Dakar 2014 - Official Event Coverage - thank you all, lurkers and posters!!!

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  1. SteveDennehy

    SteveDennehy Steve

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    David Reeve's Zambia Dakar 2013 Challenge


    Good Morning Zambia. I have a little data connectivity at long last so having packed up the RV and getting ready to leave for San Juan, I thought I'd just send a quick update.

    David is cheerful. He has had a touch of the Flu but seems to had got rid of it now. He left about 2 hours ago on the 1st day of his 2 day Marathon stage to Chilecito via San Juan. Their Bivouac tonight is a long way from ours and will be heavily guarded to ensure that the riders don't get any Assista...nce from their teams.

    Yesterday was carnage for all the classes with quite a few withdrawals as we understand. You will have seen the posts about it.
    David and I had a long chat after he finished his Road-book preps last night.
    The Plan is simple. He will consolidate his place during the 2 day Marathon stage, not pushing it.
    Don't expect any major place changes please, The aim is to preserve the bike and get through the Marathon stage in 1 piece. We also know that David gets stronger the longer he is in the race. He has the stamina. He ate well last night which he needed to do as he was physically drained when he came in. Food here in the Bivouac is very good.
    Scott Spears and Jaime Valdez from FRR are doing an awesome job on David's bike. She is running sweet. They both have a good relationship with David and are very pleased with his attitude and feedback to them.

    Well must go. Thanks for all your support. I managed to get on FB in the Bivouac last night, to show David the support you guys are sending him, it had us both a bit emotional. (show him his thread, it'll have him blubbing like a baby) He was so Chuffed that you guys are sending all the messages.

    It lifts David seeing that you are supporting him so much. Thanks again.

    Out for now, will try to send some pics asap, maybe vi Norman on Email.

    CB2
  2. fetid_swamp

    fetid_swamp Been here awhile

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    yes, deffo. did you hear/see his expert commenary on the erzberg live coverage the other year. excellent.

    OT. how do i see/read light/white text when trying to keep up to speed on tapatalk??
  3. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    The one thing you can count on about the ASO official "live" timing (at least the waypoint tracking) is that you can't count on it. :lol3

    The POSIS (manually entered data... usually in conjunction with the CP's (control point/check points) is generally the only hardened fast time you can rely upon.

    When they get all intervall timing points on the DAKAR working (and it seems less frequent these days than in the past? strangely enough) then the f5 collective use this to create their "virtual" picture of who is where on the piste relative to each other... a "minds eye" version of what the irritrach graphic (still use on other events) depicts.

    Alas for some reason (an we might have been a contributing f5actor BTW :evil) for reasons known to themselves, ASO have ceased using the irritrack plotter/graphic as part of the DAKAR coverage... since a couple years back.
  4. nry

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    When the question was first asked I had a look at the standings but thought
    "I'm no kniggit"
    But I did pick , step up Alain Duclos
    The key is not to over analyse :rofl hey I may just have a gift you never know...
  5. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    You are new here... are'nt you?? :lol3
  6. Screamingeagle3

    Screamingeagle3 Been here awhile

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    Good morning/day/evening.....whatever is :1drink

    i see some beting is going on....so il go with Bandana(know its to early,but me thinks its time to show some "muscle")
  7. daryl

    daryl Adventurer

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    from http://dakar.fr/dakar/2014/fr/etape-3/communique-special.html

    Changement de parcours sur l'étape du jour



    • Les Motos/Quads prennent le départ au Km 130 de la spéciale.

    • Nouvelle arrivée autos/camions juste après le kilo 222 initial nouveau kilométrage de 240
    looks like they're trimming the start of the stage for the bikes/quads, and the end for the cars/trucks
  8. booswig

    booswig n00b

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    lurking for 6½ years but F5ing diligently since last year's Dakar.

    Thanks to everyone who makes it possible (selfs daai bloubul)

    cheers

    JC
  9. nry

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    :D

    But.. If I were to think about it I'd come up with this.

    He's in a good position for tomorrow.

    He's been around since 2000.
    New three year contract.
    He's on a bike which may not go the distance so strike while the iron is hot.
    He's pissed after playing second fiddle to Chaleco.
    He can smell it :evil

    Oh and he looks like a big strong boy who has a good set of lungs !
    And two of the fastest and hardest charging youngsters have got it out of their system already..

    What do ya reckon ?
  10. nry

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    Oh and Troy..... Chaleco has got NOTHING :D
  11. too old

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    Give me chance, just got of a plane - no on board technology available yet. Will be sporadic later though, but if Sam can get a 3rd/4th today that will be a result! :clap
  12. mulgathumper

    mulgathumper Been here awhile

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    The next two days will undoubtedly set the scene for the rest of the race. The possible permutations in the top 10 is very intriguing. Fast, young, low nav experienced riders, ahead of aliens. As Cyril has shown today with his tumble...anything can and will happen. Could this just be the BEST Dakar ever?
  13. 8340SU

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  14. Lizard of Aus

    Lizard of Aus Team Husky

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    F5 noob but can't get enough of this damn thread, It's like your very own private expert anaysis :lol3

    Hoping Grabbo has a good run in the next two days.

    Quietly expecting Bam Bam to go Boom.. Backwards. He just seems to ride on the ragged edge to much for me.

    Lizard
  15. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    Good morning(/afternoon/evening/whatever), all.
    *yawns*
    :wave

    (I'm gonna sit over here in the corner and try to catch up, K?)
    (Hmmm, first thing I notice is that the start's been pushed back to 0950 and I could have slept another hour, dangitall.)
  16. silentwolf

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    I know in Race to Dakar (Boorman) there was a scene in which they discussed that tyre were flown in with all the malle moto boxes - if the crew recalled putting them on the plane in their case :huh. In theory even all the aliens and top riders have boxes even if they aren't used. UNless things have changed from Africa days I would assume that basic maintenance items, fluids, filter tyres and emergency repairs would certainly be allowed... if done solely by the rider.

    I recall Simon Pavey talking last year about breaking his entire bike down just for 'practice.' :evil

    I may be very mistaken but I thought I recalled a story a few years back that Alain was actually a child in Dakar watching the bike arrive and wanted to race - Have I got him confused with someone else?
  17. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    Damn work getting in the way again. :bluduh See you all when it's over... the stage that is.
  18. 8340SU

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  19. ianofmcmillan

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    ^^^^

    WE NEED YOU! ...To give us a push to the ASS, please.
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