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Old 08-01-2010, 09:42 AM   #346
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Good on ya Neil, I envy you the riding time. That being said even out on a fairly easy mtn bike ride the other day I was really nervous of a getoff that could mess up riding in Mongolia, I fly on Wednesday–happy travels
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:35 PM   #347
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Good Luck Neal!!!!!!!
Hope to see you at San Bartolo when you get back so you can tell us all the stories.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:55 PM   #348
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We Are Off!!!

Gracias Nico

We are leaving in an hour for the airport.

I can't believe we made it this far. Thursday morning will see us in Goiania unpacking the bikes, and prepping them for the alcohol fuel to ready for scrutineering on Sunday.

Dave and Phil are in the air already, we meet up tomorrow a.m.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:02 PM   #349
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Yep, 111 is a cool No.

Im so chuffed - I finished my last day of riding training without damaging myself! Ive been doing 50 loops on an MX circuit per day, limiting the possibility of crashing to some extent. Even then there is a risk. On Thursday I managed to lose concentration and came off on a landing after a jump. Still, Im glad I did it, the muscle memory of riding should give me an edge on the recommended route of spending the last few weeks in a gym.

Im feeling really good. My recovery period is satisfyingly short. I can relax now. On Tuesday night we fly to Brasilia. Wednesday we pick up the support vehicles, meet our American friends, and then drive through to the start city of Goiania 250km away. On Thursday, we get our bikes delivered and can start preparations for scrutineering on Sunday. In eight days (Tuesday 9nth August), we will start the racing on the Super Prime circuit in front of a few thousand spectators to determine starting times the first stage the next day. Then its 4,500km of racing for the following 10 days.

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I'm flying out to SP tomorrow!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:18 AM   #350
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Good luck boys, give 'er!


I'm sitting in Heathrow right now....
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:39 AM   #351
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Howzit everyone...

Just a quick introduction, I'm a fellow South African and WildDog with BB2007, and will be updating this thread on his behalf while he is unable to during this little inconvenience.

N, give 'em hell and break a leg!

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Old 08-04-2010, 02:29 AM   #352
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N, give 'em hell and break a leg!

Yeah, just don't break that lovely bike!

Good luck fellas - I'll be watching the thread updates with interest - it looks to be an amazing event!

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Old 08-04-2010, 07:33 AM   #353
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Good Luck guys! We'll be cheering for you!
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:54 AM   #354
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Exciting

Yea. I'll be watching eagerly and cheering you on. I'm happy to hear that there will be occasional reports passed along. Thanks so much.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:14 PM   #355
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I dunno if this has been posted, still have to read through all 24 pages

But here's a little teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRQNSOKIhmg
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:22 PM   #356
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Don't worry Neil; we'll keep your thread going for you.



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Old 08-06-2010, 07:24 PM   #357
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I've already found a few flowers in Mongolia
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:42 AM   #358
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Dude we are cheering you on! Incredible. Looking forward to the updates.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:56 AM   #359
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Update 1

Hi guys - got the first update from Neil, with some photos:

I am about 600m away from the start sitting in a hotel room typing this, and I must say the feeling is indescribably electric. There are thousands of people milling about preparing their teams. Our bikes are not yet ready! But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me recap the last three days:


Here we are at the airport leaving Peru four nights ago, Diederik (DD), a great friend Didi is the bodyguard on the right. He is here with me after volunteering to be part of the support crew.

We metup with two team mates from America, forming the core of a three rider team called Team Wild West Rally. Here are the riders. We are a team because we need each other for moral support through the rally and more importantly to spread the not-insubstantial costs of the adventure.


Here we are in Brasilia airport, Dave Peckham (ADVRider inmate GSNorCal) on the left and Phil Bowman (ADVRider inmate BicyclePhil), both from California. Good, salt of the earth guys too. Dave and Phil had to fly for over 24 hours to get here.

We picked up two hire cars: a VW Kombi (1973 model!) and a Fiat "Doblo" and drove 190km through to Goiania.


Then we looked at the early preparations of the "Super prime" track which we will race on Tuesday night to get our start times for the main event the next day.


Good to see the SA flag here. Im the only South African entering this event.


The entrance gate two days ago. You should see what all this looks like now.


Our bikes arrived only 4 hours late on Thursday morning. Pretty good considering the drama we had to go through to ensure customs clearance in the previous weeks.


We unpacked them on the road next to the hotel. Pretty nervy stuff with lots of people walking about.


Phils KTM 525 being unloaded. Check out the Baja light.


Actually this is how we all felt.


Next was Daves bike, also a KTM 525. They will both be racing in the Brazilian championship category.


Finally, my Yamaha WR 450 came out of its shell.




Apart from generators, tents, drills, tools etc, we also had tyres to unpack. These are the tyres needed for three bikes on a 10 day rally.


We moved the bikes into the the basement of the hotel and began working on them, getting everything right checking and prepping. I have not seen my bike since April as it was built for me in the states, so I had a lot to learn, hardly knowing the bike at all. Basically I spent four days on it in the Nevada desert and thats it. Plus we had to check and change the jetting to deal with the high ethanol fuel they have here in Brazil. This took us all of Friday and today as well for me. Its still not right, and getting to the carb on the Yamaha is really very very difficult as you will see in the next pictures.






Tense does not describe it.


Phil working late into the night a day ago. Notice the green back-lit roadbooks.


Last night Dave reviewing the budget, his expression says it all ;D


Mr hopeful in test riding gear this morning. ;D

Phil and Dave both managed to re-jet their bikes fine, having easy access to the carburettor. Today they spent time with DD & Randal sorting out all the spares and support vehicles - another major logistical nightmare. You cannot believe how much you have to do to get ready for a rally like this. Where to store all the tyres, tents and gear on two inadequate vehicles is challenging. Des and Randall, our two amercian support guys arrived and got stuck in helping me with my bike and the others with the loading of the cars.


At last we get the bike together again and I confer with Randal.


She runs very sweetly, but the top end is bogging and has little power. The fuel mixture is too rich at mid and high throttle. We are going to have to open her up again. Anyway we at least know what to do so in theory it should be fine.

Later this afternoon we went over to the local shopping centre where registration has been setup in a special area. The local interest in this rally is HUGE. Thousands of people everywhere. We get really excited.


At documentation review. I dont have time to talk about it now, but its a fairly involved process. We also get our photos taken.




I meet the famous FIM inspector, the guy who does the Dakar scrutineering as well, he tells me my FIM licence is not the right one for World Championship class, so I make calls to make a plan to to have the licence changed on Monday. This is typical, in rally things never seem to run smoothly. Lots of nervous tension. Anyway I think it will be sorted out in time, thankfully I have been given two days to get it it right. If I cannot, my race number will be changed and I will also be forced to change race category to Brazilian champsionship, which is less strict on the rules.


Still, I get my race number though in anticipation of me fixing things. We also get ID tags, our race bibs, stickers for the bikes, some shampoo ( do I smell bad already??), a Sertoes magazine, two complementary VIP tickets to the Super Prime race launch, invitations to another launch party tomorrow night, and most importantly little sealed plastic bracelets that allow us into the racing box areas. Its these bracelets that really excite us, they are our passports for the next 13 days and it sinks in we are seriously in a big race. Im totally stoked; we all are. The team goes out for a celebratory meal, and we all are more relaxed having basically passed the documentation review barring one or two little things. The bikes are all working barring one or two little things, and we are ready for scrutineering tomorrow. Our team spirit is high and we cannot wait.

Catch up with you all hopefully soon!
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:34 AM   #360
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Magic stuff! Goodness you've got your hands full, never mind updating us in such detail - fantastic effort all round!

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