Tales From The Bivouac, Dakar 2012

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Deadly99, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    great stuff Deadly. Thanks!
  2. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    :lol3 :beer Enjoy the "night off".
  3. bumblebee1

    bumblebee1 All bikes are dirt bikes

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    Holy shit! look at all the tires on the roof of the truck. Are you changing them every day?
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    wdeTA TransAlp Adv

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    Remember, originally they were supporting 3 riders.
  5. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    :cry
  6. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    How does the bivouac work: Is it just show up and take a spot or are they assigned by the ASO?
  7. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    We don't change any tires, part of your entry fee is a tire changing service. Michelin has a shop setup at each bivouac, you drop off a fresh mouse and tire with a rim and pick them up a few hours later :thumb

    Neds bike gets a fresh set every second day, 14 days of racing......14 tires and 14 mouses. Three riders so....42 tires and 42 mouses started out on the roof (give or take). A few sets of wheels per rider on top of that.

    They have the most amazing dish of food down here...no idea what it is called in spenish but it translates to Steak Everything. A plate of fries with some toast on it, then fried eggs and then a steak topped with peppers and onions. Its awesome, we had a great steak everything in a wee family run restaurant this aft. Its like three meals in one for about four bucks. To drink they have something called Inca Cola, its like a liome cream soda and tastes the bomb.

    Feels right weird in the bivouac without the bikes....good thing we have the Robby Gordon show next door to keep us company. That dude is a work aholic, he has a staff of 20 or so and they are all standing around watching him wrench on his vechicle. Saw hime ask a mechanic to tighten something, the dude just stares at him so) grabs the wrench and puts it on the bolt then grabs the dudes hand and puts it on the wrench. Tells a photogrpaher to take a picture and the "mechanic" does a cheeseball pose. Seriously that RB guy is insane. The other day he had zero sleep as he was dealing with aso officials about some bogus ruling thenhe turned wrenches until it was time for him to leave. Crazy.


    Well, tomorrow is another cluster as we aren't allowed to leave the bivouac until all the races vechicles are gone. This means Ned will likely beat us to tomorrows bivouac which sucks for him and us :nod
  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    This may explain a few things.....

    With all the troubles they had on Nasser's hummer I don't think I'd let those guys work on my stuff either! :lol3

    ...the old adage,'if you want it done right........
  9. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Hey Deadly, stupid question that you might be able to answer since you're there -- is there really RedBull in the cans those guys swill as soon as they stop, or is it water or some other beverage packaged so as to fulfill sponsorship requirements? :ear
  10. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    I was just thinknig that today as well while watching Coma down one right after getting off the bike. That swill certianly wouldnt be at the top of my list at a time like that, ymmv
  11. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :dunno It works for me. Whenever I'm out on a big ride it's just natural to grab a small sugar free redbull every time I fill the tank. No matter the temp or type of riding......as you say ymmv.
  12. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    That's my choice if I need the caffeine hit, too (yes, I know, don't get me started on the whole health thing). No sugar crash down the line, and relatively little liquid volume so you won't have to stop 20min later to offload (yes, I have a camelbak, and maintain my normal hydration routine).

    Just wondering about the big boys since they're in an obviously different situation, both physically, and financially.
  13. BMad

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    Ted, the inside info is awesome :thumb

    Looking forward to the book :wings
  14. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Yeah...those two (CD&MC) are probably under contract to tip a can when being interviewed. I don't suppose that the can even has to actually be open though, who could tell? :lol3
  15. Deadly99

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    We packed up early and tried to get out of the gate before the race vehicles, no go unfortunately. We are being held for an hour an a half sadly. We do have poll position though and we are patently waiting until they let someone threw (french) and they we are gonna make a break for it :rofl

    What a cluster muck :nod
  16. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    Thanks for the updates Deadly. I'm liking RG more and more. What a character! Have a good day! :1drink
  17. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    Still better than being locked up at a key board ...f5f5f5f5f5f5f5f5f5f5f5f5:lol3

    Your doing great, don't let the oganizers get to you guys..... a quick vid of the RG show should lighten things up....:clap
  18. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Not nearly on the same level but I used to tune for a race team and we were sponsored by a soda company. There would be cans of it everywhere and I know for a fact that one of the riders drank some yellow gatorade in the can. It was filled by a team member and he would drink it on the podium, garage, pits, etc. It "looked" like the soda though so no one bitched.
    Also in the 80's a major road race team was sponsored by an oil sponsor, they used a different oil that was poured into the bottle.
    My guess is it is the same about the RedBull, but we will never know, because the people who do know won't tell for many years.
  19. bumblebee1

    bumblebee1 All bikes are dirt bikes

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    A cute promotion blonde with biggins once gave me a small cup of that stuff. I must say, it's an acquired taste.
  20. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    I have had no trouble aquiring that taste.... oh wait, you were talking about the red bull :lol3