Originally Posted by Stagehand
Ned posted on FB about an hour ago:
"Fun stage, rode easy and had a good time. Now a swim and lunch and a nap. Rallying is hard!"
Ha! Yes, I just met up with ned in the hotel lobby (I have commandeered one of the niches as my little media hovel) and it was interesting to hear both he and Jean-Luc's so very different accounts of essentially exactly the same stage...
By all accounts, it was certainly tough on the riders of bigger bikes, even those with plenty of experience... it seems the Orga were not bluffing when they said the first day would be 'hell' - at least for some!
Plenty of stories coming in this afternoon - I will do my best to get the cream of them up here for you all as soon as possible!
In the meantime, a few photos from the start this morning:
#115 John Mitchinson was very pleased to finally find his missing 'lucky' goggles:
#133 Dirk Kessler prepping his GPS for the day's route:
#332 Ollie Lloyd in a pensive mood:
#86 Ed Taylor finally got his 300EXC running without boiling over:
#24 Polytimi and Snoopy:
#22 Guillaume Martens with a makeshift puck after a number of bikes domino'd in the soft sand, knocking his over too: