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

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  1. 5 speed

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    I live in Florida and ride in the summer here out in the scrub that is Ocala National Forest. Featureless terrain; bushes sand and pine trees. Very easy to get lost. The humidity is so high and temps in the 35c range that you must have a camel back and drink constantly and load your body the night before with water. However, even acclimated, if something happens 6 hours in and you are kickstarting over and over, picking up your bike, dragging it through the sand, etc, the overwelming heat starts its smothering effect and your body temp starts to rise. Just to do that for 12 hours properly hydrated will wreck your body, but at 47c and after days of this in the desert, any stop or failure immediately puts you at risk. You are already started down the slippery slope.

    Your advice is really only the bare minimum you could hope to pull this off in this kind of heat, you will still need quite a bit of luck on your side.
  2. 5 speed

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    X2 plus, had it not been for Lyndon's post on this thread (my 950 story) I wouldnt own the greatest bike ever the 950 Adventure and thanks to all the help he has given this forum over the years to be able to tackle the mechanics on our own successfully :clap:freaky
  3. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    I have put together a brief summary of the first week, together with a look forward to the second half on the Jennydakar.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JennyDakar - and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone here on the F5irehose for providing such a rapid (and usually accurate!) source of information, thorough analysis (mostly), and of course, priceless speculation!


    "Dakar Day 7 (Rest Day - Salta) and 1st week review: Rest day cannot have come soon enough for everyone on Dakar this year - amateurs and pros alike, particularly in the bike category. Of my initial featured riders (mainly privateers), sadly all of them have had to withdraw, either through mechanical failure, injury, or timing out on what has been described as one of the hardest routes ever on the Dakar Rally.

    Even the pros are not immune - with a resurgence in factory teams taking part, coupled with worldwide media coverage to billions of people, the big guns are out to grab headlines - and inevitable pushing hard from day one is going to result in casualties. Fortunately many have been able to walk away (or at least walk to the helicopter), but others have needed more intensive care and repatriation to their home countries. It has been a brutal first half to the race.

    The last two days (Stage 5 & 6) have been particularly severe, with high altitude and searing temperatures well over 100°F compounding the stress on already weakened bodies. For example, Gilbert Escalé - one of two young (20 year old) Spanish twin brothers riding together in Dakar for the first time crashed particularly severely into a cravass and had to be airlifted out. His brother Oriol on hearing the news tried to continue on, but subsequently withdrew to support his brother in intensive care. Fortunately we can report that Gilbert is out of danger now.

    Other riders struggled on throughout the day with failing machinery, personal dehydration, and the ever present risk of fire - and a number of cases where dry vegetation was getting tangled in their bikes and acting as kindling.

    Sadly this year has already suffered one competitor fatality - 11 time Dakar entrant and Malle Moto rider #122 Eric Palante, who was an extremely experienced participant, was found early on Friday morning having failed to reach the end of the stage the day before. Stage 5 had also claimed the lives of two journalists who were following the event, when their vehicle left the road and crashed.

    With over 50% of the motorcycle entrants now withdrawn - and not least many of the podium and top-ten contenders now out of the race, it is expected that the second half of the rally may offer some respite.

    However, the Motos will still have to contend a second 'Marathon' stage starting right after rest-day tomorrow, with an overnight at high altitude in Uyuni, Bolivia (while the Autos and Trucks race a loop stage out of Salta, Argentina), and the rally organisation are on record as saying Stage 11 (Antofagasta to San Salvador, Chile) is likely to prove one of the toughest Dakar stages ever.

    So for part 2 of Dakar 2014, these are the riders I'll be following:

    #92 Mike Johnson - US privateer is the only remaining American rider in the rally this year - he has been struggling with electrical problems throughout the first half of the race, but is showing strong resolve and resilience.

    #50 Laia Sanz - While the Factory HRC riders have all suffered from mechanical problems, injury and even their bikes catching fire!, Laia who is riding one of the 'customer' CRF450 Rally machines this year has had a reasonably uneventful rally so far, and has proved consistent with regular stage finishes in the top 20. If she maintains this pace, I am certain we will see her on a full factory bike in 2015.

    #67 Robert Van Pelt - at just 20 years old, Robert is the youngest competitor on the Dakar this year, and similarly was the youngest ever in 2012, where he finished his first event in 47th position overall. Robert is currently sitting just outside the top 20 overall, and finished a spectacular 7th on stage earlier in the week. This is even more impressive when you consider he is riding in the Malle Moto (unassisted) category - one to watch for the future I'm sure!

    #259 Camelia Laparoti - Camelia is one of very few female quad riders in rally-raid, and has consistently finished the Dakar in the top 15 in the past four years. She has been riding a steady race this year, and is on target for her 5th finishers medal.


    We of course wish all the remaining competitors the best of luck, those injured a speedy and full recovery, and offer the sincerest condolences to all those who have suffered bereavement this past week."


    Jx
  4. Capo Sakke

    Capo Sakke Don't rock the boat

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    Thanks for the correction "mait", > corrected. My Estonian isn't that good either :norton:wink:
    Guys are doing grate job :clap

    You can found VIDEO here Tom fixing the bike
  5. Mickldo

    Mickldo Been here awhile

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    :cryRIP Eric

    :cryRIP all of the other racers and heros that have also given their lives doing what they love

    Glad to see the three aussies still in it:freaky

    I am gunning for every single rider still in this race. Definitely one of the toughest Dakars for a long while.
  6. mroova

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    Nice footage from Stage 5. Although in polish, but with some acrobatics in the sand that I didn't see elsewhere :evil

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    sick_boy I follow you.

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    Pretty amazing video, MG! I would love to ride that some day...
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    NovaMoto Been here awhile

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    Inspirational words, Lyndon
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    Rest Day provided team F5 with welcome relief...

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    Jx
  10. Stagehand

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    I'm with ^
  11. Deadly99

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    Like everyone else out there...catching up on life. today. Cya all tomorrow morning.

    This forum and thread in particular rocks. A half dozen or more Dakar veterans providing first hand advice and stories from their experiences combined with complete noobs to the F5 thread and all jiving and making what is the best way to follow the race. F5 season is great this year
  12. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    :lol3:lol3

    and thanks for your review of the 1st half Jen :clap
  13. neduro

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    Great post, Lyndon. Thanks. :bow

    Two further comments that compliment that-

    1) It takes a lot of luck to make it thru Dakar. As you have outlined, people make at least some of that luck, with preparation and training, but we do not make all of it (thanks for sharing those moments). In other words, no amount of training and preparation could guarantee a finish. You and I both got very lucky in addition to doing everything we could to not need luck!

    2) There is a level of mental determination necessary that means you have left yourself no out from finishing, no allowance for ease or convenience. If you have to push the bike to the top of a hill as Sam did, well, that's what you do. As we watch the videos of these competitors, some still in, some now out, you can see that determination in various amounts, and I find it something that I connect with very much.

    You see the pain so clearly in Paulo Goncalves as the goal he has worked toward is taken from him in flames, it is a very human moment.


    My opinion is that the ASO recognizes how much the public identifies with these human moments, and while they can come from any competitor, the amateur ranks are important to them in providing that human connection. I believe the race will continue to evolve in difficulty and approach, but I don't think they will make it impossible for Amateurs to have, and share, a deeply human experience. Not to sound shallow, but it is every bit as much a part of their brand as the grace and speed of the winner.
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    Kevin Muggleton:

    Only 35% of bikes still left in #Dakar2014, rumor to cancel Stage Special tomorrow so some bikes might make finish! http://t.co/YFadS9yUkP


    Cyril D:

    Hello guys, I'm in Salta for the rest day and as you know it hasn't been an easy first week. But I've seen today that there are 62567 of you following me and it gives me a real boost. Thanks everybody for your support. I will keep pusching...

    Salut à tous, je suis a Salta pour la journée de repos et comme vous le savez, cette 1ère semaine n'a pas été facile.
    Mais j'ai vu ce matin que 62567 personnes me suivaient et ça me boost, merci a tous. Je lache pas...
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    It still kills me that he's on the trainer on the rest day.
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    David Batalla, del equipo Gas-Gas Epsilon, durante la sexta etapa.
  19. Davestr

    Davestr Been here awhile

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    Ned always seem to have been calm after a stage. He never when you talked to him seemed very stressed the only time was right in the beginning when our bikes was late and lots prepping to bedone before the race when we ofloaded the container. He did little snapping but the rest he was just seemed totally mellow.
    Then again his team and mechanics were just goofy and always cracking jokes and full humor.
  20. Bluebull2007

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    One of my favorite things about Uyuni in Bolivia is the train cemetery. Its a haunting place which fills me with nostalgia every time I go there.

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    Actually you don't need to have a Hogwild to decode the route if you have the road book. With a road book and GE open with a reasonable connection you would very quickly have a number of tips that would give you a quite an edge.


    :thumb

    :nod

    It really is excellent. I keep telling myself I'm beginning to understand French as well. :lol2

    Yes I just stopped typing because I realized the post was getting too long and anyway you wouldn't be too interested to know on how a heat tolerance test is conducted...would you? :D

    Thanks to the snowball effect, I also forgot to delete those two words. Sorry :shog

    Re what year is my year? Well that all depends on the finance situation I am afraid. Right now it is not possible and I'm sorry but I cannot bring myself to bum off everyone like shoestring did. Its one thing getting sponsors but I think I need to be realistic about it. Having said that, if business is good in the next two months that could change in in that case I am keen to enter for 2015. Who knows, maybe I could team up with Jenny Dakar or someone else. :deal Its all still too early for me to make any announcement though. :rolleyes

    Great post, Pebble. :cry

    Wow, thanks for these wise words, and for sharing something so openly.
    You're an inspiration
    :bow :bow :bow
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