Dakar Dazed - countdown to bankruptcy!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Sep 1, 2010.

  1. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    See this:

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    That is possibly the most expensive letter in the world!



    Yep, today I received confirmation from ASO that my entry on the 2011 Dakar has been accepted... yep, that's right, the 2011 Dakar - in Argentina & Chile - in less than 4 month's time!

    Gulp!

    Fortunately as you will probably be aware from previous threads: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=568696, I already have a rather tasty rally bike in the shape of a 2009 WR450 with the JVO 'lite' kit fitted, and which I consider thoroughly tested and shaken-down during the Tunisie round of the FIM World Championship this year (hell, for a month or so I was currently standing 10th in the world in the 450cc Production Class, but that has inevitably dropped to currently 20th overall as subsequent rounds have passed)... anyways, 22nd overall and 1st in the Ladies class was none too shabby for a first time out with the 'big guns' I thought?

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    But of course The Dakar is a very different beast - not so much the pace or the competition (many of which contend the World Championship too of course), rather the massive distance involved and the harsh rules that the organization impose throughout the duration of the rally...

    Fortunately the WR is still in excellent condition, and with a few modifications (not least the addition of steering damper - what the hell was I thinking?!), the bike is pretty much good to go now... likewise, while I could certainly do with shedding a few lbs, I'm in pretty good (physical and mental) shape for undertaking such an extreme event.

    Those of you who followed my exploits on the 'Heroes-Legend' Paris-Dakar rally last year: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=512589, will know I have a good deal of experience (and modest success) in long distance desert rallying, and coupled with a far lighter machine and the support of Desert Rose Racing providing assistance, I am confident that a Dakar finish is well within my grasp this year - and yes, before you ask - I wouldn't have sent off my deposit if I didn't think I could do this thing!

    However, I don't need to tell you guys this whole endeavor is cripplingly expensive! I am currently putting my sponsorship proposal together, and will have a package/document available in the next few days... in the meantime, I am serious when I say I am actively looking for a core and/or key sponsors for my campaign, so please do get in touch if you or you know of anyone/company who would like to get involved...

    At the moment there are three British riders with confirmed entries - Simon Pavey (BMW G450X), Craig Bounds (who will be on a Yamaha WR450 this year) and myself (WR450)... as the only British Female entry, and one of only a handful of women who ever compete in Dakar anyway, I hope to attain a higher that average level of media coverage and publicity for my sponsors.

    Indeed, while I am still in the arrogant self-deluded phase (ask me again when I've made the final payment to ASO, and again three days into the event itself I'm sure), I actually have two goals for Dakar this year:

    The first is of course to finish the event, and in doing so will become only the third British woman to do so on a motorcycle - Patsy Quick being the first of course (in 2006) and Tamsin Jones being the youngest (2010). With those two accolades unattainable now, I guess that means I've just got to be the fastest eh?

    So, it begins...

    This weekend I shall be picking up the bike from having some auxiliary tanks custom made, then there will be a few additional modifications and final preperations to be made, which, luckily for you cats, I intend to document here on ADVrider, together with a kind of regular blog update thing to keep you all informed of progress!

    So, please, sit back with your virtual popcorn, and enjoy the ride!

    Toot toot!

    JennyMo xxx
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  2. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Best of luck :thumb
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  3. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    You go girl! :beer
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  4. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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  5. shrineclown

    shrineclown Vaginaterian

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    Very exciting letter to receive. Good luck to you! Ride fast and safe.
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  6. gregneedham

    gregneedham I seem to fall often

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  7. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    And I thought my divorce decree was the most expensive letter I ever saw. You got me beat. :lol3



    Go, go, go JMo!! :thumb
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  8. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Oh! hell! yeah! :clap

    You go Jenny, that is great news!
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  9. header

    header Chris

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    Sweeet! Another Dakar thread :lurk
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  10. ADVancing

    ADVancing Ducati Submissive

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    Alright J-Mo!

    I have just started to get Dakar fever again.
    I am going to have to abandon anything that resembles a job.
    Cause all sorts of problems with family.
    Become distant from friends.
    Enter the fetal position and rock back and forth for hours on end.

    Oh no.
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  11. Magestyk

    Magestyk Bicycle NINJA

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    Nice! :clap
    Best of luck, you living the dream many of us wish we could do.

    Not sure if you can do this, but when start the race there try to keep up with "Mark Coma" and make Dakar history.
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  12. fancyindigo

    fancyindigo schmancy...fancy

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    Truly inspiring! Sending lots of speed and adventure love your way! :clap
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  13. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Jenny,

    You should do some sort of grass-roots fund raising like the Team Wild West guys did for Dos Sortoes. I would gladly buy an overpriced T-shirt from you!
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  14. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    Gooooo Jenny...

    :clap :clap :clap

    have fun!

    BicyclePhil
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  15. fancyindigo

    fancyindigo schmancy...fancy

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    +1 :D
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  16. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    Good idea - I'm in for a t-shirt at least.
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  17. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hee hee - yes, that is one of the things I've got in mind - I know a guy who knows a guy, and once I get a few sponsors on board, I plan to put together a design for a 'team shirt' for sure...

    I also want to get a dedicated website up and running ideally (rather than use Facebook or similar), to use as a portal for info and uploads, but also so that people can order and pay for merchandise on line... I know I could do this through PMs and Paypal for example, but they take such a chunk that I'm looking at other ways to offer that facility...

    In the next couple of weeks things should be up and running (although I'll be in Moab for a week from 12th September) - I do have a couple of product sponsors lined up already, but the problem (as always) is getting cold hard cash to help pay for the entry fee and assistance support team costs... it's frightening!

    J x
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  18. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    A lot of best wishes (or better "in bocca al lupo") from Italy too. As I told you I haven' been able even to enter a cheaper raid like the Heroes Legend so you can only imagine my envy...and admiration:1drink !
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  19. Gerd

    Gerd Adventurer

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    Good luck!

    Selling t-shirts is a great idea...
    Being kinda poor I can't help, but I wish you the best.
    Also... bike pics please!
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  20. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Way cool. :thumb

    Hook up with Nate over at Rally Raidio, would be cool to hear your thoughts on this leading up to it. :bow
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