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Old 01-04-2013, 08:32 PM   #1351
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Hello Packmule, was wondering when you would show up

I think now all we need is Brimstone and we are good to go.

Stage 1

Special start (local GMT -5) 11h40



Here is the route, not difficult to work out this time, thanks to the map provided by the organisation. Anticlockwise, in red, its more of a short endurance loop with a few dune crossings, its in a zone frequented by dune buggies and rails. I normally dont put this stuff out the day before but given the tail of the field are opening the course, I dont think they have the means to make this useful by this time...










In respect of getting a more precise picture out there of each special I think it is going to be very difficult this year.

Looks like they are going to screw the Google earth mapping nuts (like me), by duping everyone into where the Dakar special is not going to be running by publishing even more inaccurate maps. I have spent the past hour trying every which way to get some proper maps and distance tables off the official website, like IL SS FL etc - no can do, not even on the french site. Any bright sparks out there have a hotline to someone who can help us from the ASO?

What I have found are some basic maps, but none of the usual long sections with the distances... Im hoping against hope that they actually publish them in some kind of live popup on the day..otherwise we will have a lot of F5ers twiddling thumbs...The maps are a joke with only the liaisons being more precisley shown but the specials with a only a very vague flamboyant line, which I do not believe is anything line the actual route except the general direction over the course of the route.

So you see what I mean look at Stage 2 & 3 below, both start from the same bivouac near Pisco





Im getting ahead of myself I know.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:33 PM   #1352
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shit guys, slow down! it just took me 2 hrs to catch up. this isn't even the f5irehose!
Can't tell Team F5 to slow down, that would be like telling RG to slow down in the Hummer!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:39 PM   #1353
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Could it be that Coma wants to do whatever he can not only to help Caselli, but also to increase the pressure on Depres?
For sure he would never say it openly, I would think Coma would want anyone to win except Despres - given his situation. Maybe not "want" - prefer might be a better word. If Despres wins Coma has two to wins to catch up - very very difficult I would think.

Whether Coma thinks that person is Caselli, I doubt it - Kurt is a great rider but he is a rookie to this race, and that will work against him as he gets to grips with the navigation.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:41 PM   #1354
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #1355
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The Actual ADV app is ADV browser style on your phone but with its own independent "browser" the text is small, double tapping the screen zooms in, its actually fairly decent (on my phone, some of the reviews say otherwise on other phones), but if tapatalk makes it more convenient then ill check it out, thanks for the info!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #1356
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Can't tell Team F5 to slow down, that would be like telling RG to slow down in the Hummer!
How many posts did last years pre Dakar thread get to? I thought about half of this right?

I wonder if Doyle is going to shut this one down at the top of the hour...
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:53 PM   #1357
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How many posts did last years pre Dakar thread get to? I thought about half of this right?

I wonder if Doyle is going to shut this one down at the top of the hour...
Only nine pages to go for the century.

Come on F5 the start/finish is this way!!







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Old 01-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #1358
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The Actual ADV app is ADV browser style on your phone but with its own independent "browser" the text is small, double tapping the screen zooms in, its actually fairly decent (on my phone, some of the reviews say otherwise on other phones), but if tapatalk makes it more convenient then ill check it out, thanks for the info!
I looked up that "ADV" app in the Play Store and it's not commissioned by ADvrider, and comments say it's just an ad wrapper and hard to post or reply in it. I did check it out, TapaTalk is way better.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #1359
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How many posts did last years pre Dakar thread get to? I thought about half of this right?

I wonder if Doyle is going to shut this one down at the top of the hour...
56 pages. One of us will flip the thread switch a little closer to start time.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #1360
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56 pages. One of us will flip the thread switch a little closer to start time.
Dakar app countdown timer says 11 hours 41 minutes to GO!!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #1361
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A little sad to see no Aprilias in the Dakar this year. I thought they were doing a multi-year effort, but I guess they bagged it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:09 PM   #1362
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A little sad to see no Aprilias in the Dakar this year. I thought they were doing a multi-year effort, but I guess they bagged it.
Yeah, Giofil dwindled to Chaleco and Duclos and then just dried up completely. Seems there is little privateer interest either.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #1363
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Do it.... flip the switch...
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:25 PM   #1364
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I looked up that "ADV" app in the Play Store and it's not commissioned by ADvrider, and comments say it's just an ad wrapper and hard to post or reply in it. I did check it out, TapaTalk is way better.
I'm using it now, its not bad, and have seen no ads at all, and posting fine, but its slow responding, gonna try tapatalk, and see the difference. I'll give my thoughts/comparison after trying it. Again thanks!
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:31 PM   #1365
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56 pages. One of us will flip the thread switch a little closer to start time.
I'm sitting a comfortable five hours behind Lima time which is a very nice position to be in because I wake up and it's early in the Special and then finish work (well, F5ing in the office) as the Aussie broadcasts are available on line.

Am anticipating a "Live" F5 Thread when I come back in 7.5 hours!

Here we GO Baby!!!!
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