The Bivouac (general rallye raid news)

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  1. Bluebull2007

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    Hmmm high risk I guess?
  2. tehdutchie

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    Just heard the same too... Not enough money for a Vectra 450??
  3. Aussie66

    Aussie66 Been here awhile

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    No money for a Vectra KTM 450, but also no money for a new Sherco, looks like they gave him a second hand jobbie. Maybe one of Casteu old practice bikes?
  4. tehdutchie

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    LOL!

    Plenty of Dutch sponsors about in Motorsports these last few years, I guess he needs a different type of manager to make that final step..And get a brand new Sherco to boot :rofl

    Lets hope the gearbox lasts...
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    Enduro10 Been here awhile

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    And buy a new pair of motocross boots instead of beach sandals.....:evil
  6. tserts

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    Guys (and gals), does anyone know of a place to start looking for daily bivvy to bivvy transportation solutions for the 2012 edition?

    I'm looking for a cheap way to follow the contenders for the 2 weeks in question..

    Any leads you know of?
  7. Bluebull2007

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    If youre interested you can hire a car here in Lima for about USD75/day with driver. A couple of us will have bikes in southern Bolivia and will be following the rally on bikes for the bit in norther chile and Peru.
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    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Thanks BlueBull, but I *might* be there semi officially (I can't say more at this moment), so I will have to be around each day's bivouac for sure. I know there are people who provide similar services each year, but I don't know where to start (apart from this thread obviously :rofl)...

    I guess Peruvian crews will jump on the boat this year as well, if you catch any such information please put it in here...
  9. HogWild

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    Here's one option:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=719543
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  11. Bluebull2007

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    Ya, its not going to be a walk in the park...the daily distances you will have to travel just to glimpse the bivouacs is horrendous. In a car its basically 700-1000km, and bear in mind as soon as you get to Peru, youre looking at an average car speed of around 70km/hr thanks to the curves....in a car or bus its going to be a total mare to try and keep up. I'm thinking maybe we will see the guys twice or possibly three times in the second half of the Dakar, riding our asses off in between to try and keep up. Remember ther will be in the order of 500 support vehicles plus half perhaps another 10,000 spectator vehicles all trying to do the same thing!

    My suggestion is aim for a couple of spots and got for those, preferrably with an air connection in between.
  12. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    I know it's going to be a nightmare, but that's how it has to be. *IF* I go I will have certain duties that will require me to be near the racers at the end of the day. There are "support" crews for privateers who have not paid the 8500 euros and follow the race independently. I know of a certain example last year when someone did it with 2000 euros.

    If we could hire a car from BA to drop it off in Lima and there were 3 or 4 of us it could be even less per person. Are there others who would be interested in that?
  13. Brodovitch

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    Don't tempt me :lol3

    best of luck John... I take it you will be following V.O. ?
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    Shhhhh! Fingers crossed, it is certainly on the table...

    Μην το διαδώσεις ακόμα, είναι κάποια θέματα χορηγών που πρέπει να κλείσουν πρώτα... :evil
  15. Brodovitch

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    ταφος! :wink:

    hope everything falls into place :clap

    I will be here to represent the Greek contingent for team F5 :lol3
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    My guess is you will be doing more than that, if you catch my drift... :evil :freaky
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    tehdutchie Long timer

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    I have been toying with that idea to, there are mutiple press options and a 'press card' that includes bivouac access on set dates is not that exspensive :)
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    Could you give more info? That is the best option for me the way I see it...
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    Ill PM you :)
  20. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    I and a couple others are researching options in loosely following this year. Then goal is media support for Ned. The new route this year makes logistics more challenging than previous in SA.

    Here is a short list of info/issues we have found to this point in time.

    - Press passes are being cracked down by the ASO. ex. buy a press pass and use is as a cheaper alternative to get a mechanic in. Rumor is credential check to confirm you represent a real media source. Also I think the costs thrown out there in the recent posts, are low. I feel our outside team is technically a press/media group and want to explore options more. Though our role is simply a hand off when we can see Ned or his mechanic. We are thinking receive media cards, verbal and written messages, spent batteries... Hand them new media cards, fresh batteries, ect. This can happen at no cost since those with access can simply exit the bivy. We do not need to go in but it would be cool.

    - We are currently looking for a RV or van to rent:
    Plus: Share drivers, no worries on having to find a bed each night, overall safer.
    Minus: the couple rental places we found will not allow the RV into Peru.

    - Chase on motos would be cool in theory. Not safe due to fatigue and traffic. Insert shipping costs, or rental purchase costs too.

    - Purchase a vehicle:
    Plus: not having to return.
    Minus: cost for a reliable vehicle big, or do we get something we can walk away from in Peru. This would be a balance between reliability and cost. Unknown taxes, tariffs, ect.

    - Still some unknowns for us on border crossings in whatever we travel in.