Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Lima, Perú
Originally Posted by Bluebull2007
While we wait...from speedbrain
More drama on the soapie: DAKAR, DRIVES OF OUR LIVES.
DAKAR RALLY @dakar 7m
.@TheRealGiniel is very angry against Vladimir Vasilyev after eating his dust during 100km.
Originally Posted by pebble35
Update from Clayton Jacobsen on his FB page
Sorry for the delay in information, I have been choking on my result and not wanting to relive it.
so here it is My Dakar Day 3 - Short and Bitter,
So this years race has been brutal, my race came to an end on Day 3, not from crashing, exhaustion or mechanical problems but I was a victim of the organisers desire to make the toughest race in the world, the toughest race in the world.
Day 3 started fine, although as soon as the course opened up from the tight technical canyons we started in I came across broken bikes and riders.
At the fuel stop the photographer said he had picked up 4 riders with broken bones in the helicopter.
I seemed to have found a rhythm that worked and was navigating well and picking up some places without pushing (pushing is bad, you will crash).
Around 60kms from the end of the stage we started to climb in the mountains 2000m up to 4000m. On one of the climbs I got caught half way up when blocked by another rider and realised i had a major free flowing fuel leak. I did not want the bike to catch on fire so i kept it upright on the climb while the fuel drained away.
10mins later I ran out of fuel, I asked rider after rider if i could have some fuel and no one would spare any as the stage still had 60kms to go. Eventually an italian rider gave me a litre to continue up to CP2. I had wasted about 90mins trying to get fuel ( this is what put me in a bad position and late for the CP).
On getting to the bottom of a very technical and difficult climb at CP2 around 4000m, the organisation had placed their vehicle across the track and said the stage is closed as there is to many injured and missing riders , we are to wait here for news from race control.
There we broken bikes and people all about the place.
I called race control on my iritrack twice to confirm what was happening and they said it was with the jury, and we are to stay put.
Some riders turned back but 7 of us who were ready to go waited, we were held there until we were losing the light, the organisation said we must decend as the temperature will drop quickly.
We were constantly asking about our race position and what this delay means for our start the next day, we were told by race control arrangements were being made for a delayed start for us.
we were given the option to sleep in the mountains or ride to San juan bivouac for further instructions which we elected to do only to be told we must not ride the mountains at night as it is too dangerous. These instruction were given to us from the head of the race David Casters.
We froze at 2700m with only our plastic foil blanket and CP banners for warmth.
In the morning before dawn we were not allowed to leave as riders were still missing in the area and we could not leave until they were found.
Eventually we were able to leave and ride to San Jaun bivouac and then told to go the next bivouac 550kms away.
There we pleaded our case to the head of motorcycles who said it would go to the jury as we had missed the stage.
We were informed we had been excluded from the race 1 hr later.
We then took our protest to the race control who understood there had been a mistake but could do nothing about it.
We then took our protest to the head of the Dakar David Caster who agreed he had made a mistake but because they had lost control of the security of the race we would not be allowed to start the next day.
this argument went on for 3hrs.
the final word was "it is not possible" for us to start the next day.
they agreed we had followed the rules from the organisation exactly as required and that he had held us and made us miss the start and that was a mistake.
Still the verdict stood.
the 7 of us were excluded from Dakar 2014.
A very disappointing result we got F&@Łed by the ASO
Sorry I did not get there.
watch this space.
Originally Posted by Bluebull2007
From Freedom rally FB
Freedom Rally Racing
Freedom Rally Racing , David Reeve's Zambia Dakar 2013 Challenge , Reto Dakar , Team Redverz - Kevin Muggleton to Dakar and Peter Hardy gave it their all. As a wife, friend and fan, I shed a tear our team did not accomplish their dream of completing the Dakar in 2014. But my pride for them all is much stronger than my sadness. What they did accomplish is nothing to be taken lightly. They took on one of the biggest challenges of their lives and for that, they did succeed and each one of them, "winners"! My pride cup overflows for you all!
Men! Be proud! Be strong! Bring home your inner trophies and experiences! For the team AND the World; this isn't time to be sad, it's time to rally together and rejoice! Celebrate 2014 and make plans for 2015!!!
Dakar - The Ultimate Rally Race...our team may be temporarily battered, but you did not beat us. We will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by Bluebull2007
David Casteu (Not Castera
) via email:
Monday, January 13, 2014 - Step 8
David was ranked 19th on Monday the 8th stage Uyuni (Bolivia) - Calama (Chile) at 27'14 '' winner Cyril Despres ( Yamaha) . Overall, it is 11 to 2 h 49'19 '' leader Marc Coma ( KTM). Since his motorhome Calama , he says :
"This is the storm on the bivouac. It was a very long special . Was driving along the salt lake and the last 50 kilometers , we took the mud, rain . We were all miserable . The mechanics a little job. My clavicle hurts me but I hold out past each kilometer is one kilometer won.
When I take big shocks, I clench my teeth . I try to roll and have fun anyway. Bolivia is beautiful. As long as I can hold the handlebars , I will ride . I do not ride in the pace of the first , but my pace . The rally is not over , there will be big steps in the sand , it'll be tough . There may be some nice surprises . I will focus on my navigation and continue on my merry way. The bike runs well , here I am, still here.
For the rest of my career, it is important to see the rally otherwise, while staying focused on the race. "
Tuesday , the 9th stage will be played in Chile between Iquique and Calama (link : 29 km , Special : 422 km ) where competitors find the dunes of Atacama, then dive to the Pacific Ocean in the famous descent of Iquique .
Man this guy is so tough, and I love his attitude.
Originally Posted by kaia
Cyril Despres in a private moment
Cyril Despres prepares his gear during the rest day of Dakar Rally in Salta, Argentina on January 11th, 2014.
© Marcelo Maragni / Red Bull Content Pool
Life is a wheel
That´s how it looks when you spot the Cyril Despres Yamaha Team through an SMG Buggy Tire.
© Edoardo Bauer / Red Bull Content Pool
Kuba Przygonski leaves the dust for the fans
Kuba Przygonski (POL) is not far from the top ranks. With his strong performance on Stage 8 - ending up 5th - the KTM rider holds currently the 7th Rank Overall.
© Kin Marcin/Red Bull Content Pool
Originally Posted by Tomas Kocanda
Jan Vesely (no68) is already home. He was quite dissapointed by the organisation and decided to leave as soon as possible.
I talked with him tonight more then hour over the phone, he will come on visit tomorrow or day after. He mentioned to post greetings to people, who followed his race this year as well as in past years from AdvRider and say thank you to all F5 crew here.
Anyway, he mentioned, that his bike has been retriever by special forces of the army from the "canyon". But even so, they don´t know how to chase the race, so they will transport those retriever bikes directly to finish and to the boat. Hopefully they will return all the valuable devices as all what he could save was ballise. GPS and everything else was on the bike as he expected that they will continue in the race, did not expected end of the race when he left the bike over there.
So, regarding the situation, he said that the 3D model of the canyon is not exactly correct, in fact he said, it was exactly like mirrored. But for imagination it´s OK. Simply he started descent in something, what was a track for sure. Nothing unexpected on this stage on the beginning. Later steep, very dangerous, but possible to descent. Problem was, that at certain place was possible to ride left on some rim, where was path blocked by a cliff or directly in the stream heading in the valley. He was sure, that they are on wrong route, but he expected, that is possible to ride it down and then find the correct direction in the bivouac. All the time was his GPS showing direction and distance between 8-10km. So he expected he will descent from the mountain and continue somewhere, where is the stream heading in the river or so. Valley or canyon was not crazy tight. First few km it was quite OK. Just lower and lower were rocky "steps" around big stones in the stream bed higher and higher. From initial 30-50cm high steps to later 1.5m high steps. This was not possible to ride, so he simply pulled bike down to "jump" alone on lower step and so on. Together with him were those two italian brothers doing the same. But in certain place was the canyon blocked by crashed huge piece of rock, several meters high and there was just tiny narrow hole between the wall and this rock. He was on the other side, was possible to get there, but not bike. He was even thinking later to dissasemble the bikes and in three people would be maybe possible to push/pull the bike body maybe with dismounted handlebar through this hole. They called the iritrack several times. When the operator asked, if there is anybody hurt and he said "no", they dissconected. He tried several times with same result. So he decided to blow balisse. But in about 20 minutes arrived the helikopter and they were instructed to leave the bikes where they are and first chopper left with one of the italian brothers and returned in another 15 minutes for the second italian and Jan. He said, that the chopper had big problems to start. Spinning rotor for at least 5-7 minutes and it was like they will not get off the ground. Finally they started, but was obvious, that this chopper will never lift the bikes from there. It had not enough power. Anyway, in the bivouac he has been told, that once the bikes will be retrieved, he can continue, but it did not happened. He got several apologizes from ASO people and he (as others) will sure ask for at least start money back as the whole situation was pure organisation error. He said, that that day was organisation in total stress. Such complicated track and they did all with simmilar number of people as if there would be just one track for bikes and cars. So he think, there were not enough ORG people and those who were there did not know, what to do exactly and created more problems then in there would be nobody. He strictly repeated that without direct information from the person on top of the hill to follow given direction, he would not descent so deep. He expected that there is some big problem on the path to bivouac and they give them detour or shortcut to ride over it or so. Anyway, in the area was many riders spread on quite large distance. They were not on one place. There were kilometers between them. And he said, that even walking uphill was from their place almost impossible as he had to jump down from the rock steps in the stream, but climbing up was task for climber, not tired biker in MX boots. But he was surprised to see one biker (bright white KTM) and Camelia later next morning starting in the next stage. Italians were pointing to that biker and told him, that he was with them the night before locked in the rocks. He got somehow down. He was about 2km higher in the mountain, so probably discovered exit path down from there. How the quad with Camelia got down, he don´t know, but also she was much higher then they. He said, that nobody was lower in the canyon then him and the italien brothers.
So he is quite low now, all the energy and money spent for preparations are gone and biggest issue for him is, that he did not finish due to bike failure or personal injury or so. Member of organisation team working as "route commisar" must be respected and all racers has in the rules, that must follow instructions of route management team. This is for safety etc. So even when roadbook say go straight, where there is organisation person with the car, who point you to go left, you have to go left. You dont know, what happened there - there may be danger, falling rocks, landed chopper giving help to somebody etc. You dont know. When the ORG person show you to follow this direction, you dont argue and go. In this case it was wrong. And this is, what he has bad feeling from, what is source of his dissapointment. Otherwise he said that at least first stages were not rallye racing, but regular hard enduro racing stretched over long distance. But he enjoys this maybe even more then high speed flying on straight pistas.
RIP Angelo Pandelidis
Team F5 leader and inventor of Brodomath.