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

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  1. zolo

    zolo Been here awhile

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    This could be a dumb question.
    But could someone explain to me why Chaleco's number is 5?
    Are the numbers given at Random? I thought at least the top 3 from the previous year where given the numbers based On Finish placement from previous year?
  2. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Yes, it is.

    This is the part of Dakar that must be lived to really be understood. You come into the bivouac each night and it seems like you have lived a lifetime since you saw your friends last. You not only saw, but ate and breathed and felt, more landscapes that day than most people see in a year.

    Further, most days, you have seen the remnants of crashes, seen someone who shared your dream, the dream you have nurtured and held more closely than anything else, you have seen their end of that shared dream crushed. Which is both heavy and light, because you have a moment of empathy and then put up a wall to keep your own dream alive. You move on and harden yourself and keep going and after a moment it seems like nothing at all. You go back to greedily inhaling landscapes and vistas and continents, going further and faster than seems possible to sustain.

    It is such a cool f#cking race. Sorry to swear, but that's just the only way to describe it.
  3. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    Just a comment from the peanut gallery here but maybe I know something from experience and being a scholar at this game of rally.

    Joan Barreda has done the work and now the rally is his to lose. All he has to do is follow. And unless Despres and Coma team up to play a game with him, it would be difficult for either of those guys to ride 10-minutes faster then Barreda if he is keying off their navigation. He just has to follow and check and keep his bike running for the rest of the rally. So Simple! Right!!!

    So many young guys get into this position ( I threw away a Nevada Rally lead of 8 minutes, idiot move!) because they forget to slow down. I hope he has good people around him to coach him. I know the Speedbrain team has some experienced guys there. He has taken the risk, now it is the others turn.

    When Roma was on the bikes he was famous for getting the lead then trying to manage it, but having a difficult time most of the time.

    Peterhansel owned this technique and it showed in the results.

    The best part of all of this is if he does follow guys like Cyril, especially Cyril, watch them complain. But if you are a good navigator, you can play games and turn the tables. This rally, at this stage, is now down to navigation for everyone but Joan Barreda.

    Good times, love to see it!
  4. Jurassic

    Jurassic Long timer

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    I thought it was just me that was finding it a bit quiet. As others have said the Jonah/Neduro/Pyndon factor is missing plus the stress inducing awesomeness that was waiting for news of Luis or Toby. The race at the front should be amazing to witness but it lacks that personal involvement factor that I've felt the past few years. You lot on here make up for it as well of course. ;-)

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  5. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    Wtf are riders allowed to swap tyres ? How is that das marathon ????
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  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Jimmy-

    Good insight.

    Hard to believe that even this early a ten minte lead means anything, though, otherthan everyone is in striking distance.



    Where the hell is Francesco?

  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    She's the true alien...I don't know how she does it. :bow

  9. Jurassic

    Jurassic Long timer

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    Cyril swapped motors with someone last year on a marathon stage, remember?

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  10. Stagehand

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    Not woking is actually busier than having a job, for me. Added to the fact I need to spend over half the time I do have just reading to catch up! Then Boom! Four posts I blew my wad! :freaky
  11. DudaRO

    DudaRO Been here awhile

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    this.... is epic! :eek1
    awesome description Ned :clap:clap:clap
  12. Myway

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  13. yardracer

    yardracer stubborn cow

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    I'm so proud of her!!!!:clap:clap:clap
  14. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Shit....Faria. damn.....this has been a brutal begining.
  15. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    Freedom Rally FB post:
    We are staying positive for Kevin tonight to complete stage 3!!! His son is starting our "strong" cheer!! Who is with us?

    Let's go Team Redverz - Kevin Muggleton to Dakar & Freedom Rally Racing!

    Time to beat the Dakar - The Ultimate Rally Race.
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    WHat does this mean? Kev was able to press on? :ear


    It seems like Francesco never officially finished stage 2.. Still no idea beyond Artduro's earlier cryptic photo.


    Time to start following Octavio: OK, #82.. Whatyagot?

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  18. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Good to see Mike Johnson and Octavio Valle got to the bivy...
  19. nry

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    Great words again Ned !

    I'm struggling to pull myself away from the tracker at the moment Mark Davidson really should be in by now and Clayton is where ?

    Just one more cup of tea and a bit more of a stare :D
  20. Myway

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    5 minutes france 2 "bivouac" vlc playlist or coverage page
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