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Old 11-06-2006, 06:49 AM   #1
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Dubai Desert Challenge Nov 6-10th

Chris Blias is in 14th after first day.

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Old 11-06-2006, 06:55 AM   #2
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I was just about to post a thread on this too. Coma wins today.
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:00 AM   #3
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Chris's Wife emailed me with this info:
Chris will be participating in the UAE Desert Challenge (United Arab Emerites - DUBAI). Dubai is known right now as the "world's fastest growing city". Some of you may have seen the documentaries on TV about the man-made Palm Tree shaped island that the sheik of Dubai is having built as a resort area. (I know Mr. Nuss has seen this as we were discussing it over the weekend).

The race begins on Nov 5th through Nov 10th. It will be a 6-day rally - just some more practice for Dakar! As soon as he comes home, we'll be heading down south to chase Anna in Baja. I believe Cyril Despres and Marc Coma are also participating in the UAE rally.

Kellon Walch will be joining Chris again this year in Dakar. The final word just came across a couple days ago!

Here's a link for the UAE Desert Challenge:
http://www.uaedesertchallenge.com/uaedesertchallenge/

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Dubai Desert Challenge Nov 6-10th
Chris Blias is in 14th after first day.
His number is 14,
He finished 7th in stage 1.
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Old 11-07-2006, 01:03 PM   #4
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Blais finished 8th in stage 2 today.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:20 AM   #5
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Looks like Blais won today's stage and moves to sixth overall.

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Old 11-08-2006, 10:56 AM   #6
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quite a get off....
I hope the guy is okay!

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Old 11-08-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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Looks like Blais won today's stage and moves to sixth overall.
After Stage 3, Chris is 7th overall, 23 seconds out of 5th and a little over 9 minutes out of first.

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Old 11-08-2006, 11:55 AM   #8
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After Stage 3, Chris is 7th overall, 23 seconds out of 5th and a little over 9 minutes out of first.

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He won stage 4 and moved to 6th place according to this. Either way, what a great performance from him. Hopefully this strong showing will translate into a very competitive Dakar for Chris.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:32 PM   #9
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He won stage 4 and moved to 6th place according to this. Either way, what a great performance from him. Hopefully this strong showing will translate into a very competitive Dakar for Chris.
You are correct, I was looking at the Live Stage results feed and screwed up what I was looking at. Chris is having a great race, he as a good shot at 5th place. Tomorrow is the longest stage of the race hopefully he can make up some time on the people in front of him.

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Old 11-08-2006, 12:55 PM   #10
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Dakar vs Dubai: Blais' Opinion but first: Go Chris!

One day when it's all done it will be very interesting to see Chris' comparisom of the Dakar experience with Dubai. Clearly it's a warm up event for many so it must be somewhat representative. What does Chris think?
Well first he has to win the Rallye. Good luck to him.
I was lucky enough to live in Dubai in the 90's and did the rally itself as well as riding many of the routes many times during training(happy days) and clocking up thousands of desert miles. I had dreams of the Dakar as a privateer and adventurer but after doing the Challenge I recognised that the 18 days or so of the Dakar would be beyond me not physically but mentally.
Most of the Dubai Desert Challenge route is comprised of a clover leaf of loops through desert area known as the Empty Quarter (EQ) of the UAE. For those who do not know it and have never been there it is
just an extraordinairy place (Read Thesiger: Amongst the Arabs). It is an beautiful but terrible place. There is no one out there but you and the bike (until Vatanen screams past). I have always wanted to know how the experience (Dakar vs Dubai) compares because the Dakar also seems to have these just profoundly incredible sections interspersed with slightly lesser ones. I had done many long events but I found the EQ experience totally dominant in Rallying and transcendentally raw, overwhelming, leaving me mentally drained. It was like no place I have ever been on land although if you have raced a sailboat far offshore downwind in a big blow it was like that. Incredible. like being in your own helicopter shot. For a few moments I was Gaston Rahier, Kini. But then I was some place else. The next day we went there again. And then again. The nights passed in moments.
I have remained deeply affected by EQ for the rest of the Rallye (even now I get flashbacks). So much so that some of the lesser sections and liaison were so tedious in comparisom I found it hard to properly concentrate. My mind would drift and I had a horrendous crash because of it (I was fit and hydrated). The idea of concentrating and being safe, competitive in the Dakar for 18 days on a motorcycle even when super fit and properly supported is beyond me. It's mentally unfathomable. That is why Peterhansel, Sainct, Meoni and co are literally heroes and giants. Maybe Chris too someday soon. Of course these guys are professionals but surely they too are affected. The Dakar prep books do not cover this aspect so well. It's not all about proper hydration etc.
Super credit to all of these guys who do the Dakar always.
All this washed up never was wants to know is does the EQ approach the best bits of the Dakar as an experience?
BTW, I would thoroughly recommend doing the Challenge as an alternate to a full on expensive and life dominating Dakar as a first go. I will go back one day. But the Dakar as the quote goes "...that is the dream of Rose Lake"
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:05 PM   #11
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Hambone - Nice piece. Thanks for that. -P
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:51 AM   #12
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Still waiting for Day 5 results.
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Old 11-09-2006, 11:13 AM   #13
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Looks like CB finished 24th today bumping down to 7th overall.
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:16 AM   #14
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Final Results

01. 2 M.Coma KTM 00 18h02'17"80 84.2 km/h 1 1
02. 6 C.Despres KTM 00 18h16'36"60 + 14'18"80 2 2
03. 7 J.Viladoms KTM 00 18h26'10"00 + 23'52"20 3 3
04. 1 D.Casteu KTM 00 18h32'48"60 + 30'30"80 4 4
05. 14 C.Blais KTM 00 18h33'21"80 + 31'04"00 5 5
06. 3 P-A.Ullevalsett KTM 00 18h34'15"80 + 31'58"00 6 6
07. 15 F.Verhoeven KTM 00 18h37'36"30 + 35'18"50 7 7
08. 16 S.Linton Honda 00 20h19'46"30 + 2h17'28" 8 8
09. 59 J.Vinters KTM 00 20h34'16"10 + 2h31'58" 9 9
10. 11 O.Polli KTM 00 20h51'46"70 + 2h49'28" 10 10
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Old 11-10-2006, 01:01 PM   #15
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