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Discussion in 'Racing' started by troy safari carpente, Dec 27, 2015.
Thanks for all the mapping team. That is just awesome
Only their first map is correct, sort of, as we know they don't draw a very accurate red line. << << << <<
All of their elevation profiles are wrong.
COOL TOWN... hope its not as wet as 14...
Getting "interrupted" in the middle of the day/stage, no matter how, makes it tuff to catch up at a reasonable hour. Noting that Stg 7 start time is listed as 0700 (GMT-4), I'm gonna grab a couple hours Z-time. See y'all shortly.
(note: I had a talk with Gus last night about making warm spots too far over. Tonight the little shit moved my top pillow to the middle of the bed, folded/drug down the top sheet and blanket, and made a warm spot in exactly the right place. No clue why he did that except that he watches me fold the covers down every night. Maybe I'll give him pizza bones more often!)
Good morning all
today's SS7 481 km special stage from Uyuni (Boliva) to Salta (Argentina) is all set to be a good one.
HogWild BlueBull and Beechum have done an awesome job decyphering the ASO maps and schedules for this special... and all is set for a great f5 stage.
The first MOTO departs the DSS start control at 07:00am (DAKAR time) http://24timezones.com/world_directory/current_buenos_aires_time.php
A key feature to keep in mind while tracking the stage today is the "LIASON STAGE" in the middle of the days special (that takes the field in non-competitive mode from Tupiza - across the border - to Villazon; where the second part of the special will commence). So effectively it is TWO specials today... the competitors start the second stanza in the same order and time spacings as the "finished" the first part. (it is not a re-start with the usual three minute gap.)
I am out of the chair today.... so have a great f5 stage together... first MOTO start in just on two hours.
I think it's important to remember that up until the start of the Marathon the stages were improvised on short notice when Peru and/or Chile pulled out. At the time people were calling BS on their reasoning (Couldn't commit resources to the race with the likelihood of flooding and other El Nino natural disasters), but from earlier stages it seems clear they weren't unfounded. Whether that was the only reason is open for discussion. But I think we've only had 3 stages that were "real" Dakar stages, and some other stages that were slapped together on pretty short notice.
I expect the soul stealing will begin shortly.
Is Annie lost in the high dez ??
Jacopo is doing a really consistent rally, notwithstanding gps problems and a fall .. gooo!
Brilliant stage for Botturi yesterday, even if with his wrist problema and to point out that he gave his better tyre to Rodrigues at the end of first Marathon stage!
Not clear why Helder didn't get the tyre from DeSoultrait, though...
Here's the photo tour of Stage 7 (what they will race today) that I did 10 days ago:
smart pooch you got there... can he do a nice egg's benedict?
pondering the entrails of the "graveyard shift", "we" (that damned TP grammar is creepin' in all over the joint ) had the usual avalanche watch for those competitors out battling the snowball late at night on the back end of SS6 around Salar d'Uyuni.
The f5 panel disected the Bam Bam cadaver for all it was worth (and then some )
Ivan pointed out the availability of MICHELINS latest tyre technology breakthrough, that they've released to the public... A good deal if you are one of the four lucky people in the world that own a carbon fibre bodied rear wheel drive 2008 SUV for getting to the shops...
Runens binned it, Toby winned it and Manny's still in it...
and today, before I bid you all a fond f5 frenzy out on the "piste"...
just leave you with a collage of a few of the PUG's "greatest hits" 2016
... so far we know they "go fast and handle good" (on WRC and gravel trails)... interesting to see how they hold up with a few more days of DAKAR punishment...?
It's a bit sad and unfair to see Barreda starting 16th and Ceci 110th this morning
How do the spectators know where to be to watch if the competitors don't? Enquiring minds (my missus) needs to know.
Just got caught up, and the start is in 52 min. Too much work to catch up on I'll be out in the garage freezing my ass off in this icy hell I call home.
Yesterday I was too tired to write anything about the fantasy game stage results so here it goes:
Two stages in a row for "Nanana Vrooom", tibx really owned Bolivia! Quietus was just 2 points behind, however, and that puts him into the overall lead. Lana's Gordito team got the bronze trophy and jumped into top 10 overall.
1st...Nanana Vrooom (tibx)...65 pts
2nd...Quietus (Quietus).........63 pts
3rd...Gordito (Lana)..............58 pts
1st...Quietus (Quietus).................228 pts
2nd...Nanana Vrooom (tibx)..........218 pts
3rd..Go Hard or Go Home (Coak)...210 pts
But thats not all, f5olks -> this here just might be my most important post during these two weeks so here it goes:
Senores and senoras, you only have ONE MORE DAY UNTIL SNOOKER STARTS ! That means you'll have a whole nights time after todays stage to think about who to pick for your fantasy snooker team . Will it be your favourite, Ronnie or maybe since Toby Plural is in the lead you like ozzies better now and go with Robertson?
Here's the draw to help you decide: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Masters_(snooker)
and here's a motivational video (you just can't say snooker's not exciting):
(gee I sure hope this post won't get me banned... )
Thanks for the incredible job with the photo thread.
I have a sensory overload just from looking at pages from the past 8 hours.
If you crash like that it's always good to do in front of the camera
and I think we definitively miss these at the "Dakar":
(from current Africa Eco Race...)
How is it that there are competitors who seem to be not finishing stages, yet they start the next day? Or is the only requirement that you get back to bivouac? For instance Annie and the electric car. I note that Annie isn't in the Dakar.com rankings today.