|01-12-2011, 07:50 PM||#1|
... 2nd last to the Sweep
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Orange NSW Australia
Malles Motos - Dakar
Well, after a bit of hunting around, i've had little success with finding information about the "Malles Motos" of Dakar.
What i do know is, that basically you enter the Dakar event as per any other compeditor, and effectivly pay around 500 euros extra, for the service of having 2 trunks (as per pic below), and 2 sets of tyres, transported around the event for you.
These trunks 'leapfrog' each other, for the duration of the event, and carry your spares, tools, sleeping gear etc.
This method enables you to do the event Marathon, with no service, backup crew etc., thus reducing cost etc.
Link to video:
I'd really like to know some more information about this method of doing dakar, and what some of the logistics are.
For example, what can you pack in there?
Can you pack a spare engine as per pic, or is this against the rules?
Either way, by the time you pack:
- Spare Parts
- Oil Filters
- Air Filters
- RB Highlighters
- Spare Underwear
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Mat (maybe this is a luxury?)
... it wouldn't take long to fill.
And what about when you get back to base, and you really want a Chair or some Shade?
Should you pack a Warm Jumper/ Raincoat.
Where do you pack your Lollies, Gatoraide?
And your mobile phone, can you charge it somewhere?
I find this facinating.
"I still haven't worked out why all these people are here, but all I can think is there's a small amount of craziness left in an increasingly sanitised world and they want to be part of it"
Russ Malkin 2006
|01-13-2011, 02:29 AM||#2|
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Deep East Texas
So many bikes, so little time (and money)
|01-13-2011, 03:21 AM||#3|
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: Bungendore, Australia
I don't know how it is now, but I charged my phone by the ELF table while I worked on the bike. Also had a 12v charger on the bike.
Shade is under one of the big tents where you get your food. You can sleep there too, or take a tent. I managed to sneak a tent and sleeping bag into the back of one of the mechanics vehicles from another competitor
|01-13-2011, 03:23 AM||#4|
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: South Wales - Enduro Central.
When Simon Gets back from Dakar, I will take some pictures of his boxes.
He put and entire bike sans the main frame in a third box on The Desert Rose 4x4. Then he had a tent, oil filter for everyday, basic spares a few clothes items, bike stand, some oil (you get it free in the malles moto through elf)
It's impressive what you can get in one. You don't really need food stuffs as the organisers are good with that.
'We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore Excellence is not an act but a habit' Aristotle.
|01-13-2011, 03:14 PM||#5|
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Oh Yeah, GO PAVEY.
|01-13-2011, 03:16 PM||#6|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Monterey, CA
Boxes have a weight limit though, if I remember correctly...
There's roads and there's roads and they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth and roads of the spirit. The best roads of all are the ones that aren't certain. One of those is where you'll find me till they drop the big curtain. Bruce Cockburn
|01-16-2011, 12:52 PM||#8|
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: North Italy
Maybe this limit could be higher now with the truck transport.
In Africa when a stage was "marathon" you could not have access to your box.
Sadly after 3/4 days the start order of spares... go wrong. And you got a box full "random" of items...
It's so difficult to store all the items you need just in one box...
The "2 seconds" tent outside the box, it's not allowed...
If you store some big engine parts, you've no more space for gatorade or other. Maybe in South America you could buy it directly at bivouac or at the city near. Not in Africa... But in winter you do not need so much salt in you camel back.
Not a lot of pants or jacket and when you see the "mud stage" think about maybe they could not change the items next day...
Socket and slip could be same for many days...
And same for tech shirt.
Dakar is not only a bike race...
Africa Race 2009
|02-08-2011, 05:36 AM||#9|
African by trade
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Tulbagh, South Africa
Where are those pics?????
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