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Old 09-19-2012, 06:41 PM   #16
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Yeah - Damit! I should have kept that bike! I want it back!!!! Comin' to get it in the night...
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:12 PM   #17
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Okay folks,

So it's been a busy few weeks over here at the palatial FlannyMedia Headquarters running the Patrick Beaule Dakar media campaign.

Time for a few updates to get everyone up to speed...

Two weekends ago we (Patrick and all of the KTM Canada Team, along with FlannyMedia and a bunch of other journos) had the onerous task of chaperoning some French dude on this ride called the "Orange Crush Adventure Challenge" http://orangecrushadventure.com

Here is a picture of him.



Not sure why he didn't change out of his pyjamas for the ride, but he seemed comfortable despite the cool morning... The funny thing was, as shown in the picture, this guy kept grabbing the microphone at the start of the event for some reason. He spoke in a funny kind of French that I had trouble understanding. I think he might have mentioned his dream of one day going to the Dakar just like Pat Beaule....


Anyway - the event covered about 600 miles of terrain in the Quebec wilderness - a truly spectacular part of the country where Adventure riding terrain is truly limitless. This would be a great training event for Pat to get long saddle-time, and to do a bit of route-sheet navigation.

Here are a few more pics...





That poor French man from out of town (I think his name was Daryl or Cyril or something...) Poor guy, he didn't really even know how to turn on a motorcycle, and the event organizer had to show him all of the controls, and how the bike works and everything...must have been under a lot of pressure, so they let him leave first so that he wouldn't get left behind...




Well, it turns out that this Daryl guy that everyone was listening to at the beginning of the event, he was actually a pretty good rider after all, and he seemed to keep up with the group okay...Here we are at a nice spot by the lake...I think Daryl, or Cyril or whatever his name was must have been getting a bit tired, cause he pulled over for a breather quite often to chat with people...



Turns out he was a real joker too...



I don't actually have many photos of Patrick for the weekend because Patrick was busy filming with a crew from the TV Show HP ( http://auto.vtele.ca/hp/ ) most of the day, but suffice it to say that Patrick and that Cyril guy talked a lot about the Dakar, and Patrick seemed to have given him lots of tips and pointers for 2013...I think the guys was really routing for Patrick to win the Dakar or something...



Another pointer that Patrick gave was to 5-time Canadian National motocross Champion Jean-Sebastien Roy (the one and only JSR!) about how best to trim a route sheet to fit into the Road-Book holder....



Overall, the weekend was a great opportunity for Pat to shoot the breeze about the Dakar, to ride lot's of good trails, to navigate a bit, and to try to help this poor Cyril chap to have any hopes to finish the Dakar...

We're going to be posting a bunch more interactive stuff over the next few days...so if ever there was a good time to subscribe to this thread...

Fun, Fun!!!

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:42 PM   #18
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:10 AM   #19
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Flanny that update....priceless

keep em coming man
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #20
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Awesome update. I have mixed feelings about Cyril's suit, although I have to admit it is very attention getting (great for his sponsors). We should all be thankful that he didn't show his technical under-garments:


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Old 09-20-2012, 01:30 PM   #21
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:01 AM   #22
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So,

Last weekend Patrick and I set out to do a bit of a training ride to see if we could get Patrick physically and/or mentally exhausted. The idea being to have him recognize the feeling of getting tired, and to be able to proactively navigate and ride with more focus in those situations...

So, we came up with the crazy idea of riding 1600 kms in 36 hours, basically, two 800 km days back to back.

This is what the route looked like - I decided to make a ride poster out of it to post here and on our Facebook page...



So the plan was for Patrick to ride from montreal at 6:00 am, meet me in St. Michel des Saints at 8:00 am, (basically where the pavement ends in Quebec), and to ride a giant loop of 50% gravel forestry service roads, 40% logging roads, and 10% ATV trails.

Friday night I made the 5 hour drive up to St. Michel des Saints with the FlannyMedia 450 EXC-Rally in the back of the my pick-up.

Here she is...this would be the first time I rode it with the new livery, which I'm pretty sure added about 12hp to the bike, and magically removed about 10lbs...

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The drive to St. Michel des Saints was intense...major thunderstorms and biblical rain..at least there would be no dust.


Here is Patrick arriving in St. Michel des Saints after riding for two hours in the cold, wet rain at 6:00 am from Montreal...on a 350 EXC no less... (his thinking was to purposely torture himself with vibration and a 2x4 seat-wedgie for two days...)



Here we are, 700 kms and some 10 hours later (200 more for Patrick) at Patrick's hunt camp, in the middle of absolutely nowhere in northern Quebec...



Here's Pat's total mileage for day 1 (on a 350 no less...)



By the time we arrived, I was pretty knackered, but Patrick seemed to be in really good spirits, and was stoked to be at his hunt camp. I was just ready to get out of my gear when Patrick suggested we ride another 10kms in the dark to retrieve a remote motion-sensing camera from his moose hunting spot...Just what I felt like doing after a already riding 700 kms..

Day two cleared, and was an absolutely gorgeous fall day, cool (just above freezing in the morning) but crisp and clear. The biblical rains meant that there was no dust, and amazing traction on the sandy conditions of most of the roads up there...

Here are a few shots from the day...

Pat at Kanawata - a gorgeous hunting outfitter on a lake.



Me at the same place...



Here's Pat telling the tale in Quebecquois...




For all of you that don't understand French, what he is saying is how he's doing his best to keep up with Flanny, but that I'm such an awesome rider that it's just too mentally tiring to ride like a hurricane, so he's riding his own pace and I'll just have to wait for him. He's also commenting on how he wishes he was as handsome as me, and how cool my bikes are...

Here is my total mileage...1249kms in 15 moving hours..



Here's Pats..Yup - that's 1672 kms between 6:00 am one day and 7:00pm the next day! On a 350!



I spoke with Pat after I got home (in the truck no less), and he said he's be happy to do the ride over again the next day! I felt the same way when faced with the prospect of having to go back to the office!


Next big event for Pat is the Legendary Corduraooy endure...two days of "Canada's toughest race"...more to come on that...

Thanks for following along!

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:11 AM   #23
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Oh - By the way...

I wanted to specifically mention...One of the ways we're reporting our sponsorship campaing success to Pat's prime sponsors (Aldo Racing, KTM Canada) is through our Facebook page reach.

If you haven't already, following Pat's page and chiming-in your two cents through comments/likes/shares will really help out in the long run. Plus, we'll be using that page for some gear give-aways and for other fun stuff like draws as the Dakar gets closer...

Just click on the image below to head over to Pat's Facebook page. Like it and follow along there as well!

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:15 AM   #24
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Big news everyone! KTM Canada is officially supporting Patrick's Dakar effort for 2013!

Follow the link below to read the full release, and to learn about an exciting give-away! More details to follow on that front soon.


http://bit.ly/BeauleDakarKTMPDF

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #25
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Big news everyone! KTM Canada is officially supporting Patrick's Dakar effort for 2013!

Follow the link below to read the full release, and to learn about an exciting give-away! More details to follow on that front soon.


http://bit.ly/BeauleDakarKTMPDF

Fun Fun!

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Wow! Our press release made it all the way to KTM.com!

Check it out! Click on the image to get the the actual page!




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Old 09-27-2012, 05:37 AM   #26
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Wow!!! Man that is great news!!! Good for him!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:29 AM   #27
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Hey Folks!

Another great give-away, special thanks to Patrick's Sponsor KTM Canada!

We're giving away this great KTM/OGIO gear bag to be drawn among everyone who "likes" our page by noon on October 15th.

Share this link, and head over to www.facebook.com/PatrickBeaule.Dakar and "Like" his page to be entered in the draw!


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Old 10-04-2012, 10:18 PM   #28
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #29
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Wow! I'm really behind on updates here!

I'll try to catch up a bit...Pat and I have been really busy. Here's a short vid that we just completed with www.9-lens.com.



Enjoy while I get to some more posts in the next few days..

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