BMW GS Trophy in Tunisia

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Stagehand, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Hi everybody-

    Not sure if I should have put this in Europe, Africa, or where, but this seems like a likely enough place to look for it.

    I'm going to use this space to write about the experience- let you guys know whats going on over there. Will probably make a similar one over at Xplor and cross pollinate posts, since the audiences seem to be different. Hopefully Jim Stoddard and Brad Hendry (my USA teammates) will chime in when they have a chance, and hopefully we'll get some internet access out in the wilderness to let you all know how its going.
    The whole gig is kind of a black box for us- we know almost nothing of what to expect, other than we're going to be expected to ride hard. They say it will not be a speed race, but lengthy and challenging GS ride with specials thrown in along the way. In my imagination I see us having a start line somewhere, and a finish line a hundred miles away, and somewhere in the middle is a river with no bridge. First one to the finish wins. :D

    Good fantasy, eh?

    We're being issued tents and sleeping bags and we'll be camping most of the time although we're presuming there will be a bivouac type compound to stay at, where we'll get food, etc.
    We're all planning on travelling really light- taking only about 7 pairs of underwear and living out of our Rallye suits :lol3

    Anyway we have very little idea what to expect, but a lot of determination and we're all terrifically psyched. Leaving in 3 sleeps as of this writing.

    We'll arrive in Milan on Tuesday, and greet each other, the other teams- of which there are 4; (Spain, Germany, Italy and Japan- each of which has three members) and the bikes, all of which are identically prepped F800GS's with lots of Touratech farkles and Karoo tires.

    The next day we transit to Genoa and get on a ferry, which we presume will travel overnight across the Mediterranean, and arrive in Tunis on Thursday AM, from which point we will begin immediately.
    They say for us to expect at least one special test per day, and I think we are going to cover somewhere between 2000-2500 miles in 9 or 10 days.

    I think we've got a team strong enough to meet almost anything. Brad and Jim are both exceptional riders. I am incredibly proud to ride with them, and to have this chance in life! I plan on busting my ass to make all the folks who missed their chance at this years event proud of us, also. Hopefully with our intel provided this year, next years team will more know what to expect and plan for. I have a feeling they will be stepping up the challenge next year, after they see how this one goes.

    OK.

    Lets RoLL!

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  2. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...wow, that is so kool...I think I pee'd a little bit. :ricky
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  3. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    bpeckm Grin! Supporter

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    Airhead Old'sCoolers are all rootin' and tootin' for ya........ and you know we can toot! :lol3




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  5. FreeTheBeast

    FreeTheBeast BDR ambassador Supporter

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    Have a great time. Don't break yourselves. ;~)

    :lift

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  6. elmoreman

    elmoreman takin' a break, boss

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    eye of the tiger, Stagey.

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    hope you can keep the sand outta yo' crack.
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  7. Shadetree

    Shadetree Been here awhile

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    Hey, Jason! I know you're pumped! Dang, I'm pumped for you and I'm staying home! I know you will do well. You are in great company and so are Jim and Brad. Now go and make it all happen! Just keep us posted...

    Bill Dragoo
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  8. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Show us pictures of the rides!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Before!......
    then After!!!!!!!........:wink:
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  9. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Dudes?
    ...Bringin' a laptop?:jump

    (The three GS owners selected to represent the United States in the 2008 International GS Trophy Competition will be required to report on their experiences on www.xplor.com. Therefore, writing, as well as riding, ability will be a criterion used to choose the GS Trophy competitors. May the best writer win....)
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  10. 2upadv

    2upadv Long timer

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    Pictures are definately going to happen, I purchased a new camera that is crush proof, sandproof and waterproof, spare batteries and a 4gig memory card just for this ride.
    We have heard that we will have internet access every night so we are presuming laptops will be available for use since they were not on our recomended packing list.
    Something Jason did not mention is that each team is a team of 6, 3 Amatuer riders and 3 journalists with riding experiance. We were told the 3 jounalists will be Jimmy Lewis, Ryan Dudek, and Jon Beck as part of team USA

    Stay Tuned:ear
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  11. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Rock n' Roll dudes, keep your eye on the prize! :freaky

    You're only down and out when they cover the casket... :lol3

    Have fun - really, remember to have FUN! :nod
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  12. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Good luck, Sir!
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  13. smithy1

    smithy1 been here a while

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  14. apeirce

    apeirce Two ears, one mouth.

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    Good luck Jason.

    We're all rooting for you guys, but you'll have fun no matter what.
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  15. biker2hiker

    biker2hiker 4dirt

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    Jason,
    Thanks for the link. You'll be awesome on this journey. I can only imagine the anxiety levels increasing as the hours pass. Stay focused and the rest will follow. It will all be over before you know it and you'll look back and think ....... " Let's do it again !!!"

    We'll see you @ the house before you go.

    Ride On !!

    J&J
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  16. Miguelrallymoto

    Miguelrallymoto Adventurer

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    good luck !!!!!
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  17. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Heal fast, Miguel!

    One party day, (today) one more work day, (tomorrow) one travel day (Monday).

    Brad is racing a Triumph superbike in Sunday, I think.. he's supposed to clinch 3 separate championships before he leaves. Good luck, Brad! Stay safe, you' re our ringer :lol3

    Anticipation mounts, and I cant wait to tell you guys about it :deal
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  18. ADK

    ADK hoof arted

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    Good luck and have fun,Jason. :thumb :thumb
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  19. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Awesome, guys! I didn't know anyone from the ADV had been selected! :bow



    If you guys want the RallyRAIDio call in number, let me know. If you've got high speed net access, you can even bypass any phone charges.
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  20. wonky

    wonky TETETETETETETETET

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    I saw some footage of Nick Plumb, Si Pavey and co manhandling GS's over walls and stuff at the recent Touratech event in Wales. It was mentioned briefly that this was part of planning for a 'GS challenge/trophy' they had in the pipeline.
    Except some heavy lifting! maybe......

    chris
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