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

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  1. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Been here awhile

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    Thank you so much Armageddon! I was hoping someone would be able to do this on my behalf...

    It is so frustrating here this year... There is no bandwidth at any of the hotels, so I can't upload anything to photobucket, or even get onto Facebook or here with any regularity...

    I'm so sorry not to have been able to provide my usual daily newsfeed this time round - but rest assured I have dozens of photos together with some great insider stories to share, it's just going to have to wait until I get back to the UK next week I'm afraid... A sort of retrospective rally report if you like?

    The good news is I've finally ridden the LC4-50 at last! While John has been really putting it through its paces in the sand today, and Martin has been tweaking the fuelling map with a laptop - trying to smooth everything out while we're here, although of course we'll have a proper dyno set-up session once we're back home too.

    More as soon as I can get a decent connection - I am currently in the hotel lobby using KTMmitch's Tunisian 3G SIM card in his iPad...

    Toot toot!

    Jenny xx
  2. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Been here awhile

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    Don't worry! - it was an admin error by the checkpoint crew (remember the drama we had last year when Ned had a similar situation?) - anyway, it's been resolved and I can confirm that Ben is not only penalty free so far, but at the end of stage 4 (which is notorious for riders getting penalties as they time-out), Ben had a clear round finishing all four laps of the dunes in good time, bumping him up to 8th in the overall standings at this half-way point in the rally!

    Go Ben!

    Jenny (yup, still on KTMmitch's iPad...) xx
  3. ktmmitch

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    Hi edjo - the guy in question is British rider Chris Green, and he is indeed on a naily old XR600!

    However, the machine is seemingly bullet-proof and Chris is a top-notch rider, currently sitting around 20th in the overall standings (Moto Profi).

    He's with the Torque Racing team (but doing his own spannering), and I've already got some nice photos of him riding and also working on his bike - I'll get them posted just as soon as I can get a decent Internet connection!

    Jenny xx
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    Great, thank you, looking forward to them!
  6. 640 Armageddon

    640 Armageddon -oo-

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    Always glad to help Jen :freaky

    Even the orga had problems uploading the photos in their usual time :lol3
    Let's see the upload

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  7. 640 Armageddon

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    Oh I love the pics from Alessio! Looking great.
  10. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    Sweet lil' JMo Jenny "channelling" through Doctor Mitch is just too weird for me...???! :huh:confused I keep reading Jenny's words and reports... and hearing John's voice... :arg Yep... now I'm gonna have nightmares... thanx... :bluduh




    Great reporting under (technical) duress Jen :clap

    What with the "Wifi", bluetooth compatible "Hands free" full mobile coverage (Sth American) Dakar of the last six years... everyone seems to have forgotten how it ("used"?) to be in Africa... :evil
  11. 640 Armageddon

    640 Armageddon -oo-

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    I have this mental image of seeing John in a film for example, speaking with Jenny's voice :D

    It's also nice to hear that the LC4-50 is going strong :freaky:clap
  12. troy safari carpente

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    That's NOT helping Dimi... :huh:eek1 Now I have TWO (more) disturbing images that haunt me... :rofl
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    And yet, we're getting a lot of amazing pictures :clap:clap
  15. 640 Armageddon

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    And finally, Jenny's first report from Day 4
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    Tuareg Rally Report - Day 4 (Tuesday 11th March 2014) - #47 Tony Landh

    Profi Moto class: 320 kms - 90% sand piste, 10% dunes.

    “Just my kind of riding!”

    Located in a soft sea of sand dunes north of Nefta, an abandoned Star Wars set is the backdrop for what has been billed a ‘make or break’ day for those riders looking to finish the Tuareg Rallye without any time penalties.

    Fortunately, Tony Landh was back on top form after what he considered a lack-lustre performance the day before.

    As the first Torque Racing rider home - well within the maximum time allowed for the grueling all-sand stage, and finishing forth overall just an hour and fifteen minutes behind race leader Rob Smits, Tony was very pleased with how the day had unfolded.

    “It was fantastic - terrific riding!” he smiles “A very long day, but that is exactly what rallies are supposed to be of course!”

    “I feel everything went really well today - I made a little navigation mistake during the first lap but nothing major - otherwise it was perfect... no crashes!” he grins.

    This style of fast sand riding clearly suits Tony’s style, and together with a good result last year during stage 4, once again he was one of the fastest riders on the day, and one of only a few who managed to finish all four 80 kilometer laps within the prescribed time limit, reaching every checkpoint with no penalties.

    In what is seemingly becoming a daily habit, Tony even found time to help another rider who had crashed heavily at high speed on the second lap; followed by another later in the day who was having trouble with his GPS. “It’s always like that” he smiles “You have to stop for a second or two and help people here and there.”

    The mechanical troubles that Tony has suffered early on in the rally seem to have disappeared; and clearly after the success of today, he will now embark on the second half of the rally with renewed enthusiasm “Today was terrific - just my kind of riding!” he grins.

    Tony's excellent result on today's stage has seen him leap up the leader board and he is now comfortably in the top ten overall going into the second half of the rally.

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    Stage result: day 4/7: 4th (7h37m)

    Overall position: day 4/7: 6th

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  16. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    OMG - bandwidth!

    I've just got to the hotel in Douz (where the bivouac stays until the end of the rally now) and thankfully, there is noone here so I can get on line at last!

    I've uploaded a few photos, and will post them here as best I can before it all goes to sh!t again...

    First up, Ben Young from the start of Day 2...

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    Ben had a cracking day yesterday, and is on target for a penalty-free rally and the coveted Red 'Tuareg Head' award - which is in fact just a red version of the yellow sew-on patch you get at the start of the race... ahem. However, this year especially it is very fiercely fought for, especially as Day 4 was 33% longer than it was last year, in the same time frame...

    Go Ben!

    Jx
  17. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    The Moto line-up for the Le Mans style sprint start on Day 1:

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    And just 400 yards from the start line, this happened to one of the race trucks...

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    Fast going at the start of day 1:

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    Jx
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    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    During the Star Wars day (stage 4) yesterday, the Torque Racing team set up camp in the desert (the four laps for the Moto Profi riders required refueling all day):

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    This year, Torque are sharing the Rallyservice.SE truck with 5 Swedish riders, including my highlighted rider Tony Landh, who had a storming day yesterday - finishing 4th on the stage and bumping him up to 6th in the overall standings after what he felt was a lack-lustre performance at the beginning of the rally... of course to the rest of us, he's been storming all week!

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    We also go the opportunity to properly test the LC4-50 in the sand yesterday... Martin Wittering (Torque Racing) was ably to tweak the fueling by lap top in the field:

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    While Calle (Hagenblad) also managed to blag a go on the LC4-50, and was genuinely impressed!

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    Now all we have to do is convince him to ride the sister bike in Dakar 2015!

    Jx
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    And now a few photos of John Mitchinson (Rally Raid Products) aka KTMmitch razzing the LC4-50 through the dunes... it's proper eye-candy!

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  20. JMo (& piglet)

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    Tuareg Rally Report - Scrutineering (Friday March 7th 2014) - #317 Paul Castle

    “Avoiding penalties - that’s my goal”

    With his bike arriving from the UK early in the morning on the eve of the rally, Paul Castle immediately set to work undertaking the last minute preparations required prior to event scrutineering.

    “The atmosphere is like a carnival” he smiles as he describes the apparent chaos around the bivouac that precedes a typical desert rally. “This is the first time I’ve entered an event like this, so it’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness - not really knowing what you need to do, or where you need to be at a particular time - but somehow it all comes together after all” he grins.

    For example, there was a mild moment of panic during the scrutineering inspection when his rear lights refused to work: “I was under pressure from the officials to fix it right there and then - fortunately it was simply a connector that had come undone while I’d been applying the [Team Dirtpunk/ZenOverland] graphics to the bodywork earlier - and it’s all good practice” he smiles.

    Paul was impressed with the shear diversity of the competition “There are some amazing vehicles here - and the majority of the competitors do appear pretty serious [about it all]” he concludes. “Of course I don’t really consider myself actual ‘competition’ in that regard - I’m really just here to see what it’s all about - I just want to ride my own race, and concentrate on my navigation - make sure I get every waypoint [and thus avoid an penalties] - that’s my goal.”

    Despite his modest intentions, there was also a glint in his eye “Of course I also love speed, and I love riding in dunes” he says “But at the same time, I’ve only really just recovered from a broken wrist (sustained in training before Christmas), so I really don’t want to repeat that!”

    Paul will be riding the Tuareg Rallye 2014 with his Dirtpunk/ZenOverland teammate Gabriel Bolton, in the Moto Profi group with consecutive race numbers #317 & #318.

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    Stage result: not applicable

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    Links: www.dirtpunk.co.uk www.zenoverland.com