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Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Feb 25, 2013.
Keep it coming Jenny, THANKS
Will anyone be taking video of the mass start ?
The Orga have said there are three crews filming this year's event - including their own crew, so hopefully there will be something either on the Tuareg rally website, or to download - they have a dedicated server here for results, photos and video - although we're not sure yet how well that is going to work?
The first event briefing is in about half an hour, so I hope for more info then... Jx
Thanks for the UP DATES !!!!!!
Keep it comming!!!!!
Great updates Jenny, just spoke to Timi and she is struggling to get decent wifi, seems like the place is swamped with hungry smart phnoes & laptops
Tomorrow is a 50km dune / sand / camel grass loop, once for the amateur class and twice for the pros.
It's on, good look to every inmate
Oh, and some fun trivia: apparently the roadbooks are written from the bottom up, so you have to scroll down instead of up. (the next tulip is above the one you're at). Bloody German orga .
Safe racing all
We had this nice "feature" at the JoJo Ralle last year... not good if your RB holder is a bit old... in the end I reversed the engine
Thanks a lot for these reports Jenny!
Achterlijke! That's dutch for idiot Not the first time he does that! Remember when he was visiting me in Switzerland some 25 years ago and wanted to impress a pretty dutch lady on his KTM. He also fell on his back on a tarmac road! If I remember well, although not the way he intended, it worked out and the lady took care of him
Hope you managed to get your bike fixed in time for the race and that your back will be OK tomorrow. No more wheelies for the next 2 years!
This is all true!
Certainly a few year's ago it wasn't so much of a problem (although of course broadband speeds were correspondingly slower then too) with just a handful of people using laptops... These days, everyone has at least one smart phone, and that really does suck the bandwidth out of the wifi...
Fortunately almost everyone has gone to bed early tonight - and will do for the duration of the rally I expect, particularly if the 'severity' of the first day is anything to go by - so I have been able to upload a few more photos from today and the first of my personal reports - for the RMS/IYSK Wines team (below)...
As for the upside down roadbooks... that is just another of the German Orga's quirks - like bloody Rammstein blasting out of a PA system as an early morning call each day!
Press Release #0 (eve of rally start) - Team If You See Kay Wines / Rally Management Services #504
The whole If You See Kay Wines sponsored US rally team were finally reunited early this morning (Friday March 8th) at the rally HQ - Hotel Sahara in Douz, Tunisia.
Rally Management Services (RMS) team manager Dave Peckham who had coordinated the initial shipping of the racebikes from the US via the UK, and chief mechanic Colin Pratt had travelled down through Europe with the bikes earlier in the week by road, while the riders themselves had flown in from the US and Europe during the preceding week.
The majority of this final preparation day was spent ensuring the bikes were running well and mechanically sound, and had the necessary safety and navigation equipment fitted to pass the scrutineering inspection.
While all the bikes passed the fitness test with no concerns, unfortunately it seems the same cannot be said of several of the team members - Jean-Luc Solans is suffering a prolonged recovery from leg surgery, Bart Combs is nursing a recently broken collar bone, while Mike Krynock is currently suffering from pneumonia. However, all three are optimistic they will be well enough to start the rally tomorrow morning [Saturday March 9th] and can continue for the duration of the seven competitive days.
With over two-hundred vehicles taking part in this 13th edition of the Tuareg Rally, the Tunisian edge of the Sahara desert promises to deliver a significant challenge to even the most experienced riders and drivers. The racers will immediately be faced with a sea of soft sand dunes to navigate during the first day, followed by a series of long and often arduous special stages as they alternate between the searing heat of the desert and the unforgiving rocky terrain of the surrounding mountain ranges.
The US team of course relish the opportunity to be racing through the dramatic and unfamiliar terrain found in North Africa, and would like to thank their team sponsor If You See Kay Wines for making their participation possible in this year's event.
We are delighted to be able to provide you with daily updates that will include a summary of each stage together with the team's rider results during the rally.
Team L-R (back row): Dave Peckham RMS / Charlie Rauseo #75 / Sid Milton #319 / Mike Krynock #137 / Colin Pratt RMS / Dirk Kessler #133.
(front row): Ned Suesse #97 / Bart Combs #331 / Jean-Luc Solans #317
Thank you for the update. Good luck everyone!!!! This is awesome!!!!
It really is the middle of the night here (1am!), but then due to a severe lack of bed-space at the hotel now the rally is in full swing, I am relegated to sleeping on the balcony of a hotel room for the next couple of nights - good job I brought a sleeping bag!
So I will take advantage of the fact nearly everyone else is asleep (with a couple of notably ADVrider exceptions - both Tony Schattat and LukasM are still up too, having spent the evening sorting out niggling issues with their/team mate's bikes), and upload a few more photos from the day...
I caught up with the whole IYSK US contingent earlier this afternoon as they were busy getting all seven bikes through scrutineering... this is Dave wrestling with the mousse machine:
Before recovering with a nice cup of English tea (courtesy of Patsy Quick and the Desert Rose team parked next door):
Once Ned was through scrutineering, we headed out into the nearby dunes (well, dunettes really) for a few photos:
As the light was fading, I also took the opportunity to get a few action shots with Ollie Lloyd #332 too...
...while the local spectators did their best meercat impression!
At 7.30pm the Orga cranked up the Rammstein once again (arrrrgh!) to announce the start of the initial rally briefing...
...actually, it was preceded with a neat compilation video of the day (which I understand should be on Youtube round about now) that has some really cool footage from a heli-cam... if they use that tomorrow morning flying over the GP style mass-start, it should look awesome!
I took the opportunity to get arty by the pool:
While Martin Wittering from Torque Racing avoided the Rammstein nightmare completely by finishing off a few jobs on the team's bikes:
Breakfast is from 6am tomorrow, and the competitors assemble for the start at 7.30am...
I'm going to get a few hours sleep, and will be back tomorrow - hopefully with some photos from the start/first stage, together with all my individual rider's reports!
Excellent , I see Ned has been testing the hover mode .
Very jealous!!! Best of luck everyone and please keep the updates coming JMo!!!!!!!!!
Yes, Good luck to all.
Must be very exciting there tonight.
Brilliant reporting Jen, thank you very much and keep it coming!
Btw why the heck are you not riding?
Sounds like there are few really great teams there
Please say "Hi" to Dave from me!
Very very envious of you all!!
To the pilots: Focus, Flow, Finish........... or FULL GAS - But no crashing allowed!!
Go Jean Luc
Go crazy dutchies!
Man, it must be hot in that Klim jacket. Looks like different gear than Ned wore at Dakar last year.
Newer model Rally Jacket than the one he used in Dakar, Pretty sure those are 2013 Dakar pants.
No, it is not hot at all. If you stop moving, just pop it off. You are down to your t-shirt in seconds.
Well here is the Day 0 Video. I quite enjoyed the camera angles!
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