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Old 01-05-2013, 04:03 PM   #31
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:23 PM   #32
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Pyndon's Prologue call in

First stage is in the books, and Lyndon had a blast on the prologue. He gives us a call before settling in for the night. The "real" Dakar starts tomorrow with a 250km special to test the riders and drivers. Good luck!




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Great update from Freedom Rally Racing FB page:

Saturday 5: Today was the start of the Dakar race. The course was set up as a short 13 km ride, so the riders could basically just test their bikes. We all rode the regular highway to Pisco, where the riders went off through the trails and we went straight to camp. We will be here two days, as tomorrows race is a “loop” that comes right back here!
I have no idea who of our riders is in what position, because at the moment, nobody cares. Kevin received penalties 3 times for speeding on the highway, which basically translates to him loosing 30 positions in the ranking. No big deal right now, but he was not happy about it. Luis had “experimented” with a different carburetor (therefore the long night two days ago, adapting it to the bike) but found that although he saved a lot of gas, he lost much needed power. So the angel Jaime, put the original one back on. As I write this Luis is on the verge of trying the bike out again. Marco and Mateo’s bikes performed well and so did Kevin’s.
The highway ride down here was another great experience. The “Law of the jungle” applies here. Highways have two painted lanes, which at any time can become a 4 or 5 lane highway even all going the same way! In Pisco we hit a traffic jam. At one point the one lane south, became two. The oncoming traffic shoulder, also became a southbound lane, as the northbound lane remained that way… unless someone (or many) were passing cars. Then we were all going the same way! At one point, a brand new Mazda 3, tried to get by us as we were stopped. He tore the campers right shade pole off its footing, at the same time as he received a gouged side panel and broken side view mirror. I looked down at him from the RV’s cabin window, asked him politely WTF he was doing, as he proceeded to say he was sorry and drove on! Insurance? Police accident report? Those are foreign concepts here.
According to the media, 800.000 to 1M people watched the race from the side of the highway. I can attest to that. People everywhere, where you’d least expect them. All of them waving and taking photo’s as we went by. At one point when we stopped for gas, many of them asked if they could take a picture of their small kid, riding the mini-bike that Mike carries on the front end of the RV! Or could they put the kid in my window and take a picture that way! Of course I let them! Three parents have a picture of me with their kid! Not good.
I’m starting to figure out my job as a communicator a little bit more. I’m going to write every day and then post to FB without any photos. I will then just keep adding photos to the Dakar album I created. That way, when I get an opportunity to piggy back on someone’s “open” Wi-Fi (as just happened) the upload will be fast. Photos can come next, but as also just happened, the connection went down during that upload. So I’ll have to wait until I have a more reliable connection for that.
Another factor that also comes to play is that I not always have power to charge the computer and my phone, unless the generator is on. It’s on a lot, so hopefully it will all work out.
This place is surreal. I just went outside the trailer to watch a pretty good fireworks display, given by someone outside the camp (bivouac) !! We have many flowers who camp outside ours. After setting up camp and getting everyone what they needed, mechanics working, tents set up, water fetched I found some time to go walking. What a blast! I Talked to many fellow Argentines, a couple of mechanics from the Netherlands, helping their friend realize his riding dream: Finishing the Dakar!, a few “Brits” who’s rider had my same last name (a Welch name), and a few French guys, who worked on the camera’s inside the drivers cabin. My French got a few smiles, and then we reverted to their English… that I smiled at.
So now, 2:00 am I’m off to sleep. Luis is still working on the bike, although I did hear it start and hum nicely. I hope I can post this, using the sporadic “free” Wi-Fi. G’night Dakar Fans!
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:57 PM   #34
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Day 1 Photos - Dakar.com

full re-posting of the dakar.com photos over in the Dakar 2013 Media Thread.

my favorites:


dusting the fans:



robby stuck:



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qatar almost-drift:



helicopter tracking a moto (CDP?):



the fans are out in force!



dunes and a buggy's dust cloud:



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Old 01-05-2013, 11:58 PM   #35
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Stage 1 Webventure.com.br photos

webventure stage 1 pics up, posted over in the media thread.


my favorites:

Javier Pizzolito from HRC:



pyndon, cool as ice:



robby stuck on the dune.



#505 - MARDEEV AYRAT / BELYAEV AYDAR / MIRNIY ANTON



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Old 01-06-2013, 12:19 AM   #37
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Okay its getting late for me, but here is the closest I have be able to put together a 242KM SS2 with an 85Km IL.

Lets looks at their maps first (apologies for the repost):


After some scrutiny I realized the green line is the real stage route, not the red line, which is actually the main road. The green line goes too far south to be the Carreterra Pan Americana, so the red has to be the liason, even though the Wp's have been put on it. The dirty, sneaky, little, slippery, french..............never mind . Notice the arrow on the green line would be pointing the wrong way as well. Actually it is the correct way, and the route crosses the highway again not far from the finish.

I realized thats also why they dont have any public viewing area along the route, there are just too many other little routes south of the highway in the area that 20,000 spectators would blunder onto with their 4x4s' looking to catch Robbbbbbbiiee Gorrrrdon.

Here is the long section:


And then here is my version of the truth, you be the judge. Its obviously more difficult to do given there will large sections of off piste riding today. The boys ride down through the town of Ica tomorrow early (Blue line), refuel just south of town and begin a special stage (Red Line) that starts with an uphile climb that might "scare a few" to use the words of the ASO. It was really difficult to fit in a route that hit the dunes and sand at the right times but I think I got most of it right. Im pretty sure that there is a bit of a loop north of the higway just before the finish as well with more sand dunes - this is not shown and affects my Long section a bit.



Showing appraximate CP1 position (red down arrow) and the long section:




Later in the stage they will ride through some amazing red martian landscapes before I believe they will cross over to the north side of the main road and end doing the same dunes plus some more near where we saw them ride today, with basically the same view point. Like I said there is a bit of a loop north of the bivouac not shown that should be in as well, I just never had enough time to finalise.


Of course I may be a bit wrong here and there, but the altitudes are generally correctly as are the distances. I also dont have 4-5 hours to refine it. (local organisation rules say I need to sleep to heal as well! )

ADVriders chasing the Dakar wanting to have a unique view of the field and a route round the back: Phone me at 7am local. If you dont know the number there is probably a reason for that.

What will it be like? Well it will look like this:

Close to the start looking north.








No doubt about it, there will be some fast sections as well later on.




When they after following 2 track there will be a lot of dust, but otherwise they should have a relatively clear run. The navigation is going to be very key here for the leaders, while the rest will have it easier if and only if they navigate as well and dont blindly follow Chaleco.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:42 AM   #38
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Dakar 2013 Stage 1 Moto Wrap Up

Many will say that the real race begins on stage two. Indeed at 13km, stage 1 will hardly make any heroes but it still possessed the capacity to ruin anyone’s rally. The reality is that the real race began a long time ago, for some, months, for others, years. For those having struggled just to get to the start line, it cannot be said that stage one did not matter.

A long liaison from Lima to Pisco, followed by a short loop through the surrounding dunes, the ASO wasted no time in throwing the competitors right into the sand. Any time the organization begins to Dakar Rally with a short spectator stage or prologue stage, it is always expected that most of the top riders will sandbag their results as to not have to lead off the next stage. Leading the stage is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it is a clear, dust free run, on the other, the entire burden of navigation rests upon the leader’s shoulders as there are no tracks to follow as an additional parameter in the decision making process, decisions that are made at a wide open throttle pace. Very few riders can handle the pressure of leading the stage and setting the pace necessary to win the stage which is why the history books show a short list of names who have won back to back stages.

The mixed results of stage highlight the ‘sandbagging’ of many top riders, but it tells bigger stories of differing motivations and there is no bigger story than Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez winning the stage. Chaleco has prepared for this rally like no other. While others strategically finished to control their stage two start position, Chaleco pushed for the win with the motivation of proving to himself that he is still a winner. Lopez is riding this rally for his career. After a run of poor luck and injury, Lopez is out to regain lost confidence. A win out of the gates tells more to his inner racer than it does to any outside observer. Lopez’ goal is to win by steadily regaining confidence in his ability and to that end, he had no choice but to push as his result means more to him than the strategy of future stages. Expect Chaleco’s rally to be more about single day results than future day’s strategy.



Second place finisher, Frans Verhoeven is in a similar place. The Yamaha pilot having switched teams from last year’s capable but snake bitten Sherco to Yamaha. Last year’s frustration is being replaced by this year’s encouragement. Things are going well for Frans and a great result on stage one validates that encouragement.

These short strategy stages allow for relative back markers to shine and what a shine it was for Chileans Pablo Quintanilla and Patricio Cabrera who pushed to take third and fourth respectively. The remainder of the top ten is an exercise in managing the strategy for the much longer and more consequential stage two. As team mates, Cyril Despres and his water carrier Ruben Faria times it perfectly with Frenchman David Casteu splitting them in sixth on his Yamaha. In seventh, Javier Pizzolito was not top Honda, but top factory Honda rider showcasing the new machine in which so many fans have placed hope for a good showing.

The ever present Pal Anders Ullevalsetter, very quietly slotted his KTM into ninth place, the Norwegian displaying a low profile in the buildup to the rally. Speedbrain Husqvarna’s Joan Barreda rounded out the top ten and as such, sits very well placed for a good start to stage two.



For stage two, strategy will not play as large a role in regards to time management. The push will be on as it is expected that the entire rally will be fast. Capable riders, matured teams, new endeavors for big manufacturers, and closer competition through the rules are all factors showing that the gap between the winner and the also rans has tightened. As such, the sandy, 242km special will bore out the true talent and put on display those who are truly out to take the prize from the hands of reigning Dakar king, Cyril Despres. Another Pisco to Pisco loop, but this is no prologue and there is no time to rest.

Stage 2 Map:



Stage 2 Profile:



Stage 1 Results:

1 LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL) KTM 000:39:15

2 VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA +0:00:05

3 QUINTANILLA (CHL) HONDA +0:00:25

4 CABRERA (CHL) KAWASAKI +0:00:55

5 DESPRES (FRA) KTM +0:01:05

6 CASTEU (FRA) YAMAHA +0:01:15

7 FARIA (PRT) KTM +0:01:35

8 PIZZOLITO (ARG) HONDA +0:01:45

9 ULLEVALSETER (NOR) KTM +0:02:10

10 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HUSQVARNA +0:02:25

Overall Standings:

1 LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL) KTM 000:39:15

2 VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA +0:00:05

3 QUINTANILLA (CHL) HONDA +0:00:25

4 CABRERA (CHL) KAWASAKI +0:00:55

5 DESPRES (FRA) KTM +0:01:05

6 CASTEU (FRA) YAMAHA +0:01:15

7 FARIA (PRT) KTM +0:01:35

8 PIZZOLITO (ARG) HONDA +0:01:45

9 ULLEVALSETER (NOR) KTM +0:02:10

10 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HUSQVARNA +0:02:25
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a few more webventure photos filtering in from yesterday's stage, posted over in the Dakar 2013 Media Thread.


#41 - FELIPE PROHENS (CHL)



#20 - PAULO GONÇALVES (PRT)



#300 - NASSER AL-ATTIYAH (QAT) / LUCAS CRUZ (ESP)






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Stage 2 Call In

Lyndon calls in with the details from Stage 2, a day which saw the first riders put into difficulty on a long, sandy stage. In a war of attrition, Lyndon rode a sensible ride today. Keep it steady, Lyndon, and thanks for the great call!





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Coma: "Controlling one's easy. Five is impossible. "

Cyril: Strategy?? Continue to fight against the desert. In all this time I have come to the conclusion that the desert is the ultimately and the strongest rival.
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Yes, spoke to his wife a bit ago. He made "something" from his bracelet and is now in the bivoac. I haven't heard from the crew, but I'm sure they are busy getting him put back together for tomorrow.
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Heres the deal.. Luis had a bad gasket on the 150 and used his entrant bracelet to make it work... GO LUIS !

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