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Old 03-08-2013, 05:00 AM   #136
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All the best everyone, ride safe!

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:37 AM   #137
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The Swedes have settled in.

Rally Raid Sweden is having a relaxing day with only scrutineering on the agenda. I'm told it is rather warm for this time of the year, in the high twenties. Will give nice and soft dunes.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #138
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Team Torque Racing travelogue - Day -1 (Scrutineering)...

The Memo Tours transport assistance truck arrived early this morning - loaded with a couple of dozen rally bikes, together with a race car in the two-tier trailer!

With the Torque Race bikes unloaded, our riders joined the rest of the throng for the event admin and scrutineering checks, that with the high number of competitors is scheduled to take most of the day...

Early morning admin line comprehensively resisted moshing to German heavy-metal played continuously over the PA...


Of course the most important thing prior to presenting for scrutineering is to make sure your graphics are fitted correctly!

Some of the IYSK Wine/RMS US-team bikes...


LukasM undertaking last minute prep.


Hagenblad's stealth zebra:


ktmmitch has come up with an innovative way to stash his axle wrench:


Walking around the paddock it was most enjoyable to see the different approaches and solutions to what are basically the same set of requirements - that is sufficient fuel capacity, navigation gear (roadbook holder, trip meter and a GPS as a minimum), emergency water, and somewhere to stash tools, essential spares and safety equipment - and despite the majority of the field being on what are essentially converted enduro bikes - no two machines were the same.

The majority of the field are [of course] on KTMs of one sort of another... plenty of EXCs with bigger tanks (including Ed Taylor's solitary 2-stroke - brave fellow!), together with a large number of 690 Enduros with all manner of tank and fairing combinations - typically from the Rally Raid catalogue, and not least a handful of 640 Adventures and ex factory 690RR and 660 Rallye bikes.

Husaburg have a particularly good showing this year, the FE 450 and 570 offering a very slim and [visually] lightweight alternative... and on a similar theme I counted a number of Husqvarna 449 and even a brace of G450X's in 'rally lite' configuration...

Over the past couple of days the organisation have delighted in telling everyone how soft the sand dunes are that surround Douz, and that it's going to be a tough rally right from the start... in fact they have described the first 7 kms of the first special as [potentially] 'hell' for riders who are inexperienced or at least not fully committed!

Coupled with the GP style mass-start, it could well be a baptism of fire for those new to the desert, especially on the bigger bikes!

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #139
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How much is the minimal fuel requirement?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #140
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Walking around the paddock it was most enjoyable to see the different approaches and solutions to what are basically the same set of requirements - that is sufficient fuel capacity, navigation gear (roadbook holder, trip meter and a GPS as a minimum), emergency water, and somewhere to stash tools, essential spares and safety equipment - and despite the majority of the field being on what are essentially converted enduro bikes - no two machines were the same.


Husaburg have a particularly good showing this year, the FE 450 and 570 offering a very slim and [visually] lightweight alternative... and on a similar theme I counted a number of Husqvarna 449 and even a brace of G450X's in 'rally lite' configuration...


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Take a look at Hasse Jiredal & Mattias Talonen Husaberg Race bike at the Swedish Rally Raid tent. They have built their bikes almost the same as the swedish Dakar rider Tomas Berglund bike! :)
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:19 AM   #141
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Coupled with the GP style mass-start, it could well be a baptism of fire for those new to the desert, especially on the bigger bikes!

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Keep it coming Jenny, THANKS


Will anyone be taking video of the mass start ?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:56 AM   #142
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Will anyone be taking video of the mass start ?
The Orga have said there are three crews filming this year's event - including their own crew, so hopefully there will be something either on the Tuareg rally website, or to download - they have a dedicated server here for results, photos and video - although we're not sure yet how well that is going to work?

The first event briefing is in about half an hour, so I hope for more info then... Jx
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:02 AM   #143
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #144
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Great updates Jenny, just spoke to Timi and she is struggling to get decent wifi, seems like the place is swamped with hungry smart phnoes & laptops

Tomorrow is a 50km dune / sand / camel grass loop, once for the amateur class and twice for the pros.

It's on, good look to every inmate

Oh, and some fun trivia: apparently the roadbooks are written from the bottom up, so you have to scroll down instead of up. (the next tulip is above the one you're at). Bloody German orga .
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #145
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:52 AM   #146
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Oh, and some fun trivia: apparently the roadbooks are written from the bottom up, so you have to scroll down instead of up. (the next tulip is above the one you're at). Bloody German orga .
We had this nice "feature" at the JoJo Ralle last year... not good if your RB holder is a bit old... in the end I reversed the engine

Thanks a lot for these reports Jenny!
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #147
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Achterlijke! That's dutch for idiot Not the first time he does that! Remember when he was visiting me in Switzerland some 25 years ago and wanted to impress a pretty dutch lady on his KTM. He also fell on his back on a tarmac road! If I remember well, although not the way he intended, it worked out and the lady took care of him
Hope you managed to get your bike fixed in time for the race and that your back will be OK tomorrow. No more wheelies for the next 2 years!
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:28 PM   #148
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:59 PM   #149
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Great updates Jenny, just spoke to Timi and she is struggling to get decent wifi, seems like the place is swamped with hungry smart phnoes & laptops

Tomorrow is a 50km dune / sand / camel grass loop, once for the amateur class and twice for the pros.

It's on, good look to every inmate

Oh, and some fun trivia: apparently the roadbooks are written from the bottom up, so you have to scroll down instead of up. (the next tulip is above the one you're at). Bloody German orga .
This is all true!

Certainly a few year's ago it wasn't so much of a problem (although of course broadband speeds were correspondingly slower then too) with just a handful of people using laptops... These days, everyone has at least one smart phone, and that really does suck the bandwidth out of the wifi...

Fortunately almost everyone has gone to bed early tonight - and will do for the duration of the rally I expect, particularly if the 'severity' of the first day is anything to go by - so I have been able to upload a few more photos from today and the first of my personal reports - for the RMS/IYSK Wines team (below)...

As for the upside down roadbooks... that is just another of the German Orga's quirks - like bloody Rammstein blasting out of a PA system as an early morning call each day!

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Old 03-08-2013, 04:02 PM   #150
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Press Release #0 (eve of rally start) - Team If You See Kay Wines / Rally Management Services #504

The whole If You See Kay Wines sponsored US rally team were finally reunited early this morning (Friday March 8th) at the rally HQ - Hotel Sahara in Douz, Tunisia.

Rally Management Services (RMS) team manager Dave Peckham who had coordinated the initial shipping of the racebikes from the US via the UK, and chief mechanic Colin Pratt had travelled down through Europe with the bikes earlier in the week by road, while the riders themselves had flown in from the US and Europe during the preceding week.

The majority of this final preparation day was spent ensuring the bikes were running well and mechanically sound, and had the necessary safety and navigation equipment fitted to pass the scrutineering inspection.

While all the bikes passed the fitness test with no concerns, unfortunately it seems the same cannot be said of several of the team members - Jean-Luc Solans is suffering a prolonged recovery from leg surgery, Bart Combs is nursing a recently broken collar bone, while Mike Krynock is currently suffering from pneumonia. However, all three are optimistic they will be well enough to start the rally tomorrow morning [Saturday March 9th] and can continue for the duration of the seven competitive days.

With over two-hundred vehicles taking part in this 13th edition of the Tuareg Rally, the Tunisian edge of the Sahara desert promises to deliver a significant challenge to even the most experienced riders and drivers. The racers will immediately be faced with a sea of soft sand dunes to navigate during the first day, followed by a series of long and often arduous special stages as they alternate between the searing heat of the desert and the unforgiving rocky terrain of the surrounding mountain ranges.

The US team of course relish the opportunity to be racing through the dramatic and unfamiliar terrain found in North Africa, and would like to thank their team sponsor If You See Kay Wines for making their participation possible in this year's event.

We are delighted to be able to provide you with daily updates that will include a summary of each stage together with the team's rider results during the rally.

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Team L-R (back row): Dave Peckham RMS / Charlie Rauseo #75 / Sid Milton #319 / Mike Krynock #137 / Colin Pratt RMS / Dirk Kessler #133.

(front row): Ned Suesse #97 / Bart Combs #331 / Jean-Luc Solans #317

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