Heroes-Legend (Paris to Dakar) Rally - 2009

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  1. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    I thought those of you who saw my Hero? Legend? Fool? thread last year might be interested in seeing a few photos from the event (these ones are of me/my bike, others to follow) - enjoy!

    Scrutineering, Ales, France... seemed like a lifetime ago, even when we looked back just a week later on the rest day in Mauritania!:
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    Day 1: in Africa featured three special stages, primarily on gravel tracks/pistes, and the timing was tight - a lot of riders elected to drop a [speed] group after the first day:
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    Day 3: featured a long special - nearly 250kms (plus liaison) from Merzouga to Zagora in southern Morocco:
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    Day 4: was another long day - heading west first in the desert, and later in the mountains:
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    Day 4: one of my favorite photos! The roadbook took us through remote mountain villages - that's Clive Dredge (#12), Patsy's husband ahead of me... after his fall on Day 2, we ended up riding a number of the subsequent stages together - he was in a lot of pain for most of the event!
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    Day 5: Another great stage day in south western Morocco - heading for the coast:
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    Day6: There was very little water on the event (thank goodness!), but this was a great photo-op!:
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    Day 6: Another great pic of the bike - the colour scheme really stood out in the photos!:
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    Day 7: The first of the dune days - the roadbook actually took us around a huge dune field, rather than through the middle... probably for the best!:
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    Day 9: in the Mauritanian Dunes - this is probably my favorite photo of the event (other than on the finish line with Piglet and Stephane of course!):
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    Day 10: The was the first of two back to back 600+km days, including a tough sand-funnel and a field of soft dunes - one of the 2006 Dakar stages:
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    Day 12: in Senegal - at the intermediate between two Specials:
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    Day 12: Getting buzzed by the helicopter - it was tempting to wind it up a notch for the camera, but I didn't want to jeopardize my speed/timing on this stage - I'd managed to claw my way back up the field by now:
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    Day 13: Lac Rose! At the finish line, at last!
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    Day 13: He is a well-traveled piggy, and a great support crew member!
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    Jenny xx
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  2. NordieBoy

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    Great stuff!
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  4. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Great shots, Jen, and nice job on the rally!:clap :bow
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    Nice!

    Looks like fun.:evil
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    Great photos, Jenny:clap !
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    Lovely pictures Jenny !!!
    Heroes Legend... My dream !!!
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  8. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hee hee - maybe one day we'll have a two bike JVO/WR team eh?

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    Jenny, one question: Didn´t you find it difficult riding in all that dust with an Arai helmet and dark glasses? I eventually took my visor out and got a set of goggles.
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    Sportakus Been here awhile

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    Jenny, congratulations for your rally...:clap :clap :clap

    I have a new teneré, and a love your machine... :eek1 :eek1 :eek1

    Can you put more pics?. Thanks...

    pd: Excuse for my english, I´m learning now...:deal
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    I was wondering this too! Is it the Tour-X? I own it and use for long asphalt/off road tours, but found it a bit heavy for strictly offroad riding... and the visor would probably get damaged soon after riding in the dust
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    Once again; great pictures! :thumb
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  13. JMo (& piglet)

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    Hi Bluebull and Gian -

    Yes, it is a Tour-x (XD3) - which is basically the same shell as the VX3 MX lid, plus the visor and a slightly different peak...

    It is a heavier helmet than something like an Airoh for example, but I don't find the weight uncomfortable at all - it is actually the same lid I rode across the US in earlier that year, just with a few stickers on it! The visor wasn't an issue at all I found - and a positive bonus initially in France where it absolutely pissed down with rain!

    I could have removed the visor itself once in Africa of course, but to be honest, it tucks up very neatly, and since it wasn't a brand-new visor anyway, I wasn't too precious about it getting scratched... as it turned out, it just got a bit dusty but has cleaned up fine.

    As for wearing the sunglasses - I did take goggles (and used them on one day, but left them in my kit bag after that), but found I preferred the glasses. The style I have fit my eye sockets very snugly (that will be my weird shaped head I guess!) so unless you are directly following someone, it was rare that you get dust in your eyes - although it did happen on the odd occasion I must admit...

    Most of the time however you are riding on your own - it is only if you catch up another rider/vehicle, or one passes you that there is much dust - and that is soon over (either you've passed them, or they've passed you)... obviously it is a different situation if you are riding with a buddy or others in a group/pack like racing MX etc for example...

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    Thanks for the response. I asked because I thought the dust from the other bikes might be an issue, I know it was for me the other day, and I love to ride with my visor (up) & dark glasses. I was just thinking for something like the Sertoes I would probably go for the googles, but peripheral vision is reduced and I found that to be an issue. As you say, its not always that you are riding in a pack, but just looking at some of the rallye footage about most notably the Dakar, and its pretty dusty much of the time!
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  15. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    I agree - I guess the best plan is to carry both with you, and if it is a particularly dusty/windy/close racing day, wear the goggles, and stick with the glasses where you can?

    J x
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    OK, it's taken me ages to upload all these (they were huge files originally), but here are a selection of shots covering many of the other riders/vehicles...

    All these photos were taken by the Marcel and the guys at Rallymaniacs.NL

    Arriving early morning in Nador, Morocco straight into Day 1 in Africa - that's the Desert Rose Racing support truck disembarking:
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    The Dutch team 'Desert Daltons' fielded two WR450s and a Toyota 4x4 that was also their service crew/support (they were the buggers who ran me over!) - they were an impressive sight with their colour-coordinated gear and vehicles/graphics:
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    Father and son team Wort and Eddie... Wort is 73 years old! and missed out driving the Heroes' last year with a broken wrist. This year his son Eddie wanted to do it on a bike, so his dad said "yeah, why not?!" and they were on a pair of nicely prepped CRF450Xs:
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    Day 1 included a series of short, but fast special stages - just incase anyone was under the illusion this event was going to be easy:
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    Kids the world over love motorbikes!:
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    Riders tended to help each other out when necessary:
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    Hope you can still ride like this when you're 73 years old?!
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    Not Robby Gordon!
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    These guys bought two spare quads (TRX450Rs) with them... they ended up needing them too!
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    Day 4 started in the palmeries around Zagora, before heading west into the mountains in the afternoon...
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    Stunning scenery in south western Morocco:
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    Defender 130 was a big old bus!
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    This is why they had to rebuild those quads each night!
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    This guy was always on one wheel when the camera's were around!
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    Rob was the only guy on a twin - an Africa Twin no less, which qualified him for the 'classic' category too!
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    There were a pair of Hummers (a team) on the 2009 event - they certainly struggled in some of the narrow mountain villages in Morocco!
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    Dan Costescu is one of the top riders in Romania - his KTM 530 Meca'system kitted bike was a piece of art, but suffered during the event...
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    The two Polish brothers on the TRX quads were hugely entertaining, even if their exhausts were obscene, and their service crew kept us up half the night!
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    Medical Helicopter proved essential for a number of competitors - Nick Bridger (UK) came a serious cropper on Day 2 in Africa, and had to be airlifted to hospital and subsequently repatriated via France... while later on in the event, a number of riders started to suffer with fatigue and have accidents too...
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    You can see why the WR450F is such a popular bike in the 450cc class:
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    Hoisting a minger! (as they say in the UK):
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    That's me in the distance, being chased by one of the quads!:
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    On Day 3, Dan had had to dive off the road into the rocks when a local car did a U-turn in front of him during a liaison - and he crashed pretty heavily... later on during the event, the bike had more and more duct tape holding it together!
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    Christian & Helly from Austria were the slickest team this year - they were also making a film of the event (DVD out soon I believe) and had all the gear, plus their own mechanic! After riding his 660RR all day, Chris would then download footage and update his website each evening:
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    Dan on the other hand was made to strip naked and work on his own damn bike!
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    Helly Frauwallner was aboard a brand new 690RR - both he and Chris Horwarth were sponsored by new energy drink Contiger:
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    There were a team of rent-a-drive Jeeps on the event this year, together with a couple of more seriously modified ones - they say the fastest car is a hired car...
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    These guys knew how to get their photo taken!
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    Soft dunes in Mauritania...
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    Not that it bothered this guy!
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    Or Eddie on the CRF450X for that matter...
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    Helly taking it easy in the sand funnel on day 6:
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    Ollie's EXC at full compression - who'd have thought sand could be so hard?!
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    The Daltons fitted their WR450s with the 2-Trac (2WD) system once they got to Mauritania:
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    Day, erm I don't know, by now it had become a blurr! This is during the liaison to Nouakchott:
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    Midway through the second week people were started to sweat (it was over 40°C during the day):
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    Were starting to hurt:
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    Were starting to break vehicles:
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    Were starting to break bones...
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    Crossing the Senegal river at sunset was a magical moment:
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    Clive Dredge (Patsy's husband) on the start of stage 2 on the penultimate day:
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    Stephane Peterhansel behind the wheel of a tasty Jeep... surely that's cheating having him drive for you?!
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    They'd already destroyed two quads (well, engines), and now, on the second to last day, the third one died... we were barely 300kms from Dakar now...
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    Clive looking surprising well for a man with cracked ribs, stitches in his fingers and having spent the last two weeks on a KTM saddle!
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    On the third to last day, Wort (the 73 year old CRF450X rider) had to be airlifted to the end of the stage with dehydration problems... when I saw him at the intermediate stop, he had three paramedics around him and drips in his arms... the next [penultimate] day, he got back on his bike, rode the first stage and broke his foot on a tree stump - how unlucky can you be?!
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    But blow me if he didn't get up on the final day, strap his foot up and get back on for the final liaison into Lac Rose - what a Hero!

    The Polish brothers made it to the finish line, even if one quad had to be towed!
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    Burtus (and his girlfriend Jo) were the unluckiest couple on the whole event - problem after problem occurred: stolen passports, broken bikes, broken support car - yet they made it to the finish, even if Burtus had to borrow Nick Bridger's old bike when his own bike failed in Morocco...
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    Rob (on the Africa Twin) made it across the line too, despite have crashed and bashed his bike to bits, and broken any number of ribs:
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    Ladies! Get a room! These two were part of a huge team of Jeeps - some highly modified, others almost stock (on the Bivouac route):
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    "Don't you love it when a plan comes together?":
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    And finally, I'd like to say a huge thank you to the Desert Rose Racing support crew this year - Christian (who looked after Helly & Chris' bikes), Patsy and Zippy - you guys rock!
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    Jenny xx
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    Hoopdy Do we turn here?

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    As always superb pics JMo Thanks :clap
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