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  1. Brodovitch

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    Day 1 video,

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    I am transcribing Timi's phone call as I type, in brief: she has switched to the Amateur category, the soft sand today was exhausting. Orga is a bit disorganized, no tracking and some small details leave a few things to be desired. She also had a stupid tumble while driving the bike to the briefing last night and hurt her foot while wearing trainers, no big problem but will potentially be a nuisance tomorrow.

    Guillaume, via his FB:

    EARLY
    It's 4:35 and I can't sleep anymore. I went early to bed (about 22:30), so I had my few hours of sleep.

    PAIN
    At the moment I'm afraid that I can't drive on this morning. My right forearm is hurting a lot, not shure if it is from falling of the bike two days ago or because I was pushing it to hard yesterday in the dunes.

    RANKING
    For the moment I still don't know which place I made yesterday, I will have a look after writing this.

    YESTERDAY'S STORY
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    LE MANS START
    I had a real good start, driving behind Oscar Polli, laying in third position. Marc Smith was leading. After a couple of minutes I could pas Oscar and we where swapping places a couple of times. At CP 2 and CP3 I was in 5 position, I was told by the timekeepers. At that time I was driving in a very controlled way, took no risk at all.

    PHOTOGRAPHER
    A kilometer or so after CP3 a photographer from the organisation took some pictures at a medium size water hole, so I drove through to get a nice picture.

    WATERHOLE
    About 500 meters further I saw a car crossing a big water hole (70-90 meters wide, 70-90 cm deep) and there the shit happened. I followed the car without thinking about the risk of going into the water hole. I was driving to fast, the water was spraying all over me, no problem, I liked that. After 30 meters my bike stopped running at one third of the waterhole. A second bike just behind me made the same mistake. His bike fell over, got down under water, but he could pick it up real quick, started it and could drive on. My bike did not start anymore, I tried for 5 minutes and called Rainer Authenrieth to send me his crew to get me out of this nasty situation. From that moment on there were no bikes or cars passing the water hole (of course). After 20 minutes (guess) a big truck came with 2 helpers and 3 minutes later the bike was safe. We tried to jump start, no result. I took of the saddle and both front tanks and took of the air filter: it was 100%WET. Shit... Then I saw water in the air filter box, even WORSE. Shit, shit... Try to start without air filter, no result. Demounted the spark plug, thanks god we have no electrical problem, the sparks where there. After mounting the spark plug, we tried again. I was almost giving up, but thanks to my 2 helpers I tried again... and yes, this time the engine was giving some positive sounds but still not running. So after trying again and again, another she was running. This whole procedure took us about 90 minutes (guess).

    LESSON LEARNED
    Don't drive into the water if it is not really necessary. In the desert, this should be possible .

    RACING
    After mounting the air filter, tanks and saddle I started to drive again. Now I was in the racing mood, overtaking a lot of bikes. Nice feeling, but because I was in racing mode, I used a lot more energy than when I drive economically in rally mode. In the end of the very hard stage, with many soft dunes, I ran out of energy so that the last couple of kilometers where even harder than all the almost 6000km of the Africa race. In this first stage I picked up the big heavy bike at least 20 times, probably even more then 30 times, I did not count. This could also be the reason for my insured right forearm. Like I wrote, it hurts a lot, I will start driving and hope the pain will be forgotten by the adrenaline production of my adrenaline driven body .
  3. Old Git Ray

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    Jen and Bordovich,

    This is brilliant. Keep it up and thanks.

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    Great work Jen!! :clap
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    Google translates Mark Smits into Marc Smith. Smits is a former mx world championship contender who went to the Tuareg in 2012 for the first time, ending up top 5 I guess. I think Mark is late forties or early fifties but rides with such ease.. Its nearly scary!
  7. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #75 Charlie Rauseo - Team RMS/IYSK Wines

    In recent years Ex-Dakar rider Charlie Rauseo has primarily supported a number of US and North American riders with mechanical service assistance during the Dakar and other International rally events.

    This year he decided to dust off his rally riding boots once again, together with one the USA&#8217;s perennial favorites - the mighty Honda XR650R - and entered the Tuareg Rally the old-school way - sleeping in a tent next to his bike and doing his own servicing for the duration, alongside the RMS supported IYSK Wine team riders.

    Despite riding a big heavy kick-start only motorcycle, Charlie still had that ever-present smile on his face at the end of a long, hard day. &#8220;I probably got the most riding in of anyone who finished [in time] today&#8221; he grins - having made it to the final check with just five minutes to spare. &#8220;Of course I got it really stuck a couple of times&#8221; he continues &#8220;I mean really really stuck - it was so buried you couldn&#8217;t see the wheels!&#8221;

    Certainly the heat of the day and the soft powder-like sand meant that when riders inevitably got stuck, recovery was particularly arduous for those on the bigger, heavier machines.

    &#8220;I used up a lot of energy today&#8221; he admits &#8220;Basically I had to drag it out any way I could - even upside down, and then kick start it again - it really winded me. &#8220;The second time it happened was about half an hour before the cut-off, and I was six kilometers from the end of the stage. "I got the bike righted and pointing downhill, but then I just had to lie down on the sand... I really felt as if I was going to have a heart attack. "I had to yell at myself to get up and get going again in time to make the finish - it&#8217;s been a while since I&#8217;ve found myself in that position.&#8221;

    Charlie Rauseo is part of the US rally team supported by Rally Management Services and If You See Kay Wines during the Tuareg Rally.

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #75 Charlie Rauseo... digging those sandy socks!
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  8. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #87 Tony Schattat

    After a long day preparing his own bike and helping his Macad team-mates solve various mechanical and electric problems prior to scrutineering, Tony was looking forward to just getting out and riding a competitive stage.

    Prior to this event, Tony had completely rebuilt his original Yamaha WR450F rally bike, and made a number of improvements to the [fuel] weight distribution, together with a completely new cockpit featuring his latest RNS navigation equipment.

    “It was definitely a tough day today. The sand was incredibly soft at certain points - every time you get stuck, you have to throw it on it’s side and drag it out - I must have picked up the bike at least thirty times!”

    “The bike worked very well, although about half way through it felt like I picked up a gearbox problem between 1st and 2nd gear - although that may just be the way I was shifting when in the dunes, as the water tank is very close to [the toe of] my boot.”

    “Compared to racing in the sand in Abu Dhabi (in 2010), the dunes seem to be much softer here”
    he continues - “I’m looking forward to tomorrow - we’ll be heading north away from these dunes and following more pistes. I had no issues with navigating [via the gps] today, but there will be more detailed navigation tomorrow - so I will have to follow the roadbook more cautiously as the possibility of getting lost increases.”

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #87 Tony Schattat - safely back in the bivouac after a tough first day in the dunes:
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  9. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #76 Mark Brincat

    This is Mark&#8217;s first desert rally, and the first time riding in sand on the big KTM 690 Rallye Replica bike.

    &#8220;It was ok on the [general] going - the problem was in the dunes&#8221; he begins. &#8220;You couldn&#8217;t really tell what was soft and what was hard - you&#8217;d be going along and suddenly the bike would just dig in, or if your body was slightly in the wrong position, again it would dig in - and it was really very hard to predict what would happen&#8221; he explains.

    &#8220;There were four sets of dunes, and as the day progressed and it got warmer, so each successive dune got more difficult. &#8220;I eventually completed the first lap, but decided at that point I should conserve my energy for the rest of the rally - so elected to return to the bivouac and take the time penalty for the second half.&#8221;

    &#8220;I still really enjoyed myself though&#8221; he smiles &#8220;I didn&#8217;t get stuck all that many times, but when I did, it took a lot [of time and effort] to get going again. &#8220;So I just took my time, and ended up stopping every so often to rest on the top of a dune.&#8221;

    &#8220;I have to admit there was one quite embarrassing moment heading into one of the checks - I went over a dune and the bike just stopped and through me over the bars... so I ended up sliding my way into the checkpoint!&#8221;

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #76 Mark Brincat - First time in sand for Mark on the big 690RR:
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  10. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #97 Ned Suesse - Team RMS/IYSK Wines

    Baja 1000 racer and Dakar 2012 finisher Ned Suesse must be one of very few riders today who genuinely enjoyed the conditions of this soft and sandy special stage. &#8220;I didn&#8217;t think it was too bad - I&#8217;m not saying it wasn&#8217;t difficult, it was certainly hard and technical... but then I like hard and technical!&#8221; he laughs &#8220;So I&#8217;d agree it was tough - I just think some riders must have a different definition of what is &#8216;good&#8217; and what&#8217;s &#8216;bad&#8217;...&#8221;

    Certainly Ned&#8217;s choice of bike - a KTM 505 XC-F Enduro bike fitted with a lightweight &#8216;Rally Moto&#8217; fairing assembly and oversized gas tank - meant it was far more nimble than many of the other [larger] machines who&#8217;s riders correspondingly struggled in the dunes.

    &#8220;This bike is just so much fun&#8221; he says with a huge grin. &#8220;It has a lot more power than my [450cc] Dakar bike&#8221; he explains - &#8220;I&#8217;d come into something, and knew immediately that if I&#8217;d been on the 450 I&#8217;d be stuck here... but with the 505 you can just wind it on and it simply ploughs through.&#8221;

    Having completed the course in a more than respectable time, Ned is confident that he was able to navigate to each waypoint and control, despite his concern about the accuracy of the paper roadbook. &#8220;The riding was fun, and the route was excellent - but I&#8217;m not sure you could have completed today&#8217;s stage without relying [heavily] on the GPS to direct you... whereas I&#8217;m more accustomed to using a GPS to simply confirm a decision [I've] made from the roadbook&#8221; he explains.

    Ned Suesse is part of the US rally team supported by Rally Management Services and If You See Kay Wines during the Tuareg Rally.

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #97Ned Suesse - really enjoyed the 505 in the dunes:
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  11. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #116 Lukas Matzinger

    “I had a fantastic morning, a very good midday... and a horrible afternoon!” Lukas begins as he walks wearily across the bivouac towards me. “In fact I only just made it in to the final checkpoint before the cut-off time” he continues.

    Not only is this Lukas’ first off-road race, but he spent nearly twenty hours yesterday undertaking final preparations to his rally bike, pausing only briefly to eat dinner before continuing on into the early hours.

    “The sand just got softer and softer as the day went on, and the [high] sun made it very difficult to see the contours” he continues - “The front wheel would just dig in - I must have gone over the bars about twenty times... and then you just have to dig it out, it’s exhausting. To compound things I had less than three hours sleep last night” he admits.

    Fortunately, Lukas is very pleased with his choice of the Husaburg FE570 as a rally bike “It’s almost like cheating” he grins “It is very light and narrow, and has a lot of power - it is probably the best bike here for this sort of terrain - as it doesn’t tire you out.”

    “I’m a mediocre [rally] rider at best, and this bike has saved me loads of times - this is my first time riding in sand, and soft dunes, and the bike was absolutely fantastic... the only issue was later in the afternoon the bike started to stutter and lose power making longer climbs difficult - so I’ll have to look into that tonight.”

    Despite experiencing a steep learning curve today, Lukas is confident he reached every checkpoint [just] in time, and hopes he has avoided any time penalties during his first day in desert rally raid.

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #116 Lukas Matzinger completed the first stage with just 5 minutes to spare:
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  12. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #317 Jean-Luc Solans - Team RMS/IYSK Wines

    Jean-Luc smiles as he recounts how his fellow IYSK team-mate Ned Suesse “Must have had twice the day I had - since he passed me on his second lap before I even managed to finish my single round!”

    This is Jean-Luc’s first desert rally, and he admits he did struggle with the conditions onboard the big KTM 690, particularly in the soft sand. “The rear end of the bike would dig all too often” he explains [/i]“Followed by having to lay the bike down to extract it, again, all too often!”[/i]

    Despite the struggle in the heat and sand, clearly Jean-Luc was enjoying himself “There is an advantage to being slower - because there is a lot to learn - to follow the GPS, read the roadbook, and to look for the easiest way through the dunes - so there was plenty to ponder at every turn” he grins.

    “The start was incredible! - and so very exhilarating to be in the middle of that [mass start], - although I resisted the pressure to try and get ahead of anyone, and fortunately the group spread out quickly.”

    Having also elected to take a time penalty today and conserve his energy for the rest of the race, Jean-Luc is certainly looking forward to the following days, that will leave the dunes behind after another potentially difficult section on day two: “The roadbook says there will be 25kms of fesh-fesh tomorrow” he reveals “I just hope I am able to get [up] some speed and keep moving, otherwise I may be in trouble! “Ultimately though, I am just here to learn, to see if I am physically capable of riding in rally raid - after today, I feel maybe I’m 80% there... I hope that will improve during the week!”

    Jean-Luc Solans is part of the US rally team supported by Rally Management Services and If You See Kay Wines during the Tuareg Rally. He is also personally supported by Talend.

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #317 Jean-Luc Solans and team-mate Ned Suesse compare roadbook notes:
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  13. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Day 1 (Saturday March 9th 2013) summary - #332 Ollie Lloyd - OWL Racing

    The Rally organisation had warned the competitors to expect very soft sand dunes on this first day, and Ollie certainly found himself ‘in at the deep end’ - after getting trapped in a 6-foot deep sand bowl for an hour and a half!

    “I started well, although there wasn’t really a lot of space with all the competitors starting at the same time. The first 7km [dune field] was fine, and I loved the open ground afterwards where I could make up some time. "But the second set of dunes were very soft - and they really caught me out... I ended up in a sand ‘bowl’ about six feet deep, and the bottom was the same width as the bike - there was no way out! "I dug for over an hour with my hands, and eventually used my rally jacket as a sand-ladder under the wheels... it is still out there somewhere, buried under about four feet of sand!”

    Fortunately Ollie had the forethought to check the pockets before sacrificing his jacket and removed his [essential] time-card prior to disrobing. Once free of the sand trap, he was then able to navigate as far as check point 3 (of 5) on the stage.

    “To be honest it had taken me so long and I was now exhausted. I considered that at least I had made it that far and not damaged myself or the bike, so I elected to take the assistance route back to the finish and accept a time penalty - particularly as I’d been advised that the softest dunes were still to come.”

    “This is my first desert bike race and I’m here to gain experience and learn how a rally works. I’d got stuck a few more times after that sand bowl, and I learnt a lot about how to get the bike out of the sand more quickly, but all my energy had been used up by then.”

    Ollie was certainly not the only rider to get bitten pretty hard by the soft Tunisian dunes - with many other riders suffering similar mishaps and exhaustion throughout the day. His forethought and focus on the whole event and not just a single stage result means he is able to recover and start the second day with renewed enthusiasm.

    Stage result: not available at this time

    Overall position: not available at this time

    #332 Ollie Lloyd in the dunes at sunset after scrutineering on Friday:[​IMG]
  14. ecarnell

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    Awesome reporting!
    (note to self, if trying this race in the future, think light bike....)
  15. JMo (& piglet)

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    Day 1 (yesterday) was tough, even for the more seasoned competitors and Tuareg Rally regulars like Wesley Beane (Beaney) #25:

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    Beaney was going really well on his big KTM 690 (with a 690RR fairing mated to Rally Raid Evo2 tanks) - finishing the first Profi lap in the top ten, and was running as high as third overall before the last checkpoint, when an over-the-bars error cost him more than an hour trying to repair broken cables and wiring... He still finished in plenty of time, but with hopes of an early lead dashed.

    Similarly Torque Racing team-mate George Dennison #107 has raced the Tureag Rally in Morocco on a number of occasions... and even he found the first day in the soft Tunisian dunes hard work. If you skip back a few pages, you'll see he is sporting a rather elaborate beard (a hangover from the Movember fundraising he participates in each year) - However this morning (Day 2) it was gone... it is hot and hard work in Tunisian sand!

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    #87 Tony Schattat's team-mates who are all racing under the Macad banner and competing Malle Moto, were in a confident if slightly apprehensive mood before the start yesterday:

    L-R: #24 Polytimi Kyriakopoulou, #22 Guillaume Martens and #86 Edward Taylor:
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    All of them suffered in some way during the first stage - see Brodovich's post #202 above for specific news about Timi and Guillaume's day - while Ed found for some reason he was struggling with a severe lack of power from his 300 EXC - not something you would usually attribute to that machine!

    Fortunately on the way back from refueling in the evening, Tony spotted that the tail pipe was glowing red hot with the heat, and after some investigation, it turns out Ed had bought a replacement front pipe that had an emissions restrictor welded inside - severely limiting the exhaust gas exit, and no doubt the cause of his constant over-heating problems... With a quick beg and a borrow around the bivouac, Ed found a German car team who were able to slice open the pipe, removed the offending gauze, and re-weld it together again overnight - result!

    And finally, as the competitors leave the soft sand behind for a few days and head north towards Gafsa, I think it was probably these guys who had the best vehicle for crossing Tunisian dunes yesterday:

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    As for myself, I travelled the assistance route today with Patsy in the huge Desert Rose Racing support truck, and we arrived at the second bivouac hotel in plenty of time. Fortunately I have been able to secure my own room (with like a proper bed and everything!) for tonight, and it would seem the hotel has a pretty decent wifi connection too... Although I am somewhat concerned by the 2-inch thick metal box-section bars that surround the hotel lobby front door like it's some sort of bullion vault; and similarly the huge steel shutter doors that enclose the car park like we're some kind of fortress - I hope they're not expecting trouble in Gafsa tonight!

    Jx
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    Still no results from day one?

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    oh man this is awesome. Any news of Bart (Wildman?) COngrats to Tony S, as well, he must be having a ball
  18. JMo (& piglet)

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    Unfortunately no - the Orga have their own [remote] server this year, but it is seemingly impossible to access over the wifi network...

    In the past there has always been a printed list of daily results on a board in the hotel lobby each evening - particularly as this also relates to the individual start times/order for the following day - but this morning the printed list was only available once the riders reached the DSS!

    I'm sure someone will raise this issue at the briefing this evening, and hopefully the Orga will resort to paper while they try and fix their server... at the moment there are no results info on the Tuareg-Rallye.com website either.

    Jx
  19. SteveDennehy

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    Brilliant stuff, Jenny. Keep it coming. You can sleep after the rally. :wink:
  20. David P.

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    Just heard dreadful news from my colleague Hagenblad, apparently there has been a fatality today of one of the top riders whose name I won't mention just yet. Can we get a confirmation of this?? I hate to hear of these things!!