! Ha! Won't ask. Nice tip.

    Yeah! Compared to your way it is a rookie move. Your way you get everything out. The shovel way a lot just gets pushed around and under things.

    Kind of taking off the bash plate on your bike to clean out all the mud built up.