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Title: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally - ON HOLD !!!
Post by: Buff on November 13, 2012, 10:05:38 pm
Iíve noticed thereís quite an interest in what guys are doing in and around preparation for some of the international Rallyís so I figured, why not do one for my attempt at the Amageza as well?

As things stand, Iím not in a financial state to do the race but I know that lot can change (and normally does) between now and the close of entries, so Iím living in hope that I can get my ducks in a row before then and Iím preparing for it as if I will be racing it.

Iíll be focussing on 3 main aspects in the build up to the event:

ē   My Sponsors Ė if I can get any  ;D
ē   My Bike  - Because everyone digs seeing Rally bikes evolve  :drif:
ē   Me Ė My preparation from a fitness and learning perspective  :walk: :read2:

With a year to go, this will obviously be a long term project so please donít expect everything to happen overnight.
 
I will endeavour to document every step I make forward (and backwards) with regards to the 3 points above over the course of the next year (or until entries close or are full).

This will hopefully give future inexperienced riders a platform to work from should they wish to tackle this event in the future.

So to move forward, I guess we need to assess where we are currently.
To get the ball rolling, I'll give you a rundown of what Iím working towards.

Sponsorship (Stage 0):
 
This space is currently blank but only due to me not having targeted prospective sponsors yet. This will change shortly as I set about putting a sponsorís package together with the help of a close friend in the graphic media industry.
If any Wilddogís have money burning holes in their pockets, please allow me to dowse the flames and relieve you of your cash  :laughing7:

Update 19th Nov 2012: I'm glad to say that this spot is no longer blank thanks to a few very generous Wilddogs:

1 x Electronic Road Book sponsored by Wayneh  :thumleft:
2 x R1000 cash donations to use for equipment (ICO) compliments of BlueBull2007 and Kenisis

Thank you gents, much appreciated  :thumleft:

The Bike (Stage 0):

Iíll be riding a 2009 WR450F which I purchased 3 months ago. The bike is stock and came with a new set of Mitas rubbers and a new chain & sprockets in a box.

As soon as it arrived in the Cape, it was sent to Droomers Yamaha for a full check-up and given a clean bill of health after a few minor fixes.

The fixes:

The valves got checked and one exhaust valve needed to be shimmed.
The piston & rings still look good.
New clutch lever as the old one was bent.
One of the forks was leaking so it got new fork seals and new oil.
I also spoilt it with a new front mudguard from a 2012 YZ, just to bring it up to date cosmetically.
I also had the bike road worthied so I could ride to the local enduro tracks when necessary. Fortunately it already had a road kit on it and the only thing that needed to change was to have a new bulb added and wired so the bike had a dim & bright setting on the front light.
It also got a full service at the same time.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WTCurrent.jpg)

Once I got the bike home, I bought a case of beers, waited for a rainy Sunday and then phoned up 2 of my mates (Adrian & Ian) and we stripped the bike down as far as we could to oil, grease and replaced nuts and bolts where necessary. I need to add that Adrian did the hard graft, Ian the supervision and me the ferrying of beers from the fridge to the garage. We also replaced the chain & sprockets (14 front, 50 rear).
The chances are good that Iíll change the rear to a 47 during the course of next year to run higher speeds on the flat stuff, but for now the 50 works great on the trails around CT. We also added a new set of hand guards as the previous one were looking seriously scuffed.

Ian giving instructions:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRAdrianIan.jpg)

It was a seriously enjoyable day and I learned a ton about the bike. Adrian is a Diesel mackie so he knows his way around mechanical things and is willing to share his knowledge. He also has more cool tools than most of us can only dream of owning.

Strip club:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRStrip.jpg)

During Sept I got picked up an Acerbis long range tank on Gumtree for a good price. The petcock needed some work and tank needed a good cleaning but was a quick fix job.

I tried mock fitting it to the bike and found the only negative so far with the bike. A small aluminium tab that bolts the radiator onto the left shroud and plastic radiator protector was broken off, probably from a fall the previous owner had. I had noticed it previously when we stripped the bike but the shroud is light and the radiator secure so it made no difference but now with the long range tank fitted, that tab is needed to provide extra stability for the tank. Itís something that will need to be fixed moving forward. Hopefully I can get someone to weld a new tab on for me.

Broken tab:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRTab.jpg)

What it needs to look like with the tank mounted:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRtabbrace.jpg)

Here's what she looks like with the tank on.
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRlongrange.jpg)

So what else does the bike need for the Amageza:
 
Besides regular maintenance, the bikeís going to need a few rally components. Iíve identified the following list but it might grow rapidly:

Road book & mounts Ė preferably auto-scrolling
ICO Ė to check and reset trip distances to road book
GPS plug point & mounts
Extra Fuel Tanks Ė The Acerbis tank is 12.6l which will not get me the 250km range that the organiser suggests we need to prepare for. Iíll need to add 2 rear mounted auxiliary tanks.
HID kit for front light Ė in case I get lost at night
Stator upgrade Ė to power the extra electrics
Rally fairing Ė itís not 100% necessary but useful. I have a screen from my previous 660Z that Iíve already modified to use as a fairing should I not purchase one.

If I can get a setup going like the one below then Iíll be happy.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRScreen1.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/WRScreen2.jpg)

Me (Stage 0)

Sjoe, this is going to be difficult as I might need to get personal  :-[
 
Although a self-professed couch potato for the past few years, Iím no stranger to endurance sport.
 
Up until 2008 I was actively involved in endurance Mountain bike events and before that, in Adventure racing. In 2008 while preparing for my 2nd Cape Epic, I was involved in road cycling crash that shattered my left collarbone and started a string of health maladies that took 2 years to recover from  :sad4:
 
Instead of getting back into the sport, I decided to dedicate my attention to obtaining a degree through Unisa (which Iím still busy with) and thus exercise took a back seat for a while.

That was until I bought myself a KDX 200 at the beginning of 2011 and discovered Dirt biking. I was hooked immediately and since then, at least one day of my weekend is taken up in the saddle of either the dirt bike or the adventure bike.
With the help and advice from the Wilddogs, I joined the WPATV club and later that year did my first two Offroad events at Bonnievale and Wellington. It was a baptism of fire and I realised that although the passion was there, the fitness and skill needed some work.
 
Pic shamelessly borrowed from GoPhoto of a shot snapped of me at the Wellington event. Tau lapped me on the 2nd lap I believe.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Amageza%202013/KDXWellington.jpg)

Unfortunately I was nursing a reoccurring knee injury from playing squash and it was interfering with my biking so in Nov 2011, I went in for surgery to get it sorted out.
 
That kept me off the bike for the first few months of 2012 so I decided that rather than start racing too early and risk further injury to my knee, Iíd focus on improving my skill and fitness on the bike for the remainder of the year. That meant regular trips to Macassar, Atlantis and Zone 7 with the Wilddogs and a few other mates.
It proved a wise decision as the knee is healing up really well and responding well to exercise.

That brings us up to date, November 2012 and the dirt road forward.

Fitness goals:
 
Iím currently 45 yrs old & weigh in at 93kgís and itís not all muscle  :-[. During my mountain biking days I was 72kgís. I have no intention of getting that thin again (not that Iíd be able to) as I donít believe itís beneficial to dirt biking anyway but I do have a few kiloís to shed. Iíll be trying to get my weight down to less than 85kgís, hopefully closers to 82kgís by the time Amageza arrives.
 
To be biking fit requires an all-round fitness level which I donít believe one particular sport can provide, so Iíll be mixing up sporting disciplines. This will hopefully also assist in injury prevention as well. I'm at that stage in my life where I donít bounce or heal as well as I used to  ???

My primary focus will be on TITS (when my wife read this she asked ďwhatís new?Ē  :laughing7:) Ė of course I'm referring to Time In The Saddle. Where possible, one morning of the weekend (possibly 2) will be on the dirt bike and one evening in the week.
 
Iíll also be riding a lot of mountain bike and a bit of road bike. Iíve entered the Argus so I donít have much choice in the matter  ;D
In addition to that, 3 mornings in a week will be spent in the gym, mostly doing cardio and circuit training. Where time allows Iíll do a few laps in the pool as well.
 
The 1st of November marked the start of my program with the initial goal of doing some form of exercise every day of the month. This is primarily to get me into a routine and improve my base fitness as once thatís established, it gets way easier from there on out.

So far itís been going really well and I havenít skipped a day yet. Iím already starting to feel way better even though my muscles are protesting furiously  :o Long may it continue.

Iíll keep a training diary in the form of an Excel spreadsheet and maybe just post a screen dump here at the end of each month so you guys can see what Iíve been up to.

Looking towards the New Year, my main goal besides the Amageza is to race my first full season of Offroad events in the Western Cape (Silver Class) and try stay injury free. I believe this will do a lot to sharpen my skills and help me increase my pace. You definitely push yourself way harder when racing against someone as opposed to simply training.

Then of course there's the not so minor issue of learning how to read a road book while riding technical terrain. Either that or I need to fine tune the art of wheel sucking and find someone to follow for 5 days  :lol:


Thatís it for now, Iíll update this thread as things evolve. Thanks for taking the time to read my story so far.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Yami Super 10 on November 13, 2012, 11:17:52 pm
Maybe I could make a deal with you :pot:
R1000 rant towards this rally :peepwall: but only if you beat me in Atlantis :pot: :mwink:
If you dont......we could think of some other means of payback :mwink:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Etienne2T on November 13, 2012, 11:24:36 pm
I can offer you "sponsorship" in the form of free training (I have my country trax instructors) and you are also welcome to come ride the MX track with me anytime and I can help you there where I can, it's the best fitness practice.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 13, 2012, 11:36:45 pm
Lekker one Buff  :thumleft:

i will only stary my Amageza thread next year but I am glad you did now. I would be keen to sit at any time and go over some things, in the 1st instance the sponsorship, I have also started a sponsorship proposal all be it fumbiling my way through it, I am on page 5 already and still loads to go, but combining the minds on strategy etc could be a great help. I recon a consertative amount for sponsorship for the event will be around R30k if you are having a back up team add R10k, well my spreadsheet is on R50k at the moment  :o, I am being generous at the moment with figures though.

Please post your fitness spreadsheet, this is going to be the hardest part for us old ballies. I'm also keen to hear more about your offroad racing.

 
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 14, 2012, 12:11:26 am
Buff, you and Muzz are two of the most positive okes I have met on this forum. :thumleft: and you both seem pretty serious about the Amageza so
I will sponsor you each R1,000 towards something on your bikes like an ICO or RB Holder (A proper one, not a lunchbox). I figure I need to sow here given my own rally aspirations next year and 2014. :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 14, 2012, 08:28:36 am
Jees dude, that is very generous.. thank you  :thumleft: flip I feel guilty like I am hijacking buffs thread now.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 14, 2012, 08:56:20 am
Wow, that's not the response I was expecting but thank you very much, it's great to be on the receiving end of the legendary WD generosity  :thumleft:

@Yami Super 10 - It's a deal. I'm not sure what chance I stand against a 700cc blue printed Raptor Quad in the dunes but for R1000 I'm willing to embarrass myself... again  :-[ I still prefer my deal though i.e. you pay me R1000 towards my race or find a new MC for your wedding in Dec  >:D

@Etienne - Thanks for the offer to do some coaching, I will most certainly except your help as I have a lot to learn  :thumleft:

@Fuzzy - Great plan Batman, we can get together one weekend and have a pow wow over the best way to structure the proposal. The hardest part about the fitness issue is starting. Once you have taken that first step, the momentum builds quickly. Part of my Dec holiday will be spent in the Transkei so hopefully I'll be able to get in some great trail riding up there.

@BlueBull2007 - Sjoe, thanks so much the donation Neil, hopefully I can reciprocate the favour in 2014  :thumleft:

I've also decided to dedicate my Amageza challenge to a cause very close to my heart, namely the Morgan-Belle fundraising initiative. Any monies collected over and above necessary for the Rally will be donated to Warren & Amelia to assist with Morgan's treatment. In the New Year I'll look at the possibility of launching another small fund raiser to assist in this regard.

I'm also in the very fortunate position of still having my KDX. I decided against selling her so that I could use her as a training bike. With the amount of riding I'll be doing for training & racing offroads, maintenance on the little green machine is way cheaper than the WR so it made sense to hold onto her for as long as possible.
 
However, I do not want to be in the position of "begging with a loaf of bread under each arm", so if I'm still short of funds in the lead up to the rally, I'll either be selling my beloved little green machine or putting her up in a raffle and selling tickets at R100 a pop.
 
Hopefully she can go to a Wilddog with similar aspirations as me... to race the Amageza.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Yami Super 10 on November 14, 2012, 09:03:28 am
As for the dunes :biggrin: Yes will be the blue monster :imaposer:
As for your green machine :pot: thought you would borrow it to me to maybe join you :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 14, 2012, 10:32:31 am
Tell you what Yami, you can use my KDX in the dunes and I'll take the WR and we can do that enduro loop, that should even the playing field somewhat. If you feel that's unfair, you can take the WR and I'll take the KDX  ;) I'm feel the bulge of that grand in my pocket already  ;D

My wife has just come on board as a sponsor as well. After reading my post she said she will sponsor me the time away from the family for my training and a massage after every weekends training session. I'm kinda liking the direction this is heading in  :mwink:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: N[]vA on November 14, 2012, 10:57:57 am
cool to read about your prep work man
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 14, 2012, 07:30:23 pm
Tell you what Yami, you can use my KDX in the dunes and I'll take the WR and we can do that enduro loop, that should even the playing field somewhat. If you feel that's unfair, you can take the WR and I'll take the KDX  ;) I'm feel the bulge of that grand in my pocket already  ;D

My wife has just come on board as a sponsor as well. After reading my post she said she will sponsor me the time away from the family for my training and a massage after every weekends training session. I'm kinda liking the direction this is heading in  :mwink:

I am off to go and show my miss your post as we speak.. someone needs to step up  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 14, 2012, 07:38:42 pm
Buff, I am not so sure using the bottom radiator tab to steady the fuel tank is a good idea at all. That tank full of fuel will eventually fatigue break that tab. A direct rod is usually taken from tank inner to tank inner, with perhaps a connection to the frame in the centre.
@Bluebull; very cool gesture!
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 14, 2012, 08:48:04 pm
Buff, I am not so sure using the bottom radiator tab to steady the fuel tank is a good idea at all. That tank full of fuel will eventually fatigue break that tab. A direct rod is usually taken from tank inner to tank inner, with perhaps a connection to the frame in the centre.
@Bluebull; very cool gesture!

Hallo Danie, thanks for your input, you might have a valid point there. I got the pic from one of the guys who runs an Acerbis tank on his WR on the Adv riding forum. My tank unfortuntely never came with brackets so I need to have them made up as well.
I'll give it some thought over the weekend and see if something else can be done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 15, 2012, 09:39:24 am
I need to share this with you guys because it was a defining moment in my planning for Amageza 2013.
 
After posting this initial thread, Fuzzy Muzzy emailed me and suggested we put our heads together to try and draw up a sponsorship proposal document and a costing spreadsheet. He had already done some base work so he mailed me his info.
 
This was around lunch time yesterday, so I pulled into a coffee shop and contemplated the costing spreadsheet over a cappuccino. After looking at Muzzyís initial layout, I broke out into a cold sweat. I couldnít get my head around where I was going to get this kind of cash from for essentially 5 days of funÖ just for me. Even with sponsors itís expensive.
When you have a young family to support and other expenses that need your attention, this is very much how one thinks about bike riding.
 
As expected, I started doubting whether it was worth it, whether I was being a selfish oaf (I am), whether I was talented enough to warrant this layout (Iím not), whether or not I shouldnít rather just focus on the Offroad series and leave the Amageza for the boys who know what theyíre doing (I should)? But I have a passion thatís burning strong and it needs to be fuelled and itís not listen to much reasoning.
 
Then my phone rings and itís my wifeÖ
 
Cats - ďHow much do you need to do the Amageza?Ē she asks.
Me - ďWhyĒ
Cats Ė ďJust tell meĒ
Me Ė ďAround R10K just for entry and GPS and a shit load more to get there and race for the weekĒ
Cats Ė ďYou really want to do this donít you?Ē
Me Ė ďYeah, for sure but Iím doubting myselfĒ
Cats Ė ďDonítĒ she says, ďhow much do you need to secure your entry?Ē
Me Ė ďR3K should cut itĒ
Cats Ė ďIíll sponsor you your entry deposit of R3K, weíll worry about the rest next yearĒ
Me Ė ďBabes, we spoke about this last night, there isnít money in the budget right now, other things need our focusĒ
Cats Ė ďDonít worry, there is now, I just received a small bonus, youíre going to the Amageza babesĒ
 
Gees I love this woman, thereís a ton of stuff she could spoil herself and the girls with but she decides to put me first because she knows itís something Iíve been dreaming about since its inception.
 
So boytjies, we gonna eat this elephant one bite at a time but weíre going to the 2013 Amageza  :ricky:
No turning back now, my entry will be done later today.
 
God certainly works in mysterious ways  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Crossed-up on November 15, 2012, 10:29:32 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Go for it!  You're a lucky man.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Garfield on November 15, 2012, 10:33:54 am
Mooi storie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 15, 2012, 03:22:54 pm
Great stuff Buff! :thumleft:

Your Mrs sounds like mine - Check out Prov. 31-10
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: DeeCeeBee on November 15, 2012, 04:06:21 pm
I will be following your exploits with great interest Buff!

You wife certainly sounds like a keeper! Beautiful story :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 15, 2012, 04:33:05 pm
Thanks guys  :thumleft:

Great verse BB, and very true, thx  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 15, 2012, 08:29:29 pm
Buff.. don't look at that budget I sent you and have a heart attack, just gasp a little  :laughing4:..  :imaposer: It is really just a guide and outline, it is also there to plan for expences that may happen, it is no good payng R3k deposit and then sit back and realise that this is going to cost a lot more than just an entry fee, this is my concern.

I am busy talking to 2 or 3 okes who will be in charge of getting the bike sorted in Dec.. I am waiting for their quotes to come in, now if you have the time and skill you can do all of that work yourself and save a bunch of cash, I on the other hand have budgeted for everything I cannot do myself ( like make a road book holder ) some okes can sit in their garage and make one for R500, the rest of us will have to fork out R2k - R2,5k for one. You don't need to make up a water cannister on a bashplate, you can strap a 2l coke bottle to your frame  :imaposer:

in a similar manner if you budget for accomodation so you can drive up and get things organised a day or 2 in advance then great, but some of us who don't have the budget will drive up and start riding.. so even though I have 'budgeted' for accomodation does not really mean it will be an expence, there is a lot of tweaking to be done.

That being said there is no getting around what fuel will cost.. it is just a given.

Your miss is a winner dude.. 2 thumbs up.  :thumleft: :thumleft:



Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 15, 2012, 08:42:21 pm
Thanks Muz, I realize that and I've adapted it to suit my needs but like you say, there's no way around the base expenses.
Getting my bike sorted with probably fall on my own shoulders and a few talented friends.
The WD's are also an endless source of help so I'm confident we'll be able to get it prepped  :thumleft:

Looks like our annual family holiday is happening in Kimberly next year  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: N[]vA on November 15, 2012, 08:48:12 pm
Thanks Muz, I realize that and I've adapted it to suit my needs but like you say, there's no way around the base expenses.
Getting my bike sorted with probably fall on my own shoulders and a few talented friends.
The WD's are also an endless source of help so I'm confident we'll be able to get it prepped  :thumleft:

Looks like our annual family holiday is happening in Kimberly next year  :imaposer:
I really wouldn't mind seeing that spread sheet if ya dont mind?
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 15, 2012, 08:52:57 pm
I'll add it to the initial post tomorrow  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Hingsding on November 15, 2012, 09:14:44 pm
Well done Buff, jy het reg getrou!  Ons sien uit na jou progress.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: N[]vA on November 16, 2012, 02:56:18 am
I'll add it to the initial post tomorrow  :thumleft:
thanks mate
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: whitedelight on November 16, 2012, 06:48:32 am
Nice one Buff. If you need backup crew let me know, I will look after your missus while you are away..... :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 16, 2012, 07:10:32 am
Nice one Buff. If you need backup crew let me know, I will look after your missus while you are away..... :peepwall:

:laughing4: Thanks bud, it's reassuring to know I have mates I can count on  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: whitedelight on November 16, 2012, 07:15:34 am
Nice one Buff. If you need backup crew let me know, I will look after your missus while you are away..... :peepwall:

:laughing4: Thanks bud, it's reassuring to know I have mates I can count on  ;)

:laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Pom17 on November 16, 2012, 07:15:55 am
Nice one Buff. If you need backup crew let me know, I will look after your missus while you are away..... :peepwall:


Vriend duisend :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 16, 2012, 02:29:36 pm
The Amageza Fitness Plan Ė November 2013 to March 2013

A few guys have asked about this so hereís my run down on how I intend getting in shape for the Amageza. To be honest, at this stage I need to get in shape for the local 2013 Offroad series but the two will obviously benefit one another. The only difference between the two will be the time spent in the saddle each day and the longer open stretches.

Besides requiring a lot of skill, you need a good overall fitness level to ride a dirt bike, both in your upper body (lifting the bike and using your arms when on the brakes) and your legs (standing and absorbing the hits). In any offroad ride thereís very little time where you can actually just cruise and rest & recover, youíre constantly working on the bike and itís exhausting.

Strangely enough, itís also the things you least expect that can make or break your ride, like chaffing in your bum crack  :o. Seriously, from all the movement on the saddle you can lose a fair amount of shin and itís rather painful when youíre sweating like a pig  ??? Of course, the more weigh youíre carrying, the more fun this becomes  :-\

So back to the plan. In the beginning Iíll be focussing on 3 main disciplines per week:

2/3 x Mountain & Road bike (Rides between 1-2 hours long ranging from 20-50kmís)

2/3 x Gym Ė Cardio and Super Circuit (20min spinning bike, 10min Rowing, 30min Circuit)

1/2 x Dirt Biking Ė Progressively increasing time in the saddle on looped courses.

Iíve found in the past that I get caught up in the gym routine and try and go heavier and heavier with the weights too soon. This normally results in injury as your tendons & joints take longer to adapt to heavy weights than your muscles do. Iím going to try avoiding this by focussing on lighter weights with higher repetitions.

Iíll also be flexible with routines e.g. if the wind is blowing gales all week Iíll spend time in the gym and stay off the MTB.

November (now) - Iíll be focussing on just getting some base training going and getting my body used to a routine again. Very few sessions will be over 1 Ĺ long with the gym sessions being 1hr each.

December Ė Always a difficult month with the holidays and festivities so the aim here is simply to maintain what Iíve started in November. Iíll be spending some time in the Transkei so dirt biking will be the order of the day.

2013
 
Jan Ė I start work mid Jan and the focus here will be to get back into the gym routine and on the MTB as soon as possible. Itíll be more of what I was doing at the end of Nov, beginning Dec.
Itís only 2 Ĺ months to the Argus so the dreaded Diet will start in a big way.
Iíve yet to see the 2013 calendar but the 1st Offroad race of the year will probably be happening at the end of the month so thatíll set the benchmark.

Feb Ė Instead of the 20min gym warm-up on the stationary bike, Iíll add in 2 spinning classes a week.
The weekly distance on the bike will remain the same but Iíll try get in one 75km+ ride per weekend in the build up to the Argus. The rest will remain as is but Iíll try and spend more time training on the dirt bike with GJ on his Macassar enduro loop.

March Ė Post Argus Iíll shift my goal towards an endurance MTB event May/June, just to keep my motivation levels up and keep me on the MTB.
The 2nd Offroad event of the year will probably be happening towards the end of the month and itíll be a great event to gauge my progress. Depending on how this event goes, I might have to radically change my training plan.

April Ė to follow in March 2013

Obviously none of this is cast in stone. I have a family and job so life often gets in the way but Iíll try stick to this plan as best I can.

Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 16, 2012, 02:46:59 pm
Here's a screen dump of the initial budget layout. This might change a lot but for now it's what I'm working towards.

Thanks for your help with this Muz  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 16, 2012, 07:55:40 pm
Yeah, my budget has changed already but basically for a rider, bike readyness and support crew you are looking at R45k - R50k give or take, it really depends on what needs to be done to the bike.

Knock R15k off if you are going solo. Your no 7 actually goes down with the support crew .

Accomodation, figures need adjusting 3 people for 3 days won't be R2k, that will go up a bit to factor in food etc

Also, chatting yesterday about the spares needed I went overboard, if you find another competitor on the same bike you can share many spares to bring down cost.

I need to go over the rules again, how many riders can a support crew service?, teaming up can save money espacially if you are riding the same bike, then you share spaces and servicing etc is quick.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fearless on November 16, 2012, 09:35:29 pm
Julle manne manne maak nou gedagtes wakker by my wat kon gebly het. Sal moet versigtig wees as ek hier kom lees.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: N[]vA on November 17, 2012, 09:23:10 am
Thanks for adding that budget snapshot, will be useful thanks.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 17, 2012, 06:25:28 pm
Dont forget it will cost you something to get there and back.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Rynet on November 17, 2012, 08:39:03 pm
 :thumleft: Great , thanks for sharing Buff , and good luck with all your preparations . 

Not sure the wise men had Amageza quite in mind lol ,  but agree your wife is worth more than rubies and pearls for paying your deposit. Lovely Proverb .   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: wayneh on November 18, 2012, 03:29:53 pm
PM sent  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 18, 2012, 04:32:44 pm
PM sent  :thumleft:

Thanks Wayne, PM replied.

I'm going to need to get very creative with my training plan this week as my wife's in Jbg for 5 days and I'm looking after the kids. That rules out gym and mountain bike rides so I'm going to have to get home workout routine going. I might need to invest in a few free weights for times like this.

Also very upset with myself today. I was supposed to do the Helderberg enduro fun day and got caught up in a braai last night that left me with a serious hangover this morning  :( I rode the KDX to the enduro and realized on the way there that I was in no condition to be handling a dirt bike, so said hello, turned around and rode home. Been licking my wounds and feeling sorry for myself all day  :-\
I enjoy a beer as much as the next guy but try to avoid excessive pissups. The result is a barbies of note when I do "hak loss". I think the new year diet will include an alcohol ban.

I'm going to take the MTB out now for a 30km ride to punish myself for being so stupid  : :)

The plus side is the party was with a prospective sponsor  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Kenisis on November 18, 2012, 05:00:30 pm
Buff, you and Muzz are two of the most positive okes I have met on this forum. :thumleft: and you both seem pretty serious about the Amageza so
I will sponsor you each R1,000 towards something on your bikes like an ICO or RB Holder (A proper one, not a lunchbox). I figure I need to sow here given my own rally aspirations next year and 2014. :ricky:
BB like the way you think.  Seeing that i am an invalid for the next 8 weeks Ill Match your R1000 for Buff and Muzz. like BB i am not a fan of Lunch tins!
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 18, 2012, 06:09:08 pm
Wow Kenisis, thanks so much, that's very generous of you  :thumleft:

Part of the reason I'm so keen on doing this race is from reading your and BlueBulls ride reports and build threads  :thumleft:
You guys planted the seeds that are now germinating ;)

Your support is very much appreciated and I'm sure Muzzy and myself will be calling on your help & advice as time progresses.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: wayneh on November 18, 2012, 06:18:03 pm
Ja nee... Muzzy & Buff. While the 2013 Amageza Rallye is gonna enjoy participants from all sides of the fence - different machines, talent, experience and funding - it's the many Rallye riders like yourselves that are at the heart and soul of this event.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 18, 2012, 06:25:29 pm
Thanks Wayne  :thumleft:

Here's a big shout out to Wayneh who has generously offered to sponsor me with an electronic road book for the Amageza, thanks a million  :thumleft:

I'll now use BB's and Kenisis's cash sponsorship to by the ICO unit for the bike  :thumleft:

Thanks so much for you support gents, it truly is humbling and it makes me more determined to put in a 100% effort to make this race a reality  :thumleft:
I do believe we have already reached the point of no return  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: g1_ on November 19, 2012, 10:20:30 am
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Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 19, 2012, 04:51:21 pm


I'll now use BB's and Kenisis's cash sponsorship to by the ICO unit for the bike  :thumleft:


have you decided on which ICO yet?
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Kenisis on November 19, 2012, 05:11:39 pm
Wow Kenisis, thanks so much, that's very generous of you  :thumleft:

Part of the reason I'm so keen on doing this race is from reading your and BlueBulls ride reports and build threads  :thumleft:
You guys planted the seeds that are now germinating ;)

Your support is very much appreciated and I'm sure Muzzy and myself will be calling on your help & advice as time progresses.
I am happy to be able to help!

Lets see this seed go WIDE OPEN Rally with you two!
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 20, 2012, 12:16:37 pm
I'll now use BB's and Kenisis's cash sponsorship to by the ICO unit for the bike  :thumleft:


have you decided on which ICO yet?

Hey Muz, no not yet, I'm still very much in the dark about ICO's.

Would appreciate some advice from the experienced Rally riders?

Also, do they come standard with the handlebar remote switches or are they optional extras? I'm assuming the handlebar mount is a necessity as I can't see a rider being able to take his hands off the bars all the time to reset it.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 20, 2012, 01:13:45 pm
Check your PM  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Motties on November 20, 2012, 01:50:53 pm
Subs :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Kenisis on November 20, 2012, 01:57:37 pm
Here we go.

http://www.icoracing.com/ds1.htm
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 20, 2012, 02:07:06 pm
and for bikes without batteries ??
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 20, 2012, 02:16:24 pm
Here we go.

http://www.icoracing.com/ds1.htm

Shot  :thumleft: , that's a nifty looking little unit. I'll mail them for purchasing details in the new year  :thumleft:

Muz, I'll drop you a call this evening  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 20, 2012, 03:02:16 pm
I just realised that I left a rather important part off ďRequired PartsĒ spreadsheet and thatís the extra Fuel tanks. I wonít be going anywhere without gas  ???

I currently have an Acerbis 3.3 gallon (12.6l) tank but as mentioned, that will not get me to 250kmís mark the organisers are talking about. Bearing in mind I might also get lost, Iíll probably be needing tanks that can give me a range of around 300-350kmís.

At the moment I have no idea how heavy the WR is on juice as I always fill it before empty and havenít bothered measuring the range. I do however know that itís more thirsty than the KDX, especially in sand. Iíll try and get the Acerbis tank fitted before Xmas and then measure the range while in the Transkei.

Iím guessing it will give me around 15km/l under racing conditions?:

Acerbis at 12.6l @ 15km/l = 189kmís. That leaves me 4l short of 250kmís

The options as I see them currently:

∑         5l Safari tank that mounts behind the seat - $256 without extras and shipping

Pros: Looks good and no mods necessary beside the fuel routing.
Cons: 5l will take the range up to 264kmís which doesnít leave me much room for errors.

∑         10l Safari tank that also mounts behind the seat - $576 without extras and shipping

Pros: Range of 339kmís.
Cons: Expensive. Excessive weight on sub frame. Exhaust needs modifying to under tank.

∑         Rotopax tanks on either side - $160 including mounts but without shipping

Pros: Range (3.7l x 2) which bumps the range to 300kmís
Cons: No idea how to mount them on the sub frame or how stable they are. No fuel routing, tanks will have to be removed and decantered into main tank once level drops. No auto balancing on weight.

∑         I also considered selling the 3.3 gallon Acerbis and buying the 6.6 gallon tank but it doesn't look like they make it for the 09 bike

Any further advice from the dogs? I know Wayneh rides a WR so Iíve PMís him for his input as well.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 20, 2012, 03:16:26 pm
I am looking for a similar solution for water as well, I have not discounted actually having a tank made up either.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: EATMYKTM. on November 20, 2012, 04:35:23 pm
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Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Cracker on November 20, 2012, 08:08:26 pm
I am looking for a similar solution for water as well, I have not discounted actually having a tank made up either.

I was gonna strap 3 x 1litre coke bottles on the back - looks kak but indestructible. Might even strap them on the crashbars if it looks worse!

Luckily I'll be on a KLR so looking cheap is ok ........... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 20, 2012, 08:24:52 pm
I think we will see many different ways of transporting tools, water, fuel and all sorts of things.. some will last , some won't. I suppose the great thing about a coke bottle is if you fall and it does get destroyed you can replace it for under R20.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Firesquirrel on November 20, 2012, 08:55:32 pm
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Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Motties on November 20, 2012, 09:30:56 pm
I think we will see many different ways of transporting tools, water, fuel and all sorts of things.. some will last , some won't. I suppose the great thing about a coke bottle is if you fall and it does get destroyed you can replace it for under R20.  :thumleft:
Yes and you can quench your thirst in the process
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Firesquirrel on November 20, 2012, 11:08:15 pm
I am looking for a similar solution for water as well, I have not discounted actually having a tank made up either.

I was gonna strap 3 x 1litre coke bottles on the back - looks kak but indestructible. Might even strap them on the crashbars if it looks worse!

Luckily I'll be on a KLR so looking cheap is ok ........... :biggrin:

After last year's Bash at Vioolsdrift we went down the West Coast. 

The SE has a kak small tank and I had to cart extra petrol everywhere.

I found that using 6- 8 500ml small bottles was the best.

You can shove them in everywhere and if one pops or you loose it while riding... then you have only lost 500ml. 

Also the small 500 ml is hell of a strong.

Agreed.... it does not look so "cool"....  but I got to see places I have never been...

My 2c worth !!
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: N[]vA on November 20, 2012, 11:15:34 pm
End of the day you are looking to finish not look cool.

One aspect of carrying extra fuel vs a large tank I don't like is that at some point you will have to stop riding in order to refuel.

Given the price of a larger tank it's really something that most guys will have varied opinions on I guess
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Firesquirrel on November 20, 2012, 11:20:15 pm
End of the day you are looking to finish not look cool.

One aspect of carrying extra fuel vs a large tank I don't like is that at some point you will have to stop riding in order to refuel.

Given the price of a larger tank it's really something that most guys will have varied opinions on I guess

Sure... I agree....  but to spend large moolah on a tank that you only get the benefit from once or twice does not make sense to my wallet.

But there are options... bladders and those flat square type aux tanks etc. work really cool.

Last Amageza I stopped to fill up from my 5L jerry that I carried on the back...  I had a smoke... enjoyed the view and carried on....  made little difference to my day ... still had a blast !!
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 20, 2012, 11:24:25 pm
Yeah, looking cool doesn't bother me but the solution needs to be practical and safe. The WR doesn't exactly have much place to store anything and I'll already be carrying 2l of fluid in a camelback and probably a tool belt as well  :-\
I think I might need to budget on a rear pro-billet rack as well  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: N[]vA on November 20, 2012, 11:35:37 pm
Yeah, looking cool doesn't bother me but the solution needs to be practical and safe. The WR doesn't exactly have much place to store anything and I'll already be carrying 2l of fluid in a camelback and probably a tool belt as well  :-\
I think I might need to budget on a rear pro-billet rack as well  :thumleft:
I'm wondering about those tanks too,  will have to see what range I can get in sand with my drz and the 18L tank.

Will try running the tank dry in Atlantis and the quarry in December
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Firesquirrel on November 20, 2012, 11:36:37 pm
This was my set up for the last Amageza..... Addis 5L in a bag strapped on.... worked OK..... 
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Cracker on November 21, 2012, 07:40:02 am
Looks like your roadbook is fastened to the handlebar clamps - was this practical while standing?

Or would you have preferred it mounted more forward?
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Firesquirrel on November 21, 2012, 09:06:29 am
It worked OK for me...  Peter from Adventure MX made these and he drilled the holes so that it could mount as far "forward" as possible without obscuring the normal cluster and clocks.

It was at times a bit scary to work the book... zero the little "mountain bike module".... and keep an eye on speed during the "special speed limited zones"...

But again the cost of the "Real McCoy" auto roadbooks was to much for me... adding to that the expensive "Icom" unit etc.

So it just maar had to do !!
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Rickus on November 22, 2012, 05:42:41 pm
This was my set up for the last Amageza..... Addis 5L in a bag strapped on.... worked OK..... 

Ai mooi bly darem maar mooi :mwink:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 24, 2012, 04:10:02 pm
I had a really good training session at Macassar with GJ and 2StrokeDan this morning. I have so much to learn it's frightening  :( Fortunately the sand was nice and firm from the bit of rain we had but I still ended up picking the bike up a few times  :-[

The great news is that Gideon (GJ) has agreed to help train me for the Offroad series & Amageza  :thumleft:
If there's anyone out there that will get me out of my comfort zone then it's GJ. He's patient and has a shit load of knowledge & skill to share. I did a few technical sections this morning that I would never have considered doing by myself in a million years  :o And I survived  :)

Unfortunately one of the guys in our group hurt is knee quite badly (probably torn ligaments) when his front end dug in doing down a dune and he planted his leg at an angle and pop pop, knee stuffed.
It was a wake up call to me on how easy you can hurt yourself and also how important knee braces are.
He was literally going at snail pace when it happened  ??? Hope you heal up soon bud  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Bring It On on November 24, 2012, 04:14:30 pm
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Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 30, 2012, 09:53:59 am
So my first month of base training has come to an end and itís time to give some feedback.

My initial intention was to do at least do one form of exercise each day for the month of Dec. This went well until my wife had to attend training in Jbg for 5 days and it derailed my plans slightly. Still, I managed to train for 24 of the 30 days so Iím pleased with that  :thumleft:

Today is a rest day and Iím going to reward myself with a lekka braai and a few cold ones  ;D

The results so far:

Bicycle Ė I can do 20kmís quite comfortably now on the MTB and about 50km's on the road bike. It's cool because Iím already able to enjoy some trail riding  :thumleft:

Gym Ė Iím able to do 30min cardio and 30min circuit without any discomfort the next day.

Weight Ė remained constant but havenít started the diet yet.

Dirt Bike Ė Skill needs a lot more work but improvement is happening.

The only concern I have at the moment is my left knee which is letting me know it's not happy with the extra stress I'm putting it under. I'm back to icing it every night so I'll have to watch it closely. Hopefully the Dec break will aid recovery  :thumleft:

December will be much of the same except with maybe a few more rest days and a bit more dirt biking thrown into the mix.

Happy days  :thumleft:

 
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: tau on November 30, 2012, 11:01:55 am
oKTOBER IS NOG VER !!!!!

Don't overtrain I am always scared of this  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Motties on November 30, 2012, 11:20:52 am
oKTOBER IS NOG VER !!!!!

Don't overtrain I am always scared of this  :biggrin:
+1 Geen ander event in die mens se geskiedenis het soveel voorbereiding, en in soveel detail, 'n jaar voor die event gesien nie.

Aan die ander kant het ek net NET 'n jaar om baie jare se bou aan 'n pens om te keer :lol8:

PS: Not aimed at Buff, but in general
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on November 30, 2012, 11:41:32 am
oKTOBER IS NOG VER !!!!!

Don't overtrain I am always scared of this  :biggrin:
+1 Geen ander event in die mens se geskiedenis het soveel voorbereiding, en in soveel detail, 'n jaar voor die event gesien nie.

Aan die ander kant het ek net NET 'n jaar om baie jare se bou aan 'n pens om te keer :lol8:

PS: Not aimed at Buff, but in general

You guys clearly have no idea just how kak sleg I am at the moment  ;D

Bear in mind this training isn't for the Amageza, it's for next years Offroad series which starts at the beginning of Feb  :o

Not all of us have the natural talent like Tauster  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 01, 2012, 02:04:09 am
Attaboytjie!! Inspiration for me.
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on December 01, 2012, 12:04:45 pm
oKTOBER IS NOG VER !!!!!

Don't overtrain I am always scared of this  :biggrin:
+1 Geen ander event in die mens se geskiedenis het soveel voorbereiding, en in soveel detail, 'n jaar voor die event gesien nie.

Aan die ander kant het ek net NET 'n jaar om baie jare se bou aan 'n pens om te keer :lol8:

PS: Not aimed at Buff, but in general

You guys clearly have no idea just how kak sleg I am at the moment  ;D

Bear in mind this training isn't for the Amageza, it's for next years Offroad series which starts at the beginning of Feb  :o

Not all of us have the natural talent like Tauster  ;)


+1

If you have a good bike that you can just hop on and ride, and if you have the riding talent, and if you are generally fit, and if you have a healthy bank balance then the prep work for an event or series of events leading up to Amageza is very low.

For the rest of us.. start now.  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Buff on January 23, 2013, 04:46:30 pm
The holiday period allowed me to spend some time reflecting on my goals for 2013 and it is with some regret that I need to share that I have decided to drop the Amageza off my ďthings to doĒ this year. The reasons are many so I wonít bore you with my excuses but itís primarily financial (wanting to do too much with too little) and the fact that I have a bit of a personal issue asking people (sponsors) to part with their money for my biking pleasure.

To all the dogs who so generously offered sponsorship (BlueBull, Kenesis, Wayneh and Udjeni), thank you very very much. Your generosity truly humbled me. If I could be so forward as to ask if you would you please consider selecting another WD Amageza wannabe to support in my place as I believe the riders are going to need all the help they can get.

I still believe the Amageza is an awesome concept and it remains high on my bucket list but for now I need to get my priorities sorted. If my leave schedule allows it, I'll also be offering my service to Alex as a marshall for the event so I can see exactly what I'll be letting myself in for in the future.

This however does not mean that I will not be racing in 2013. My primary biking goal for this year will to complete my first full Offroad season in the WC and do one National Enduro, probably the Winterberg in PE. Our first race is on the 2nd Feb in Caledon so itís just around the corner. This will hopefully give me a solid platform to build on for a future shot at Amageza. I'll be racing in the senior category (35-46yrs).

Although not as exciting as prepping a bike for the Amageza, I have decided to rename this thread and continue to document my progress and do RRís for the races that make up the OFFROAD series. Iíll also continue to document my training and diet preparation as some of this will be happening with the other WDís as they are prepping for Amageza. Hopefully this will provide future Offroad riders a perspective on what to expect when starting out.

Good luck to all the Amageza participants, Iíll be following your threads eagerly.

BTW Fuzzy, this doesnít mean youíre off the hook with our training plan, Iím still gonna make you sweat bud.

Cheers
Brett


Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally - ON HOLD !!!
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on January 23, 2013, 07:40:05 pm
Dude, Amageza is one 3 day bike ride.

What you are doing with nationals and enduro is much harder, requires more dedication etc IMO.. respect to you, I actually wish I had a 450 or 300 and I could join you in the old ballies section, make no mistake, if I can pull off a half decent year this year I will join you next year.. if you need any backup and support please please let me know.

I think putting the money towards a year's worth of riding is a better decision than one event, if I had a small bike, was fit and half experienced I would make the same decision.. I will be reading your thread with great interest.. better yet you can tell me all about it when we go ride  :thumleft:

I can't wait to get my bike back so we can go ride.. really looking forward to it.

Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Pom17 on January 24, 2013, 07:27:12 am
The holiday period allowed me to spend some time reflecting on my goals for 2013 and it is with some regret that I need to share that I have decided to drop the Amageza off my ďthings to doĒ this year. The reasons are many so I wonít bore you with my excuses but itís primarily financial (wanting to do too much with too little) and the fact that I have a bit of a personal issue asking people (sponsors) to part with their money for my biking pleasure.

To all the dogs who so generously offered sponsorship (BlueBull, Kenesis, Wayneh and Udjeni), thank you very very much. Your generosity truly humbled me. If I could be so forward as to ask if you would you please consider selecting another WD Amageza wannabe to support in my place as I believe the riders are going to need all the help they can get.

I still believe the Amageza is an awesome concept and it remains high on my bucket list but for now I need to get my priorities sorted. If my leave schedule allows it, I'll also be offering my service to Alex as a marshall for the event so I can see exactly what I'll be letting myself in for in the future.

This however does not mean that I will not be racing in 2013. My primary biking goal for this year will to complete my first full Offroad season in the WC and do one National Enduro, probably the Winterberg in PE. Our first race is on the 2nd Feb in Caledon so itís just around the corner. This will hopefully give me a solid platform to build on for a future shot at Amageza. I'll be racing in the senior category (35-46yrs).

Although not as exciting as prepping a bike for the Amageza, I have decided to rename this thread and continue to document my progress and do RRís for the races that make up the OFFROAD series. Iíll also continue to document my training and diet preparation as some of this will be happening with the other WDís as they are prepping for Amageza. Hopefully this will provide future Offroad riders a perspective on what to expect when starting out.

Good luck to all the Amageza participants, Iíll be following your threads eagerly.

BTW Fuzzy, this doesnít mean youíre off the hook with our training plan, Iím still gonna make you sweat bud.

Cheers
Brett




It will help a lot thanks :thumleft:

Will be following this thread eagerly :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
Post by: Beserker on January 28, 2013, 03:02:04 pm
Don't overtrain I am always scared of this  :biggrin:

I noticed...  :P  lol.

Buff, we are also seriously working on base and basics (With GJ looking over our shoulder). You are welcome to join.