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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Deadly99, Nov 1, 2011.
"Valleys are lush which makes nice contrasts with the sand and the ocean"
The ASO sets up a perimeter around a huge area for the bivouac. They set up the catering areas, showers, organization area, media area, helicopter landing area, medical tents, etc. all before the crews get there. ASO does this by having 2 complete sets of equipment which leapfrog the event in 2 truck caravans so they get 2 days to go from bivouac to bivouac. In Africa, they used to fly the whole huge kit in a few huge old Russian military cargo planes, complete with shirtless vodka-swilling Russian crews.
Once the bivouac is set up, it is first-come, first-served with respect to setting up the teams' pits. When we had 2 trucks, we would send the first out very early so that it could get to the bivouac first and get a shady spot near the food, but not too close to the toilets, and in a quiet corner so the crew and riders could sleep. This is actually a critical part of running a good support crew. Our second truck would sweep the course and try to follow the riders on liaisons whenever possible. Robb, Tim and Ted have a challenge with only one truck, but there are some other teams that they can cooperate with to support the riders. Patsy's team actually has our old second truck and we work with her most years.
Robb is particularly good at getting out of the bivouac quickly and high tailing it to the next bivouac to get a good spot. We usually beat Robby's team to the bivouac, even though they have many support vehicles. I remember one time when we got a better spot and Robby chewed out his team for his crappy spot. In the past, and maybe this year too, Robb sometimes holds a spot for Robby's crew when he can. That can be difficult since RG's team needs about half an acre to set up.
In Africa, the assistance crews often had to cross difficult dunes and navigate long off-road stretches using roadbook and GPS, especially in Mauritania. That's where a good team and truck could really shine and could make a huge difference to the competitors. Our crew and F350s did very well there. Plenty of teams got lost or stuck and plenty of riders in Africa became orphans when their assistance dropped out.
Awesome stuff, Charlie.
"Endless beaches and endless sand dunes, Peru is proving it self to be spectacular."
"Hours and hours of twisty roads along the coast. Peru has endless dunes. This is turning into a very long drive due to a low average speed. Sorry Ned but nothing we can do about it. Retarded dangerous with race vehicles passing around blind corners with thousand foot drops on one side and cliffs on the other. Yehaa!"
Ya... nice pictures. Come home soon Ted.
"This race is bringing men to tears, Tobias comes in and damn....this guy is one stubborn and determined dude "
"Ned was hear sleeping on the ground when we got here. Dinner number was one was consumed, bike details with Tim were discussed, camp is set up and Ned is crashed. We'll wake him in an hour or so for dinner number two then he'll call it a night."
Neds bike and body are hanging in there but are both are being abused and its starting to show.
Go!! Ned Go!!
No one ever claimed this race was easy, but I bet it's waaayyy tougher than any of us can truly understand.
These guys are absolute ROCK STARS!!!!
No... rock stars are a bunch of pansies compared to this lot. Incredible test of character and perseverance
Thanks again Ted. Great stuff.
I assume you'll have the book printed, bound and ready for distribution when you get off the plane home. All the free time you have and all.
My favorite comment from last year's F5 thread came in a discussion about some (non-Dakar) professional rider. Someone's response was along the lines of, "He's good, but he's no Annie Seel."
Funny cause it's true!
"Neds bike getting some tlc"
Just finished dinner with Ned and Neil (Bluebullk), Ned has hit the tent, bike is being worked on, etc
Last big day tomorrow, the end is in sight
Wind died down and the blowing sand has stopped, it was quite miserable for a while.
Go!! Ned Go!!
Great to know you are there with Ned. Thanks so much for the news... we so appreciate it here on the home front! Here's to Lima!
I see the top racers w/ 2 drinking tubes sticking out of their jackets. Any idea of what the set up is? Are they using a camelback type device?
Are the water reservoirs in the jackets or attached to the body armor?
Ted, your reporting is priceless, can't thank you enough, it's as though we were riding along in the truck. Speaking of the truck, I'm wondering what it smells like in there. I have to imagine that at times it's pretty rank on those 100deg days.. I also remember reading somewhere about a thousand pages ago that you guys were unable to find a decent cup of coffee. Does that mean Robb drank all the good stuff from home already? I'd think that with Niles gone, it would have lasted a little longer.
Your description of Robby's camp really brings home how serious that guy is. With a drive like that, it's no wonder he's able to do as well as he does. Many successful people I know are the same way. Not always the most fun people to be around, but they sure get a lot done.
Charlie, It's great to have you along for the ride too. So, where does the truck go after the race, back to Europe, or will it end up in SF?
Finally, What the hell are we all going to do when this is over, The let down will be harsh I might have to re read all the threads from the beginning again, that should keep me busy for another month or so
And a second to that from momduro . . . he's got to be exhausted . . . Sleep well, Ned. Gettin' close . . . On to Lima!
(That ought to help!)