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Old 01-19-2013, 02:34 AM   #136
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Stage Thirteen

The penultimate stage of the 2013 Dakar proves less taxing than expected for the riders.

Stage Thirteen was expected to be the last real challenge of the 2013 Dakar, a long and difficult day was forecast but the reality was far gentler. The long special stage was faster and less technical than the stages around Copiapo have proven to be in the past and with day fourteen set to be nothing more than a formality the race is all but done.

The days racing revealed itself to be far faster and more open than most had anticipated. The first 100km of the special stage was very fast, followed by pockets of sand and fesh fesh. As has been the tale of the 2013 Dakar for Simon, the day proved largely uneventful as he went about recording another 60th place finish on the day. Not finding the high speeds to his liking Simon chose to once again play things safe. He again moved up the standings and going into the final day of the rally sits in 59th overall.

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– “I was a little disappointed today, I thought the stage was going to be really challenging and difficult. Two years ago we had the best Dakar stage I’ve ever done here, it was technical, the navigation was hard and I expected more of the same.

The reality was far more boring. The stage was fast, it wasn’t hard at all and apart from a few pockets it was largely uninteresting. I did enjoy a few parts of the day, we had some really big dunes and a great section of fast whoops but I’d like to have seen a more interesting riding from the area.

Tomorrow looks like it’s going to be a formality as well. At first we thought it was going to be really long, with 400km of special, but it’s broken up by a big neutralized liaison section. It only amounts to about 130km of racing time, however this is the Dakar and there could be a few surprises in store. Hopefully everything goes to plan and the whole team will be stood on the podium together.”

Stage Fourteen is the final stage of the 2013 Dakar. The stage leaves the coastal town of La Serena and heads south to Santiago. The stage is expected to be straight forward but there are still 600km of riding ahead for the competitors.


Stage Results.
Simon Pavey – 59th – 04:54:51

Overall Results.
Simon Pavey – 59th – 52:20:31

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:43 PM   #137
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:49 PM   #138
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Way to pull it to the end, Mr. PAvey!
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:33 PM   #139
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Congrats Si! Well done.

Hope to see you in 2014 riding with your son.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #140
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Well played Simon!
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #141
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Job well done, Simon Excited to see more videos from ThatCameraKid when they become available

Some photos from the 2013 media thread:



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Old 01-19-2013, 09:59 PM   #142
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Dakar 2013, sorted! Well done Si!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:00 PM   #143
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And what appears to be a shot of ThatCameraKid, hanging out with Pyndon in the bivouac:

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:22 AM   #144
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Well done Simon...Back to Ystalyfera? You Need a holiday first.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:53 AM   #145
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Dakar again

Congratulations Simon!!!!

Well done man - how many is this now 8? Very nice finish

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Excellent job Simon.

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:04 PM   #147
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Job well done, Simon Excited to see more videos from ThatCameraKid when they become available

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Congrats Simon!!!! Awesome to follow your progress yet another Dakar!!!
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:13 PM   #148
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So how far is simon away from having the most dakar finishes? And well done simon!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:30 AM   #149
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Stage Fourteen and the Podium!

The final day of Dakar 2013 delivers Simon safely to the finish to collect his 7th Finishers Medal.

Stage fourteen was set to be nothing more than a formality as the race is all but done. And so it proved for the majority of racers including Simon Pavey. The special stage was short and in two stages providing great spectator viewing close to Santiago, but for most the real racing was already done.

With the end in now firmly in sight and the bike continuing to perform faultlessly now was not the time for heroics and Simon eased into the finish coming in 58th on the stage and maintaining his excellent 59th position overall.


Simon Pavey – “At first we thought it was going to be a really long day today, with 400km of special. However the special was split into two sections and about 130km of racing time. I kept focussed right to the end. The last day is not a time for heroics, but it is also not a time to relax. This is the Dakar and there can always be surprises in store. In the end the day all went to plan and I am delighted to be here in Santiago

I want to take this chance to thank all the team that helped get me here. Our Team Sponsors from Delta Kunststoffe and Husqvarna UK and every-one else who has supported the team and got us to the podium in Santiago. Special thanks obviously to the team here on the ground who have experienced Dakar 2013 with me; Evan Davies, Paul Green and of course Don Hatton my co-rider. And thanks to all the fans on Facebook and Twitter; your support makes a real difference”


There will be a full post Dakar interview with Simon coming in the near future. For one last time for 2013 here are the results….

Stage Results.
Simon Pavey – 58th – 02:01:20

Overall Results.

Simon Pavey – 59th – 54:21:51

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:38 AM   #150
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Bloody good effort by Si

Seven times finisher! Must be some kind of Dakar demi-god
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