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Old 12-30-2011, 08:10 PM   #106
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Sure he does! Doesn't everyone?

Speaking of commentators,

As BlueBull said in the "Tales" thread, "PINGING Packmule".

Paging Nate in N.E. (AKA PackMule - http://www.rallyraidio.net/) for the "2012 Dakar Coverage -- Cliff Notes version" thread

Who hasn't posted since the 8th of December. Anyone?

Last years Cliff Notes thread:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648659
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:12 PM   #107
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Iain Stevenson reports From FB:

Dakar press conference .... Chris in the big league ... Had a little chuckle when the French interviewer introduced Chris in his best English as Chris Bitch — with Chris Birch.





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Old 12-30-2011, 08:35 PM   #108
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So, If I'm reading this right, the first competitor goes over the podium at 3:20 in the afternoon in Mar del Plata on the first. There's a 57 km special, and 763 km liason to the first bivouac. Realistically, riders further back, like Neduro, won't even start until 4:30 or so, and have to ride 820km, much of it in the dark. Going to be a long first day.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:41 PM   #109
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I thought it was ceremonial start on the 31st (over the start ramp etc) and then first stage on the 1st?
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:45 PM   #110
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I thought it was ceremonial start on the 31st (over the start ramp etc) and then first stage on the 1st?
Dakar.com site says

Jan. 1


Plaza Colon

Free admission

Activities start at 1:30 PM
1st competitor on the podium at 3.20 PM



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"The competitors will be getting to the heart of the sporting matter on 1st January, after the starting ceremony at Mar del Plata. Used to journeying through Argentina, the riders, drivers and crews will this time be making a bee-line for the Andes Mountains. Only a few familiar landscapes as well as some first-rate sections, including dunes and canyons, have been selected for the Argentine part of the programme in 2012."
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:55 PM   #111
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I thought it was ceremonial start on the 31st (over the start ramp etc) and then first stage on the 1st?
Perhaps you're right; another spot on the Dakar site says podium start on the 31st.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:23 PM   #112
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I sure hope the GB guys are able to recover. I know what it takes to get stuff back (I just helped a friend do this last summer). In a well stocked community, it just takes time. I don' t know what it will take in a place like MdP--all the best to them.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:27 PM   #113
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:29 PM   #114
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...in late, but innit to winnit..

..go cody go...

..go johnny and robby..

and go ADVrs.. (Jonah #19, Ned #81, Bill #188) and teem too...

this dakar is going to be...


"the bestest DAKAR evAr"....
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:33 PM   #115
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..go cody go...

..go johnny and robby..

and go ADVrs.. (Jonah #19, Ned #81, Bill #188) and teem too...

this dakar is going to be...


"the bestest DAKAR evAr"....
And......The most interesting man in the world lives!!
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:36 PM   #116
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Speaking of commentators,

As BlueBull said in the "Tales" thread, "PINGING Packmule".

Paging Nate in N.E.
Who hasn't posted since the 8th of December. Anyone?
Well Nates FB was last posted to 15hrs ago, and it looks like he may have been attending to other things, not to pry or anything.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:36 PM   #117
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Below are facts and figures for the upcoming Dakar race:

4 - The number of titles up for grabs at the Dakar, including the motorcycle, quad, car and truck categories.

9 - The record number of victories at the rally, held by Stéphane Peterhansel with six wins on motorcycles and three in cars. Vladimir Chagin holds the record for the most victories in a single category, with seven wins in trucks.

14 - The number of racing days at the 2012 Dakar. Timed specials will be contested on each stage, from January 1 to January 15.

27 - The number of countries visited by the Dakar since its inception, with Peru making its debut this year.

20, 3, 5 - The age in years, months and days of the youngest competitor in the rally, Argentinean Lucas Bonetto (quads).

50 - The number of nationalities present at the rally.

71, 3, 19 - The age in years, months and days of the oldest competitor in the rally, Francisco Claudio Regunaschi (cars).

133 - The number of French competitors in the race, representing the biggest national group with 18% of the total.

190 - The number of countries where pictures of the Dakar will be broadcast, by a total of 70 TV broadcasters.

210 - The number of organisation vehicles used at the rally on a daily basis (40 cars, 11 helicopters, 12 airplanes, 55 trucks, 5 buses, etc)

260 - The number of journalists following the entire rally, with 1800 accredited members of the media (technicians, consultants, occasional visitors, etc)

450 - In cubic centimetres, the maximum permitted cylinder capacity for the engines of motorcycles taking part in the rally. This is the first time that this limit is imposed on all the competitors.

742 - The number of competitors taking part in the race (pilots, co-pilots and mechanics).

980 - The number of competitors participating as members of assistance teams.

1200 - The estimated total hours of Dakar footage broadcast by TV channels from all over the world (based on 2011 data)

1978 - The 1st edition, dated 1979, kicked off on December 26 of that year.

8373 - The number of kilometres covered between Mar del Plata and Lima, with 4406km worth of special stages for motorcycles and 4191 for cars.

15 500 - the number of carbon equivalent tonnes offset by the Dakar as part of the Madre de Dios project against deforestation, for a total sum of R1.6m.

302 703 - The number of fans following the Dakar's official Facebook page a few days before the start of the race.

R4.1m - The grant paid by the Dakar over four years to the Un Techo Para Mi País foundation, devoted to building emergency housing in South America.

R7.5m - The amount dedicated over seven years to the Actions Dakar projects, which promote good environmental practices in eastern Senegal.

5 million - The number of spectators who came to see the Dakar start, finish or pass by in 2011, in Argentina and Chile.

73.5m - The number of page views on the www.dakar.com website during the 2011 edition of the rally.

R2.2bn - The direct and indirect economic windfall generated by the Dakar for Argentina, as estimated by a study conducted by this country's government in 2011.

1 billion - The number of TV viewers who watched pictures of the Dakar in 2011.
From: http://www.wheels24.co.za/Motorsport...mbers-20111223










More photos: http://noticias.latam.msn.com/ar/mar...l-dakar?page=1
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:38 PM   #118
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:54 PM   #119
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Carlton is the man, I don't know him personally but he sounds like a good bloke who thinks like us. He gets the story right and he likes to follow the privateers as much as the big boys.

Do you know if he follows this thread?
Remember the mention of Flood and ADVrider.com in last year's commentary ?
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:03 PM   #120
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Is the start time of 3.20 pm correct? 850 km liaison in the night then start at 5am next morning?
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