Swedes goes for Rally Mongolia 2013

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Mike The Swede, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Day 2

    Special 490 km
    Transport 10 km

    The stage started with a sand dune areas for approximately 50 km and I got lost totally in the beginning and I there blaming/ swearing to myself, found the first WP and no tracks, no signs of other riders, went back to a point there I recognized myself in the RB and made a new try with the same result gave up and headed for next WP, trying to identify myself in the RB after some time some other riders followed me who started 15 min later, finally I started to recognize myself, but I there way down in the field. This a problem I have if I'm not 100% convinced that I'm right in the RB I really loose speed.

    During the rest of the stage to RCP who there at 250 km I picked up some riders, but needed to slow down the last 50 km as I there on the limit with fuel, came in to RCP extremely disappointed on myself, but there told by my brother that I only came in 5 min after him.

    Right before RCP rider 17 crashed at a high speed and we have to wait at RCP for additional 1 hours as the helicopter needed to bring him to UB for medical treatment.

    Right after RCP we should cross a river, with very high water flow, one of the cars there stuck in the middle of the river and started to drift due to the water flow , well we decided to help each other over the river and a few local joined us, we started with the 660 and with the high exhaust we could use the engine and with the strength of 3 people we managed to get it over without drowning it.

    Totally exhausted we started to walk back to collect the 570, here we plugged the exhaust and pushed the bike over and finally we managed to reach the other side of the river.

    Due to this I lost some motivation and there quite exhausted to continue push for the rest of the stage.

    At the end of the stage I raced together with a local rider, but he forget the rules that you stop racing a the time sign and slowdown before the reaching the time keepers, he crashed in to me at the time keepers and as I there quite disappointed with my day I told him a few thing that I normally don't and smashed his helmet a couple of times, finally I cooled down and we agreed to shake hands.

    11 position and dropped to 9th in the total and my brother in front of me both in stage and total
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  2. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Some race pictures and the suspension is used to 100%

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  3. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    End of stroke

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  4. GezwindeSpoed

    GezwindeSpoed Been here awhile

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    Great to read about this special rally!!!
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  5. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    Mikael & Anders,

    thanks for the updates, you both seem to be enjoying every moment of the rally in spite of the minor set backs... keep the spirit up !!!

    like the pictures very much

    cheers
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  6. Mike The Swede

    Mike The Swede Mike, The Swede

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    Come on bro! Where is the rest of the story?

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  7. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Relax I have post rally syndrom
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  8. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Day 3,

    Special 530 km
    Transport 40 km


    Wow the first part of the stage to RCP must have been the stage of my life, absolutely stunning surrounding, small valleys a lot of small river crossings with crystal clear water, spot on navigation.

    Today we started with reversed start order and just before the climb to Sugawara pass at 3000 meter I found my brother behind me and we stayed together to RCP who there located at a gas station during fueling of the 660 the power dropped and they started up a generator who also run out of fuel, some chaos before a rumor told us that another gas station across the village there open and we made it back to starting time.


    Afternoon there really hot and we stayed together most of the stage, unfortunately did we again manage to make a navigation mistake close to a lake and we lost 15-20 minutes on that mistake, made another smaller mistake closer to finish line and lost additional time.

    Made a effort at the end of the stage to pull a gap to brother but managed only 52 sek and lost the stage with 8 seconds, this last effort made me totally exhausted and during the last transport of 40 km I where really suffering once in the bivouac we needed to wait for luggage truck to late night and we did bike service in longjohns must been a exotic view for the locals.

    29 bikes out of 40 are still in the competition.
    Brother 6 position in total and I just behind him in 7th position.
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  9. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    A few pictures just before finish line day 3

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  10. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Myself

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  11. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    A few more pictures from day 3

    1 dead 1 alive

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  12. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Night service

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  13. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    I'm not tired just exhausted :1drink

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  14. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Day 4

    Day 4
    Kind of a rest day only a short stage of 100km with start 12:00

    Did the service of the bikes in the morning, the 570 there easy just a oil & filter change and new rear tire, on the 660 we found a lot of metal particles on the oil plug not really much else to do then changing oil and filter and cross the fingers that the bike will make it to the end.

    The 3 top rider did have a tracker today to make sure that they followed RD and this created some confusion on the course, brother did have a blast today and got confused at one point as he did not find any tracks, my comment to this at the finish line there quite logic if you are first in the pist you don't see any tracks from other riders.

    Myself struggled with CP 1 together with a few other riders and lost 5-10 minutes before I found the course again, missed a washout warning, but I have learnt the lesson from Morocco don't brake give throttle and aim to get the front wheel over, It will still hurt but far less then hitting the washout wall with your front wheel.

    Brother made it to the podium today with a second place I came in as normal in 7th position.

    We are still 6&7 in total I'm now 6 minutes after brother in the total.

    Some more life supporting actions on the 660 in the evening to keep the bike running the last few days.

    We did get a sandstorm in the evening and I spent 1 hour outside in goggles and long john holding my tent.

    Top speed test of 660 Rally still make + 150km

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  15. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Myself following in the dustcloud of the faster riders

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  16. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Day 5
    Another long day
    Special 456 km
    Liaison 10 km
    The plan for the day there simple more speed is needed and that you generate with your right hand, have the last day received some text message's from my wife with the same context more throttle needed I guess she known's something about a life insurance.

    Start of the stage

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  17. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Passed quite quickly my brother who made a navigation error early after some time he there back behind me, but I pulled away again and did get a gap of a couple of minutes, but some navigation struggle in a village he passed me again. Passed him again in a fast stage in + 160 km I guess he there holding back in order to reach finish line. No major navigation mistake and reached RCP there Stina wife of brother and team manager there waiting, told here that brother is max a couple of minutes behind me.


    But after 10 minutes I started to be worried as no bike or car arrived, finally rider #9 arrives and he hand over a paper to organization and I walkover to him to find out what have happened, he tells me brother engine broken, a relief as he is fine and only a mechanical issue. Walks over to Stina to let her know.


    For sure both of us there disappointed, but must disappointed is my brother who is sitting out there with a blown engine and thinking why, why ,why did I not send down my KTM 450 Rally instead of riding this old 660.

    Refuling at RCP

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  18. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Stina waiting at RCP

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  19. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    A lonely 660 at km 183 waiting for sweeper

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  20. Åmme

    Åmme Been here awhile

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    Well I have to get going again and everything went well to 390 km there I thought that I got lost as I did not recognize myself in the RB, went back and forth a couple of times and finally rider #9 arrives and it looks like I there on the right track, lost some concentration and entered a parallel washout in 120km I just closed my eyes and hold tight to my handlebar for a few seconds managed to stay on two wheels, a few hundred meter further rider #8 there standing at the next washout and I did not see him anymore that day.
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    Really tired the last 50 km of the stage.

    Once in the bivouac I needed to strengthen the nav tower due to fatigue of the plate between the two main plates in my tower, this is due to the installation of the Safari front tank who I fitted for this rally and I could only fit the fairing with duct tape and not solid as before.

    Finally also my brother arrives with the Sweeper truck.

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