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Old 01-04-2014, 01:46 AM   #1
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Dakar 2014 - Official Event Coverage - thank you all, lurkers and posters!!!

Here we go. Another year, another multi-week flood of posts, missed deadlines, angry spouses, and woefully neglected children.

We are definitely settling into a rhythm with the appropriate threads for the appropriate topics already in full swing...
Pre-race thread

At already over 1500 posts the pre-rally thread is gaining a life of its own. This will be the full bore, no holds barred, F5irehose of information.

For the n00bs, this will be the firehose at full blast. Last year's thread was 18,421 posts, and nearly 1.03 million views...full speed ahead, buckle your seatbelts. Also, for a primer on following along, specifically on where to find and how to decipher some of the information on, check this thread.

Oh my how we've grown this beast through the years. 2007 was about the first formal thread for reporting the action.

Daily Information:
@DakarOfficial mobile apps:

Check the rider list below for links to their personal or team pages, many of which are updated with individual news.

Another great source is Twitter and Facebook althought Facebook may be tough if you haven't 'friended' many of the riders. A lot of the most timely information on a rider by rider basis hit's FB and Twitter pretty quickly.

For this viewing via mobile, I'll add shameless plugs for my feeds. I'll be doing my best to keep the @rallyraidreview twitter feed rolling with play by play and then updates via my blog RallyRaidReview.

Where to listen:
Where to watch:
  • NBCSports. NBC did a decent job last year and I expect the same again. East Coast US coverage looks to be starting at 2:30am EST on January 6th.
  • Also of course, runs two updates daily, an interview update and then a stage/daily coverage show. Check either the media or torrent threads as those are the best sources for this information.
  • Eurosport always puts on some great pre-race content to whet your appetite. Check out the Destination Dakar and Roadbook videos on the Eurosport site.
  • SBS - Looks like coverage starts on the 6th with daily updates at 17:30 local time. (I am not sure of the time zones. )
  • - Excellent Spanish language live coverage. Usually continual coverage of the start festivities.
  • TVE (this link when live) - Updates every night live at 21:00 GMT on Teledeporte. Streamed here after initial airing.
  • Fox Sports Spanish.
  • Check this thread for more - If you are on Mars with the rover, Myway probably has the right link for you.
Who to watch:

ADVrider inmates and friends (This year I will only list true ADVriders since our list of riders we watch is getting too long. Best to just visit to entry list instead):
Number links to Dakar page, name links to personal or team page if one exists.

14 - Javier Pizzolito - (ARG) - Honda CRF450Rally
18 - Sam Sunderland - (GBR) - Honda CRF450Rally
30 - Riaan van Niekerk - (ZAF) - KTM 450 Rally Replica
40 - Juan Carlos "Chavo" Salvatierra - (BOL) - Speedbrain 450 Rally(Inmate chavo_dakar_bolivia)
81 - Francesco Beltrami - (ITA) - Honda CRF450X
92 - Mike Johnson - (USA) - Honda CRF450X
102 - David Reeve - (ZMB) - KTM 450 Rally Replica
165 - Allan Roberts - (AUS) - KTM 450 Rally Replica (Inmate Flipfloprobbo)
167 - Peter Hardy - (USA) - KTM 450 Rally Replica
186 - Kevin Muggleton - (USA) - Honda CRF450X
188 - Frederic Millet - (FRA) - KTM 450 Rally Replica (Inmate fimp)

Who did I miss? There are bound to be a few...

The full list of entrants can be found here.

Again, a special mention to all who follow and support the riders. Those who go without sleep, clean clothes, or showers and endure the bumpy roads and non-roads helping to keep the riders riding for our enjoyment. Thanks to you!

I'll also give special mention to Carlton Kirby for excellent coverage and great looks inside the operation. For those that don't know, Carlton is the voice of the Eurosport Dakar coverage and, in my opinion, has done a great job the past few years in acknowledging the fans and responding to our questions.

Last but not least is a big THANK YOU to Baldy without whom, this whole F5 phenomenon may never have spawned.

The Route:

Global Time Reference (Big Thanks to Flood)

Local time in Bolivia

Local time in Chile and Argentina

Local time in London, UK

Local time in Central Europe

Local time in the US: EST

Local time in the US: CST

Local time in the US: MST

Local time in the US: PST

Local time in Australia: WST

Local time in Australia: CST

Local time in Australia: CDT

Local time in Australia: EST

Local time in Australia: EDT

Originally Posted by troy safari carpente
Okay guys, just so the f5irehose is a little easier to f5ollow (and this is a moto forum after all ) let's keep the majority of the AUTO "who's of f5irst, why's on second and I dunno's on third stuff, in the AUTO thread...

Sure if something EPIC happens (like RG goes missing before the fist SS1 start on the liason ). sure draw attention to it here... but if it's a real auto love f5est you need for that extra fix... put it over there and the moto purists can keep the f5irehose pumping.

Originally Posted by troy safari carpente

Like I said earlier... if it is something really NEWSWORTHY about the AUTO's sure toss a "heads up" in here on the f5irehose...

... but for the regular; "Peterhansel thru CP 3, only thiteen seconds back from Sainz..." etc. waypoint hunter posts, it should be simpler to follow the respective threads as two entities rather than one... ESPECIALLY when the courses go seperate ways... in a few daze

heres the AUTO/SXS thread
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troy safari carpente screwed with this post 01-17-2014 at 05:06 AM Reason: 10,000th post in f5irehose, cleans up afterwards.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #5
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #6
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:05 PM   #7
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OHHHH YESSSSS!!! Good luck to all the newbie F5'ers!!

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Old 01-04-2014, 08:06 PM   #8
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I've rejoined the ranks of the working class so I won't be able to follow as closely as I have in recent years but I'll be clinging to the Cliff notes thread in the evenings. I can't wait to see how the bikes handle Bolivia.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:07 PM   #9
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I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to my employer got my reduced productivity over the next couple if weeks !!! F5ire away!!

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Old 01-04-2014, 08:09 PM   #11
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Shit and I was just about to get off my arse and stop reading the build up thread
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #12
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:19 PM   #13
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:22 PM   #14
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