Sonora Rally 2016

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  1. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    SCOTT AND DARREN...Sonora Rally 2016, what a success!!! Thank you :bow
    I appreciate, and benefit greatly from all of your passion for rally raid. Your event shined....the terrain was stunning!! The dune fields, vast and challenging, are world-class.

    I was continually impressed with all the hard work by the volunteers....Erin, Eric, Betsy, Jason, Joe D, Bernie, Romina, the local off-road fanatics and 4x4 club, Ryan, all the other folks who I didn't meet or misplaced your name(my apologies)...you all really make the event so much fun :clap thank you!! The volunteer ranks swelled by 2 with Dave and Jen kicking in on day 4 with checkpoint and gas splash duties:thumb Thanks to Jen and all her hard work keeping the ICO team rolling strong.

    The food was off the hook...the caterers kicked ass...ribs, rib eyes, filet mignon, freakin' tacos...everything fresh and tasty. Next year I'm not racin'. I'll pay for the food wrist band and hang out in the bivouac all day/night and eat :dukegirl

    The racers: Wow...at the pointy end incredible world class talent, just below that an assemblage of talented racers, moto entrepreneurs, and the rally obsessed. At the end of the day, over gatorade and recoverite, great conversation and camaraderie was the common denominator in the bivouac.

    ICO Racing team manager Dave Peckham, thanks for all the support and good times :beer
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  2. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    Just got back and it was a bit of an adventure. For this year's Sonora Rally I teamed up with Neduro and Pyndon. We all met up in Phoenix so we could load up in Ned's sweet box truck. Ned conned our buddy Miguel Santana into pulling support for us and driving the truck.

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    From there we drove down to the start in San Louis Rio Colorado ran through tech inspection and got ready to race. Of course to make sure things didn't go too easily I caught some sort of flue like stomach bug that urgently put me on the can every few hours.

    Come race day I used the latrine one last time, popped a couple of Immodium ADs, make sure I had a full pack of wet wipes and hopped on the bike w/ shaky legs ready to race.

    Ned ready to start the liaison in San Louis
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    Fast and easy liaison to the bivouac/start in the desert and we were off.


    Desert start line

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    Desert Bivouac.

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    D-1 started off with some fast, sandy open desert roads that would eventually lead us to the big dunes.

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    Did I mention it was hot? It was toasty in the bivouac, but once in the dunes the temps jumped up 15/20 degrees. The local paramedics that were pre-positioned in the dunes said they recorded 110F. Not what you want to hear when you've been a previous heat casualty and are more susceptible to it, on top of being a bit dehydrated from the squirts. We did get one heat casualty that day. One of the Mexican racers had to be evacuated because of heat exhaustion.

    The good news was that the Immodium was doing it's job and put an end to it for the rest of the race.

    The dunes are massive and a blast to ride.
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    at times it feels like you are surfing more than riding the dunes:
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    as the day wore on and the heat climbed I found I had to start riding very conservatively to save energy and not over heat. In these temperatures you can only afford to get stuck a couple of times before the exertion catches up to you and puts you over the edge.

    I eventually made it to the finish line with some pretty good results.

    D-1: Seeded 24th, finished 12th or so.

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    Day-2

    Same bivouac and loop two of the big dunes. The stomach bug had passed, but I was feeling the heat and dehydration of the previous day and the temperature index was the same if not higher than the day before. First half of the day I rode pretty well, but by noon the heat putt a hurting on me and I was in survival mode forcing me to ride at a very moderate pace and choosing the safest/easiest lines I could find. My goal was just to get to the end of the day and not loose too many positions.

    It was at this point that I ran into Mo stranded without fuel in the middle of the desert. One of his crossover fuel lines had disconnected and dumped his gas in the desert.

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    We were only 30 km from the fuel stop and I had enough to get us there so we dumped a bit of fuel into a ziplock bag and motored on at a very conservative pace to make sure we both didn't run out of gas.

    My Go Pro caught a cool shot of my bike on its side pouring what little fuel we had into a bag.

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    The fuel stop was a life saver. They had shade and water, so Mo & I took a five minute break on the clock to cool off, drink some cold water and refill our camelbacks.

    My GoPro actually caught a picture of us under the shade while hanging off my handle bars.
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    After the fuel stop I took off ahead of Mo. Unfortunately Mo did not have good luck, his clutch went out in the dunes a few Kms after the fuel stop. A couple of hundred meters from where Mo will break down I found Dave Packham broken down in the dunes. His KTM would not run and was throwing EFI codes.

    Dave's shattered dreams:
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    Here is a cool shot of the ocean of dunes

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    I managed to finish the stage without loosing too much ground, but the conservation of effort would pay off on day three.

    D-3:

    Woke up finally feeling great. I hydrated heavily the night before and got a good night of sleep.
    Much to my pleasure the sky was overcast and the temperatures were 20 deg cooler. After suffering the heat for two days I was back in the game.

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    Today they surprise announced it would be a mass start. Knowing there was no way I could get the hole shot I kind of dreaded starting with so many people at once in a huge cloud of dust.

    Once on the start line I saw there was a slight breeze so I positioned myself on the upwind side and let the fast guys have their fun and took off 15/20 seconds after the start and just hung out on the , dust free side of the course which had a 12 km CAP heading to the top of a dune way off on the horizon.

    By the time I got to the dunes the field had spread out and I was pretty much on my own. Today we were traversing the whole dune field from N to S and heading to the sea. I swear I could smell and feel the cool air of the ocean as we move d further south.

    The dunes were fast smooth rollers, the temps were cooler and the sky was overcast so i was in heaven and had a blast racing through the dunes. Caught a few guys and had fun dicing it up w/ the other rider for a few miles until we got separated and I caught up w/ the next rider.

    Catching riders in the dunes:
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    Ended up with a solid result feeling strong at the end of the day. I was back in the race.

    Day-4

    Super fast roads and beach sections for a total of 370Km of course to cover. The strategy today was hold what you have and have fun. I could not make up the gap to the guy in front of me, so the goal was not to mess up and let the guy behind me close the gap.

    Rode fast and clean with no major errors or issues and locked in my 9th place over all finish.

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    As usual the terrain in the Sonora Rally is the star. The dunes are fun and beautiful.
    The event organization is still leaning and growing and certainly needs to tighten up it's shot group on the admin organizational side. Some of the issues were technical and out of their control, but others were certainly due to poor organizational skills. Like all events in their infancy there is a learning curve and it takes time to iron out all the kinks.

    If you are thinking of doing this event I still highly recommend it, it's like no other event in North America.

    Sonora dunes perspective shot. The rider in the pic is only 1/3 the way down the dune:
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    Random shots from the race:

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    Quinn at the start of D-3
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    Lyndon Poskitt & Basil D-4 on the beach:
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    Cool Manxter running in the auto class
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    One of the Mexican racers:
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    Fesh-fesh on the dry lake bed
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  3. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    I forgot to mention that the food was superb. I had some of the best grilled meat I have ever had in my life at the bivouac.

    The grilled pork neck was like meat candy.
  4. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad World's Foremost Authority

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    Still trying to recover from the whirl wind trip. Darrin & Scott kept SWMBO & I on the rev limiter the entire time. (With Jason taking pictures, I knew he would get much better shots than I could so I left the camera in the truck.) SWMBO worked registration on Sun, while I ran around doing thousands of little details. We worked the neutralized fuel stop on Monday, the optional fuel stops on Tues & Wed, and finally on Thurs we worked the start of SS1 and the finish of SS2.
  5. RussellM

    RussellM Been here awhile

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    Nice write up @Yellow Pig . Thanks for putting that together mate.
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  6. WildTurkey

    WildTurkey Beast Master

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    Enjoyed the write-up and a few pics of areas I never got out to see. Thanks, Dan!
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  7. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap

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    That is an awesome trophy! Great work and thanks for all the pics so far.


    YP, great write up, photos and details. I wish it could have worked to make this one this year. I think I have the wife talked into doing support next year!
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  8. WildTurkey

    WildTurkey Beast Master

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    I believe I have convinced MrsTurkey to join us next year in support. Finally, someone to tell me to remember to eat and sleep:imaposer
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  9. Baja Dad

    Baja Dad Long timer

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    I just heard the Raiden Honda XR 650 that I built for this rally last year was stolen this Morning from Santa Veronica in Baja California PLEASE keep a look out for it or parts from it>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I sold this bike last OCT to Mike at Escondido BMW Reach out to them or contact me
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  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Thanks for the videos, photos and recaps. Greatly appreciated by those of us who couldn't go :thumb
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  11. DaveRMS

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    +1. It's fun to see the pics as people return to the land of connectivity.

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  12. Stagehand

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    John Henson, start of day 1

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    The Inimintable Craig Williams, staying out the sun at the Fuel Neutral on Day 1

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    Steve Hengeveld at the fuel neutral:

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    Ramirez, Cody and Sammuels at the fuel stop. You can pick your friends. :D

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    Lyndon Poskitt:

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    Apparently Ivan had lost his kickstand at this point

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    Dave P before the Troubles Began

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    Ned Suesse eschews funnels:

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  13. Stagehand

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    Carlos Gracida, I think. Ended up 7th overall, a great run.
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    Mo Hart, who unfortunately lost his clutch on day 2, spent all night fixing it and then endoed less than 300m into the mass start the next morning. Rung his bell like Quazimoto. tried to restart but thought the better of it. Damn rally heartbreaks.
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    Fuel Neutral waiting for your fifteen minutes to be up. Dave, P, Mike johnson, Phil Bowman, Daniele Bartolucci, and Carlos Gracida
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    Daniele Barto:

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    Luc! Playing it safe and smart and having a great time

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    Jeremy Swallow:
    New to rally raid, and almost gave up after the tenth time in as many k's he dug his 690 out. But he persevered! Stuck it out, and you have to love that.
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  14. rides2little

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    Someone had a good nap and is on a roll now!!! Thanks Stagehand!
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    no, thank YOU!

    For those of you who dont want the face slap image load times, you can go directly to the smugmug account I'm hosting these at:

    https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-9vzWJZ/

    Im going to be uploading for several days, perhaps, so I'll try to let you know when theyre all in.


    Cheers


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    Joe Derosiers and the man the myth the legend: Scott Whitney

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    Quinn Cody, just waking up from a nap:

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    The terrain is its own character in this little play
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  19. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

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    I am finally back to a keyboard to recount the adventure :-)

    I did the Cortez rally last year and as soon as registration opened I signed up again this year hoping I would be able to convince a few of the riders from my neck of the wood to come and play, but that did not happen. Bill was kind enough to make a detour and pick up my bike to the rally so that I could leave a little bit later than what I did last year.

    I am stealing some pictures from Jason.
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    This is the departure of day one. I took it pretty easy to start with and then through the dunes, I caught up to Carlos and Matt where Matt was giving Carlos some water and helping get his bike started. Then Carlos took off and later at the bottom of a big bowl here he was leaning against a SSUV and was suffering pretty seriously from the heat. The drivers waved me down and I suggested they call some medical help as it was the second time. What was the most weird about it was that his bike was almost at the top of the dune but he was almost at the bottom. They said they were going to be staying with him so I kept on going, by then I was feeling pretty hot myself so I just focused on saving as much energy as I could and rode conservatively to the finish line. I did not like the way my neck brace was fitting as it was preventing me from looking up and down and I believe contributing to the many falls I had that day in the soft sand. I was pretty much spent by the time I got to a faster road to the bivouac.

    We were told that day 2 was going to be some big dunes and there was going to be a lot of it! I was not sure if I had it in me, but after finding a chest protector from Kevin so that I could ditched my neckbrace system, I was up to the task and decided to start and attempt to make it to the end. Despite being almost the last one to the end I made it and I am glad I did as it helped make me feel a little bit more comfortable in the sand.

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    Day 3 was going to take us to the next bivouac and it was a fun day! We first started all together which was completely new to me so I let the fast guys go and once the dust settled took off following their trails. Then we had some little dunes and then some rough HP that was shaking you to pieces and then some flowing fun dunes, before some fast tracks to the finish. At the end of the stage a lot of people loaded up for the liaison but I decided to road all the way down to Puerto Penasco since my bike was street legal. I enjoyed the ride quite a bit, there was a dirt road that was following the pavement so I took it for a little while :-)

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    Once at the bivouac I started checking my bike over for the next day when I noticed 2 broken spokes...

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    They were not far from each other so I did not feel very good about riding that wheel the next day. Once again the solidarity of the rally world is amazing, in no time Dave with RMS loaned me a wheel and I got it mounted and I was ready to go for the final day! Last year I broke my thumb in the last special of the last day, so this year I made a concerted effort to stay on 2 wheels and I pretty much did that all day. The last day had a lot more diversity from riding on the beach to going up some wash and over some roads that had some pretty nasty washes to some very fast tracks, it was fun and enjoyable!

    I did not get to stay for the awards, but I had a great time at a very fun event and loved every minute of it hanging out with fellow competitors! If you are a rally raid fan, that is definitely and event to add to your bucket list!

    Luc
  20. christian

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    Inspired by this ... Already thinking 2017 over here :-)...