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Old 10-11-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Vegas to Reno 2012 - The Miguez Rally Racing adventure

Howdy inmates!

Wow, it feels very real now that Iíve started this thread! My name is Fabio Miguez, and Iím going to race the Vegas to Reno 2012 edition!

Iím a 35 year old guy from Brazil, and Iíve been living in the US for 13 years now. I have been fascinated by the Dakar (Paris-Dakar back then!) since I have been a little boy, and Brazil even had a strong presence in motorcycles for a while in the 1990s with Andrť de Azevedo, who happens to be from my hometown, and is now driving the large trucks at the more modern South American editions of the Dakar.

In the past few years I have been positioning myself to be in a spot to one day race this awesome rallie. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 15, but I only started to ride off-road last year. I have never raced off-road, and Vegas to Reno will be my first off-road foray. I then have plans to race the Rally dos Sertoes in 2013.

This thread will cover how Iím going to go from no experience and out-of-shape to finishing this grueling race. Over the next months Iím going to be writing about many subjects, such as the bike build, physical training, testing runs, gear, nutrition, and many more. My goal is to share some knowledge and lessons learned with everyone else.
One of the greatest things ADV has done for me is to show that anything is possible, that mere mortals like myself can accomplish the seemingly impossible with enough planning and preparation. So I hope that my account will help encourage others and make them realize they can do it too!

Right off the bat, let me acknowledge the stories that have impressed and pushed me the most. These were the guys that finally cemented in me the feeling that I can do this, and I am forever thankful for that.

Bluebull2007 went from never racing a rally to finishing the Rally dos Sertoes in 2010 with a broken foot and a fulfilled dream. His training thread is here , and his race report here. If you havenít read it, stop reading this right now, pour a glass or seven of your favorite brew, and go learn what a determined mind can do.

frog raced the Vegas to Reno on a 950 Super Enduro, thatís a 400 lb bike for those of you wondering. His story is awesome, and you can read it here. It has special significance to me, and youíll soon learn why.

Last but not least is pilo. He raced Vegas to Reno this year, and has a great thread talking about the different aspects of preparing for such a long race.

I have been in touch with all three guys, and they have been great at helping a n00b like me get ready. Now, itís my turn.

I've decided to call my team Miguez Rally Racing, or MRR. I have a website in the works, so as soon as it's up it'll be posted here.

I also want to thank my first sponsor, Woody's Wheel Works, these guys have been nothing but fantastic and encouraging, and having the best wheels in the business will make it that much more likely that I'll finish my races.

Stay tuned.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:00 AM   #2
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Sounds like a nice adventure! Good luck!
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #3
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Good Luck

Miguez,
Good luck. I will be following this closely as I also want to race the VtoR, Baja, and rallies. Maybe one day I will start a thread and post your ride report as my inspiration. Once again, good luck.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:46 PM   #4
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Miguez,
Good luck. I will be following this closely as I also want to race the VtoR, Baja, and rallies. Maybe one day I will start a thread and post your ride report as my inspiration. Once again, good luck.
Thanks guys! Trust me, it's a weird feeling starting the thread, but there's no better way to find out you can do something than to commit and then have to worry about how you're gonna do it .
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:09 AM   #5
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hey miguez. nice post. looking forward to reading more about your effort. my buddy and I raced baja in 2009 and have been discussing other races/rallies since then....V2R, Baja (again), Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, etc.

I'm in the Columbus OH area too and wouldn't mind swapping stories, training regimens, and maybe doing a little riding. pm me if you're interested.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:51 AM   #6
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The Ride

When I share my current choice of bike for these two upcoming races, Vegas to Reno and Rally dos Sertoes, Iím going to be criticized for it. I want to make clear that such critique is well-founded and welcomed, so please donít try to jump and defend me, or be rude to critics, they are correct in being concerned.

Thatís because Iím planning to use a 2008 KTM 990 Adventure, which Iím converting to a 990 Rally. Why, you ask? Good question.

First, itís the bike I currently have. I bought her used, with about 5,000 miles, in June of 2010.

Second, it is the bike Fabrizio Meoni used to win the 2002 edition of the Dakar. Sure, it was heavily modified, and it was actually a 950, basically the same motor but carbureted instead of fuel injected. And sure, Fabrizio was a world-class rider. But a lot of the parts were the same, so I know the bike, at least, with some modifications, is capable of doing it. And considering Iím not really planning on being competitive, just finishing these races, I donít think I need to be a fantastic rider to be able to do this.

Third, I love tough challenges. I know having a bigger, heavier bike will make it harder, but I thrive on that. Whenever I help friends move, I always volunteer to move the hardest, heavier pieces. When in a team and tasks are being divvied up, I pick the toughest assignments. If on a trail and I come up on a fork that later joins back, I pick the toughest way. So call it a masochistic tendency, or what have you, I like to make things harder.

All that being said, Iím a realist. I know thereís a chance I canít handle a bike this big well enough to complete these races. So like the engineer that I am, I need testing. A future post will cover that in more detail, but Iím headed to Utah over Thanksgiving to spend a week riding terrain very similar to the Vegas to Reno, and some high-speed sections that can approach the Rally dos Sertoes, to make sure I want to stick with this bike. I would love to be able to race it, because I think thereís a cool factor in finishing riding such a beast, but Iím not married to it. If I am not confident after the week in Utah, sheíll go on the market and Iíll get a 450, in preparation for future races that only allow that and smaller displacements.

Speaking of which, this was something I had to check, that Vegas to Reno and Sertoes would allow this big of a motor. They do. Vegas to Reno has unlimited displacement, and Sertoes allows bikes up to 1300cc. I think thatís so someone crazier than I am can run it on a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure .

Several future posts will cover the bike build, whatever bike that is. I have already done some necessary mods to the 990 to be much better off-road than a stock one, but none are mods that compromise the riding on-road, or would make it harder to sell it if I decide to. Iíll cover those first in a soon-to-be written post. Should I decide to keep it, then the heavy mods begin and sheíll never be the same bike again.

If you want to see what Meoniís 950 looked like thereís a great page on the HOW about it, check it out here.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:53 AM   #7
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hey miguez. nice post. looking forward to reading more about your effort. my buddy and I raced baja in 2009 and have been discussing other races/rallies since then....V2R, Baja (again), Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, etc.

I'm in the Columbus OH area too and wouldn't mind swapping stories, training regimens, and maybe doing a little riding. pm me if you're interested.
Hey hiawassee, awesome! I'd love to get together. I have moved to Toledo recently, but my house in Columbus hasn't sold yet, so I'm in town once in a while. I'd also like to run Perry State Forrest some more, that place has great challenges!

I'll let you know when I next am coming to Columbus. Looking forward to it!
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:04 AM   #8
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Best of luck, I will be watching closely as I am trying to learn as much from others who have the same ultimate dream as me
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:47 AM   #9
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Best of luck, I will be watching closely as I am trying to learn as much from others who have the same ultimate dream as me
Hey drc, thanks! Are you going to the Sandblast 2012? If some things line up I might make it there on February 4th 2012.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:22 AM   #10
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Have you considered taking one of Jimmy Lewis' off road skills classes? He trains alot of adventure riders on bikes such as yours and has succesfully competed on them.

Our team may be doing some of the BITD races in 2012 also, I hope to see you there.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:27 AM   #11
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Hey drc, thanks! Are you going to the Sandblast 2012? If some things line up I might make it there on February 4th 2012.
Yes I will be there. Hope to get to meet you in person.


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Old 10-13-2011, 11:38 AM   #12
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Have you considered taking one of Jimmy Lewis' off road skills classes? He trains alot of adventure riders on bikes such as yours and has succesfully competed on them.

Our team may be doing some of the BITD races in 2012 also, I hope to see you there.
Hi John,

Yes, I have. It looks like what I'll end up doing, if he'll have me (my understanding is class sizes are pretty limited), is to train with Charlie Rauseo's Rally School. It's a bit more pointed in the right direction based on my long term goals, so I think it's a better fit.

But I have to say that every time I crack open a Dirt Rider magazine I think about Jimmy's school, it's pretty tempting!
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:16 PM   #13
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Hey Miguez,

Taking the tougher trail is always the path to becoming a better rider. If you keep practicing the easy stuff, you'll never get better at the sections that separate the men from the boys.

The wife wants me back in the gym and ready to rock when 2012 gets here. She knows I miss the Moto racing Looking forward to some training rides together soon.


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Old 10-13-2011, 07:18 PM   #14
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Go for it.

As I told you in the PM. Boldness (not stupidity) is glorious. Failure is just something that might happen along the way.

Today my wife said that "once the start flag at baja drops, you've won. You've been dreaming about this for years and training for over a year. Every mlie past the start is a bonus."

I could not have said it better myself.

We will meet when you are in Utah. I'll just be getting back from my bonus miles in baja.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:23 AM   #15
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As I told you in the PM. Boldness (not stupidity) is glorious. Failure is just something that might happen along the way.

Today my wife said that "once the start flag at baja drops, you've won. You've been dreaming about this for years and training for over a year. Every mlie past the start is a bonus."

I could not have said it better myself.

We will meet when you are in Utah. I'll just be getting back from my bonus miles in baja.
Hey pilo (every time I see or write that name I remind myself 'rhymes with below' ;)), thanks, that was an awesome statement from your wife, and so true! I actually read it for my wife, then told her to tell me that right before the race .

I look forward to meeting you, it'd be great! I'm out now to meet someone from Craigslist to buy my first GPS!!! It's a Garmin 60csx, I'll post more about it if I buy it, but it's looking promising.
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