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Discussion in 'Racing' started by c.vestal, Mar 5, 2012.
Reading NORRA rules.
Mine made my life totally liveable for all 4 days !
James does a great job!
Keeping the story rolling, I will skip the Rolie fix for now.
I got to a stopping point with the bike prep a few hours later. We started walking around seeing other race teams arriving.... I think there were 4 at this point. These yahoos arrived about the same time as us. Team Squatter made up of Arron, Mike and Jeremy. More on them soon.
We had to do some grocery shopping so left the bike within a "safe" radius of Team Squatter and Mag 7 Pits.
Got our shopping done and hung out at the pool for a few. Pacifico Light in a can... winning!
So here is a bit of my Wolfman Rolie System "Rally Modification"
Here his how I was riding these the months before. Over the seat as designed.
I do not run the top center bag when in terrain where I may see jumps or whoops.
So when I got to Mexicali with my gorgeous new Renazco. I did not want to run the harness over the seat. So we started looking at mounting under. Made some test fits and the seat will attach and not interfere with the seat pan and where it will touch the subframe. Only issue is the slack created by running under the seat. I cut off the top un-used buckle and attached it to pick up the slack and ran it under my seat. Photo below after the 1200 miles.
lovin the write-up here. thanks for sharing.
So the next couple days were a blur prepping the bike, van, spares. We had nice breaks meeting and hanging at the heckling wall with "Team Squatter". Crankshaft (Aaron) Mike "I can not ride in sand" Gilke, and their fearless support Beechum1 (Jeremy)
The day before tech was filled with heading to the grocery for supplies and final prep on the bike then a late night hanging at the Heckling Wall with our new friends.
Matt and I prepping some air filters.
Heckling Wall that night.
Here is a quick graphic I made of the area.
Here is another graphic showing the area you are not safe from the Heckle Wall. (blue)
Saturday the 28th. Was tech.
The hotel was getting crowded.
Tech was at the nearby bull ring. I was surprised of the scale.
After tech helped other with loading roadbooks.
Then this crazy ass shows up. It was good to see Tim Morton. Last I saw him was waving him off the first morning of the Dakar in South America.
TIm rode in from the OX memorial the day before. What he was racing with is what you see in this pic. No support car & crew, no bags. F-ing cool.
mas por favor!
SAWEEET!! Those side bags are just what I'm looking for. Clean setup Chris.
Good talking with you in Bay of LA, by the time I got to San Jose del Cabo I was so sick I did not even eat at the awards dinner. Do you have any T shirts left? See you next year and will your Rally kit work on a 525? You most likely already told me but having a Tequila company as a major sponsor means drinking early. Hope to do this on a bike next year with the Azunia class 6 Nova and a class 11 bug.
Great talking with you too! Yes shirt still available here!!! Sorry, the RMK will not directly bolt up to a 525 and the fiberglass fairing is designed to attach at the bottom to the Acerbis 6.3 gallon on the 2008-2011 models.
Wings my tireless helper, just shipped all of the second round or shirts. Anyone who has ordered after May 20 will be in the next round.
Just gots me a tshirt.
OK, back to the story. That afternoon it was time for the racer meeting at the nearby bullfighting arena. I was a bit star struck here.
The lady is blocking most of RG.
Mouse McCoy, Malcom Smith, Walker Evans, and more I can not think of right now were within a stone's throw.
I was really amped after the meeting. So cool to be around all this talent.
Arriving early I forgot to secure 3 nights at the Colonial so we had to stay at a nearby hotel. We had a great night and listened to Tim Morton's great stories. The good company and food were a perfect distraction.
At the morning of the race was fully wound up and could not sleep. Up at 5am, alone, to do final prep on the bike. This was nice.
When Kelly took this pic, I was a ball of stress. Triple checking everything for something I have missed. Slowly putting on another piece of gear. NORRA had to make last minuet detours at the very start of the transfer. I taped the ~5 sheets to the start of the transfer to the outside of the roadbook to act as tear-offs.
I rode over to meet up with Antonio and Brock so our support crews could travel together.
Here we are stuffing our face with last minuet nutrition. Antiono and team were luck enough to have BicyclePhil on their team. He is a professional chef and a great guy to have on your team.
Full on freaking out behind my Ariete goggles here.
We're all just normal people. You can just come up and talk to us.
Thanks for the shirt order Jeremy!
I am searching for photos to Smugthug. We do not have any of the start lineup, or the first transfer & special. If I find some and if anyone can help I will place in the story. thanks,
I get under the tent at the start line. Find my place in line, remove my helmet and try and finish an orange I have. While chatting it up with others I fine out there will be a group of 4-5 or so, who start in front of me, wanting to follow me to the start of the special. :huh Honestly, this pissed me off. Good or bad... I had to mess with them. I leave the start, turn the corner and withing a block away are 4 or 5 guys waiting and file in line behind me for the 20 mile transfer. I proceeded the the first left marked in the roadbook, at a traffic light, and go straight thru it. Head a few blocks, couple more turns and pull over and fake an issue with my bike. I remember 1 or 2 bike go by. I do not remember who. I then proceed back on to the proper route and lead the remaining group to the start of the special. Sorry guys, I did not mess up anyone's start time.
We start to line up back in our starting order for the start of the special. I roll up to the start. I enjoyed the comforting voice of the starting girls voice and her calming questions. I really wish I remember her name. Never the less, her little questions were a nice distraction. She gets her signal and starts the countdown. I am off!
at 2.63 miles I make a mistake that cost me at least an hour.