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Old 01-12-2014, 03:26 AM   #6751
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I'll be surprised if half of those make it!
Its gonna be a fight to the end for everyone involved...
C'est Dakar eh!?
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:28 AM   #6752
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Am I alone in here?
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:28 AM   #6753
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Crazy elevation today, most of the stage is above 3000m and peaks a little short of 4k m...

Am I alone in here?
I'm here, just been preparing the average speed spreadsheet i've been doing.

Looks like the mean altitude is something like 3700m

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Old 01-12-2014, 03:28 AM   #6754
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:28 AM   #6755
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Good morning everyone
not alone Tserts
the bikes should start the special in 20min or so (08:50 local time)
good luck for everyone out there
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:29 AM   #6756
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Tserts you maybe stuck in the same canyon as me!! All I've got is dust, dunes and mountains!!!
There is a race on, right?
C'est Dakar eh!?
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:30 AM   #6757
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Originally Posted by tserts View Post
Caught up, easily!

Ready for the rest of the race!

I'm out. I will be lurking around, but it's impossible for me to follow the F5 madness that will come over the next week. I'll try to pop in if I can.

It's been a crazy week and one hell of a Dakar...

Than you all for your posts.

go Hélder go!
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:31 AM   #6758
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Originally Posted by tserts View Post
... Am I alone in here?
Not quite, but close:

  • 08:07 Bikes: Motorcycles start liaison at 4:30 am local time

    The motorcycle and quad peloton is winding its way towards the small town of Abra Pampa, not far from the start of today's special. The course consists of two timed sections separated by a short 8 km neutralised stretch and is set to be one of the big moments of discovery of the 2014 Dakar. 85 motorcycles and 17 quads were greenlighted to start on Sunday morning.
  • 08:01 : Stage 7: Salta–Salta or Salta–Uyuni?

    The motorcycles and quads will not be racing on the same course as the cars and trucks today. The riders will tackle another marathon stage which will take them to the Salar de Uyuni as the Dakar sets foot in Bolivia for the first time. Before the salt flat will come a tricky mountain labyrinth in which the slightest mistake will carry a hefty price tag. The drivers, on the other hand, will tackle a 500 km timed loop with a variety of speeds and landscapes, including long stretches of high-altitude, high-speed racing.
So many bikes, so little time (and money)
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:32 AM   #6759
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:32 AM   #6760
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:34 AM   #6761
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:36 AM   #6762
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:36 AM   #6763
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assuming the diagrams are reasonable accurate and they haven't changed the course too much, here are the estimated WP locations:

position distance
WP1 31
WP2 70
WP3 106
WP4 151
WP5 179
WP6 216
WP7 234
WP8 242
WP9 248
WP10 271
WP11 360
F/A 401
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:39 AM   #6764
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:41 AM   #6765
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Finally caught up. Just in time for the start of the second week

I have to go back to work tomorrow morning so that is the end of staying up until 2am watching the stages here on the F5irehose. Lucky I have the Dakar app on my phone and the Cliff Notes to keep me up to date.

Go the Aussies
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