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Title: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 03, 2016, 02:55:27 pm
OK, the short version is in 2007 I was paralized and now I've recovered a lot and want to race Dakar in January. Here's most of the story, sorry it's a bit long....


A bit about me - Joey Evans

I have always loved bikes. It started for me with my first second-hand bicycle I got for Christmas one year as a kid. My brothers and I would make ramps in the garden from bricks and pieces of wood and a track that would go through most of the flower beds, much to my Mom's despair.

Later I saved up money from my newspaper rounds and birthday money from grandparents and bought my first BMX - a gold and black Raleigh Racing. Now the tracks started to move into the veldt over the road from where we lived and onto building sites with big mounds of dirt. We would ride down the road and meet up with buddies at the back of the old tennis courts and ride tracks and jumps we made in the dirt. Along the way there were scrapes and bruises as well as skinless shins from the pedals. I always wanted a motorbike but growing up second eldest in a family of six children, it was never going to happen. My buddy in high school, Sheldon, raced motocross and let me ride his KX125 a couple of times in the veldt and it was incredible.

Only at 26 years old could I eventually afford my first motorbike, a second-hand Honda CR250 two stroke motocross bike. I started learning to ride in the veldt and then moved to motocross tracks in the beginning, followed in the coming years by a bit of freestyle and then onto enduro and hare scrambles where I found my passion. I dreamed of racing in the Dakar Rally after watching it on TV and made it my goal to compete one day. I went on to race a number of races both regional and national in 2006 and 2007. I finished the Roof of Africa and Mafikeng Desert race (500km) in 2006 also finishing the year in 2nd place in open pro in the northern region harescramble series.
My dream of racing the Dakar across North Africa lead me to start finding out more information Ö which brought the realisation of what a massive financial and time consuming commitment it would be. With a young family and the financial commitments that come with it, the rally was simply out of reach financially. I continued to ride often and raced local and some national races, with the dream of Dakar on the back shelf for the time being.

ďI Canít Feel my LegsĒ

Then at 32 years old on the 13th of October 2007 I lined up at the start of the Heidelberg Harescramble with about 20 other riders. I had got a bad start there the year before which saw me sitting in the dust for ages, unable to pass. This time I was determined to get a good start. And that's all I can remember until I woke up facing the sky with paramedics and spectators standing round me.
Later I was told that going into the first corner just 100 metres after the start, another rider had crashed into my swing arm and I was catapulted off the bike, landed on my head and was ridden over by other riders. The next thing I remember is lying in the dirt looking up at all the faces and realising clearly I had crashed and been unconscious. I joked "did I win?" They all laughed and were clearly relieved Ö but then my buddy Tristamís wife, Tiffany, who had been standing next to me with my bent knees resting on her, moved back. My legs just dropped to the floor like two big pieces of dead meat.

I whispered to the paramedic, not wanting Meredith (my wife) who was near me to hear, that I could not feel my legs. She heard and suddenly we all realised that this was serious. To top it off I thought my mouth had been full of dirt and stones which I was spitting out; it turned out to be my teeth. I had broken 12 teeth, some completely shattered. There were many complications with the treatment I got that day. First they tried to get a helicopter evacuation, which is normally standard practise for spinal injuries, but there was a problem and the helicopter couldn't come. Next the ambulance on site was not equipped to transport a spinal injury.
Eventually they called in another ambulance and after lying in the dirt for more than 3 hours, I was transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital Ö more than 60km away, partly via dirt roads.

Never Walk Again

I saw several specialists and was transferred to two different hospitals before ending up in Meulmed Spinal Unit in Pretoria. It turned out I had broken my T8 and T9 vertebrae, breaking them off the ribs and crushing my spinal cord, leaving me completely paralyzed from just below the chest, down. I also had head trauma and had been unconscious, and had broken 12 teeth amongst various other smaller injuries. At that point we had absolutely no idea what challenges the future would hold for us.

I was told by the two previous hospital specialists that I would never walk again in light of my spinal cord injury that appeared to be "complete". A few days later after many X-rays and CT scans the doctor recommended that we fuse my T8 and T9 vertebrae to stabilise my back and attempt to relieve pressure off my spinal cord. This was a big decision to make as other doctors had recommended that we leave the area to ensure no further damage. I had a small "flicker" in my right big toe which gave us some sort of hope, but the doctor said that would more than likely be lost after the fusion. He said if the operation was successful I had at best a 10% chance of ever walking again and if I did I would walk badly and with serious difficulty.

After some serious thought going back and forth, although Meredith was still unsure, I decided to go for it in the hope that the fusion would offer the best possible long term possibilities, and she backed my decision. I didn't have too much to lose but it was still incredibly scary being wheeled into theatre wondering if we had made the right decision. The next thing I knew I woke up after surgery in the most pain I could ever have imagined. I had a morphine button that I was pressing like a Nintendo game but it seemed to make no difference.

The Fight of My Life

In the days that followed the flicker in my toe had gone and my legs were really wasting away. I would look down at a body I couldn't feel or even recognise. My legs were so skinny and the little flesh that was on them just hung on the bones almost like saggy bags of water. Things were really tough and every day was a fight to stay positive and "keep it together". Lying in that hospital bed I decided that this was not going to beat me; that I would work as hard as I possibly could to walk again. I had so much support from Meredith, my family and friends. Everyone kept pushing me to keep going and always full of encouragement. I had visitors for most of the day, every day, week after week. Family, friends, fellow riders and guys from the biking community rallied around me. I was in for the fight of my life but I was not alone.

Looking back I had no idea of the real challenges that lay ahead for me, Meredith and my four daughters. It was probably for the best as it would have been too much to bear at the time. I thought about my dream to race in the Dakar and how awesome it would be to come back from this to achieve it, but it seemed at the time that that was now too far and too impossible to even contemplate. Just to be able to feel something or move my legs was beyond almost all hope.

Then over the next few days the flicker in my toe came back, followed by some slight weak movement in my left ankle in the following weeks. Later I also started to feel something slight in my quads. After six weeks in hospital I came home in my own wheelchair to find ramps put up in my house to help me get around. There was a realisation that life was going to be very different from now on.
And it was. The next year, 2008, was by far the most difficult year of my life. My body from below my chest downwards was completely wasted away and my skin would just hang from the bones. I could now feel touch, but not any hot and cold or pain sensation on the skin below the injury. My feet and legs constantly felt like pins and needles. My back was very painful and I had lost all proper bowel and bladder function making daily life very difficult for me and my family. I would get spasms in my legs and struggled to digest which meant a constant struggle to balance laxatives and diet. Not a fun game with limited bowel control. There were also lots of trips to the dentist to fix my teeth as best they could.

The Miracle

There was constant physiotherapy and I took these sessions very seriously. Whatever they told me to do, I did double of. I refused to accept that my legs would not work and I spent hours daily digging to the depths of my soul, urging my body and begging Heavenly Father to get some response. So when I eventually started to get some tiny movement in my legs, it was like I had won the biggest lottery ever. There was hope and my determination was supercharged.
This was the beginning of a long process of painstakingly learning to stand and then slowly and very painfully I went on to start to try and walk again. I went from walking in parallel bars with back-slabs on my legs, to crutches, then to one crutch and finally walking without aids. There were more setbacks along the way than I care to remember and very often I ended up in a heap on the ground. It was a constant struggle and often embarrassing as I'm sure most people just thought I was drunk most of the time. It was like fighting a fight I was never supposed to win Ė half a step forward and ten backwards. However I was determined this would not be my fate forever, so when my unseen opponent threw me down, I clawed my way back up and pushed back harder. I banished the picture of me in a wheelchair with atrophied legs that kept trying to lodge itself in my mind.

I would walk through the mall with my wife and kids, dragging my feet and losing balance but insisting on not being in the wheelchair despite the fact that it would have been much easier at the time. There were countless unforeseen physical complications, stuff that you always took for granted that you now couldn't do. Simple things like picking up your kids, kicking a ball or driving your car. But with the huge support from my amazing wife Meredith, family, friends and the riding community, I persisted with my recovery. The Enduro World Magazine lead by Gary and Lynne Franks and supported by many bikers and friends raised money to help with additional therapy not covered by my medical aid. Many people called round and helped to encourage me.

But while there were times I was bullet proof and would work so hard on recovery, optimistic and pumped to succeed and beat this, there were also many times I would lie in bed at night and just cry. It all seemed just too much to bear. One thing I do know for sure is that there is no way I would have got through it without Meredith. She would encourage me and help me get through those times.
Less frequently she would struggle with the enormous added strain on her and I would be the one comforting her and telling her it was all going to be OK. Other times we would lie holding each other and just cry together. All the stupid things we had thought to be important before the accident, now seemed so trivial.

Getting Back on a Bike

About two years after the accident I was determined to try get back on a bike. The first time I tried to throw my leg over I could not support my weight and the bike on one leg and ended up falling over with the bike on top of me. My buddy Neal helped me up with the usual friendly mocking and banter. My legs were shaking with the spasms and I felt physically sick but with help I got on and rode about 100 metres, coming to a stop next to my mates who would help me off again.

Then my mate Tristam Davies and some friends of mine organised a day where we would head out on a small ride together. Many of my friends and fellow riders came out to support me. Words could never describe the feeling of being back on the bike again. Alone in my helmet I felt my eyes well up knowing that this was truly a miracle to have come what seemed full circle and be back on a bike again. This was never supposed to happen. Not being able to run or jump or play other sports, being on the bike and having the ability to ride flowing paths and move with ease was incredible. It was such a feeling of freedom. I was filled with gratitude, excitement and emotion.

I was still going to physiotherapy every week and I told my physiotherapist, Sharne, that I wanted to learn to swing my leg over a bike without falling over. She would build a "fake" bike out of gym equipment and I would train to lift my leg and pivot on the other, slowly learning and training the muscles needed. We would work a lot on core strength and balance constantly trying to become more and more functional. Everything just takes so much longer and so much more concentration when you canít feel and have such limited control of your muscles and movement. It was (and still is) a constant battle against the overpowering urge to just throw the towel in.

Next I bought a second-hand bike and had the suspension lowered and the seat cut down to help with my weak legs. I began to ride more and more but always needed a friend to be there to lift the bike off me and help me up when I fell over Ö which I invariably did do.

Racing Again

After a long time I entered my first enduro race at Arrows Rest organised by Enduro World. I managed one lap of about 8kmís shadowed by two good mates, Tristam and Johan. That one lap took me several hours to complete. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I had wanted to quit so many times and my legs would constantly spasm. At the finish I had to fight back the tears as my mate Neal helped me take my boots off. I was completely worn out physically and emotionally. It felt like my own personal Dakar even though it was nothing special to the average rider. I realised that day I was racing against my injury from now on and no one else. It took more time and a few more races before I managed to finish my first race.

Then in June 2012 I entered the silver class (500km) in the Botswana Desert Race and managed to finish 3rd in the open class and 1st in seniors. The next year, 2013, I entered the full 1000km - unfortunately I was time barred on the last lap after having to start at the back on both days since I didn't have national ranking. It was frustrating as I had trained hard but having to start in row 28 both days when no one after row 8 made the time bar, it was simply impossible. However I had managed to ride 750kmís which encouraged me to continue knowing that I was able to ride long distances on back-to-back days.

sorry had to split the post, rest to follow...




Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 03, 2016, 03:00:13 pm
Reaching Goals.

I continued with weekly physiotherapy even though it had been more than five years since the accident. I constantly worked towards being as able-bodied as possible. I would like to say I was always positive and worked like a machine, but the truth is that while there were times like that, there were also times I gave up hope and let things slide. It was tough to always be positive and to give 100% every day.

So having goals to work for was crucial. In September 2013 I entered the Amageza Rally, my first "Dakar style" road book rally. Nearly 2000km from Cape Town touching over into Namibia and finishing in Kakamas in the Northern Cape over 3 days of racing. This was a race that would leave a lasting impression on me, a challenge to say the least. There were 46 starters and only 17 finishers. I managed to finish in 5th overall in what was the best riding experience of my life to date. Riding in wide open places without a soul in sight for mile upon mile was truly special. I raced it without any support "Malle Moto" style living out of my steel trunk, servicing my own bike and sleeping in my pop up tent. I knew after this race that rally racing was my passion and was what I wanted to do.

Amageza re-awakened my dream to race in the Dakar and there seemed to be a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, this might just be possible. So I decided that if my dream was ever going to be reached, I needed to get serious about it. I spent a lot of time researching what was needed and what it was going to cost. This was going to be a huge sacrifice in every way for not only me but for my wife and family too. Dare I even think of asking that of them, after they had gone through so much already?

A lot of people would comment how foolish and selfish I was to be riding again after such a serious injury. However Meredith understands me better than anyone and she could see how riding and setting goals gave me the freedom and motivation that I needed to continue to fight my injury. She supported me all the way - make no mistake she would worry and be concerned especially after being there and witnessing the accident herself - it was never going to be easy. But the goal was set and there was a lot that had to happen so I started to set specific goals. I decided that 2016 would be enough time to prepare yet not too far away that I would lose focus.

Firstly I needed to get stronger and fitter so I put together a training program and focused on riding longer distances and more technical terrain. Secondly I needed to have more racing and specifically rally racing experience not only to ensure my best chances of finishing but also to ensure that my application to the Dakar would be accepted. Not living in Europe, Australia or South America made it incredibly expensive to race any of the big rallies and this was a challenge. Then the Namaqua African Rally was announced to be ridden over 7 days in the Cape and promised to be an international standard rally, so I entered that.

Unfortunately it cost a lot of money and I felt very let down as the organisers shortened it because of logistical problems to 5 days and the distances were nowhere near those promised. I had some challenges on top of that with my bike losing oil and had to carry oil and constantly stop to top up. Nevertheless I still managed to finish the rally in 16th overall in bikes and 2nd in my class - M2.2. I again rode the rally Malle Moto style servicing my own bike each night and living out of my tent.

Back to Hospital

I also continued to race several other off road races in 2014. My plan was to race my third rally, the Amageza 2014, which was about 3000km over 5 days. My training was going great; I was riding every week and had done some good road book training organised by Mark Campbell. My navigation had improved massively from the previous year and my bike fitness was better. In preparation I entered Dallie Terblanche's Pongola 500, staged near the Swaziland, SA and Mozambique border to be ridden over 500 km as one of my final big training rides.
It started out well and the bike felt great but fate was to hand me another challenge. Not far into the ride I was following behind some other riders when I hit a cow while riding at somewhere near 100km/h. I didn't see it as it ran out in front of me and I didn't even have time to brake. I was a mess, suffering concussion and torn ligaments separating my collar bone from my shoulder. I had fractured a rib and broken another one off, torn my tricep tendon, had an avulsion fracture on my elbow, lacerations down to the bone on my forearm and bruised up pretty badly all over.

Several other riders including Toti and Brian Bontekoning stopped and took great care of me as well as the organisers who were brilliant in organising the ambulance and getting me to the nearest hospital over 150km away. It took two operations to sort out my arm and six months of healing without being able to ride, which ended my Amageza Rally plans for the year and once again put the Dakar dream out of reach. Missing out on the Amageza Rally was particularly frustrating. The second half of 2014 and the first few months of 2015 were really difficult working through the injuries and not being able to ride.
At the end of February I decided to do a solo off road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town, about 2700km over about 5 days. A sort of ďget my head rightĒ trip. My wife and I love spending time together but after the last few months since the cow deal she was basically begging me to go ride. The ride was fantastic, I got my head right and I was pumped to keep loving life and chasing my Dakar dream.

My next goal for 2015 was the Amageza Rallye - this year a 5000km race over 7 days. Training was difficult as my elbow was still healing and very painful after each ride. As a last training ride I decided to do the Pongola 500 just 14 days before the Amageza Rallye. Perhaps tempting fate a bit after the cow incident last year, but it went really well. I rode it smoothly and at a safer speed. I really found a good pace and flow, a bit slower than I would usually race but I made a lot less mistakes and never hit any cows. Make no mistake though, it was tough. There was lots of riverbeds and thick sand which turned out to be great training for the Amageza. It also helped me get my head right for Amageza. I had also tried a new bash plate with the water required for Amageza in it. I realised that with my limited ankle movement I would sometimes use the back brake with my right heal. Using the bash plate made this difficult so I made another plan for the Amageza.

Eventually the Amageza arrived, two years of waiting and I was ready and relatively speaking, injury free. I was like a kid counting sleeps before Christmas. I had chosen to enter it Malle Moto again for a few reasons. Firstly it was cheaper which suited my budget. Secondly it would be more about survival and less about speed which I figured would help me stay injury free, something that I had clearly struggled to do up until this point! I didn't want to be risking it all with the guys up front. And lastly there is something really cool about finishing a rallye "Malle Moto" style, I love the whole ďsuck-it-up-and-tough-it-outĒ style of it.
So in September 2015 nearly 8 years after breaking my back, I headed off to Kimberley to race in the Amageza Rally, seven days and 5000km through Botswana and the Northern Cape. I was pumped!

The race was a challenge, it included going through a fence and later fixing a destroyed tyre with elbow guards and a Liqui Fruit carton, but I finished and to top it off I won the Malle Moto class and received the "Yamadoda Amadoda" award. An unexpected and great result for me and best of all Ö no major injuries!

Things got really hectic at work after Amageza and I rode very little over the next few months, but now the Dakar was eating at me. I can do this I thought!

Next I raced and finished the Amageza Baja up in Port Nolloth. A two day rally race with a super special prologue the day before. About 800 km in total of thick Kalahari sand combined with incredible mountain sections through the Richtersveld. It was a challenge and I had numerous problems with the ICO and road book which was frustrating at the time but made for good training as I learnt some important lessons. I managed to get the finish and some more rally training under my belt which is what I was there for, so another step towards Dakar was completed.

The Road Ahead Ė Could Dakar be Possible?

So here I am in 2016. Physically I can now walk quite well and sometimes people don't even notice I have a problem. My legs still don't work properly, they are a lot weaker and slower than ďnormal legsĒ and spasm a lot when I'm tired or when my adrenalin is going. I can't run properly or jump but I can do a bit of a dodgy looking jog. I can feel touch but still can't feel any hot, cold or pain sensation from below my chest. I still take medication to help digestion and need to self-catheter several times daily. This is a real challenge in race conditions.

BUT Ö I can walk and Iím extremely grateful to have been blessed with such a recovery, for the amazing wife and daughters I have, the great friends and countless other blessings in my life.
Whatís more is I can ride a bike ok, and know that great dream of Dakar that has helped me get here, could possibly be within my reach. So this year I have entered the Merzouga Rally in Morocco to be held in May. This rally is now owned by ASO, the company that owns the Dakar, and is an official qualifier for Dakar. If I finish the pro class at this six day rally I automatically qualify for Dakar 2017. I have also rented a Rally Replica and joined the France-based Nomade Racing Team for assistance in Merzouga. My goal is to finish this rally and, if I do, then I intend to register, hopefully raise enough money, and race the Dakar in South America in January 2017 ..... and FINISH.

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It would be awesome to share my adventure with you guys as I go along. Naturally it's Dakar so anything can happen and I don't know how this thread will end. But I figure fortune favors the brave so I'm all in.
I'll try to keep you in the loop with all my plans, challenges and progress and post pictures and stuff. I'm more than happy to answer any questions and any advice or positive criticism is more than welcome. Naturally I'm no "pro" rider and so I will need to foot the bill for most of this but I will try to raise some funds and sponsership once I finish Merzouga and know I have a definite entry for Dakar in January.
I hope you all join me for the ride. :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kortbroek on May 03, 2016, 03:24:46 pm
Joh Dude! This is astounding, I just read this twice with my mouth hanging open. Inspirational stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

I look forward to following your journey at the Merzouga and hopefully Dakar 2017.
Ride on  :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: SteveD on May 03, 2016, 03:26:23 pm
I'm in  :thumleft:

I've been following Dakar for a while now, and have concluded that what you need to finish includes:

1 and 2 you have.
3 I hope you have. With all the kak that you have gone through, surely Lady Luck must be moeg of rolling stones (or cows) in your way.
Sort out 4, and you are good to go.

Well done Joey, it takes balls to commit to this.
I will be following with interest.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 03, 2016, 03:35:07 pm
Thanks guys, really appreciate the support. A couple more old pics. I'll post more once I figure out how to shrink them easily.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 03, 2016, 03:42:01 pm
Yoh!!  :o  :o  :o

Super-Sub!!

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Minxy on May 03, 2016, 03:50:53 pm
Thank you for sharing your story with us Joey :thumleft:
Will be supporting you all the way.
When are you leaving for Merzouga by the way? :)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kenzogs on May 03, 2016, 03:51:37 pm
Absolutely motivational and makes me feel bad for the excuses I have made at times to avoid real challenges. Will follow your progress closely.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 03, 2016, 03:54:35 pm
What a touching story. Shows you.... where there is a will...there is a way.

I'll definitely be following you on this one. all of the best  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: ChrisMann on May 03, 2016, 04:00:25 pm
Joey, you are my hero mate.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: RrP on May 03, 2016, 05:21:48 pm
 :o  :o You Sir have balls. Good luck
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 03, 2016, 05:27:43 pm
Reading your story a lot of emotions of the last 15 years goes through my mind.
Me I have spinal damage and fusion at T6-7-8. As i get older stuff like not peeing in your pants or not getting to the toilet in time for a no 2 is very worrying. Yet one fights with the mind every day. You argue with this fuckup body that some days just does not want cooperate. :biggrin:

I wish you the best of luck with your Dakar dream. It is people like you and Dave Barr that keeps us positive and on our bikes. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kamanya on May 03, 2016, 05:45:19 pm
Ha!

Goodluck. I'll certainly help where I can, opening gates and loading GPS's and stuff!

Quick toasted sarmie in Poffadder before the last few hundred K's to go on the 2013 one.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/13/10-Amageza/i-t4M4t7B/0/L/IMG_0243-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/13/10-Amageza/i-t4M4t7B/A)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Sardine on May 03, 2016, 06:09:24 pm
Wow!

Amazing journey. All the best with your plans for the Dakar.
As you have proven, with the right attitude, you can do anything!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Ganjora on May 03, 2016, 06:14:37 pm
Not sure if sponsorship is needed,  but i'd happily buy a suporters shirt.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Casting from Turd on May 03, 2016, 06:43:58 pm
Jassaaaaass Man.
Now that is an awesome story of bravery and utter determination.

You my good man are an inspiration to many many folk.

This I want to followc :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Parkinoff on May 03, 2016, 06:55:29 pm
What a story! You're a winner!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BMWPE on May 03, 2016, 07:05:58 pm
With your determination and attitude
you WILL do the Dakar

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Bill the Bong on May 03, 2016, 07:16:04 pm
Awesome
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: DEE 1150 on May 03, 2016, 07:30:54 pm
Speechless . . . . just speechless
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 03, 2016, 07:37:27 pm
Inspiring is an understatement.  Following and supporting with interest.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Grolls on May 03, 2016, 08:35:14 pm
Joey you are a legend !!
I will be one of your biggest fans and will follow every step of your journey  :thumleft:
Good luck bud  :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Pilchie on May 03, 2016, 08:53:50 pm
Inspiring - keep it up
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: ican on May 03, 2016, 09:22:48 pm
Wow! Well done and good luck!
I'll be following this thread for sure!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on May 03, 2016, 09:42:26 pm
Hey Joey. I've been a fan of yours since I met you at your first Amageza. I know you can do whatever you set your mind to.

Does the Dakar 2018 Challenge at this year's Amageza influence your plans at all? Or are you putting everything into Merzouga?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Scrat on May 03, 2016, 09:48:07 pm
You going to ROCK it Bud!! you will own the Dakar 2017.   O0
you have it all!!
$$ can always be added .... but  the things money can't buy to do the Dakar with ..... is what you already have!!

will Support you all the way Bud!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 04, 2016, 05:31:07 am
Thanks for all the awesome encouragement okes! I knew I could count on you guys!

Kamanya I remember that day in 2013 well, good times and thanks for all the help since👍

ChrisL - my occupational therapist gave me the best advice, she said you just live your life and stop worrying about what other people don't understand about spinal cord injuries. When things go wrong as they still do sometimes I just get sorted and don't let it bug me. It is what it is.

As far as the Dakar challenge at Amageza goes I am super excited about it. Alex has done a great job to get it. For me 2017 is the year I need to go for Dakar though. I could put it off another year as I've had to do last year with the cow thing, but there's a lot of guys quicker than me going for the Dakar challenge  so chances are I don't win it and just lose another year. (Something that tends to happen with Dakar plans). I don't know if ASO may be happy if I did by some crazy chance did win it give me my entry for 2017 since I would already be going. And by 2018 that would be my second one so the wouldn't strictly speaking qualify for it. So the timing is a bit difficult for me.  I don't know how ASO would see it.  Another challenge is the Dakar challenge has been capped at 450cc and I was planning in using my 500 as my 450RR would be on its way to Dakar so that would mean more money to sell it and get another  450 again. At the moment I've entered and paid for Amageza and the Dakar challenge but with the the way things are looking with the 450 cap I didn't originally know about that might have to change.



Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Dwerg on May 04, 2016, 07:20:02 am
Inspiring story and wishing you all the best  :thumleft:

I'll also be in for a few t-shirts if you are planning on making some
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Camelman on May 04, 2016, 08:04:26 am
And this is why I have languished on with Amageza. Hero's aren't born, life makes them.  Well done Joey. I will chat to ASO about your issue. Maybe if you win they refund you your entry fee for 2017. To them it might be all the same. Now we just have to figure out the 500cc issue. (going on on a separate thread)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rowdy on May 04, 2016, 08:34:39 am
Awesome stuff:
Very inspiring and motivation for me after my accident to "GET ON WITH IT".
Craig, Elaine and the boys wish you every bit of success with achieving your dream to get to the Dakar.
We have no doubt that you will get there and if there is anything we can assist with please don't hesitate to ask.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 04, 2016, 09:16:19 am
Thanks Camelman for the considerations, really appreciate it.

Thanks Craig for the support, I see I got your first post - nice one! :thumleft:

Thanks Dwerg for the support bud, as far as t-shirts and fund raising goes, I'm gonna need to lots of that but I want to finish Merzouga first so I know I'm in for definite. Then I will get the fundraising going. Before then I'm just another oke with a dream. However in the meantime any suggestions would be appreciated, I've never done this sort of stuff before so I'm all ears. I thought buffs and beanies might be a good idea as they are one size fits all and would make ordering easy.
Also I need to get a logo for "From Para to Dakar" to use on the stuff and bike so if anyone has got some skills and would be keen to give it a bash we can vote on the best one together. An idea I had is a spine looks a lot like an offroad tyre track so something with that might work. I will put it up on the Facebook page as well and see if anyone there can help. Sorry it will only be for bragging rights as trying to do this all for as cheap as possible naturally.
Also please give the Facebook page (from para to Dakar) a like as I will post stuff there as well. Naturally I will try to be more in depth and technical here the sort of stuff okes that ride actually want to know.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Ganjora on May 04, 2016, 09:21:59 am
t-shirts.
decent quality.
i'd be happy to pay R500.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 04, 2016, 10:04:23 am
T9ER try get hold of a guy in CT named Micheal (i think) he has a buggered right leg and has done a few Dakars. He would have lots of advice I think. I attended one of his talks once. It was very informative.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Buff on May 04, 2016, 10:08:18 am
Incredible story, thanks for sharing it and all the best with your plans going forward. I've no doubt that you will make it to Dakar, that's but a small stumbling block after what you have been through  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on May 04, 2016, 11:08:27 am
Respect  :hello2:  :notworthy: I am in so please keep us posted  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rossdog on May 04, 2016, 11:53:48 am
Hey Joey, it was great meeting you at the Enduro World offices the other day. I've sent you a PM with my email address.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: AlexRG on May 04, 2016, 08:32:58 pm

We're all standing firmly behind you! Good luck buddy!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: CDog on May 05, 2016, 07:06:50 am
Hey Joey,

Absolute pleasure to have met you,thanks for all you advise and support building up to the BAJA, you certainly are one of the "characters" of the Rally Scene (Meant in the best of ways!!!!) O0
when you explained your injuries to me, i had no idea it was as bad as this!

I will certainly be following your story with interest, best of luck my man!! 
You can count on me and I am sure may others on this forum for support!

Cheers,
Craig
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: caconcepts on May 05, 2016, 07:40:04 am
Joey,

To quote my uncle Hugh, Unbelievable, unbelievable. Great read. Great result so far. You keep fighting brother and you damn well know every dog is behind you 100%.

Good Luck with the challenge.

Eduard
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: markdiver on May 05, 2016, 10:44:15 am
You are a MACHINE cuzzie.  Supporting you all the way for Dakar bud.  For starters, we can fit all my nav stuff you will need for Dakar if you don't already have it.   Yes, I have a suggestion Joey - LETS GO RIDE!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: 
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on May 05, 2016, 10:55:18 am
Hi Joey !
Wat n voorreg was dit gewees  om as jou Malle Moto marshal met Amageza 2015 te kon gewees het.
Jou positiewe invloed in die Malle Moto kamp was duidelik sigbaar gewees.
Ek hoop dat ek weer tot jou en die ander Malle Moto ryers van diens kan wees.
Jy is n klomp mense se hero ! myne ook !
Jy's n Geseende mens !
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: J-dog on May 05, 2016, 11:02:43 am
subscribed!!

What a man!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 05, 2016, 11:54:57 am
Thanks for all the awesome support and encouraging words guys, really appreciate it!  :thumleft: :thumleft:

To keep you updated there is an article in enduro world magazine this month that's just come out on my Dakar dreams as well as a separate one where Darryl Curtis did a bike test on my new Rally bike the KTM 450 RR 2016. The mag is only available on line now (a good move in my opinion) so check it out.
Also 2wheels tv was there and did some coverage of the bike test and a quick interview with me that was scary but cool, so keep an eye out for that. I think it airs next week but not 100% sure.  
I see they don't mention it the magazine but during the bike test they asked Darryl to jump the bike for some airborne shots, there wasn't alot of space but he did a couple times. The last one though he managed to nearly land on the cameraman and got hard on the brakes and went down. I think the shot will be on 2Wheels though as I saw it in the preview. Fortunately the sand was fairly soft so the bike is fine (naturally my biggest concern ;)).............. oh ya, Darryl and Dave the camera man are fine too.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 05, 2016, 07:46:17 pm
Joey. Wow man - just wow.

Until today I had no idea your challenge was so huge. I just thought you are another one of the tougher hardmen after you tyre story last year.

I am fully behind you on your quest to do the Dakar, and would love to help you in one way or another.

But first things first: The Merzouga - All the best buddy. Have a blast - you deserve it.

When it gets tough, know we will be watching your tracking every inch of the way. :deal:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 05, 2016, 07:47:42 pm
I just stickied this thread so it stays at the top of the racing section. :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: lj111 on May 06, 2016, 10:50:11 am
Wow!!!!
All the best and thanks for sharing   :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: seankriel on May 06, 2016, 02:13:59 pm
Joey!! Jou Yster! jy is n insperasie vir baie en ons staan agter jou as jy hulp nodig het, sÍ net en ons kan help!

Amageza Crew!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Malibu on May 06, 2016, 02:55:05 pm
You are an incredible inspiration.. what an amazing read... I am all choked up here!

You have another fan and supporter!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 08, 2016, 10:57:42 am
Thanks for the support again guys, really gets me amped up when I read the positive feedback!
Thanks to Bluebull for the sticky :thumleft:

I did about 420km on the rally bike on Friday around Harties and magaliesberg area and then another 120km on Saterday at Maraisburg. I'm feeling a lot more confident on the rally bike now. Originally it just felt big and awkward but now a good few hundred Kay's later I feel like we've made friends and it really is a machine. I made sure I got stuck in the mine dumps a few times just to make sure I can handle the weight getting it turned around and picking it up and stuff. Probably the most difficult thing right now is that I have never ridden proper desert dunes so I really don't know what to expect in Morocco. My logic is to just take it smooth and watch the other okes at first. I really don't care about positions at all, this is just a step towards Dakar that I need to get through uninjured. Must finish, must finish, must finish.

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 08, 2016, 10:58:50 am
Breetsnek pass from Friday solo ride.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: zetman on May 08, 2016, 03:21:22 pm
Ola J

Get hold of HSK and Minx and ask them where they went to train for sand dunes riding somewhere in the Kalahri on a farm

I will try and search for the RR on the forum  edit see
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=189198.0#top (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=189198.0#top)

Cheers and keep up the training TITS  :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 08, 2016, 07:10:44 pm
Ola J

Get hold of HSK and Minx and ask them where they went to train for sand dunes riding somewhere in the Kalahri on a farm

I will try and search for the RR on the forum  edit see
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=189198.0#top (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=189198.0#top)

Cheers and keep up the training TITS  :ricky:

Thanks zetman, that place looks perfect, I leave in about 10days so out of time now. I hope to get in some proper training at places like that and Namibia between Merzouga and Dakar though. I'll keep Waterberg 4x4 for then. Thanks bud :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 12, 2016, 04:37:10 pm
Massive thanks to Franziska and Riaan from KTM South Africa for the sponsored kit for Merzouga. Best stuff I've ever owned. Franziska asked me if Alpinestar KTM Tech 10's would be OK?  Hells to the yeah!
Really cool of them to believe in my dream and back me up with some really cool stuff.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Dwerg on May 12, 2016, 04:47:32 pm
PM me if you need designs or any web stuff. My wife is a freelancer and she said she's more than happy to donate time to your cause free of charge
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 12, 2016, 08:16:46 pm
Thanks Dwerg, that would be awesome👍
I will definitely take you up on that. I really need the help in that area. I'll send you a PM.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Geel Kat on May 12, 2016, 08:26:22 pm
Awesome story, dream and thread  :thumleft:

Going to become one of the WD threads of all times.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 13, 2016, 01:45:50 pm
Thanks Geel Kat. I really hope it has a happy ending! 

The KTM kit is really awesome but I still needed some more stuff. So yesterday I went down to my local KTM dealer Raceworx KTM and asked them if they would be keen to sponsor me a couple of shirts. They came to the party with 4 races shirts a kit bag and some casual stuff. Really good of them.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 13, 2016, 01:52:50 pm
I am glad that KTM came to the "party" and that they sponsored you with some stuff. It is good advertising for them.

Whishing you all of the best.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: rubiblue on May 13, 2016, 02:07:38 pm
Dude, honestly, you are an inspiration. Now my kak stories about bull shit excuses when it comes to fulfilling life goals/ambitions seem trivial/poor.  :-[

Well done bud, simply an amazing story. I wish you all the best with Merzouga and see you at the Amageza.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 13, 2016, 02:08:59 pm
Today was awesome. I sat in front of my computer at work going through stuff I still needed. I have a few pairs of goggles but all a bit scratched up and stuff. Two new pairs would be great for the rally. But this thing has run way over budget already! I though let me see if perhaps Mark Henderson from Henderson Racing Products would be keen to sponsor me a couple sets. Not being a top rider I feel kind of awkward asking for sponsors, but in line with the whole vibe of this dream I thought "stuff it, fortune favors the brave, let's do this!"  Well I sent him a message with a link to the Facebook page and he was dead keen. I went round to his warehouse and he walked me through all the products they do. Man, that was a lot of cool stuff. Then he was like so what all do you need. I ended up walking out of there with 3 sets of X-brand goggles with spare lenses and a small mountain of EVs kit and some factory Cycra hand guards. Really appreciate his generosity and belief in my dream. He had actually heard about me from Errol Dalton years ago when I broke my back at the race in Heidelberg. On a side note Errol was awesome back then, he came through to the hospital in Pretoria to visit me with some friends and encouraged me with my recovery.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 13, 2016, 02:52:29 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on May 13, 2016, 02:54:56 pm
How many times are you going hear, "Awesome!"? This is just one more time.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 14, 2016, 08:00:29 am
How many times are you going hear, "Awesome!"? This is just one more time.

Except this time the word really means awesome - every time! Awesome!

Joey, talk about having Christmas day everyday! :imaposer:

Seriously though - you deserve it! :thumleft: All the best with Merzouga. We will be scouring the internet for every tidbit of info about your progress, following you on tracking and cheering you every step of the way. :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on May 14, 2016, 04:06:15 pm
Thanks for the wonderfull feedback
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rokie on May 17, 2016, 08:12:21 am
 :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

Joey - you go dude!!! This is incredible!
Will be watching out for good news from Merzouga.
All the best!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 17, 2016, 08:35:35 am
This is the bike I will be racing at Merzouga. Vincent Crosbie from Botswana is also with Nomade racing on a KTM 450RR. We are travelling together and leave tomorrow. :o
MUST FINISH! MUST FINISH! MUST FINISH!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 17, 2016, 09:02:13 am
Good luck T9er  :thumleft:.

We'll be following this thread. Please keep us updated.  :sip:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 17, 2016, 09:18:54 am
This is the bike I will be racing at Merzouga. Vincent Crosbie from Botswana is also with Nomade racing on a KTM 450RR. We are travelling together and leave tomorrow. :o
MUST FINISH! MUST FINISH! MUST FINISH!


That is a beautiful bike! Try and get a little saddle time on it if you can.

Re the race: Focus - Flow - Finish!! :ricky:

Wishing you all the best Joey. :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on May 17, 2016, 03:05:06 pm
All the best Joey, really inspiring thread this.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: SteveD on May 17, 2016, 03:21:49 pm
Klap it, we will be watching  :lamer:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on May 17, 2016, 03:31:56 pm
Lekker Joey !
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 17, 2016, 03:53:53 pm
Thanks again for the support guys :thumleft:
I have also started a whatsapp group so I can send daily updates from my phone. I will post here and on my Facebook page ("From para to Dakar") as well. If your on Facebook please give the page a like and if you would like to join the whatsapp group just send me a whatsapp with your name. my number is 083 456 1122.
Also remember to check out the latest Enduroworld mag for the bike test on the KTM450RR. It really is a good mag with nice technical bike and riding tips every month. Remember it only available on line.
Thanks again guys :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 17, 2016, 08:51:39 pm
This is the weather forecast for next week in Merzouga!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Geel Kat on May 17, 2016, 09:06:16 pm
No chance of you being cold...

Have fun, looking forward to following this  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 18, 2016, 04:34:33 pm
Just checked in my bags for 30hours of travel!
#54
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Takashi on May 18, 2016, 04:48:26 pm
Good Luck Sir!

I know I will be following your race and rooting for you all the way.

Be safe!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on May 18, 2016, 04:55:13 pm
#54 , Joey Evans , you are on the start line , will be following you and holding thumps !
Lekker mr. Evans !
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on May 18, 2016, 05:19:31 pm
Also from ZA # 16 David Thomas
                    # 71 Walter Terblanche
From Bot       # 78 Vincent Crosbie

Joey , you have some maatjies from "here" !
Practice your Afrikaans there ! LOL
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Malibu on May 19, 2016, 07:50:27 am
Excitement building!  :)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rooi Wolf on May 19, 2016, 09:20:09 am
Go boytjie!!

All the best and keep that finish line in sight.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Would someone be able to post a link to the Merzouga to be able to follow..?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1190 on May 19, 2016, 11:03:18 am
http://www.afriquiamerzougarally.com/en/ (http://www.afriquiamerzougarally.com/en/)

Looks like Marc Coma is giving a workshop at the rally !

Newsletter...

http://www.afriquiamerzougarally.com/en/newsletter-2/ (http://www.afriquiamerzougarally.com/en/newsletter-2/)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on May 19, 2016, 01:45:38 pm
Joey , saw your "CV" on ADV Rider-forum.
I hope you get some sponsor miles from it as well. You are fetching it !
Good luck !
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on May 20, 2016, 10:56:00 am
I love it that rider number 72, Junichi Kawamoto from Japan is riding an Italian Beta! What a great surname.


All the very best Joey, and to Walter, David and Vincent. Have a great race!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 20, 2016, 07:11:49 pm
Ok so 30 hours of travel ended up closer to 35. I only got an hour and a half of sleep in 45 hours. And the rally hasn't even started yet! 
So we arrived in Marrakesh but our transfer wasn't there. Vince and I sorted out our phones and managed to get hold of them after a while and a couple hours later were on the road. And thus started the scariest drive I've done in a long time. We were picked up by Yusef and Mohammed in an old Prado.  Yusef was driving and clearly had aspirations of being a WRC driver one day. The small issue of other drivers being on the road was not going to stand in the way of his destiny. Mohammed for all I know was just there to fill the empty seat and jabbered away in Arabic on his cellphone most if the time. The road was really narrow and winded through the Atlas Mountains. Yusef was flat out passing on solid line blind corners, missing trucks and busses by millimeters and driving so close to the back of guys I could read the washing instructions on their shirts. It was insane. I was feeling seriously car sick no doubt the altitude and of lack of sleep didn't help. I went a nice light shade of green and we pulled over twice as I was about to chunder but I managed to keep the cookies in the jar.
By no small mirical we arrived alive at the hotel at 1am. We hit the sack and were gone.
This morning we woke up to an incredibly beautiful Moroccan hotel right on the edge of the mighty Sahara desert. The dunes are right outside the door and they are massive. Some of the riders were testing bikes today but we just took it easy as our team only arrives tonight. We did meet up with Walter Terblance and his team, really cool guy and his team are awesome too. We chilled and chatted with them for a couple hours about Dakar, racing and life in general. They have a great rig complete with aircon bedroom for the riders, fridge, freezer, washing machine, toilet and shower. I think I want one! 
Vince and I had a swim and basically just chilling now in anticipation of the madness to soon follow.
The other teams are all slowly arriving now.

Thanks for the continuing support guys, chat soon.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Geel Kat on May 20, 2016, 07:30:45 pm
Joey, give it your best.

WTF am I saying, we know you will give it your best and much more.

Have fun  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 22, 2016, 06:32:57 am
Did some training with Mark Coma on reading dunes today.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 22, 2016, 06:48:10 am
Sorry guys the wifi is super slow and there's no cell coverage here making it very difficult to post.

Mark Coma did a workshop on Dune riding yesterday. The different types of dunes, how to read them, body position and things like that. Pretty cool. It was in Spanish, then translated to English and French. The language barrier can be a big problem. The majority of people can't speak English here including my Machanic, Christophe.
I also went out with Vince to do a bit of testing in the dunes at about 1pm. Man, it's so difficult to see when it's up or down or off camber. Every thing is the same colour and it just blends in. I can't even judge my speed!  They tell me it's easier in the mornings. I really hope so.

Today we do about a 40 km shakedown loop followed by a short super special to determine starting order for the first real rally stage on Monday.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 22, 2016, 06:51:30 am
Gonna try send some pics again.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 22, 2016, 06:54:10 am
Numbers on.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 22, 2016, 11:53:32 pm
Prologue don and dusted. 51st out of 102. So all good so far. Tomorrow it really starts. The wifi here is terrible now that all th teams have arrived. I will try to post pictures again but otherwise will catch you up when I get back. 👍
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: B.V. on May 23, 2016, 06:44:58 am
Numbers on.

 :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 23, 2016, 10:04:07 pm
Go Joey!

He finished SS 1 without any reported issues :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 23, 2016, 10:25:19 pm
First stage

Today was the first real stage and it was really tough! There was lots of dunes and the navigation was on a whole new level to what I've done. They seldom send you on paths or tracks the majority is just a compass heading and a distance. Naturally you can't ride as the crow flys so you end up zigzagging through obstacles (dunes, dongas, washouts, etc) and so your distance is out as well. Really challenging.

I chose to ride it slower and navigate 100%. It worked well as I hit every waypoint today but tons of guys past me. A good strategy I think as 11 riders (of 102 total) dropped out today. 5 of them with injury. On guy on our team broke his shoulder and was airlifted. No one too serious but mostly broken bones.

I drank my full 3L camelback by the 60km mark with the next chance of a refill at the 120km checkpoint. I was super worried as it was 45deg today and dehydration was a real concern. At about kilometer 70 there was another rider that had crashed and there were 2 choppers on the scene. Marc Coma was in the scene and I asked him for some water. They gave me another 3L that really saved me today. I'm gonna carry a lot more tomorrow.

Later there was some really big dunes and I struggled in the midday sun. I went over the the top of one and it was super soft the front wheel just vanished and I went over the bars. Hit my head and rang my bell good and proper. But I got the bike up after a few minutes and composed myself and carried on. I had to pick the bike up a number of times in the dunes today, it really drains you. I need to work on that big time.

I also stopped and helped riders twice that had run out of fuel. I had plenty and no one else was stopping so that cost me a bit of time and positions but not fussed about that.

The provisional results came out and I was 84th but then they posted the penalties for missing waypoints and I've moved up to 70th.

A finish today makes it a good day all in all but lots of lessons learnt and lots to still learn.
Need to raise my game big time if Dakar is to be a reality.

Long day ahead tomorrow with more dunes and dry river beds.

Thanks for the support guys as always. 👍
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 23, 2016, 10:55:56 pm
Flipping awesome Joey.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Dont push too hard, 70th is excellent for your first dune stage. Rather finish the day. You will see even if you finish 70th every day you will find your self in the top 20-30.

The knock on the noggin is a good warning - sand is flipping hard when you crash. If you are confident, push in the morning but with caution, but never when the sun is high.

The tracks do help a little with reading the sand. :thumleft:

I'm gonna stop lecturing now ::) , I'm just worrying, and faffing but am a totally stoked fan!! :laughing7:  :lamer:

Enjoy it jou yster! :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: seankriel on May 24, 2016, 08:00:10 am
Well done Joey!!

Keep the navigation up and you will climb the ladder slowly. Most of all enjoy each moment! That is the reason you doing it!

Strong's for stage 2!! We keeping a eye on you!

 :thumleft:
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Post by: gser on May 24, 2016, 08:12:26 am
Sand much firmer in the morning , becomes more lose as the day temp progressively rises , agree with BB.
Your nav skills especially in the northern hemisphere  where the shadows are on the "wrong" side is impressive Joey ! especially when coming from the southern hemisphere for the fist time.
Looking forward to hear from you again later today.
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Post by: Black_Hawk on May 24, 2016, 08:16:41 am
Well done Joey  :thumleft:
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Post by: gser on May 24, 2016, 08:29:23 am
Sorry guys , my pc and service provider did not talk well together.
Sorry !
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Post by: Rokie on May 24, 2016, 03:09:24 pm
Go Joey!!!!!!!

Rooting for you, big time!!! Well done on the first dune stage. Absorb the learnings and just give us more of the same - focus, flow, finish.
  :wav:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rokie on May 24, 2016, 04:41:49 pm
Looks like he nailed today!
Well done Joey!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on May 26, 2016, 09:55:39 pm
 So much to tell so little time each night. I've taken down some notes and will fill you in properly once I'm back.
End of day five with one last stage to go tomorrow. Hit every waypoint every day so super stoked with that. Dunes are much easier in the morning but camel grass sucks all day and is my new enemy. Rocky climbs are cool as a lot of guys struggle in them so make up some time there. Plenty guys injured, one guy on our team broke his shoulder on day 2 another one out with back issues. One guy I was chatting to from the UK a couple nights ago broke his pelvis the next day. The speeds and terrain are insane. So easy to have a big off. The country is incredible and the marathon bivouac was up in the Atlas Mountains, we got there and an insane track up the sheer mountain face.  Super narrow with no edge. Inches from death the whole way.
So much to tell will give you the whole story soon. Promise.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 26, 2016, 11:50:24 pm
Fantastic stuff Joey. All the best for your finishing push! :ricky:
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Post by: BFG on May 27, 2016, 12:02:09 pm
I've only just seen this thread and read through it.

You are an inspiration to all of us.
Fantastic going, over coming the challenges and getting to where you are today.

Huge Respect :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 27, 2016, 12:05:04 pm
Well done Joey  :thumleft:

You are proot that "where there is a will....there is a way"

Respect  :notworthy: and good luck  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 27, 2016, 11:56:55 pm
Joey:  YOU BISCUIT!! :notworthy: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

What a brilliant achievement.

I really, really hope to get to ride with you a little this year. :deal:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: seankriel on May 30, 2016, 08:34:27 am
So much to tell so little time each night. I've taken down some notes and will fill you in properly once I'm back.
End of day five with one last stage to go tomorrow. Hit every waypoint every day so super stoked with that. Dunes are much easier in the morning but camel grass sucks all day and is my new enemy. Rocky climbs are cool as a lot of guys struggle in them so make up some time there. Plenty guys injured, one guy on our team broke his shoulder on day 2 another one out with back issues. One guy I was chatting to from the UK a couple nights ago broke his pelvis the next day. The speeds and terrain are insane. So easy to have a big off. The country is incredible and the marathon bivouac was up in the Atlas Mountains, we got there and an insane track up the sheer mountain face.  Super narrow with no edge. Inches from death the whole way.
So much to tell will give you the whole story soon. Promise.

Super Joey!! Congrats!!

Can we expect a in person ride report/presentation soon?

That would be fantastic!!!!
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Post by: SteveD on May 30, 2016, 09:13:06 am
Super Joey!! Congrats!!
Can we expect a in person ride report/presentation soon?
That would be fantastic!!!!

Meet bike, meet rider, give rider lots of money, that kind of report/presentation.
I like it.
 :sip:
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Post by: SteveD on May 31, 2016, 07:50:49 am
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Post by: Black_Hawk on May 31, 2016, 08:46:13 am
Welldone and CONGRATULATIONS  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Black_Hawk on May 31, 2016, 08:47:48 am
Well done and CONGRATULATIONS  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 31, 2016, 08:54:22 am
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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rowdy on May 31, 2016, 09:27:29 am
Awesome stuff Joey. Congrats and best of luck with the Dakar preparation.
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Post by: gser on May 31, 2016, 03:36:55 pm
Lekker Joey !
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Post by: LoopSoosStroop on June 02, 2016, 11:55:22 am
Congrats, great work!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on June 02, 2016, 04:22:45 pm
OK boys ride report as promised......pictures to follow shortly!

Merzouga Rally, Morocco, it sounded really cool and exotic. What an opportunity to be there and race it I thought. The reality is it's a few days till the start and suddenly all the excitement and hype turns into nerves and a general feeling of "What have I got myself in for?", "What have I forgotten?" And "Can I actually do this?" Up to this point it's been all about flights, medical tests, international licences, transfers, booking iritracks, hotels, service packages and bike rentals. Now all that is about to turn into dunes, mountains, roadbooks, cap headings and triple cautions. It's go time now! With my goal of racing in the Dakar Rally come January, I needed to finish the Pro class to qualify and ensure my entry would be accepted. A lot was riding on this race and I could feel the pressure.

Vincent Crosbie from Botswana and I took a racing package with bike hire from Nomade Racing from France. We met up at OR Thambo and headed out to Frankfurt and on to Marrakesh. We arrived in Marrakesh to find our transfer wasn't there. Vince and I sorted out our phones and managed to get hold of them after a while, and a couple hours later were on the road. And thus started the scariest drive I've done in a long time. We were picked up by Yusef and Mohammed in an old beat up Toyoto Prado.  Yusef was driving and clearly had aspirations of being a WRC driver one day. The small issue of other drivers being on the road was not going to stand in the way of his glorious destiny. Mohammed for all I know was just there to fill the empty seat and jabbered away in Arabic on his cellphone most of the time. The road was really tight and narrow winding its way through the Atlas Mountains. Yusef was flat out passing on solid line blind corners, missing trucks and busses by millimeters and driving so close to the back of guys I could read the washing instructions on their shirts. The poor guys on scooters were just about scurrying to get out of his way. It was insane! I was feeling seriously car sick no doubt the altitude and of lack of sleep didn't help. I went a nice light shade of green and we pulled over twice as I was about to chunder, but I somehow managed to keep the cookies in the jar. And so 30 hours of expected travel ended up closer to 35 and I only got about an hour and a half of sleep in 45 hours. And the rally hadn't even started yet!

By no small miracle we arrived alive at the hotel it the pitch black at 1am. We hit the sack and were gone.

The next morning we woke up to an incredibly beautiful Moroccan hotel right on the edge of the mighty Sahara desert. The dunes are right outside the door and are massive. Some of the riders were testing bikes but we just took it easy as our team was only arriving later that night. We did meet up with Walter Terblance another South African rider from Cape Town and his team, really cool guy and his team are awesome too. We chilled and chatted with them for a couple of hours about Rally racing, our lives and why the Dakar needs to come to Southern Africa. Their team has a great rig complete with aircon bedroom for the riders, fridge, freezer, washing machine, toilet, shower and all sorts of extras. I think I want one! 

Vince and I had a swim and basically just chilled out in anticipation of the madness soon to follow. The teams all slowly started arriving as the day closed, setting up their trucks and pit awnings. Things were getting exciting! The Nomade team arrived just before dusk and I got my first glimpse of my race bike. The KTM 450 Rally Replica, a little intimidating to say the least.

The next day was filled with registration and scrutineering, and this was a big undertaking and very strict. You would move from one table to another getting all the clearance stamps and training classes on the ERTF GPS system as well as the safety tracking system. It took several hours to complete and was a lot to take in. Once the race started though I really realized how important all that safety stuff was!

The next day was the first day of six race days. They started out giving us a compulsory practice loop of about 45km to get the hang of the roadbook and equipment, then in the evening we had the first racing special to determine the starting order for the next day. It was a short loop through the desert dunes. I ended up about mid pack which suited my plans perfectly. Then there was riders briefing, collecting and marking our roadbooks, filling our camelbacks and try to get some sleep.


First stage

Today was the first real stage and it was super tough! There was lots of dunes and the navigation was on a whole new level to what I've done. They seldom send you on paths or tracks the majority is just a compass heading and a distance. Naturally you can't ride as the crow flies so you end up zigzagging through obstacles (dunes, dongas, washouts, etc) and so your distance is out as well. Really challenging.

I chose to ride it slower and navigate 100%. It worked well as I hit every waypoint today but tons of guys past me. A good strategy I think as 11 riders (of about 120 total) are out of the race already today. 5 of them with injuries. One guy on our team broke his shoulder and was airlifted. No one too serious but mostly broken bones.

I drank my full 3L camelback by the 60km mark with the next chance of a refill at the 120km checkpoint. I was super worried as it was 45C today and dehydration was a real concern. At about kilometer 70 there was another rider that had crashed and there were 2 choppers on the scene. Marc Coma was at the scene and I asked him for some water. They gave me another 3L and that really saved me. I carried even more the days after that.

Later there was some really big dunes and I struggled in the midday sun. Man, it's so difficult to see when it's up or down or off camber. Every thing is the same colour and it just blends in. I couldn't even judge my speed!  I went over the the top of one of the dunes and it was super soft, the front wheel just vanished and I went over the bars. Hit my head and rang my bell good and proper. After a few minutes I composed myself and  managed to get the bike up and carried on. I had to pick the bike up a number of times in the dunes, it really drains you. I need to work on that big time. I dropped it once just as I got over the top of a dune. A rider behind me came over the blind rise and went right over my bike. It's easy to see how quick you can get injured in these conditions. Just glad it wasn't some crazy Russian in a truck!

I also stopped and helped riders twice that had run out of fuel. I had plenty and no one else was stopping so that cost me a bit of time and positions but I wasn't fussed about. It helped me stay out of the red mist and focus on the finish.
The provisional results came out and I was 84th but then they posted the penalties for missing waypoints and I'd moved up to 70th. I was happy with that but I had taken big strain in the dunes and felt out of my depth. I could hear the voice of doubt creeping in and it took a lot to shut it up, stay positive and focus on the goal.
A finish today makes it a good day all in all but lots of lessons learnt and lots to still learn. Need to raise my game big time if Dakar is to be a reality.

Second stage

The second stage started with a 30km dune section. I was starting to get the hang of dunes a bit better now and thankfully was dropping the bike a lot less. The challenge was that you had to standup get on the gas and ride them with purpose, hitting them at an angle and getting the speed at the top just perfect. This was worse than racing a sand motocross track and just sapped your energy. So I would ride hard for a couple km's stop on top of a dune for a few seconds get my breath back and shake my arms out a couple times and go again. This worked well with less mistakes and so used much less energy. I came across another rider in the middle of the dunes that was struggling, he was vomiting and hadn't even been able to get his helmet off in time, not pretty. I stayed with him for a minute till he gave me the thumbs up and I was off. As a matter of interest he went on to finish the whole rally, these guys are tough! They say strawberry yoghurt is good if you're vomiting, it doesn't stop it, just makes it taste better:)

The day was long and there were plenty dry riverbeds and smaller dunes, some were hard and others soft as powder. I hit one expecting to ride right over but my entire front wheel just disappeared and I did a perfect scorpion. I think I even had boot marks on the back of my helmet. I was in the sand and my bike perfectly upright with sand up to the top of the wheels. A fight to the death later and I had the bike out and on my way. While getting the bike out though I noticed my race number was coming off the side. It turned out my rear tank had a crack and was leaking petrol. I ran the back tank from then on to get the level low. I managed to nurse it through the day to the finish and cross off one more day.

Third stage

Today was the start of the marathon stage. Two days sleeping in a remote location with no back up service. To top things off they didn't have a spare rear tank so my machanic had tried to fix it with putty and then duct tape. I could carry about 8 liters before it reached the hole and I had another 14 in the front so should be good. I think we both new the patch wouldn't last but it was the best of a bad situation.
That morning was very difficult to eat breakfast.  It was just before 5am and I knew I had to get I down as I needed the energy but I really fought each mouthful down. Then at first light I was racing again. There was a lot of broken dunes today the type where one side is very soft and near vertical, it made riding them very difficult and physically taxing. The day was a challenge and Walter had a big crash and was in survival mode so we hooked up together for a lot of the day. At one point my gps lit up with the arrow to the next waypoint and I followed it down a canyon until I was about 200m away only to realize it was just over the canyon wall in the next one over. I was tired and the thought of heading back out through the broken dunes again for a couple km's to get to the next canyon over was the last thing I wanted to do. I looked at the steep rocky wall and with a decent run up I new I could get up. I started a run up but at the last minute pulled out. What am I thinking!! It was a massive risk I was taking and if I was just a meter short my bike would fall all the way down and be destroyed ending my race. So I put on my big girl pants and rode back through the dunes and to the next canyon over. Once I got there I realized even if I had made it up the other side that this side was a sheer cliff and I would have ended up there with no way down! Lesson learnt, don't take unnecessary risks!

The weather was incredibly hot hitting 45C and the wind was blowing a massive sandstorm like a hair dryer in your face. There were already a couple of riders that had been airlifted and by the time I got to checkpoint 3 of 4 the race section had been neutralized. The riders before checkpoint 2 were sent on the road to the marathon bivouac but from 3 onwards we had to ride out the whole stage and the liaison. It worked out well though as I got plenty more navigation training in and it pushed me physically. I had a terrible nosebleed at the start of the liaison that just wouldn't stop. I think I was just so hot. Eventually I rode on with a face plugged up with tissue.

I arrived back at the marathon bivouac at just before 8:30pm just in time for riders briefing. The final climb up to the bivouac was insane. A small track zigzagging its way up the sheer rock face up the Atlas mountains, it was like something from those worlds most dangerous roads programs. The bivouac was spectacular with a massive tented camp set out with carpets all over. What a location, it felt incredible to be there, the kind of place that just feeds your soul. But I had a lot to do so I got about preparing my bike, eating supper, marking my roadbook and making all the changes, took a shower and off to bed by about 11pm.

Stage Four

I woke up to find an extra rider in the tent who had arrived at nearly midnight. He was practically still in his kit. He had obviously just stumbled in and slept. Well it was 4:30 am and time to get up so up I got forced down breakfast again, kitted up and was ready to go with 15 min before my start time. I just had to load my roadbook. But it was nowhere to be found, I searched every where, you've got to be kidding, I spent well over an hour on it the previous night! Eventually I accepted the fact it was gone and rushed to the organizers to beg for a new one. They issued me another but there was more than 20 changes that had to be made. I did as many as I could in the last 5 minutes I had. Shoved it in my bag and made my departure time. Once I had started I pulled over and loaded it all in and made the important changes from the photos I had taken on my phone from the competitors notice board. No time for highlighters today, I was off.

The day was a good one for me as I think I focused a lot more on the navigation knowing that my roadbook wasn't marked up properly. I hit every waypoint in a section where guys were crisscrossing all over trying to get on the right track. Camel grass and I became better friends but fesh fesh and I still have some issues to sort out. At one of the check points where we got fuel I asked the guy to only add 2 liters in the back tank but before I realized he had filled it right to the top. The patch wasn't leaking so I just rode on. However just a couple km's later I could smell petrol and my leg kept spasming like it does when there is pain on the skin and then my leg started hurting something terrible. I stopped and my leg and boot was completely soaked in petrol as well as my whole seat, it was just trickling out the side of the tank now. I let it run out a bit on the side and then carried on making sure to stand the whole time. I got through the day and at the end my leg was pretty raw and all black from the colour of my pants. But the day was in the bag and the box ticked off so I didn't mind. In spite of a couple hectic rocky climbs towards the end.

Something that really struck me today was how the people live so simply, working their small patches of land and transporting their crops on small donkeys, living in small houses but somehow content with what they had. It certainly seems the better way to live.

Final day

Today was about 90km of liaison and a special that was basically a crazy mass start with 75km through the dunes. If you want to feel adrenalin then line up with 70 guys and stare at a 30 second board. It was awesome! The flare went off and the mayhem began. Just before the start an older rider from Austria said to me "you can die out there today, not much to gain and everything to lose". He was right. I kept to the right of the main pack but saw some nasty spills and there was a number of guys that threw away a finish on the last day. One SSV had a big crash basically writing the vehicle off.

I had a much better day in the dunes riding with more confidence. I would like to say I never dropped the bike but it happened about 5 or 6 times. There was one section were I was behind an SSV for a while and that was some of the best riding I've done in my life. Well up until one dune that had a nasty kink on the face up it. I was behind the SSV and we both ran out of momentum. We both stopped and he started coming down backwards right for me. I dived off to the side shouting for him to stop, he rode right over my wheels and got a bit tangled in my bike. Unable to communicate with the language barrier there was a lot of sign language to move back a little at a time while I dragged the bike out from under the car.  All good though no damage in the soft sand and after a big heave ho the bike was up and I was off again.

Words can't describe how it felt coming down the final stretch and on to the podium with Marc Coma at the finish. This had been a crazy adventure and now secured my place at the 2017 Dakar Rally. I had goosebumps the size of sand dunes.

But only now the real hard work starts.

LETS DO THIS!!!

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: africanSky on June 02, 2016, 04:41:48 pm
Amazing  :thumleft:
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Post by: T9ER on June 02, 2016, 04:56:08 pm
Ok let's try post some pics
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Post by: gser on June 02, 2016, 05:03:35 pm
Lekker Joey.
Did you enter Amageza 2016 ?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on June 02, 2016, 05:08:15 pm
Yep, Amageza entered :thumleft:
It will be my last big training ride before Dakar. I will be taking it easy though as I can't afford any injuries.


Changes like this are just posted on the notice board. They aren't even mentioned in riders briefing. It's your job to check often and see it. I kept my phone with me all the time and took photos. Very handy. 👍
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Post by: Crossed-up on June 02, 2016, 09:17:56 pm
Awesome is a silly little word here. Well done Joey! We're all so proud of you.
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Post by: Rynet on June 03, 2016, 05:54:37 am
Respect Joey to you.  :thumleft:

Been following the Mezourka Rally and now here as well ,  your story is really remarkable ,  this is the first time I got the full story and really enjoyed it and was inspired by your bravery , strength and courage and most of all , your humility . :thumleft:

We went through a similar upset with my brother and I can so relate to the pain and the endless suffering before it starts getting better.

And look at you now , Amageza , Mezourka and next the Dakar . You really are a true inspiration . And such a nice person .  :3some:

All the best and we will follow you on social media and support you. Look forward to the rest :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 03, 2016, 09:25:14 am
Bliksem Joey, what an adventure!

Sounds like you totally nailed it: A problem-free rally, and you dealt with the dunes really well. How was the Nomad team & service?

Looking at the last 5-6 Dakars, the stages are obviously a lot longer, but on most stages there are much less dunes, more riverbeds, single & fast double track and a lot more fesh fesh.

One exception: If Peru is on the menu, then expect at least 2-3 more stages of pure, huge, huge dunes.

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Post by: Bazinga on June 03, 2016, 10:17:16 am
very well done Sir!!!
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Post by: T9ER on June 03, 2016, 11:56:24 am
Thanks for the support as always guys.

Nomade racing were very good. The bike was well prepared, Manu and his partner Angel are great people and very accommodating. The language thing was a challenge as my mechanic couldn't speak a word of English, also leading up to the race the communication was sparse. I guess having done it a bunch of times they assume a lot of things, whereas I had a lot of unanswered questions, like do I need my own tools for on the bike? and do they give me some spares to carry like spark plug and injectors? also can I have a test ride before the race starts? When I got there they helped me out with all that stuff but it was difficult going there mostly blind as to exact arrangements.
I would recommend them as far as support goes, but communication was a challenge.
If anyone wants to do it next year they are welcome to call me for any advice or any questions I might be able to assist with.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: SteveD on June 03, 2016, 12:09:07 pm
Hmm, so who are you planning on using at Dakar? Joey and Joey Pty Ltd, Malle Moto, or a support team?
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Post by: T9ER on June 03, 2016, 12:43:30 pm
Hmmmmm, Joey and Joey has a nice ring to it. Seriously though they don't let you go Malle Moto your first time and I can see why. A good team is invaluable, these guys know the drill, have connections with the factory teams for advice, inside info and even preferential spares when there's a shortage (think salt pans).
Also you need someone to prep your bike properly, all the teams I spoke to recon you need 30-35 hours to get a brand new KTM450RR ready to actually race. They do all sorts of little mods of stuff they have learnt over the years that potentially can go wrong. Any of which can be a race ender. Naturally you also want someone working on the bike each night that knows the 450RR inside out and understands the toll Dakar takes on a bike. These guys also give you a heads up on any changes to start times, roadbook changes, how much fuel to carry, what to watch out for and all sorts of stuff that only experience can buy.
At the moment I have my heart set on going with the same Dutch team as Walter. Walter and I got on really well and the team seems very jacked up and speak good English. Bart the team boss and I got on great as well and I like their focus on bike and rider with their own toilet, shower and sleeping quarters on the truck as well as they make a lot of their own meals saving you time and energy in the bivouac. The mechanics also speak English and you could see they really knew there stuff. Walter has been very happy with them too that's always good to have a referral. Its looking like Vince will be with Nomade again which is a good call as they are very jacked up too and he would be their top rider and his third rally with the team. They know each other well and he's been to Dakar before as a mechanic so needs a lot less babying than me.
It seems most teams prices are similar so no real saving one way or another. You pick the guys you gel with and who would give you your best chance of a finish. I walked the pits a lot and asked tons of questions which was great to have that opportunity to do while in morocco.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 03, 2016, 01:09:27 pm
Joey, you are spot on about the support. :thumleft:

Having spent a couple of days in Dakar bivouacs, I can tell you that generally they are quite shitty places; they are so huge it can take 15 minutes just to get to the showers/mess tent from where you might be camped. There are also a couple of thousand people using the ablutions so the porta toilets get very, very mank very, very quickly.  So having your own setup with showers toilet etc and a place to sleep is invaluable.

Malle moto Dakar is really for the veterans only, and they at least have the advantage of being situated close to everything. But those guys are super hard-core. Still not quite sure how they manage it.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: SteveD on June 03, 2016, 03:35:12 pm
Is that the Dutch Bart with the crowd that Darryl Curtis, Neil Scott-Williams, Iain Stevenson and Grag Raaff used in 2012, Memo Tours?
I like that idea, a lot. Bart fed us with loads of info during the 2012 race.
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Post by: Rossdog on June 04, 2016, 04:16:00 pm
Joey, I see Glen Foley got your pic all muddled up in the latest Dirt & Trail magazine  :biggrin:
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Post by: gser on June 04, 2016, 06:55:46 pm
Also from ZA # 16 David Thomas
                    # 71 Walter Terblanche
From Bot       # 78 Vincent Crosbie

Joey , you have some maatjies from "here" !
Practice your Afrikaans there ! LOL
Did  you  pick up some words out there ?

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Post by: lj111 on June 04, 2016, 08:30:26 pm
very well done Sir!!!

+10000 :thumleft:
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Post by: T9ER on June 05, 2016, 09:38:11 am
Is that the Dutch Bart with the crowd that Darryl Curtis, Neil Scott-Williams, Iain Stevenson and Grag Raaff used in 2012, Memo Tours?
I like that idea, a lot. Bart fed us with loads of info during the 2012 race.

I don't know if it's the same guy. It is a different team to Memo though. I realized at Merzouga that it takes time and effort to send pics and keep everyone up to date while on the Rally. With intermittent and slow wifi made it even harder. For Dakar I'm going to need a better plan. I'm thinking maybe a voice note that I send to my wife and she types it out and posts it all over. I really want everyone to be able to follow but I'm gonna need all my energy and focus on the race in order to finish. It doesn't help if everyone know exactly what's happening and feels part of it until day 2 when I go out with lack of sleep😳😳!!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on June 05, 2016, 10:18:35 am
Joey, I see Glen Foley got your pic all muddled up in the latest Dirt & Trail magazine  :biggrin:

Haha, just saw that. I scored some hair and look really fit. On the AbuDhabi podium as well! Suits me fine👍  David must be peed!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Ross Riddle on June 06, 2016, 02:33:26 pm
Keep up the Good work.
Looking forward to reading all about it. Bleak that i am not going to be able to do Moz with you and the rest of the crew.
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Post by: Kortbroek on June 06, 2016, 03:57:58 pm
Joey's interview with Gareth Cliff today
http://cliffcentral.com/the-leadership-platform/leader-interview-sponsored-sibanye-gold-6-6-16/ (http://cliffcentral.com/the-leadership-platform/leader-interview-sponsored-sibanye-gold-6-6-16/)

Lekker Joey :thumleft:
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Post by: T9ER on June 21, 2016, 01:09:20 pm
Just got back from a good training ride with Dallie from Pongola and the Subtech guys. We were up in Mozambique for 5 days rode lots of sand and riverbeds. I rode Mark's 450RR and he rode my 500 so was great training fighting the big beast through the sand.
I also sent in my Dakar entry and paid the deposit yesterday so we are all go for 2017!! Pretty unimpressive CV but after finishing Merzouga they have to take me! :deal:
I have a question for you guys, it was asked me by one of the guys helping me with possible sponsors. How many South Africans have finished the Dakar on a bike? I'll write who I know of, if you know of any others just pop them on the list. Thanks :thumleft:

Greg Raaf
Alfie Cox
Brett Cummings
Riaan van Niekerk
Darryl Curtis
Albert Hintenaus
Kobus Potgieter
Tom Claasen
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Post by: windswept on June 21, 2016, 01:52:43 pm
Do a T-shirt and cap thing and I reckon the WD will lap it up. :thumleft:
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Post by: nielvn on June 21, 2016, 08:50:15 pm
What a read, well done.... :thumleft:
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Post by: T9ER on June 26, 2016, 06:26:47 pm
Thanks for the support guys :thumleft:
Please remember if you would like to support me and put your name on my bike check out my website and follow the link to donate. Anything is really appreciated.  fromparatodakar.co.za

A couple pics from Mozambique.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 27, 2016, 08:26:50 am
That Mozambique riding looks fantastic Joey. Who did you ride with?

I think you have most of the recent South African Dakar finishers apart from Elmer Symons. Although he did not finish due to a fatal crash on the 9 January 2007 in north Africa, many riders that year rode with him on their sleeve to the finish.

I never met him but he was a really fantastic chap and great rider by all accounts. Here is a link to his memory (http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/death-of-elmer-symons.195151/) by family, friends and rally guys.

Your call but I think it might be fitting to include his name?

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: tehdutchie on June 27, 2016, 05:24:45 pm


I don't know if it's the same guy. It is a different team to Memo though.

Bart vd Velden and Memo are indeed not aligned. Memo started years ago but Bennie from Memo is not much more then a glorified truck drive imho.

Bart has been prepping bikes for the Bas Dakar team (a group of friends sponsored by Bas Trucks) for a few years now (Superman went with them in 2016 so can probably fill in the gaps), as the guys who run Bas Trucks have deceided to stop as major sponsors, Bart was able to take over the infra and keep the team going.

Bart runs a small little bike shop and has done quite a few bigger and smaller events by now as the major technical guy;
http://www.veldenmotoren.nl/ (http://www.veldenmotoren.nl/)
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 28, 2016, 07:55:04 am
tehdutchie, by the looks of the website, they certainly are kickass team,  with a great record. 100% of riders finished the Dakar in 2016. :thumleft:
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Post by: gser on June 28, 2016, 08:15:15 am
tehdutchie, by the looks of the website, they certainly are kickass team,  with a great record. 100% of riders finished the Dakar in 2016. :thumleft:
Agree !
Good luck !
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Post by: Rynet on June 29, 2016, 07:39:03 am
Thanks for the support guys :thumleft:
Please remember if you would like to support me and put your name on my bike check out my website and follow the link to donate. Anything is really appreciated.  fromparatodakar.co.za

A couple pics from Mozambique.

Awesome Joey, lekker photos and updates , thanks for sharing .  :thumleft:

You are certainly getting in your mileage for the Dakar .  :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on July 21, 2016, 09:45:14 pm
It's officially the most exciting and yet the most daunting letter I've ever received. No going back now, it's go time.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rooi Wolf on July 21, 2016, 11:49:32 pm
Well, congrats on the achievement of enterring. Good luck with the next 5 months' prep and planning.

There certainly is a good few dogs behind you in full support.
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Post by: evansv on July 22, 2016, 03:31:17 am
What a great read!! All the best Joey & give it horns :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Ganjora on July 22, 2016, 03:49:25 am
where can i buy the t-shirt?
congratulations!
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Post by: Ross Riddle on July 22, 2016, 05:38:45 am
Holy crap!
I have butterflies for you Joey!!!! Looking forward to reading about all the build up and prep. See you at the Pongola 500.
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Post by: gser on July 22, 2016, 06:53:10 am
Well done Joey !
Dis mooi !
The Amageza 2016 will be shake down/ test event for you ?
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Post by: BFG on July 22, 2016, 07:18:56 am
where can i buy the t-shirt?
congratulations!
+1
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Post by: Grolls on July 22, 2016, 07:44:49 am
where can i buy the t-shirt?
congratulations!
+1
+2

.....gees BFG post a selfie - forgotten what you look like  :imaposer:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rokie on July 22, 2016, 08:43:44 am
Holy crap!
I have butterflies for you Joey!!!! 
+1

one of the best parts of that letter is Marc Coma's signature!!
Awesome stuff Joey!!
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Post by: Motties on July 22, 2016, 08:47:53 am
Congrats Joey, will be rooting for you all the way!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on July 22, 2016, 09:01:11 am
Well done and congrats Joey  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on July 25, 2016, 09:33:07 pm
As always thanks for the support guys. My plan is to make some shirts and buffs up in a few weeks. I'm trying to get my kit sponsors sorted and a couple others so I can add them on the shirt to give them some good mileage.
I had a meeting with the ZA Biker guys today again. They love the story and are pulling out all the stops to help me get to the start line. They have managed to get me a free video shoot kindly sponsored by Paul and Tebz. I'm not sure of the company name but will post it once I know. They are also planning a page on their site for me and are super keen on driving the whole name on the bike thing that fellow bikers can "join me" on my Dakar dream. The video will give me something to send to possible sponsors and also to help promote my fund raising efforts.
I feel like I'm trying to fulfill two goals right now. Firstly - Getting to the start (fundraising, websites, sponsors, planning, payments, etc) and Secondly - Getting to the finish (gym, diet, physio, riding, racing, etc). It's such a balancing act as both are equally important. I feel at the moment that my "get to the finish" plans are running behind so I plan to focus more on riding and training in the next few weeks.

From a bike point of view I have ordered a new KTM 450 RR that will be sent direct to my team in Holland. They will prep it and fit all the nav stuff and get it on the ship for Dakar. I have my RR here but it wasn't worth the money to ship it over, so instead I will ride it for a couple months here and do Amageza on it then sell it in December and use the money to pay towards the other one there. I also met with Francois and Len from Raceworx KTM to ask for some workshop help. Basically I would like them to help me with learning the bikes in and outs. I want to be a pro at knowing the bikes electrical and mechanical set up. If I have any problems out on the track I want to have the best possible chance at sorting it out and getting to the finish. The Raceworx guys are more than happy to help and are keen to do even more and are behind me all the way.
Kit wise Henderson racing have said they are keen to help and I've sent him a list that I just need to follow up on. I've also approached a possible helmet sponsor that I need to finalize.

One of my fundraising plans is to put them name of everyone who helps me with a donation on the bike at Dakar. You can get the details on my site at fromparatodakar.co.za. A BIG thanks must go out to Alex RG for the awesome donation as well as Gerrit and his family, Greg Raaff and Johan Botha for their more than generous donations. Really appreciate it guys. Your names will all be on the bike at Dakar. A big thanks to Subtech for the corporate sponsor too that will go on the screen of the bike. Still lots of space if anyone is keen to get their companies involved.  My email is Joey@fromparatodakar.co.za. Sorry for the shameless punt but I'm all in on this Dakar dream and need to do all I can.  ;)
I really appreciate all the support whether financial or just positive encouragement and a thumbs up, it's all good as not everyone has the means.

I'm also looking for guys in Gauteng keen on some rides in the week to get some training in. Just give me a shout. Zero 8 Three 4561122.
Cheers Joey.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: AlexRG on July 29, 2016, 05:19:55 pm
It's only a pleasure Joey!

Hope the other Wild Dogs can chip in some cash too :-)

You know where to find me for training rides and the verrryyy sandy MX track...

See you soon!
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 07, 2016, 05:30:34 pm
Flipping brilliant Joey! You have the right mental attitude that is for sure! Im keen to ride this week so I will likely give you a ring. :deal:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: evansv on August 08, 2016, 07:58:03 am
I'm in for a few T-shirts as well.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on August 08, 2016, 08:54:53 am
I'm in for a few T-shirts as well.

Dito !
. . . collect at the Amageza 2016 somewhere on the route ?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on August 17, 2016, 08:23:22 pm
Just did the GXCC race this last weekend. It was a good track and the organization is great. I got in 4 laps during the time limit about 164km. So it was some good training. I took it easy and stayed out of the dust. My main goal is to stay as injury free as possible. I've seen so many guys struggle with injuries leading up to Dakar with all the racing and time on the bike.
 I'm struggling a bit with my right elbow. It was the one I damaged when I hit the cow. I have a titanium anchor holding the tricep and I've developed a tennis elbow type deal. Basically six weeks rest would probably sort it out but that's not an option. So it's physio and Celebrex for now.
In light of the need for more riding in new places Im planning to meet up with Walter Terblance in Swaziland for a couple days training. Also planning to pull by Pongola at the same time and do a nice long route there.
I had a fantastic Pongola 500 a couple weeks ago, it was an awesome route and to top it off a bunch of the riders donated to my Dakar dream and adding their names on the bike. I used the rally bike, super stable at speed, but u struggled with the tight turns in soft sand. Gonna need to practice that and get much better before January. No doubt I will get lots of thick sand practice at Amageza.
I've also got my logo sorted for my Tshirts and stuff so getting them designed as we speak. I will have prices and designs before the end of the month.
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Post by: Geel Kat on August 17, 2016, 08:29:14 pm
 :thumleft:

enough said
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on August 18, 2016, 02:02:43 pm
Lekker  ! Joey !
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Malibu on August 18, 2016, 04:17:44 pm
Too cool!  :) 
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on August 21, 2016, 07:58:58 pm
Did a solo ride last week about 140km of Offroad type terrain and then a 2 day adventure ride over the weekend. Nothing too hectic but a nice ride with some good okes. Big thanks to Raceworx KTM for the loan of the bike!
This coming week I'm off to Swaziland for 2 days of riding with Walter. Then I hope to get some more I'm at Pongola for a day right afterwards. Still need to organize that one.
Also seeing the dietitian on Wednesday to get my program and start sorting out my overachievement in the carboloading department.
A couple pics from the weekend.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rokie on August 22, 2016, 08:13:26 am
Also seeing the dietitian on Wednesday to get my program and start sorting out my overachievement in the carboloading department.

Lekker Joey!! Rooting for you dude!!
I'll be in touch on your website for a T-shirt . . .
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on September 02, 2016, 04:25:18 pm
Had a great ride for a few days with Walter and Mike in Swaziland. Awesome guys both of them. Stoked to be on the same team with Walter at Dakar it's going to be good being with a mate. I also stopped by Pongola and had about an 80km Enduro type ride with Bruce Terblanche, another fantastic guy. Those guys are really spoilt for riding terrain out there. We had a good ride and he was patient with me on the hectic stuff. 
Just got a phone call from Riaan at KTM SA. I need to tell you guys that Riaan and Franziska from KTM SA have been super supportive of my whole Dakar dream and have gone above and beyond in helping me! They asked me what kit I still needed and would see if they can help with a couple items. I sent Riaan a very long list with cold and warm weather gear including 2 sets of boots. He has just come back to me saying they will support me with the WHOLE LIST!!!!! They are also putting me in contact with lots of guys helping me with publicity for my whole name on the bike fundraising thing. I cannot tell you guys all the stuff they have helped with.  So so impressed!!!
The ZA Biker guys have also helped me tons and we will have a short clip for social media out next week. They are also doing a worldwide press release to help me get publicity. So cool. So helpful!

As you guys know I'm raising funds by adding the names of anyone who donates onto the bike. So far I have about 40 names and raised nearly R60k. I'll be putting the names up (without amounts) on my website over the weekend along with the corporate sponsors I have so far and updating them weekly. The fund raising is a real challenge but how many guys have said they would love to do the Dakar if they had the money. I don't have it but the way I see it is it's part of the whole challenge. It's what makes the whole race nearly unachievable. It's not easy but it's not impossible. My goal is about R1.1m to cover the Dakar costs alone. So far with corporate and private I'm up to about R257 000 and all my kit sponsored. 122 days to go. Lots of money to still raise and 10kg to lose! Let's do this!!! Fortune favors the brave!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Ganjora on September 02, 2016, 05:16:30 pm
When can we buy tshirts and stuff?
If i missed a post please direct me.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on September 02, 2016, 09:01:40 pm
When can we buy tshirts and stuff?
If i missed a post please direct me.

Sorry bud still not yet, busy with it just with traveling a bit I haven't manage to finalize it all. The way it looks now I will be doing caps, Tshirts and buffs. Considering hoodies but they are really expensive. I got the proofs for the caps this week. They will be on black caps but the samples are white. They are fitted caps with the curve bill baseball style.
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Post by: Mooch on September 05, 2016, 10:22:05 am
Sub
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Post by: 0012 on September 05, 2016, 12:46:46 pm
awesome!

sub
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Post by: Tuareg on September 06, 2016, 05:49:08 pm
Subscribed.......
Good luck with the preparation & fund raising
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Antonie on September 08, 2016, 02:53:19 pm
SUB!!

you've got ghoons man!! Well done, really a big inspiration :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Minxy on September 14, 2016, 10:12:05 am
Save the date and come support Joey Evans in reaching his dream of racing in the Dakar rally, he is soooooooo close! With your help he can make it there :)
ADA will be hosting a fundraising day with fun routes, activities and challenges suited for everyone, including the big adventure bikes, as well as dirt bikes.  Even if you don't ride, come out and have fun spectating, there will be food and drinks available. The event will take place at ADA in Gauteng on Saturday the 29th of October. See you there!

Link to the event:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=199129.0;topicseen (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=199129.0;topicseen)

(https://s5.postimg.org/d0rufdat3/14289885_10153952019435875_8574307548673418656_o.jpg)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on September 14, 2016, 11:25:02 am
A&A will be there . . .
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Minxy on September 14, 2016, 01:19:00 pm
A&A will be there . . .

Fantastic :D
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on September 14, 2016, 06:25:20 pm
Thanks Minxy for the post on the fundraising day. It's really going to be good and I would really appreciate it if you guys would make the effort to come out and support it. I'll keep you updated on the plans but it will be for  the whole family with activities planned for all ages.

Training wise I've had a good week, I did a ride with Gerry of about 530km last Wednesday, a lot of it was Markdivers roadbook route as well a roadbook route done by Gerry. Then on Thursday afternoon I drove up to Gabarone and stayed over at Vincent Crosbie's place. The next day, Friday, we rode 420km offroad to Serowe on the rally bike. His good mate Heinie and his girlfriend Angelique transported our enduro bikes up there for us. On the Saturday we both raced the Mmabasi 200 national offroad. Vince took the win and I came 7th overall. It was a fantastic race with tons of soft sand and turns. Then on the Sunday we rode back another 400 odd km off road to Gabs and I drove home Sunday night. I won't lie I was pretty stuffed by the end of it but no doubt better off for doing it.

I've got some big bills to pay for Dakar this month so if any of you guys are keen to put your names on the bike now would be a great time :-[
The link is
https://eventrsvp.co.za/eventlogic/paylogic/pay.aspx?refno=dakar17

thanks guys, see you out there in the dust
cheers Joey

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on September 14, 2016, 07:59:36 pm
Joey

Man you got really big Cahoenas .... If you run they probably  go "Koedoe , Koedoe"  :spitcoffee:

If you cut of one ball you will probably loose the 10 Kg's you need to drop ... and if you sell one of those you probably will have your R1Mil ....  :lol8:

Good Luck

We will follow your progress

You are the MAN
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on September 14, 2016, 08:50:31 pm
Joey

Man you got really big Cahoenas .... If you run they probably  go "Koedoe , Koedoe"  :spitcoffee:

If you cut of one ball you will probably loose the 10 Kg's you need to drop ... and if you sell one of those you probably will have your R1Mil ....  :lol8:

Good Luck

We will follow your progress


You are the MAN

ha ha bud! My wife was reading over my shoulder when I was looking at your reply, she got a good laugh at that!

I just saw your donation come through as well, thanks so much, really generous of you! Really awesome support!
1ougat is on the bike :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on September 14, 2016, 09:06:41 pm
Joey

Man you got really big Cahoenas .... If you run they probably  go "Koedoe , Koedoe"  :spitcoffee:

If you cut of one ball you will probably loose the 10 Kg's you need to drop ... and if you sell one of those you probably will have your R1Mil ....  :lol8:

Good Luck

We will follow your progress


You are the MAN

ha ha bud! My wife was reading over my shoulder when I was looking at your reply, she got a good laugh at that!

I just saw your donation come through as well, thanks so much, really generous of you! Really awesome support!
1ougat is on the bike :thumleft: :ricky:

What you have done lifts my spirit.

So only a small bit of help .... and understanding funding of such an undertaking and the impact that it has on one's  life and family , to fulfil such dreams (I did the Cape to Rio in 2014 ) my contribution is just the someone standing on the side paying it forward ... people helped me and you will help people in the future ... because I am sure of one thing , you will not return the same person from this journey you are on than the person who set out on it ... we will be watching you ... now go and make it happen  :thumleft:
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Post by: Ventana on October 24, 2016, 12:09:00 pm
sub...... :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: TornadoF5 on October 26, 2016, 09:44:26 am
Shoe Joey what a read!
Bluebull2007 just told me about this thread this am and all I can muster up is, wow! Mind boggling what you have overcome and your story is such a great inspiration. thank you for sharing.

One problem is all the pictures don't show up?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Malibu on October 27, 2016, 07:57:14 am
Looks like Saturday is going to be a HUGE day!

Plan for the day - Riders!

Enduro boys, arrive 7am to go play on the Enduro Loop. No more entries into the loop after 12. Do registration and get bike number. Endure the Riders Briefing when you are ready to ride and then you are released. First few kilo's is at 20km's per hour, then...
This route is "Pitch Black"! Seriously!

Skills guys, there is one tight cone-like track and 2 open-riding tracks with a good number of challenges on the routes. You can ride one only, or all of them (you can win The Best of the Best Challenge by riding all three).
All you guys pay R250 for the day (or more, it is a fund raiser after all).

Music!
Chris Moller, our music guru for the event, with others, including Duzzy Clayton, have asked a few bands to donate time to this event,and they have come up with a whopper of a play plan! We have amazing bands playing and Accoustic artists... with more joining as I type!
Wow! Wow! Wow!
If you are not into riding, bring a brolly and a picnic blanket and enjoy the bands on the lawns!
Here's the current music line-up! I'll post more info on the bands later.
11-12am. Couch Ninjas
12-1pm. Riot Control
1-2pm. Announcements/speakers/ auction etc
2-3pm. Lindo M - Accoustic Player
3-4pm. Dagdroom
4-5pm. The Paper Plane Society
5-6pm. Taking Autumn

Mass ride with Ride for a Reason!
ALL ROADS CLOSED!
Ride for a Reason will be doing a mass ride from World Wear Centre at 08H30 to ADA.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/rideforareasonsa/?fref=ts


Questions:
Is there an entry fee? NO, just a bucket for donations if you'd like to add to it!
Can I just sit and enjoy the bands? Yes, bring a chair or blanket and brolly!
What time? Enduro riders will kick off at 7am, the rest of us will get going after 8!
Can I bring the kids? Yes, it's a very kid friendly event, even for the littlies.
Would my wife enjoy the day? If she rides, enjoys good music, or just wants to sit back and relax, yes!
Kids?  Plenty for them to do... even a bicycle skills track! and a YBike track for the under 5's, Paint ball, slips and slides, jumping castles....
What is there to eat? We have a kitchen with boerrie and prego rolls, an the bar will stock Beer and cooldrinks! Anything else, bring it along. Nothing nicer than a bottle of wine while enjoying the music!
How difficult is the Skills challenges, and are they just cone events? One track is a tight technical riding cone type event, the other two tracks are open, flowing tracks with interesting challenges. There are route options for the less skilled riders so they can also participate!
Prizes? Yes, for all the skills challenges, as well as the "Best of the Best" prize! You'd need to ride all three tracks well.

More info here:
https://www.facebook.com/dreammakersday/

See ya all on Saturday!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 01, 2016, 11:30:51 am
So how did it go Judes?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on November 01, 2016, 12:18:38 pm
BB, I think she is resting. . . . Mark and Judy (& team !) work very hard . . . ! ( ADA's people to)
Judy . . . ?
I was there and I think that it was a great success  . . . Let them speak for them self . . . .
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Malibu on November 01, 2016, 12:28:54 pm
Hi Guys, thanks for the interest.

Below, Joey's comment after the event:

A MASSIVE, MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED AND SUPPORTED THE DREAMMAKER FUNDRAISING DAY!!

We managed to raise an amazing R61 000!!!

Thank you firstly must go to Mark Hardy and Judy Hardy for spearheading the whole thing, their incredible vision and absolute dedication.
Thanks to Heine from ADA for the venue as well as Lewenskloof and Wayne for the use of "Waynes World" the farm we used for the Enduro loop. What an awesome venue! Also to Brett Stevens, Wayne Leigh and Mike Wright for the Enduro route marking and Warren Krynie for helping us with the GPS route.
Thanks to our sponsors, Raceworx KTM, Touratech, RAD KTM, F61, The Gas Boys Randpark ridge, KTM SA, YBike, T.D.Agencies, Henderson Racing Products, Adventure Riders SA, EasyDry, Linex Yamaha and Spot On.
Big thanks to Chris Monkie Muller and Duzzy Clayton for being our Music guys and hooking us up with some fantastic bands, big thank you to "Couch Ninjas", "Riot Control", "Lindo M Accoustic", "Dagdroom", "The Paper Plane Society" and "Taking Autumn". Really appreciate your time and talents!
Thanks to all the WDP Girls and helpers, Antoinette Janse van Rensburg, Liesl, Angie, Marlise Delport, Renet, Medaleine as well as John on scoring and Andries. Thank you guys!
Thanks to all the others who rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in helping in all sorts of ways, Mike Cliff and Stella, Sonja Wainwright, Peter in the bar, Paul Spring, Sharon Winstanley Turner, Carla Turner Shannon, Troy Barwell and Trevor Crowe from F61, Beverley Schellings and her team for the mass ride, Heine Engelbrecht, Dieter, Eckard and friends from ADA. Charaine Van Jaarsveld for tons of help all over the show! Also Vorster, Jerard, Philip and the rest of the ADA team.
Lastly thanks to David Bester for the photos, Verity Bester for the help with all the entries and a massive thanks to my rocking wife Meredith Evans and my kids for all their help on the day.
You guys all rock and you made this all possible!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Malibu on November 01, 2016, 12:29:46 pm
Loads of photies will be going up here:

https://www.facebook.com/dreammakersday/

For those that attended, a huge thank you!  It really was a super successful day!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 01, 2016, 01:31:09 pm
Thats really awesome!  :hello2:

Still need to keep it up because its hardly 3% of what Joey needs. If any of you have not yet donated and are able to, please consider helping Joey achieve his dream! :deal:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: MickeyT on November 24, 2016, 02:21:42 pm
Sub!!!!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on December 05, 2016, 09:43:41 pm
So what is the latest ?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rokie on December 06, 2016, 03:03:50 pm
I can't access Facebook on my pc, but latest update is that bike decals are being printed soon, so if you want your name on Joey's bike, donate quickly!!
and has raised R750 000 of the R1 100 000 he needs . . . 26 days to go - 21 days before he flies to South America

check www.fromparatodakar.co.za or "From para to Dakar" on Facebook

Dakar evening with Joey on 12 December at Social on Main in Bryanston for R300 pp. incl. starter and main course - also featuring Brian Baragwanath and Darryl Curtis
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on December 06, 2016, 04:20:58 pm
I can't access Facebook on my pc, but latest update is that bike decals are being printed soon, so if you want your name on Joey's bike, donate quickly!!
and has raised R750 000 of the R1 100 000 he needs . . . 26 days to go - 21 days before he flies to South America

check www.fromparatodakar.co.za or "From para to Dakar" on Facebook

Dakar evening with Joey on 12 December at Social on Main in Bryanston for R300 pp. incl. starter and main course - also featuring Brian Baragwanath and Darryl Curtis
My name is on - I assume he is beyond the point of no return ? Has he got enough ? when will he call it ?
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 11, 2016, 09:47:28 pm
He is going, whether or not he has enough money for everything.

Flight is booked.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on December 12, 2016, 12:24:55 pm
He is going, whether or not he has enough money for everything.

Flight is booked.

GOOD  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: EtienneXplore on December 12, 2016, 12:46:32 pm
This was on Joey's Facebook page on Friday

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on December 12, 2016, 03:33:18 pm
Mooi !
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: AlexRG on December 30, 2016, 11:20:35 am
Joey and Walter with the big guns!

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rooi Wolf on December 30, 2016, 04:07:40 pm
 :thumleft:  :thumleft: to be able to get to this point is a feat to behold Joey. And a pretty damm cool pic to start of the South American outing..
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: reinton on December 30, 2016, 07:25:48 pm
Where's the best site to follow the Dakar wrt the Saffers competing in it?

BB are you planning to keep us informed again? Your previous reports were wonderful.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Ganjora on December 30, 2016, 08:01:14 pm
Nice legs.
Not joey.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 02, 2017, 08:35:44 am
Isn't it awesome how close-knit the racing community is? I just love it that Joey and Walter were able to talk to these guys.
Its a little like a big family, always has been at all these rally events.  :thumleft:

Where's the best site to follow the Dakar wrt the Saffers competing in it?

BB are you planning to keep us informed again? Your previous reports were wonderful.

I'll try, but I also need to do some work this month unfortunately ::)

The WD Dakar thread is normally pretty good, otherwise if you have more time and want a LOT more info check out the racing section at advider.com :deal:
They'll also have all the links to France 4 TV etc which shows a lot more than the usual stuff we see on DSTV, albeit in French. ;D
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 03, 2017, 11:16:14 pm
Sorry I have been slow in updating this thread.

Joey msg's to us at the end of Stage 2:

Howzit guys
At the bivvy, our truck hasn't arrived yet, gonna be a long while still. Tough day today really long. Both my fork seals are blown so very little front brakes for a lot of the day. Lots of fesh fesh and mud pits. I dropped it a couple of times in the mud mainly because I was riding too slow. I stopped had a drink and then ride a lot better. I saw one guy crash right in the mud completely covered like in the cartoons where you are completely covered like in the cartoons where you only see the eyes blink. :imaposer:

Cars passed me today....insane!! You have about 3-5 seconds to get out the way once your sentinel beeps and once they pass you are completely blinded for about 20 sec in the dust. Crazy!!

But any day that's a finish is a good one. Thanks again for all the support.


Joey's ranking was as follows at each waypoint:

ASS 104
WP1 91
WP2 94
WP3 92
WP4 96
WP5 101

Overall at the end of stage 2, Joey is now 103rd, having gained 29 places since the start. Amazing given he had no front brakes today.
No penalties!

Though he dropped off the pace towards the end he was very consistent and kept much of his gains from yesterday. A fantastic effort Joey! :blob7: Keep it up, its a long way to go. :ricky:

Later Joey clarified my observation:

Pace dropped off at the end because that's when the cars caught me and there was tons of fesh-fesh there. When the 1st car passed I slowed to the side of the track. But as he went by I couldn't see a thing. Not even my bars! I hit the brakes hard and stopped at about the same time I hit a stump and dropped the bike. After that I just stopped as each car passed. I choose life!  :lol8:






Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 04, 2017, 12:54:22 am
Ha! While being interviewed by France TV today Nasser mentioned he had to pass a few bikes and had to be "especially careful!" :thumleft: ;D
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 04, 2017, 01:22:07 am
Briefing is done I think:

Joey texts: Tomorrow up to 4900m with storms.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 04, 2017, 10:19:50 am
https://vimeo.com/197999087

Darryl Curtis interviews Joey! :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 04, 2017, 12:05:48 pm
Joey is on the liasson now, his race start time is at 08:25 or 13:25 our time.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 04, 2017, 12:20:55 pm
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: westfrogger on January 04, 2017, 12:26:16 pm
%$#@ epic.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 04, 2017, 12:33:38 pm
Here is how a guy with a spinal cord injury rides his bike....on the DAKAR
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-KKTWkr9/1/XL/JOey%20ss2%2015894311_1343033672453256_3607430646546471166_n-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kortbroek on January 04, 2017, 12:36:45 pm
Fokken awesome!!!!!  :ricky: :ricky:

Joey jou legend!

Gaan nou weer niks gekonsentreer kry by die werk nie.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on January 04, 2017, 01:30:57 pm
Die donner laat 'n ou man 'n traan pik.

GO JOEY GO

Adie
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 05, 2017, 12:30:51 am
Come on JOEY!!!!


Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 05, 2017, 12:31:43 am
He should be in quite soon, only the ASS to make now!!  YOU BISCUIT!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 05, 2017, 01:15:06 am
So he made it at about 1am our time, local time 8pm. Still has the liasson to do (maybe an hour) and then he will be in.

We now know there was a hailstorm with lightning and snow in the mountains, and a lot of guys crashed in the ice on the neutral section. Some guys battled to pick their bikes up it was so slippery. Im guessing Joey would have struggled here, because he cannot use his legs to pick up the bike like the rest of us.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: B.V. on January 05, 2017, 06:36:20 am
Great Stuff!!!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 06, 2017, 09:58:30 am
From Meredith, Joey's wife, via WhatsApp:

Just had a very quick phone call from Joey as he was using Bart's sat phone, he's in at the bivouac and finished the stage. He still doesn't have wifi sorted but is going to try and make a plan tomorrow. Not many details but 2 of his team are out, Walter he thinks due to a burnt out motor and I think he said Ronald too. Joey is a bit worried he's done something to his hip and so is off to the medics now to see if he can get it strapped and an injection, he only got a couple hours of sleep last night and so hopes to get more tonight. If he can he will make his way over to Darryl and do another briefing of the stage which ZA Bikers will send out tomorrow...that's about it😉👍🏻

,
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 06, 2017, 08:28:17 pm
So he made it through Stage 5 Selective section. But he has a long liaison to do now.

Ya no, look: The altiplano in the wind and rain is a shittty, very cold and miserable place.  Really REALLY kak. That liaison is going to be crap. Its longer because the stage is shortened, and it still a shitty shitty road. It took us about 6 hours in a car. ::)


Joey tells us how the previous two days went.

What a machine :notworthy: :notworthy:
https://vimeo.com/198342473
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Clint_G on January 06, 2017, 09:28:45 pm
What an absolute beast. Keep going, bud. You've already beaten all expectations. Whatever happens from here on out is a bonus.

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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 06, 2017, 09:31:57 pm
I had the pleasure of riding with Joey at last years Baja, he is certainly not the fastest but he's got tenacity. We stayed together at a near by camp site, a mate and I rented a rondawel and Joey stayed outside our door in a tent. We invited him to join us but he refused. He was training for the Dakar. It was quite a miserable night out and we had plenty of space. After it all he borrowed us his towbar after they stole ours off his brand new bakkie without even knowing us. What a guy! I hope he really makes it. Godspeed!

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I was honored to get a lift with Joey for my bike & I on the 800km trip from Jozie to the Amageza rally. We had time to talk about a lot of stuff. He is a very, very driven individual. He had shingles before and during the event with the rash on his head. Most people cannot stand the softest pillow; but Joey shrugged it off and pulled on a helmet instead. Then he helped about 6 guys right through the rally "to make his days longer and more like a Dakar day".

We did malle moto together and everyday he would come in bouncing with energy and sounding on top of the world. He was tired like the rest of us, and very very sore, on antibiotics. More than that - He was also dealing with his catheters and drain pipes, his special meds to help his digestive system work, etc. but he carried on like there was nothing holding him back at all. He still had time to help me take my box down from the back of the truck. It was amazing to see. Humbling for me.

I realized that for Joey there is no "try", there is only "do".

He is literally a real live Chuck Norris. When he gets sick or tired, I suppose he compares that to being paralyzed and simply concludes "well this is not nearly so bad". The he just carries right on where he left off, where the rest of us would likely fall over by the wayside.

I remember him describing how he stopped next to a guy who crashed and broken his oil circuit by cracking the case on a rock. He did not accept that it was the end of the guy's race, and told him not to be so negative. A couple of people came past and confirmed the guy was not going to be able to ride. Not our Joey, no. He tells everyone there must be a way to reroute the remaining oil around the problem and then goes ahead and tries it. After an hour of working and testing, it did not work, so Joey just towed him to the finish instead. Over 130km though the toughest part of the stage.

Later in the rally he helped a guy who steering head bearings had collapsed. No steering at all. He scolded the man for giving up and helped him get started on a fix in between helping someone else with another problem 200m away. Well who would have thought that that the guy finished the rally 512km later on a jimmied steering head made out of other bike parts.

I realized that for Joey its not about how tough things might get. Its about getting the job done. No matter what.

Its about not letting negative thoughts prevail. About steeling yourself and gritting your teeth and remembering that there is no such thing as can't. That's why we see him whooping when he was stuck in that sand in Stage 3 a couple of days ago. He was whooping himself out of negativity. He was willing his body, which does not work properly on with his mind, driving it relentlessly forward even though it is screaming stop. He draws his energy from God, from the knowledge that his supporters (us) are behind him, and his own inner strength.

I had to smile when Darryl suggested that if it gets too tough he should stop. Darryl clearly could see the physical state Joey was in during his interview. He was undoubtedly exhausted. But the mind behind the exhausted eyes had no thoughts of giving up. Hence the awkward silence, and I think Darryl realized this.  Im sure Joey was smiling, and Darryl shaking his head.

Joey did not get this far to get this far.  That is what is written on the bottom of his road book cover.

Speedmetal, I am fully with you, I really hope...NO... I KNOW he is going to make it.

Lets cheer him on - he needs us now.

Go JOEY GO!!!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on January 07, 2017, 07:19:58 am
Listening and reading this reminds me of the doccy I watched about the navy Seals hell week ... the point of it was to find the people who while totally destroyed physically will just carry on ... just complete the mission irrespective of the cicomstances ... if you loose a flipper ... carry on ... if you loose your goggles ... carry on ... and that is our Joey  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on January 07, 2017, 07:33:04 am
He's a special guy and that's why so many of our names are on his bike. We believe in his motivation and grit. We've seen what he's made of, now the world needs to see it too.

And it's as close to doing the Dakar I'll ever get.

Indeed -


Go JOEY GO!!!!!

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 07, 2017, 08:40:27 pm
Quote from: ChrisMann, post: 31213944, member: 265636
Joey Evens - rider 132. FROM PARA TO DAKAR 2017

I was one of the six riders who Joey helped in the Amageza 2016 race.

To keep it short. I had a tyre failure on stage one and lost 2 hours. Pushed very hard on every stage to cash up, only to made more mistakes and accumulate penalties.

On stage 5, at last a break through and I was 2nd in stage. Trying to catch the front rider who is way faster than me! His name is Willem Du Toit, and by winning the Amageza 2016, he won an entry into Dakar 2018!!!

Anyway..., was riding outside my capabilities and hit a double washout at high speed. Was lights out for a few seconds and I could felt my body take a hit. The throttle cable snapped off! Could not figure out how to fix it and my body was not feeling to good.

In utter shame about it now, I press the assistance button on my tracker. Riders passed me and an hour later Joey arrive at scene. I showed him I am ok, but he stopped.

I could see he was disappointed that I gave up. He said: Cancel your assistance on tracker, we are going to fix your bike! Joey had great difficulty in getting on and off his bike but he managed to fix the throttle cable with his repair kit. I could finish the stage and manage to win (I think) the last stage the next day with the fixed cable.

Only have met Joey a few times. Yet he have made this huge impact on how I look at obstacles now. All men may be equal, but some are more equal than others.

Joey is a man amongst men.  Thanks!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 07, 2017, 09:12:34 pm
YEAH JOEY!!!

https://vimeo.com/198484764
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on January 07, 2017, 11:50:29 pm
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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 08, 2017, 02:49:16 am
Joey comforts our friend, David. So upsetting to see his happy face followed by the grim reality a couple of hours later. Dakar is a brutal event.

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: SpeedMetal on January 08, 2017, 07:53:33 am
That is hectic, poor guy

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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 08, 2017, 04:41:34 pm
bike 132 (http://'http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2017/us/rider/132.html') - The miracle on sand

Nine years ago, Joey Evans was facing a lifetime in a wheelchair after a terrible accident left him with two broken vertebrae. The South African worked hard to get back on a motorcycle and make his dream of riding the Dakar come true. He has already made it halfway through the race.

Alexandre Kowalski was waiting for Joey Evans at the bivouac in La Paz. The boss of the official Yamaha team wanted to show the South African a message of encouragement sent by phone by their mutual friend Dave Griffin, one of the biggest KTM dealers in the world and a sponsor of the miracle lad. Nine years ago, Evans was left paralysed by a motorcycle accident before miraculously regaining the use of his legs after several months in convalescence. The iron will of the South African rider, who has already made it halfway through the race, is worthy of admiration. "So far, so good", he says."My only problem is knee pain as a result of my fall in stage 3. I hurt my external ligaments, but the doctors patched me up and I can deal with the pain. I'll make the most of the rest day to catch a breather and tuck into a nice meal to regain some strength." Joey may be gritting his teeth, but he is also enjoying every minute. "The specials are nice and interesting", he says. "The fourth one was very difficult, one of those which are so hard that when you make it to the finish you're really proud of yourself." Just like the rest of the field, the KTM rider enjoyed the arrival to La Paz. "There were fans lining the road for almost 50 kilometres, I caught it all on my Go Pro. It's awesome to be here."
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 09, 2017, 12:34:32 am
Joey found a data link and has an update for us.

Here is how he looked this morning. Don't laugh, he is at altitude and missing Meredith.
  :lol8:

This is a cool selfie. I call it "Why am I here again?"
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-LrFKLqb/0/XL/IMG_1624-XL.jpg)

Joey the machine is human after all!

A little later, the Joey we know.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-XQSQ7Gx/0/XL/IMG_1630-XL.jpg)


Howzit guys!
Thanks a ton for all the support and encouragement! Been really cool. :thumleft:

The voice clip (below) is from the night of day 4. I had ridden 17 hours the day before and had 2 hours sleep. Iīll send some more now and some updates.


Joey soundbyte 1: Reporting in at the end of Day 4, at the bottom of a deep hole in his journey. (http://'https://www.dropbox.com/s/547amxciu3wpki2/End%20Stage%204%20Joey%20Evans%20soundbyte.m4a?dl=0')



Joey Soundbyte 2: Reporting in at the end of Day 5, navigating with Geniel de Villiers (http://'https://www.dropbox.com/s/38z5czh05kq9q3q/End%20Stage%205%20Joey%20Evans%20soundbyte.m4a?dl=0')


I'm currently in La Paz on "rest day". I've washed most of my gear. Still gonna finish the rest and get everything prepared for the next 6 days.


Our camp site.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-XvLzwJT/0/XL/IMG_1628-XL.jpg)

Pulling the Bas truck out
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-kPTgxsK/0/XL/IMG_1629-XL.jpg)



With Lyndon Poskit a rider from the UK (note how little the guys really are on the ground compared to us at 30,000' - 100 million people know who the Dakar poo guy is!)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-r8pnVkf/0/XL/IMG_1625-XL.jpg)



Miserable pits
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-c9JH5rz/0/XL/IMG_1622-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-sNGZhzj/0/XL/IMG_1620-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-NG5JsXb/0/XL/IMG_1623-XL.jpg)

"Got my washing back fromm the laundromat in this bag. Pretty accurate  :lol8: "
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-mb6VDws/0/L/IMG_1619-L.jpg)


Joey's daughter posts on the whatsapp group: "Dad, youre such a gangster!  :laughing4:  :imaposer:  :lol8:  :spitcoffee:"


Give it gas Joey!!!!!!!! °°°°°°°°°°
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BiG DoM on January 09, 2017, 05:47:24 am
Got to love that last comment.

Also - Give a thought for the conditions for the MM guys in their 1 man igloo tent and 1 steel trunk Ö  :-\
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1190 on January 09, 2017, 07:00:37 am
Love the GP registration :imaposer: well done rest up and get ready to make it to the finish  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 10, 2017, 09:43:03 am
Joey made it in last night, apparently still has a big smile on his face.

Sorry, I'm not giving this thread as much attention as I would like but work calls :(
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Mooch on January 10, 2017, 12:35:33 pm
Keep it rolling Joey!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 10, 2017, 04:52:27 pm
https://vimeo.com/198640777
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Oubones on January 10, 2017, 09:06:07 pm
Give that man a Bell's!!
He is magic!
Good luck mate and we are behind you!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Buff on January 10, 2017, 09:44:06 pm
Using Walters toothbrush to get it down the plug  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:  Joey you beaut, hang in there boytjie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 11, 2017, 07:45:05 am
Well done Joey  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BiG DoM on January 11, 2017, 08:22:36 am
Yes to get through Floodgate safely is an achievement. Now another 'rest day' - end in sight  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Oubones on January 11, 2017, 08:48:33 am
Listening and reading this reminds me of the doccy I watched about the navy Seals hell week ... the point of it was to find the people who while totally destroyed physically will just carry on ... just complete the mission irrespective of the cicomstances ... if you loose a flipper ... carry on ... if you loose your goggles ... carry on ... and that is our Joey  :thumleft:
Yip, he has Vasbyt!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rynet on January 11, 2017, 09:34:19 am
WELL DONE so far Mr Joey  :thumleft: :ricky: :3some: :ricky: :thumleft:

HANG in there .....on 2nd thoughts its silly saying that as I KNOW HE WILL . :notworthy:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 11, 2017, 09:38:12 am
We dont now what happened to him on Stage 7 except that he was reported in the bivouac with a smile on his face.

Stage 8 which was a supposed to be about 900km long including a 500km liaison had problem when a landslide blocked the main road and all the competitors and support vehicles. Most of the vehicles are still on the wrong side of the landslide.

Meredith just heard from Joey at 4a.m. local:

Just heard fro Joey. He basivally has ridden all day yesterday and through the night, total of about 1150kms and has been on his bike for 21 hours straight :eek: he's exhausted and hungry. The stage is cancelled today but they still have ride 600kms today to get to tomorrows stage. I'm hoping he's able to get some much needed rest and we hear more soon. Thanks for all the prayers messages of support and phone calls we are receiving, we appreciate this all so much....you've got this Joey.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rynet on January 11, 2017, 09:53:55 am
21 hours straight ! Wow !  :o He just carries on and on , he is unstoppable   :thumleft:

Now I am actually glad the stage was cancelled, so Joey can get some much-needed rest . Tomorrow he will be as fresh as a daisy again .  :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 11, 2017, 10:44:18 am
No Joey still has 600km to do today. Not much rest, Im afraid.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: MickeyT on January 11, 2017, 10:55:13 am
C'mon Joey, hang in there Boet! You can do it!!! :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1190 on January 11, 2017, 12:14:31 pm
Some pics- riding in that mud no time to relax.....
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 12, 2017, 11:24:04 pm
Joey Evans is through Wp8 on Stage 10. :hello2:

Here he is on the liaison yesterday.

Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rynet on January 13, 2017, 07:15:31 am
This is from Joey Evens wife :

I got to hear from Joey at 3:55am our time thanks to Darryl who went and found him with his team at the Bivouac and hooked him up to some wifi (Darryl you're freaking awesome❤) He had a really hard stage which involved two really bad falls, the first one was just before the start of the neutralized section and he dinged up his front wheel quite badly, luckily his team were able to swop the wheel for him during that time. Then another one during the second part of the special resulting in him loosing his clutch...he ended up having to literally walk his bike to the bivouac and got there at around 11pm. He's mentally and physically exhausted and he's hurting too. His mechanic took his bike straight away and it will all be ready again for today's stage. He said its going to be another long and hard stage again today and he just wanted to sleep so that he can get to that finish line. He's not been able to get online since Sunday other to phone me via WhatsApp and so hasn't seen FB or messages but I've told him how much support he's receiving back home. Plenty of prayers needed today for my boy to remain focused and get through today❤❤ I've not had more than 50 minutes sleep so I'm hoping the info I've given you about his bike is correct about what he did to it as my memory is mush right now🙈😉 He said today's stage is going to be tough but it's one more day closer to the finish line🇿🇦❤✊🏻"

Thanks Andy 660  :thumleft:

GO JOEY
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 13, 2017, 07:44:53 am
Thanks Rynette!

Joey has a HECTIC Stage 10. But he is still in there. Talks about Peterhansel taking out the other rider.

Love Darryl's sense of humour. :lol2
https://vimeo.com/199273148

BRING IT HOME JOEY!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 14, 2017, 01:23:48 am
Guys in case you never noticed, its too much work to update this thread as well, things have been moving too fast, and Im getting too old...  :biggrin: :biggrin:

please follow along in the main Dakar thread from here. : http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=188389.1480 :deal:
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Post by: BiG DoM on January 14, 2017, 06:10:19 am
Yes just get across to the Dakar 2017 thread!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:\

Oh and before I forget GO JOE THE OU!

 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BiG DoM on January 14, 2017, 08:31:19 am
How the folk did the Dakar 2017 thread get locked - WTF??
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BiG DoM on January 14, 2017, 08:33:05 am
Well try this for an update - Darryl interviewing Joey after the Stage 11 finish and his bike being roadkill for a car!!
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Post by: Serf on January 15, 2017, 09:58:45 am
From "Para" to Dakar to being a Legend. Please write a book...

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Post by: Dirt Junkie on January 15, 2017, 12:16:56 pm
Joey well done on completing the Dakar,  you are a real inspiration to all of us
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Post by: Kamanya on January 15, 2017, 01:33:49 pm
From about 08:12 onwards...

https://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1Q1ZBU5Z91W11/dakar-rally
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Post by: alanB on January 15, 2017, 01:47:34 pm
From about 08:12 onwards...

https://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1Q1ZBU5Z91W11/dakar-rally

Its hard not to become emotional from this stuff ....

So glad he made it  :ricky:
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Post by: Constantinople on January 15, 2017, 03:24:31 pm
From about 08:12 onwards...

https://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1Q1ZBU5Z91W11/dakar-rally

Awesome! Thanks! Was looking for a vid with him on the podium.
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Post by: BiG DoM on January 15, 2017, 08:45:26 pm
Just awesome, real life epic. :thumleft:
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 15, 2017, 10:36:29 pm
Joey via whatsapp:

They think the whole frame might be bent. It's going on the boat as we speak so will find out how bad in a couple of weeks. All I can say it is corners left like a demon!!!


 :laughing4: :laughing4:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 16, 2017, 12:01:39 am
Joey has some more video for us now that he is back in the world.

We all know his bike was run over a by a car on Stage 12. I think he took these two photos in shock before realizing the he had better get what was left off the road.

Petrol in the sand.   :( 
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-TtF7w2X/0/X2/IMG_1678-X2.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-W4pJRMF/0/X2/IMG_1677-X2.jpg)






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Post by: BiG DoM on January 16, 2017, 12:04:44 am
Start by crawling ...
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 16, 2017, 12:24:46 am
Okay I have 5 videos :thumleft:


This video (https://www.dropbox.com/s/afo588a13t9rwat/Joey%20after%20car.mp4?dl=0) was taken minutes later.] (Sorry, I could not turn it)

Some more shots of the damage:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-txjQ5db/0/O/IMG_1662.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-RXmML4P/0/O/IMG_1675.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-hC6D3gk/0/O/IMG_1661.jpg)



Then he took this video (https://www.dropbox.com/s/wrtzr6qrsyvc1jp/Joey%20after%20car%202.mp4?dl=0) some minutes later.


............About an hour later (https://www.dropbox.com/s/9uml95m8e7ufemt/Joaey%20after%20car%203.mp4?dl=0) with some locals on the scene.


Sometime later he finds another bike (https://www.dropbox.com/s/xnpzwdcfx2o8r5k/Joey%20after%20car%204.mp4?dl=0). YOU have GOT TO watch this one.  :deal: You don't quit...EVER!.  :thumleft:  :imaposer:  :'(  :)  :ricky:


Then Joey goes full-on McGyver on us (https://www.dropbox.com/s/01tzjnwlcghmhle/Joey%20car%205.mp4?dl=0) :laughing7:

The bike belonged to this chap, who unfortunately broke both his wrists.  :'( :'( :'(
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-87vJ79h/0/M/IMG_1682-M.jpg)

Some more random guys on dirt bikes were there at the bike in the middle of nowhere helped him, including this guy who Joey mentioned also had only one leg.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-hwGQnXk/0/X2/IMG_1664-X2.jpg)

Some of the other guys who helped.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Dakar2017/i-XbRPv2c/0/XL/IMG_1665-XL.jpg)


Then finally we have the red bull video (https://www.dropbox.com/s/t7kg25vhvdt5t9y/Redbull.mp4?dl=0) which has been posted already



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Post by: Rynet on January 16, 2017, 06:31:58 am
Thanks BB for all your sterling efforts to keep us updated .  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Shew , even though we heard it , it is much more emotional to watch the videos.  Thanks Joey for taking them for our enjoyment and inspiration and well done, again .  :ricky:

Joey what can I say that hasn't been said already , riding after being told you could never walk , being partially paralyzed and riding with a catheter and struggling to do regular tasks that we take for granted . Then actually making it to the start line of the Dakar ( a huge mental and monetary challenge )
 Then , against all odds, making it to the finish line ...

 ..... tearing a ligament in your knee early on in the race and just carry on riding despite that intense pain ,  having to see your friend David Thomas break his leg and assisting him , then having a near -death experience with a car ploughing your down and a bike practically written off , in thick sand and fesh fesh and you just McGuiver -fix your bike and carry on anyway slowly slowy and irreversibly to the finish like a MAGNET  . And yes you finish , despite all odds.  :3some:

It just goes to show if you have the right mental frame of mind then things will happen around you that miraculously align to your goal.  Like finding that abandoned bike just at the right time.  Thanks for reminding us that Faith is everything . When you believe something so hard , it somehow will happen . And it did.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

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Post by: Buff on January 16, 2017, 06:34:44 am
I'm speechless, what more can be said about this man, such an incredible individual & roll model, well done Joey  :thumleft:
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Post by: Clint_G on January 16, 2017, 06:41:42 am
Bloody dust...

Well done, Joey. That is a huge achievement. And I hope you find out who the driver of the car was. He deserves a snot klap.

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Post by: bmad on January 16, 2017, 08:00:19 am
Freaking amazing  :ricky:

Its all in the mind, you truly are an inspiration Joey  :thumleft:

As a matter of interest, in the first week Joey had a label on the rally box '"you did not come this far, to get this far!".
On the pics above, we can only make out the last portion of a new phrase, anyone know the full sentence?

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Post by: 1ougat on January 16, 2017, 08:22:06 am
When will teh Legend return?
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Post by: MickeyT on January 16, 2017, 08:24:44 am
Thanks BB for all your sterling efforts to keep us updated .  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Shew , even though we heard it , it is much more emotional to watch the videos.  Thanks Joey for taking them for our enjoyment and inspiration and well done, again .  :ricky:

Joey what can I say that hasn't been said already , riding after being told you could never walk , being partially paralyzed and riding with a catheter and struggling to do regular tasks that we take for granted . Then actually making it to the start line of the Dakar ( a huge mental and monetary challenge )
 Then , against all odds, making it to the finish line ...

 ..... tearing a ligament in your knee early on in the race and just carry on riding despite that intense pain ,  having to see your friend David Thomas break his leg and assisting him , then having a near -death experience with a car ploughing your down and a bike practically written off , in thick sand and fesh fesh and you just McGuiver -fix your bike and carry on anyway slowly slowy and irreversibly to the finish like a MAGNET  . And yes you finish , despite all odds.  :3some:

It just goes to show if you have the right mental frame of mind then things will happen around you that miraculously align to your goal.  Like finding that abandoned bike just at the right time.  Thanks for reminding us that Faith is everything . When you believe something so hard , it somehow will happen . And it did.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Well said Rynet.  I was glued to this thread from the start - not really interested in the front runners.  Shit, and when I couldn't see your name on my Dakar app Saturday, I threw etiquette out of the window and explained why I'm frantically glued to my phone - to such an extent that I had the rest of the friends asking me every couple of minutes if there is any news on you. 

Well done Joey - you are a true Dakar Hero. 
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Post by: Buff on January 16, 2017, 08:36:00 am
Freaking amazing  :ricky:

Its all in the mind, you truly are an inspiration Joey  :thumleft:

As a matter of interest, in the first week Joey had a label on the rally box '"you did not come this far, to get this far!".
On the pics above, we can only make out the last portion of a new phrase, anyone know the full sentence?

I'm not sure but I think I'm going to have a sticker made for the bars of my bike that says...
 "What would Joey do?" That will motivate me to see things to the end  :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: MickeyT on January 16, 2017, 09:33:31 am
Freaking amazing  :ricky:

Its all in the mind, you truly are an inspiration Joey  :thumleft:

As a matter of interest, in the first week Joey had a label on the rally box '"you did not come this far, to get this far!".
On the pics above, we can only make out the last portion of a new phrase, anyone know the full sentence?

I'm not sure but I think I'm going to have a sticker made for the bars of my bike that says...
 "What would Joey do?" That will motivate me to see things to the end  :thumleft:

 :thumleft: :thumleft:  Good idea!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Rascal on January 16, 2017, 09:46:19 am
True LEGEND!!

A sound clip that I think does this man justice!

https://soundcloud.com/dieheuwels/die-heuwels-fantasties-stilte
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Post by: Hinksding on January 16, 2017, 09:54:54 am
MR EVENS JOU YSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 16, 2017, 10:29:42 am
Very well done Joey. :thumleft:
Hope we see you on two wheels for many years to come.
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Post by: lpj on January 16, 2017, 01:40:54 pm
Excellent stuff Joey, very well done!  :thumleft: :thumleft:

You are an inspiration, thanks.

We definitely have to get you down here in the Cape so you can relate your adventure to us - we can organise accommodation and transport for you here in Stellenbosch, not a problem.

Just let us know when you're going to be down here.

Cheers.
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Post by: tulips on January 16, 2017, 05:24:33 pm
Freaking amazing  :ricky:

Its all in the mind, you truly are an inspiration Joey  :thumleft:

As a matter of interest, in the first week Joey had a label on the rally box '"you did not come this far, to get this far!".
On the pics above, we can only make out the last portion of a new phrase, anyone know the full sentence?

I'm not sure but I think I'm going to have a sticker made for the bars of my bike that says...
 "What would Joey do?" That will motivate me to see things to the end  :thumleft:

 :thumleft: :thumleft:  Good idea!

Excellent Idea - This could become the catch phrase of the century  --- I would  buy a T shirt
Buff hatch a business plan with Joey

Joey your'e a tough bastard - well done !!!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on January 17, 2017, 08:25:37 am
1ougat
Flight TAM8162 to Jhb
ETA 13:44
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: 1ougat on January 17, 2017, 12:07:33 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on January 20, 2017, 03:52:44 pm
So Joey will be appearing at KTM Cape Town on Tuesday 7 Feb at 6pm. I hope to see all you Joey fans there.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kortbroek on January 23, 2017, 12:22:44 pm
Joey and Meredith are being interviewed now on Cliff Central. http://cliffcentral.com/

edit: Here's a link to the podcast http://cliffcentral.com/podcasts/the-leadership-platform/
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on January 30, 2017, 01:09:29 pm
Carte Blanche last night.

http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/1169684/


Good one!
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Post by: evansv on January 30, 2017, 01:22:17 pm
Awesome!!! Thanks for posting the link :thumleft:
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Post by: Tuareg on January 30, 2017, 02:13:39 pm
Carte Blanche last night.

http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/1169684/


Good one!

Emotional just watching the interviews......    :'(
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Post by: Knucklhead on January 30, 2017, 02:38:26 pm
good one boet  :thumleft:
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Post by: roxenz on January 31, 2017, 03:04:54 pm
Thanks for taking us along with you Joey! It was epic! Congratulations on making it through what may just be the most gruelling sport event in the world.

It's like this every year: I start watching all the speed freaks at the head of the pack (the spectacular riding and excitement!), but as the Dakar unfolds, I find myself spending more and more time reading about and following the tough guys who are struggling at the rear end. The guys who seem to have superhuman tenacity and sheer determination in the face of adversity. I try to imagine what it must be like to ride rough from sun-up to long after dark, and then have to do all the preparation for the next day. And then do it again and again, for almost two weeks. My imagination and words fail me. Respect.
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Post by: Cdp13 on January 31, 2017, 08:44:15 pm
Joey's story featured on 7p.m. E-news on Kyknet. Kanaal 144 vir ons Engelse maats.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: MickeyT on February 01, 2017, 08:48:06 am
Thanks for taking us along with you Joey! It was epic! Congratulations on making it through what may just be the most gruelling sport event in the world.

It's like this every year: I start watching all the speed freaks at the head of the pack (the spectacular riding and excitement!), but as the Dakar unfolds, I find myself spending more and more time reading about and following the tough guys who are struggling at the rear end. The guys who seem to have superhuman tenacity and sheer determination in the face of adversity. I try to imagine what it must be like to ride rough from sun-up to long after dark, and then have to do all the preparation for the next day. And then do it again and again, for almost two weeks. My imagination and words fail me. Respect.

Makes two of us.  For me, the true spirit of the Dakar lies in the back with the likes of Joey.  Well done Joey - I am a truly proud South African after the 2017 Dakar!
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Post by: McSack on April 06, 2017, 08:30:06 am
I have a great morning coming up ... getting to spend an hour or 2 listening to a legend's tales of the Dakar
 :thumleft:
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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 06, 2017, 08:47:04 am
Joey is talking to a whole bunch of chairs.... :imaposer:

Come on - Whats the story? Spit it out. ;D
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Post by: McSack on April 06, 2017, 08:53:07 am
I'm just a bit early.
Employer organised an event and Joey is keynote speaker. Should be starting in about 10 minutes

In that pic he is trying to figure out what he is going to do if he needs to re-adjust his ... errrmmm package ... without anyone knowing because the podium is completely see-through ;)
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Post by: gser on April 06, 2017, 09:28:27 am
Great Joey !
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Post by: McSack on April 06, 2017, 11:00:59 am
That was flippen awesome. I have read the account of this journey but hearing it from the man himself was just something else
Shot for taking us along on this RR Joey...you are an awesome story teller
Looking forward to the book

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Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 06, 2017, 12:29:56 pm
HOw many peeps were there McSack?
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Post by: T9ER on September 30, 2017, 10:35:36 pm
Howzit okes.
The book will be officially launched on the 10/10/2017. It will be available in book stores around South Africa as well as in KTM dealerships. It is also already available online as an ebook on Amazon, Etc. You can also order direct from my website Joeyevans.co.za and I'm more than happy to sign them and add a message if you would like for yourself or perhaps a gift. Thanks as always for the support.
Cheers Joey.
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Post by: BatmanGS on October 01, 2017, 05:58:44 am
Hi Joey
All the best with the sales of your book, I will be getting one. 

I was at your Pietermaritzburg Evening that was very well done and equally well supported, all the best, your story is truely an  nspirational one. 

I'm sure you'll have a movie in the planning soon .........

All the Best

Kind regards

G.G
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Post by: McSack on October 01, 2017, 09:10:18 am
Hmmmm....get the ebook now or wait till the 10th for the hardcopy? Decisions decisions

When did ignorance become a point of view?

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Post by: Would I? on October 01, 2017, 04:23:05 pm
looking forward to the 10th.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Crossed-up on October 01, 2017, 05:53:30 pm
I'll get one next Sunday at the fundraiser for Willem du Toit and Donovan van de Langenberg being held at Vaatjie farm.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=212408.0

And Joey will be there!
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Post by: T9ER on October 01, 2017, 06:43:11 pm
For sure that's a plan👍🏻
I should get the first prints this week sometime so I'll bring a bunch down with me for whoever wants. A little sneaky before the launch day!
See you there👊🏻🏁
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Post by: Serf on October 01, 2017, 06:54:27 pm
Great. Looking forward to reading it. Hope you have lots of pictures in it...

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Post by: BMWPE on October 01, 2017, 07:04:50 pm
Order placed    :thumleft:
looking forward to reading it
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 01, 2017, 09:21:44 pm
See you on the 10th champ :thumleft:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Knucklhead on October 02, 2017, 08:54:45 am
me an joey here in PE...

tried to convince him that BM is better  :pot:
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kortbroek on October 02, 2017, 10:07:16 am
I'll be there at Willem and Donovan's fundraiser on Sunday. Definitely buying a book
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: BMWPE on October 07, 2017, 06:01:23 pm
Howzit okes.
The book will be officially launched on the 10/10/2017. It will be available in book stores around South Africa as well as in KTM dealerships. It is also already available online as an ebook on Amazon, Etc. You can also order direct from my website Joeyevans.co.za and I'm more than happy to sign them and add a message if you would like for yourself or perhaps a gift. Thanks as always for the support.
Cheers Joey.

Received mine  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Awesome read
Thank you
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Serf on November 13, 2017, 07:43:37 am
Joey,

I finished reading your book and it is truly inspirational. You are an exceptional person with the mental ability to go on despite what is being thrown at you! And of cause for your wife to go through all of this...

The detail in the book makes it so much more real, especially the challenges and your courage. As "spectators" we often overlook the finer challenges such as the sore bodies, long days in the saddle, wet gear etc. etc.

You made it sound almost easy to spent 18 hours riding, eat and sleep 2 hours and get back on again. Wow!!!!

Congratulations again and all the best.

PS.
As you probably know kids rather play on their phones than read a book. My son is loving the dakar (he almost count the days down to the next dakar!) so I told him that for every minute he plays on his phone he must read 2 minutes of your book. He is on page 50 something and I don't even have to force hime to read. So thanks for that help!!! But it is exams time so he will finish after the exams.



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Post by: T9ER on December 02, 2017, 05:41:11 am
Iím stoked you enjoyed it and that your son is enjoying it too!! Really cool to hear. Thanks bud.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 03, 2017, 05:55:18 am
How are things going these days Joey? Settled back down into normal life yet or still very much on the motivational circuit.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: wobbler on December 17, 2017, 12:49:08 pm
Just finished reading the book and what a good read it was.
Truly an inspirational story.

If you have not yet got yourself a copy, do it!
You won't regret it.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on December 17, 2017, 12:53:38 pm
Just finished reading the book and what a good read it was.
Truly an inspirational story.

If you have not yet got yourself a copy, do it!
You won't regret it.


Thanks bud, stoked you enjoyed it!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on December 17, 2017, 01:15:02 pm
How are things going these days Joey? Settled back down into normal life yet or still very much on the motivational circuit.

Howzit China
Iíve been running all over doing book launches and itís been really cool but crazy hectic. Things are a bit quieter now so finally getting on top of things. Iíve hardly done any riding this year with all the crazy so thatís number one goal for next year - Ride more!!

Iím loving the keynote speaking thing and Iíve joined the Global and South African speakers associations so going to be doing the talks as a career for the foreseeable future. I have to do a fair bit of financial recovery! The book works well with it as I sell books at the talks and the books help bring in talks. Hopefully I can add some future adventures to speak about too. I would love to do the Silk Way Rally, it goes from Red Square, Russia through Mongolia to China. Itís kind of seen as the Dakar of the Far East. Maybe 2019?!? If thereís one thing Iíve learnt in the last 2 years itís that you should never be afraid to dream big!!

The future isnít written yet!!
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Post by: Rooi Wolf on December 18, 2017, 12:22:49 am
I also treated myself with a copy of your book Joey. Wow, what an inspiration!

Your story serves as a reference in my life, an your character is one of a rare, very special being. Certainly worthy of big dreams and achievements. The focus and determination within you is contagious, and certainly motivates me to also make a difference.

Thanks! 
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Post by: Airtime on December 18, 2017, 04:08:12 pm
Hey Joey,

I read your book and the section that you speak about where Terence and I helped you out really brought a lump to my throat I must admit we really did have a special moment in the middle of nowhere.
And for you to say this made you realize your Dakar dream was really cool, I wish you all the best with whatever you decide to do going forward you only deserve the best you are special.
 
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Serf on March 19, 2018, 05:20:45 pm
Hi Joey,

Did you ride through Bela Bela yesterday (18 march)?

Must have been a muddy ride after the rain.

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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: daveh on March 19, 2018, 05:58:59 pm
Hi Joey,

Thanks for the inspiration and your book is certainly one of those that I could not put down until I finished it. Really great what you have done and achieved and how something positive can come out of a bad situation. Only just come across this post.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: T9ER on March 20, 2018, 06:50:33 am
Howzit okes
Ya it was myself Nicklaus Lutzeler and Chris Ogden riding through Anele-Bela the other day.  Weíve been working out a roadbook route to do some rally training/fun weekend in May.

Also thanks for the positive feedback on the book! Itís really cool to hear each time a fellow rider enjoys it. See you out there!
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Minxy on March 20, 2018, 02:52:23 pm
Howzit okes
Ya it was myself Nicklaus Lutzeler and Chris Ogden riding through Anele-Bela the other day.  Weíve been working out a roadbook route to do some rally training/fun weekend in May.

Also thanks for the positive feedback on the book! Itís really cool to hear each time a fellow rider enjoys it. See you out there!

Keep us posted, sounds like fun :D :) :D
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Kevin_ZA on March 20, 2018, 08:29:20 pm
Howzit okes
Ya it was myself Nicklaus Lutzeler and Chris Ogden riding through Anele-Bela the other day.  Weíve been working out a roadbook route to do some rally training/fun weekend in May.

Also thanks for the positive feedback on the book! Itís really cool to hear each time a fellow rider enjoys it. See you out there!

Keep us posted, sounds like fun :D :) :D

Ditto.....kevin@leatherite.co.za please.
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Amsterdam on March 21, 2018, 02:20:10 pm
My son gave me a signed copy of your book last year.  Even though I followed your progress during the rally and listened to one of your talks at KTM CT last year, only reading the book brought home the enormous struggle you went through to get to the finish line.  Really loved reading it.  Every book should come with a sticker that we can fix to our bikes for when we are stuck somewhere in the sticks with a broken bike- "What would Joey do?"
Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: Noneking on June 23, 2018, 01:56:59 pm
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Title: Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
Post by: gser on June 24, 2018, 11:08:32 am
Heroes will be heroes !