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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Evia Rally, Nov 3, 2011.
Good luck Angelo
Thanks ted! Hopefully I'll have a tale to tell come the 29th!
Balkan boy, as far a rallies go, it should be friendly enough as
the bivouac is in the same place each day, and I know from experience that
The location has some fantastic dual sport roads
For everything from Ktm adv640s to monster gs1200s
Steaming towards Greece making 22mph on the ferry! I hope no one is taking parts off my bike
Cool, I am getting last minute stuff done like decals & t-shirts (don't laugh, here it is)
Picking up the bike on Friday, had the suspension serviced as it has done about 2000 race kilometers
since last I checked, printing sponsor decals and heading up to the Bivouac early monday morning
with my friend Polytimi, she is racing her 450 'Berg
So far entries are around 130 bikes & quads, I think Australasian Safari quad winner John Maragozidis
is competing, plus a shit load of Italians, Austrians, Germans, a few Turks (sadly not Kemal) etc.... should make for a hell of an atmosphere
Race temperatures are supposed to be between 20-25 degrees celsuis, weather forecast says no rain,
I am soooo looking forward to this...
Race schedule is thus:
Tuesday 24th, Prologue,
4 x 5km loop, all done on sand / beach riding
Wednesday 25th, Day 1
Thursday 26th, Day 2
Friday 27th, Day 3
Saturday 28th, Day 4
A few pics of the organiser scouting the course:
definitely NOT "pinned in fifth" terrain
How about a picture of a girl on the Husaberg?
2010 Erzberg Rodeo
and at the Balkan rally same year
Small update, weather here is glorious, sunny spring days with 25 degree weather... inmate Ruckedup has already
arrived at the bivouac, waiting for his impressions
can't wait to take off, this is gonna be the longest weekend of my life
Started packing the million +1 things that I need for the rally (seriously, we should start a checklist thread on here
covering everything from pharmaceuticals to highlight pens) and all that's left is to pick up my bike this evening...
knowing my mechanic, it will probably be after midnight, at least it was last time before I left for Serres
a few more pics of the course, organiser cars checking & re-checking the route yesterday:
inmate RuckedUp emails the view from his hotel:
"Weather is perfect"
sunscreen added to rally bag
Daily distance "Cheat sheets" printed & laminated to stick onto handle bar...
I know, it looks suspiciously nerdy, but I find it much easier to carry a pen and note start times, ideal times and target times for Liaisons onto these instead of struggling to reach for my carnet every time I approach the end of a Liaison...
Also handy for noting down last minute changes to roadbook (like at the end of SS3, this one is from Serres last year, the grey numbers on the right are the ideal times for each section, which also changed, like at L2 which was actually 35 minutes instead of 40)
More from Ruckedup:
"Throw this pic in ADV to rub it in ha ha I may have to buy a house here if this gets any better!"
A nice surprise, picked up the bike at a reasonable hour yesterday
Suspension rebuilt, all joints & bearings checked, oil, filters, valve clearances, the works,
so I took it for a little spin around town, everything works like a charm
race numbers get picked up at scrutineering on monday
and this is what 5 days of a rally lite gear bag looks like, thankfully the guest room was vacant
That's a fine looking bike.
Witch knee brace is that?
Thanks, it's just a knee protector, Acerbis, I think they're called Evo Knee guards
or something like that
Just taking in the sights and relaxing before I set the bike up today. I'm loving this sun!
hopefully this time tomorrow we will be en route to the bivvy
ps - if you heard any loud drunken greek singing yesterday night, it was the organizer's birthday
Just a few shots I took today with my POS iPhone.
First off lunch was killer!
Then took in some of the team set ups!
Then a few sweet bikes!
So, yesterday was a bit hectic, got to the bivouac, set up, 3 bikes, tent, tools, wheels, tires etc
then registration, technical inspection, and the Balkan cup awards and a brief riders meeting for the prologue
today which will be 3 to 5 loops of 5km beach course to determine starting order tomorrow
Craziness in the bivouac continued until at least 3am, thankfully me and my buddies (and quite a few loud Italians ) are staying in a b&b which is significantly far awawy form the bivvy to ensure a quiet night's sleep ... looks like I won't be needing earlplugs
One more before I take off to calibrate the odo's at the designated calibrating kilometer...
race is on!