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

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  1. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Liason-ish

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    Following the description and the elevation profile, they certainly come down on the west side of the hill..... guessing based on routes I can see, but possible Bivi Areas somewhere near the towns?? 31°29'43.37"S 69°25'32.71"W
  2. Cuttle

    Cuttle twisted

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    :huh seems like it (with everybody with 5+ hours), but what's the point... they are already late anyway.
  3. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    So tomorrow: Stage 3 Bikes route is different. Marathon Stage. (Thanks again, Uller for the images) :thumb

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    Let me tell you riding at 4,000m + is no joke! Most people will start to feel dizzy if they stop. A thing as simple as picking up your bike become a major major task. I'm sure they will shutoff CP2 early to be sure.

    I get the feeling there will be some single track and some steep hill climbs after CP2. It will also be the 1st ever that the Dakar does off piste navigation at over 4,000m. You could get into a world of trouble if you go the wrong way up there.
  4. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    For a few minutes toxic britney was at the top of my subscription list. That was a fantastic 3 minutes.
  5. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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  6. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    I always thought Arg was an absolute basket case of a country. From the whupping in 82 to the move to the left!!! fancy going back to central economy after moving toward a market economy!!!

    How they can afford to run the dakar is beyond me.
  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    BOtturi's out. :sad. HE did pretty well, last year?

    Bianchi Prada is humming along slightly ahead of Brett Cummings.

    Still word of #81 on any withdrawal or CP or wanted posters or nothin.
  8. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Not speaking gospel, just my observations
  9. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    do we now have to call him "BamBam the Bull and Boulder Basher Barreda Bort" ? thats one too many B's no ?
  10. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Look, any country known for red wine, steak, and beautiful women is ok in my book, economic frustrations or not. :lol3
  12. HogWild

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    Bivouac is here:
    31°33'5.38"S 68°41'30.05"W

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  13. Uller

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    Paul Jay


    Got back to the bivee safe, bikes looking a bit 2nd hand and so's the rider. That was the hardest thing I've ever done!!

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    He is currently in 134th place

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  14. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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  15. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    THAT'S what I was looking for

    I was close.
  16. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    I was going to post all the race SS stages, but since THIS is what you were looking for, THIS what I posted. :D

    Actually, I only wish I had all the race stages. No such luck. Sorry everyone, the Holidays are over and I have to work now, so not enough time to map the stages.
  17. Bluebull2007

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    Hogwild is correct. That is the bivouac of for the trucks and cars though.

    Here is the liaison route (north is left, east is up)
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    Another view a bit closer (with north up)
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    Hogwilds view is zoomed right in.

    But the bikes...where will they be camping? I reckon they will be here to the west of San Juan

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    I did not have time to draw the special, but I'm pretty sure these are photos of parts of it (going up into the mountains towards Chile before veering back again:

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  18. Scotty Breauxman

    Scotty Breauxman Baja Breaux

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    I've just got off the phone with Peter Hardy #167 (one of my best friends) who, like usual, was as positive as ever, after getting the worst luck possible.

    Near the end of the heavy dune section his (edit) pack rubbed on the rear end of the seat and somehow dislodged the rear fuel vent tube and petrol leaked out onto a hot tailpipe. The bike caught fire and he extinguished the flames with sand. (for those who don't know, Pedro fights wild fires for a living) There was mayhem all around on the stage with broken quads and injuries.

    "I wasn't going to push the (panic) button this early in the rally. The bike wouldn't run and there was sand in the carb." He made the decision to put the bike on a non entered service truck and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He wanted to get closer to the end of the special so as to find assistance from another participant instead of spending the night in the dunes without food.

    The helo landed and they asked what the bike was doing in the back of the truck...

    "I didn't lie, I told em 'the bike caught on fire' and things went downhill from there." They picked him up and flew around scooping riders off the special and landed him at the bivy.

    "Shit happens but I just didn't want it to happen to me"

    The first thing Pedro did was call Elizabeth: "Wife said, you're a winner in my book and you'll do better next time."
    (Which means Pedro will be back...)

    "I was pretty close to the end of the special after the dunes. Tunisia was way harder than the dunes today, so it (Tunisia) was good training for me."

    "I didn't even lay the bike down in 2 days."

    Interestingly and fondly, you have to love this guy for the next quote as he described the chaos of the day and how tempers were flying in the bivy and people were downright having a shitty time...

    "You gotta be happy all the time. Thats why were here"

    "I could be wrapped in a skin graph..."

    Pedro is out of the DAKAR and his fate is unclear, he's a veteran to the bivouac and may decide to stick it out with his current team (Freedom) or possibly join another crew. Whatever the case, I just ask the F5 community to spill some bear or wine for this gentle giant and lets learn from this guy...His 2.5 years of prep went down the tubes over something totally out of his control yet he still keeps a positive attitude and found a way to look on the bright side:

    "You gotta be happy all the time. Thats why were here"

    If you don't know him yet, please learn his story here
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  19. hardwaregrrl

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    Thanks Scotty!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap What a neat guy.....we should all be that happy!!
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    Sucks your out, But have fun with whatever you decide to do!


    Go, Pedro, Go!! :clap:clap
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