Tuareg Rallye 2014 - OFFICIAL Event coverage thread - follow our ADV Inmates here!

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  1. Bluebull2007

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    Looks quite hard!! :clap :clap
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  2. motorollie

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  3. wilkinsonk

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    I'm guessing the Smits brothers (?) are riding together in a cooperative fashion as this picture and their times from the day would indicate?

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  4. tehdutchie

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    Father and son actually.. Father was very quick on the old MX and still is with a roadbook ☺

    Started 1st and 2nd, senior won yesterday, junior today. Starting side by side, I guess we won't see big gaps for the moment.
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  5. Bluebull2007

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    Awesome. One day soon my daughter and I will be doing this. My dream anyway, and we would have a new rally babe to follow....with her father to ride over the chancers! :rofl
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  6. 640 Armageddon

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    There is a thread somewhere in the racing section ''father and daughter go racing''
    I think you should study that Neil :lol3

    Fromt Tuareg Off. Website:

    Only car photos in the official site for Day two...
    Just a couple of them >>

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  7. 640 Armageddon

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  8. 640 Armageddon

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    And I am copying Jenny's reports from Facebook page in case somebody does not have access to them and because Jenny does not have the bandwidth to do it. I hope it's ok :ear

    And here is the link to Jenny's Dakar FB page:
    https://www.facebook.com/JennyDakar?fref=ts

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    Tuareg Rally Report - Day 2 (Sunday 9th March 2014) - #47 Tony Landh

    Profi Moto class: 310 kms - 95% hard piste, 5% sand piste.

    “I felt it was a good day...”

    Tony was looking forward to this second day which featured a long navigation stage combined with two technical sections that particularly suit his riding style, and lightweight rally bike.

    Arriving at the next bivouac in Gafsa well before 2pm, Tony was one of the first bikes home in the Moto Profi class at the end of stage 2.

    “It felt like a good day - a very good day” he smiles “It started out super-fast, full-throttle and even a little scary at times - very exciting!”

    “It was really wonderful riding today - the nature, the scenery, then technical through [the] Scuba pass - that was not too bad... I recognised elements from last year’s route” he adds.

    “But at the same time, you couldn’t relax” he continues “For example, they had put a secret checkpoint at the bottom of the pass, that I think the guys ahead of me missed - I only just realised in time” he says, thinking it was simply one of the safety cars that are stationed along each special stage.

    “That was then followed by a long navigation stage” he says “Very difficult - there were not a lot of [GPS] waypoints so you really had to concentrate on the road book instructions. I think lots of people got lost here, including me!”

    “With such a tricky navigation stage, it is difficult to know whether I made up any positions or actually lost time” he admits “And I did have some trouble with my navigation tower again - after another little crash” he smiles.

    In the true spirit of rallying, during the last sector, Tony even stopped to help a fellow competitor who was having trouble: “I think he was the lead rider in the amateur class, and I couldn’t leave someone stranded... it only cost me two or three minutes anyway, so it is unlikely to affect my overall result” he smiles.

    ends.

    Stage result: day 2/7: 15th (3h26m)

    Overall position: day 2/7: 14th

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  9. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    The dutch contingent seem to be taking it all in their stride...? :clap
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  10. 640 Armageddon

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    Tuareg Rally Report - Day 2 (Sunday 9th March 2014) - #318 Gabriel Bolton

    Profi Moto class: 310 kms - 95% hard piste, 5% sand piste.

    “There is a temptation to try and compete...”

    Riding together as a team for the second day, Paul & Gabriel keep to their strategy of riding a steady rally in an effort to finish with no penalty points - despite the temptation to try and increase their speed, encouraged by their unexpected result the day before.

    Catching up with them both that evening as they prepared their road-books for the following day, they were equally enthusiastic about what lay ahead.

    “The route today was fantastic - very different to yesterday, and the real feeling of adventure - of traveling across country from one place to another” Paul begins. “The terrain was stunning - we climbed into the mountains, then descended into valleys, crossed wide open plains - it was really vary varied.”

    Paul also revealed they were becoming increasingly confident with the road-book style navigation: “It was a great feeling to be following the road-book for hour after hour, and finding that actually every instruction was exactly where you were expecting it! - it was very reassuring [we were doing things right]” he adds.

    “There was one particular section that was pretty confusing” he admits “But it was a relief to see all these tyre tracks on the ground in different directions, that we weren’t the only ones to get lost!” he says with a grin.

    Gabriel shared his delight at the variety of the terrain, and at the same time, their relief that the going wasn’t as overly challenging as they had been expecting: “I think we were pleasantly surprised - there were no real nasty surprises on the route” he begins “Although that might have been because we weren’t really going fast enough to get into trouble!” he adds with a smile.

    Paul agreed: “It was really nice to not be ploughing through dune after dune today - the faster rocky tracks and the dry lakes were much more enjoyable. It was also far kinder on the bikes too!”

    Gabriel admits that after such an encouraging first day, he feels a temptation to perhaps go a little faster where possible and try and improve their overall standings: “I think it’s very easy to get wrapped in the competitive side of things” he says “Although it’s still very early days, I think no matter where you are in the rankings, you are always looking ahead and thinking how nice it would be to move up a few positions.”

    “The highlight of the day for me was when we’d been following a group of riders who had initially overtaken us, only to see them take a wrong turn, while we continued at our pace and knowing exactly where we were [supposed to be], and took the correct turning” says Gabriel, illustrating perfectly why their considered approach is already paying dividends with another penalty-free day.

    ends.

    Stage result: day 2/7: 33rd (4h04m)

    Overall position: day 2/7: 30th

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    Tuareg Rally Report - Day 2 (Sunday 9th March 2014) - #317 Paul Castle

    Profi Moto class: 310 kms - 95% hard piste, 5% sand piste.

    “A real feeling of adventure...”

    Riding together as a team for the second day, Paul & Gabriel keep to their strategy of riding a steady rally in an effort to finish with no penalty points - despite the temptation to try and increase their speed, encouraged by their unexpected result the day before.

    Catching up with them both that evening as they prepared their road-books for the following day, they were equally enthusiastic about what lay ahead.

    “The route today was fantastic - very different to yesterday, and the real feeling of adventure - of traveling across country from one place to another” Paul begins. “The terrain was stunning - we climbed into the mountains, then descended into valleys, crossed wide open plains - it was really vary varied.”

    Paul also revealed they were becoming increasingly confident with the road-book style navigation: “It was a great feeling to be following the road-book for hour after hour, and finding that actually every instruction was exactly where you were expecting it! - it was very reassuring [we were doing things right]” he adds.

    “There was one particular section that was pretty confusing” he admits “But it was a relief to see all these tyre tracks on the ground in different directions, that we weren’t the only ones to get lost!” he says with a grin.

    Gabriel shared his delight at the variety of the terrain, and at the same time, their relief that the going wasn’t as overly challenging as they had been expecting: “I think we were pleasantly surprised - there were no real nasty surprises on the route” he begins “Although that might have been because we weren’t really going fast enough to get into trouble!” he adds with a smile.

    Paul agreed: “It was really nice to not be ploughing through dune after dune today - the faster rocky tracks and the dry lakes were much more enjoyable. It was also far kinder on the bikes too!”

    Gabriel admits that after such an encouraging first day, he feels a temptation to perhaps go a little faster where possible and try and improve their overall standings: “I think it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the competitive side of things” he says “Although it’s still very early days, I think no matter where you are in the rankings, you are always looking ahead and thinking how nice it would be to move up a few positions.”

    “The highlight of the day for me was when we’d been following a group of riders who had initially overtaken us, only to see them take a wrong turn, while we continued at our pace and knowing exactly where we were [supposed to be], and took the correct turning” says Gabriel, illustrating perfectly why their considered approach is already paying dividends with another penalty-free day.

    ends.

    Stage result: day 2/7: 37th (4h06m)

    Overall position: day 2/7: 31st


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  12. Balkan Boy

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    Is this 'elephant ears' faring a matter of design or it has some purpose? :ear

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    How come these kits stick out so much more then on 'proper' rally kits?
    Is it the mounting or maybe the nakedness that makes it appear so?

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  13. motorollie

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    Not obligatory for all riders I guess, only a few riders can be tracked. Among them the fastest riders (father and son Smits)
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  14. 640 Armageddon

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    The ''elephant'' fairing I think is for both design and function. It is wide, where it needs to be to protect the navigation instruments and deflect the air from the rider and it is thin down below to create this unique effect. For sure you can distinguish it from the others :D


    The kit in the bike that you chose to see, indeed it is far out. But the reason is that you do not have to look so far down when navigating. It has some +ves and -ves. The closer you have it on the handlebars the less pendulum effect, but the more down you have to look. If you carefully see the posture of this particular rider you can see that he has to lower his eyesight, let's say 45 degrees to see the roadbook. If it was mounted in the handlebars he would have to look 90 degrees down. Then again, the more these things stick out the more dangerous it is to hit you during riding in case sth goes out of balance with the fornt end...
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  15. Happe

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    First of all,
    thanks Big D for forwarding Jenny's posts. Facebook is blocked in our Companies Network so no chance of keeping up without your support :clap

    The Nav Tover on this particular bike is fixed to the frame, that doesn't mean your comment on the pendulum effect is less valid, just not for this particular bike

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  16. 640 Armageddon

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    That is true Stefan, I had in mind a moving setup when I was writing the post... :huh

    (EDIT: Father and son below)

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  17. Happe

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    Any idea what pants he is wearing?
    :ear

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  19. Happe

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    Spot on :thumb

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    yep, FUGLY :D

    (Thanks Dimitri for reporting the stuff on facebook.)