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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Flanny, Aug 21, 2012.
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Last weekend Patrick and I set out to do a bit of a training ride to see if we could get Patrick physically and/or mentally exhausted. The idea being to have him recognize the feeling of getting tired, and to be able to proactively navigate and ride with more focus in those situations...
So, we came up with the crazy idea of riding 1600 kms in 36 hours, basically, two 800 km days back to back.
This is what the route looked like - I decided to make a ride poster out of it to post here and on our Facebook page...
So the plan was for Patrick to ride from montreal at 6:00 am, meet me in St. Michel des Saints at 8:00 am, (basically where the pavement ends in Quebec), and to ride a giant loop of 50% gravel forestry service roads, 40% logging roads, and 10% ATV trails.
Friday night I made the 5 hour drive up to St. Michel des Saints with the FlannyMedia 450 EXC-Rally in the back of the my pick-up.
Here she is...this would be the first time I rode it with the new livery, which I'm pretty sure added about 12hp to the bike, and magically removed about 10lbs...
The drive to St. Michel des Saints was intense...major thunderstorms and biblical rain..at least there would be no dust.
Here is Patrick arriving in St. Michel des Saints after riding for two hours in the cold, wet rain at 6:00 am from Montreal...on a 350 EXC no less... (his thinking was to purposely torture himself with vibration and a 2x4 seat-wedgie for two days...)
Here we are, 700 kms and some 10 hours later (200 more for Patrick) at Patrick's hunt camp, in the middle of absolutely nowhere in northern Quebec...
Here's Pat's total mileage for day 1 (on a 350 no less...) :huh
By the time we arrived, I was pretty knackered, but Patrick seemed to be in really good spirits, and was stoked to be at his hunt camp. I was just ready to get out of my gear when Patrick suggested we ride another 10kms in the dark to retrieve a remote motion-sensing camera from his moose hunting spot...Just what I felt like doing after a already riding 700 kms..
Day two cleared, and was an absolutely gorgeous fall day, cool (just above freezing in the morning) but crisp and clear. The biblical rains meant that there was no dust, and amazing traction on the sandy conditions of most of the roads up there...
Here are a few shots from the day...
Pat at Kanawata - a gorgeous hunting outfitter on a lake.
Me at the same place...
Here's Pat telling the tale in Quebecquois...
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For all of you that don't understand French, what he is saying is how he's doing his best to keep up with Flanny, but that I'm such an awesome rider that it's just too mentally tiring to ride like a hurricane, so he's riding his own pace and I'll just have to wait for him. He's also commenting on how he wishes he was as handsome as me, and how cool my bikes are...
Here is my total mileage...1249kms in 15 moving hours..
Here's Pats..Yup - that's 1672 kms between 6:00 am one day and 7:00pm the next day! On a 350!
I spoke with Pat after I got home (in the truck no less), and he said he's be happy to do the ride over again the next day! I felt the same way when faced with the prospect of having to go back to the office!
Next big event for Pat is the Legendary Corduraooy endure...two days of "Canada's toughest race"...more to come on that...
Thanks for following along!
Oh - By the way...
I wanted to specifically mention...One of the ways we're reporting our sponsorship campaing success to Pat's prime sponsors (Aldo Racing, KTM Canada) is through our Facebook page reach.
If you haven't already, following Pat's page and chiming-in your two cents through comments/likes/shares will really help out in the long run. Plus, we'll be using that page for some gear give-aways and for other fun stuff like draws as the Dakar gets closer...
Just click on the image below to head over to Pat's Facebook page. Like it and follow along there as well!
Big news everyone! KTM Canada is officially supporting Patrick's Dakar effort for 2013!
Follow the link below to read the full release, and to learn about an exciting give-away! More details to follow on that front soon.
Wow! Our press release made it all the way to KTM.com!
Check it out! Click on the image to get the the actual page!
Wow!!! Man that is great news!!! Good for him!!!
Another great give-away, special thanks to Patrick's Sponsor KTM Canada!
We're giving away this great KTM/OGIO gear bag to be drawn among everyone who "likes" our page by noon on October 15th.
Share this link, and head over to www.facebook.com/PatrickBeaule.Dakar and "Like" his page to be entered in the draw!
Wow! I'm really behind on updates here!
I'll try to catch up a bit...Pat and I have been really busy. Here's a short vid that we just completed with www.9-lens.com.
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Enjoy while I get to some more posts in the next few days..
Go Patrick Go!
Good luck mate!!!
I ordered a couple of tshirts yesterday, to Greece, just so you know you have supporters all over!!!
Can you post the link of where to support Patrick here in the thread?
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Got my T-Shirt today.
Go Patrick Go!
Just ordered up a t-shirt today, be cheering you on from New Brunswick.
ordered up today
XL shirt ordered! Is it time to race yet?
Best of luck!
Received my T-shirt today. Way cool! Show 'em what a Canuck can do. EH!
Thanks to everyone that has bought a T-Shirt so far!
It is unbelievable that over 600 T-Shirts have sold worldwide so far!
We've been asked to show what the ladies T-Shirts look like so here is a new photo for the T-Shirt Campaign:
Click on the photo above to get to the web-store. You can chose from Men's, Women's and Children's shirts in the "Size" pull-down.
Thanks again for all of your support!