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Old 10-09-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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2013 Dakar Ride Along - with Rally Management Services and Team Redverz Dakar!

Hey Rally Fans!

We have two seats left in our Ford F350 assistance truck headed to the 2013 Dakar. This truck has been run by Rally PanAm since 2006, usually supporting Jonah Street and some North American privateers. This year, we're support Kevin Muggleton from Team Redverz Dakar. Rally vets Dave Peckham (GSNorCal) and Phil Bowman (BicyclePhil) are running the show. We have 4 seats in the truck. And this year, we actually have 2 seats available for "tourists", someone with no specific team duties.



Ted Johnson came with the team last year and wrote the fantastic book, Tales From The Bivouac. Now it's your turn to see the Dakar from within. This opportunity is ideal for rally fans, journalists, media professionals, authors, and adventure travelers.



If you'd like to join us, please call me right away as the crew entry deadline is rapidly approaching (+1 415-272-4583). I'd like confirmation by October 15. The Dakar isn't cheap. The package is $22,000, which includes ASO entry fee and your share of the truck and bivouac setup. Flights, incidentals, and private accommodations before/after are not included. Every person who has ridden in this seat before has said that it was the trip of a lifetime and worth every penny. You'll be part of one of the most fun, well run, and longest running North American teams on the rally. You have access to all the bivouacs and restricted areas. You eat with the teams. You sleep in a team tent. You get up early and drive like mad across South America for most of the day. You'll need to be in Lima by January 1. If you'd like to help, we're happy to give you small tasks, including driving the truck, and we'll appreciate the work. But, if you want to just wander around and take photos, that is perfectly OK.

We're not selling anything here, just asking for you to pay your entry fee and share of expenses. We find that the "tourists" in the truck usually round out the team very well.

Dave
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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I'll vouch that it is indeed a trip of a lifetime

The price sounds expensive but in reality, for me, it meant driving an older car for 5 years as opposed to getting a new car to commute to work. Every time I see the rust on my car parked beside my co workers fancy new vechicles I smile

Best of luck Kevin, team F5 will be cheering you on from behind our keyboards
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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How much to equip the tourists with Sat Data?
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #4
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How much to equip the tourists with Sat Data?
Not sure. Iridium would work, but I think it's spendy. Good cell service along lots of the route (well, in past anyway).

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Old 10-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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I would hardly call a seat with your team as "tourist". What a great way to be a part of the Dakar. Sorry I cant be there to help....next year?
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:31 AM   #6
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WOW! What an opportunity! Wish I had 22K laying around-I would jump on this, But....the first 10k i get buys me a new motosickle...........
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:59 AM   #7
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Pics from Dakar 2010.

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"Tourist" sounds like a passive ride-along snapping pics. The Dakar adventure with Rally Management Services is a whole lot more than that.

I joined the team in 2010 to drive Jonahs support truck and will never forget it. You will be with the team every step of the way, from pre-race set up, scrutineering, every kilometer and every bivouac along the way. 24 hours a day.

Driving over the Andes mountains and across the Atacama Desert along with the race and support vehicles is worth the price of admission all by itself.

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Its an unforgettable adventure.

Really, how many other world class events can you be so closely involved in?
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #8
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Thanks Mike!

Yea, "tourist" is probably the wrong word. The team welcomes whatever help our "guest crew" can offer. That's sometimes driving the truck when we are tired. It's sometimes grabbing some coffee. Other times it's just free time to roam the bivouac and take some of the best photos imaginable.

It's really up to you what you make of the trip. Totally relaxed, or really digging in.

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
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this would be truly amazing to tag along but like others have said... $22kish can be used for other things... one day i may have extra $$ like that laying around to cross this off my bucket list... i'm waaaay past ever being a racer but wow how much fun it would be to be part of the support team and experience Dakar with an experienced crew!
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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For what it's worth, we also have room for another rider, with or without his own mechanic.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #11
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Really wish I could afford to do it
gonna buy some extra lottery tickets ASAP

they said I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstake but for some reason Im just not gonna start believing that until the balloons and giant check show up on my doorstep

did I read that right ? you only have 1 rider your covering?

Have a great time Dave and Phil
looking forward to following it again

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Old 11-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #12
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For what it's worth, we also have room for another rider, with or without his own mechanic.

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The Rally Management Services “Ride Along” concept sounds good…maybe next year 2014.
However, I would need to start saving now and would need advice earlier than October 2013.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:37 AM   #13
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The Rally Management Services “Ride Along” concept sounds good…maybe next year 2014.
However, I would need to start saving now and would need advice earlier than October 2013.
Thanks everyone for the interest. Yes, our 2013 plans came together much later than desired this year.

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:18 AM   #14
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I know this Italian kid, Manuel, who might want the seat. You'll need to lend him a bike too, though.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #15
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That sounds so cool. I found a couple others options for seeing the 2013 Dakar up close. It's not the Team truck but it's also only $3-$5,000. Very tempting!

http://www.rideadv.com/tours-by-type...verland-truck/
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