The time has come... Neduro DID Dakar!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by neduro, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    "And that's how I got to be known as Ned "Duro"

    "How much does it cost?"
  2. gwenduro

    gwenduro Mom!

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    You know something's up when Le Mama gets up at 2:30 AM to go check the "thread." Wow - closer and closer, all that planning paying off big-time. Yep - I, too, notice the breadth of that smile. Go, Ned! I'm eying the Layer Cake, not sure which one I'll start with on New Year's Day . . . (or which one I'll save for the 15th . . . ) :1drink

    So grateful, BTW, to be able to know what's going on! We moms like to stay in the loop!!!!!:rofl
  3. Wings

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    You're going to rack up quite the thread count on this sting Gwen :D
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    Leatt brace:
    According to the regs: "Over the entire route the wearing of Leatt Brace neck protector is strongly recommended." So it's a strong recommendation (like it was last year), but not mandatory. There's a handful of pros who say they can't ride with one, so they took it out of the rules.

    EFI/carbs:
    Ned said that as most of his riding in Colorado is at high elevations, he's perfectly used to jetting his bikes to the circumstances and is confident it won't be a problem.
  5. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    Its official, I'm in the Dakar!

    from ned's FB... just popped up on top my "in box"

    He must be pumped! :clap
  6. AKjeff

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    Just think, you go all the way to Brazil, it's New Years eve, and you'll be trying to SLEEP!

    Great job getting the bike finished. I hope you guys can get some rest tonight, and have a great time.
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  8. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Hi All- First, thanks for everything it took to get to this point. All along, I've known I had the F5 crew at my back, it's a damn good feeling.

    Pretty amazing sensation yesterday to walk through parc ferme with the realization that all the adminstrivia is over, that I'm going racing in the Dakar. This has been a dream for years and years and to realize it is, well, pretty damn cool.

    It's been overwhelming trying to deal with all the requirements the last few days, I'm doing a worse job of reporting than I hoped but there's only so many brain cells I have to rub together. Every day, I'll be calling Rally Raidio (is the first call from two days ago up yet?) and filing a report with motorcyclist and dirt rider, be sure to check 'em out over there.

    Now for the easy part. Can't wait to bring you along.
  9. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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    Thanks for the updates Ned!!!

    GO MAN GO!!!
  10. Bluebull2007

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    Its so awesome just to be able to follow you Ned. :clap

    So say we are all glowing with pride (hey I'm not even American) at how you have made this come together is an understatement. I think the most stressful part is over, you're in now with not much time to relax, but at a least a little time to process things in your mind and prepare for tomorrow. Don't worry too much about giving us updates, we know how hectic things get, Ted and Co. will keep us in the loop. Besides priority No1. is to be ready for the next day. Everything else after that is a luxury.

    Ride safe and all the best for your journey!

    When you get to that point that you feel like its too hard, draw strength from the F5 gang cheering you on, we will definitely be thinking about you, cheering for you :freaky and feeding you a hearty slow clap :clap when its needed. :thumb
  11. Tarheel Wheeler

    Tarheel Wheeler Around

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    Yep I read that in previous post or on blog...forgot which cause they are all starting to run together with all the F5ing.
    My question was more toward the procedure... have pre-jetted carbs to exchange or pull and install jets in carb on the bike in the evening at Bivvy.

    Fun fun today. Give em...Ned, Bill, Jonah and let's not forget about the "Embro". :clap
  12. r2adv

    r2adv Been here awhile

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    Ned - Another member of the fan club.

    Following along for the last month has been great. I plan on being in the bivouac in Nasca to cheer you on in person so you better be there!
  13. ppl

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    I Ned, which you all the best for your participation in the rally. Hope you will do it as well as you have done it in the Amitie. We are watching you from Portugal.
  14. pebble35

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    Ned, thanks for taking us along for the journey, ride safe and have fun :clap:clap:clap:clap

    Best wishes to all the other Dakar competitors - stay sdafe guys (and girls) :clap:clap:clap:clap
  15. GSL

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    Best of luck Ned! Just watched Eurosport's Roadbook last night. Looks like you've got a wee bit of sand ahead of ya... :D
  16. ArthDuro

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    That right there is a whole lot of hard work.

  17. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    go ned!
  18. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon throttle to the donk

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    Having Ned's family posting in this thread doubles the thread's awesomeness!

    Maybe you guys (Ned's family members) already know this, but when the racing starts don't get too stressed when the Dakar website shows that Ned hasn't reached a given waypoint yet. Yes, it may be that he crashed or broke down, but it seems that usually it is some other complication like a glitch in the system that tracks the riders.

    We'll all get tense, start a slow clap ( :clap:clap:clap ) to will the universe to get him to the next point, but more often than not everything is fine (thereby demonstrating the efficacy of the slow clap). Maybe those moments are when a glass of Layer Cake will be the most helpful. :1drink

    Ned seems like a great guy, and I blame his family for that.
  19. Spark Plug

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    Go, Ned!! :clap
  20. gwenduro

    gwenduro Mom!

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    What is fabulous is how welcome I feel here, non-biker that I am . . .

    Thanks for the heads up on "no news." Although I hate wondering, I've had lots of practice with the "no news is good news" strategy, through many adventures first with Ned's dad, then with The Boy himself. It helps, too, to feel the community behind his effort, and to sense the camaraderie of the larger cycling community. This isn't just about miles and sand . . .

    And yes,:clap:clap Ned is a great guy!!!!! (Not that I'm biased . . .)

    Thanks, all - I'm F5ing right along with all of you!