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Title: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 01, 2011, 07:41:30 pm
Ok Nothing Confirmed just yet but a lil Bird whispered into my lil ear that things are looking positive for 2012.

Looks like they are waiting for the FIM/FIA calender to be sorted out then they will release the dates!

As i get the infor i will pass on!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 02, 2011, 12:31:59 pm
Hmm looking forward to this. How many days is it typically and what is the mileage per day to be expected, liasson distances and typical costs?

Al would you be able to give me some tips on bike import?

Ah sillly question :dontknow: ...this isnt an enduro or a trial, should it be under the general section?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 02, 2011, 08:01:58 pm
Its Normally 5 days in length plus the prologue. Genereally they start Scrutineering on the Thursday and Friday and Saturday is the Prologue. Racing Sunday to Thursday. The Challenge is Roughly 2500 Km in Length so the average day would be about 500Km including liason`s.

The Bivouac is near the Qasr Al Sarab Hotel and they give Excellent rates to all entrants for the week that the event Runs. If memory Serves me correctly the Cost for the week is around $1000 for the awesome resort. Skaaiidawg can confrim as he stayed there. Me personally will be there to ride so i will tent it out in the Bivouac.

Importing is pretty easy as the organisers will help you get your goods through. We will have to chat to them as soon as they come on line. Where is your bike now? Still in the US?


As for your question i figured that an Enduro is form of a race and hence me posting here. there has been no complaints till now and if the mods want to move it they can.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on October 02, 2011, 08:04:29 pm
Interested :thumleft:

Last year I did a cost on this race and by far the cheapest raid event of the year andwith the bivouc not moving many unforseen costs is excluded.

Rental bikes maybe???
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 02, 2011, 09:56:11 pm
Thanks for the info Al :thumright: What is your plan for support? - Sorry for all the questions.

I'm almost certainly going to be doing this event,

John: You may be right, rentals is probably the way to go. Apart from the peace of mind, that way maybe I can get my WR to RSA for the Amageza at the end of April.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 03, 2011, 09:54:17 am
Interested :thumleft:

Last year I did a cost on this race and by far the cheapest raid event of the year andwith the bivouc not moving many unforseen costs is excluded.

Rental bikes maybe???
John, There are always rental bikes Around. KTM had rentals last year. Nothing fancy but they were there. Honda and Yamaha were no existant last year. Probably the down turn.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on October 03, 2011, 09:59:52 am
Hi Kenesis

I contacted some of the contacts you gave me last year. I looked at getting the KTM rental. Taking my bike there and back is gonna be R 25 000 minimum and that is not worth it.

Please keep us updated on the race info as the website was super slow last year.

Fule range is 250km if I rememeber so 23 liters minimum for a race bike.

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 03, 2011, 10:08:54 am
Thanks for the info Al :thumright: What is your plan for support? - Sorry for all the questions.

I'm almost certainly going to be doing this event,

John: You may be right, rentals is probably the way to go. Apart from the peace of mind, that way maybe I can get my WR to RSA for the Amageza at the end of April.
Hi Neil my plan for Support is to use Sean Gaugain and gecko for the Support. Last year all my prep was to be done Solo. This is all good and well as long as things dont go terribly wrong.

Using their support they have a team at the Start, So if you pic up a puncture on the liason stage one can change a wheel out. They will be at the refuel point and check the bike out there. Then when you get into the bivouac they will service the bike ( Oil Change, Clean airfilter Set Chain, Clean controls and repair any Damages incurred during the day. Luckily they carry spares mainly Honda so they can get you to the end of the rally. parts and tires are normally not included in their package. I will chat to  Sean and try and find out what their support package is going to cost for the next Challenge.


Dont worry about the questions. The more of us that take part the better me thinks! Just Remember one day i may decide to do a rally your end of the world and then i may be knocking on your door.

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 03, 2011, 10:17:40 am
Hi Kenesis

I contacted some of the contacts you gave me last year. I looked at getting the KTM rental. Taking my bike there and back is gonna be R 25 000 minimum and that is not worth it.

Please keep us updated on the race info as the website was super slow last year.

Fule range is 250km if I rememeber so 23 liters minimum for a race bike.


Hey John.

I`ll Chat to Tim trenker and i will try and find out what his intentions are for the next Challenge. Sadly every one was fast asleep around the challenge last year and hopefully it will be better this time around.I will try and find out who is running the next years event so as to get you guys better information.

As a back up you should be able to get your bike here and returned quite cheaply. It just depends on how you ship it. Emirates Sky Cargo had a Special on for 250kg of cargo. Failing that you could look into The event shipper. maybe they can help you?

Al
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 03, 2011, 02:10:25 pm
Thanks for the info Al :thumright: What is your plan for support? - Sorry for all the questions.

I'm almost certainly going to be doing this event,

John: You may be right, rentals is probably the way to go. Apart from the peace of mind, that way maybe I can get my WR to RSA for the Amageza at the end of April.
Hi Neil my plan for Support is to use Sean Gaugain and gecko for the Support. Last year all my prep was to be done Solo. This is all good and well as long as things dont go terribly wrong.

Using their support they have a team at the Start, So if you pic up a puncture on the liason stage one can change a wheel out. They will be at the refuel point and check the bike out there. Then when you get into the bivouac they will service the bike ( Oil Change, Clean airfilter Set Chain, Clean controls and repair any Damages incurred during the day. Luckily they carry spares mainly Honda so they can get you to the end of the rally. parts and tires are normally not included in their package. I will chat to  Sean and try and find out what their support package is going to cost for the next Challenge.


Dont worry about the questions. The more of us that take part the better me thinks! Just Remember one day i may decide to do a rally your end of the world and then i may be knocking on your door.



Thanks Al, you can count on it if (when) you get out this way.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on October 03, 2011, 02:14:40 pm
Thanks for the info Al :thumright: What is your plan for support? - Sorry for all the questions.

I'm almost certainly going to be doing this event,

John: You may be right, rentals is probably the way to go. Apart from the peace of mind, that way maybe I can get my WR to RSA for the Amageza at the end of April.
Hi Neil my plan for Support is to use Sean Gaugain and gecko for the Support. Last year all my prep was to be done Solo. This is all good and well as long as things dont go terribly wrong.

Using their support they have a team at the Start, So if you pic up a puncture on the liason stage one can change a wheel out. They will be at the refuel point and check the bike out there. Then when you get into the bivouac they will service the bike ( Oil Change, Clean airfilter Set Chain, Clean controls and repair any Damages incurred during the day. Luckily they carry spares mainly Honda so they can get you to the end of the rally. parts and tires are normally not included in their package. I will chat to  Sean and try and find out what their support package is going to cost for the next Challenge.


Dont worry about the questions. The more of us that take part the better me thinks! Just Remember one day i may decide to do a rally your end of the world and then i may be knocking on your door.



Thx Kenesis

I will ride a Honda if they have rentals, or bring my bike if the costs even out. I just want to do a event before June.  If we can get estimates from Gecko it will be great.

BB 2007 we can make a 3 man team Wilddog :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 03, 2011, 02:24:03 pm
BB 2007 we can make a 3 man team Wilddog :thumleft:
Careful Boys i may just start Printing T shirts! :toothy12:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 03, 2011, 02:37:34 pm
Team Wilddog Racing sounds AWESOME! and T-Shirt thing is a bloody good idea! Lets do it!

Thinking about racing, it may make more sense for me to hire as well for the DC if availible. Less hassle.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on October 03, 2011, 03:47:56 pm
Team Wilddog Racing sounds AWESOME! and T-Shirt thing is a bloody good idea! Lets do it!

Thinking about racing, it may make more sense for me to hire as well for the DC if availible. Less hassle.

Yip this might be the cheapest option and at the moment $ is king
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on October 17, 2011, 07:14:53 pm
Ok i found this earlier. Its not definate but could be an indication

 CROSS COUNTRY

 

To encourage a balanced participation in events, from 1 January 2012 drivers and teams will be required to participate in at least one Baja and one Cross Country event in order to be eligible to score points for the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.

 

The size of the air restrictors for petrol and diesel engined T1 vehicles for the next four years (2012-2015) was agreed. Details will be available on fia.com in due course.

 

2012 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies calendar

 

15-18/03 Italian Baja

30/03-06/04 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

01-07/05 Rallye International de Tunisie

25/05-02/06 Rally TT Estoril – Marrakech

20-22/07 Baja España Aragon

23-26/08 Hungarian Baja

05-08/09 Baja Poland*

29/09-06/10 Pharaohs Rally

01-03/11 26th Baja Portalegre 500

25-26/11 Baja Qatar*

*Subject to the event observation report


 :mwink:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kamanya on October 17, 2011, 08:45:29 pm
I would be keen to rent. Well, I'd have no choice my 950 is all I have. That and a montainbike!

Can someone give info on costs or point me in a direction.

Team Wilddog sounds cool.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 18, 2011, 03:13:50 am
I would be keen to rent. Well, I'd have no choice my 950 is all I have. That and a montainbike!

Can someone give info on costs or point me in a direction.

Team Wilddog sounds cool.

Hehe I see the bug has bitten well and hard after that Amageza training run :thumleft: Looks like JOhn you and myself are all going rental at the moment apart from Kenesis. Al, I hope you have a place big enough for us to crash before the event!

Let me put out some feelers and see if we can get something from Red Rose/ AN Other racing.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on November 14, 2011, 07:05:33 pm
Ok boys, potential good news, I took some SA mates for a ride in the desert today and had a chat with my mate James West, seems he has 2 more bikes to rent for the challenge if you gents are still interested.

I asked him to sort out the financials and to let me know how much!

PM me your email addresses so that I can forward them to James!

Al
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Leo on November 14, 2011, 07:27:00 pm
atkinse immigrated to Dubai last month. Drop him a PM if you have any further questions.,

He says one can rent a bike from KTM and ride along to spectate.  :thumleft:

I am waiting for him to send me details. It sounds as though KTM have no problem in making bikes available, so surely one could source a bike to race from them?

Nice that one will stay in the same spot every night, so one can view lots  :3some:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 14, 2011, 07:42:15 pm
PM sent. Sounds promising! Thanks for the heads up :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 15, 2011, 10:19:41 am
I am metally 100 % in IF ASO refunds my Dakar entry fee  >:(  >:(  >:(

Still no reply from them.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on November 15, 2011, 11:09:07 am
I am metally 100 % in IF ASO refunds my Dakar entry fee  >:(  >:(  >:(

Still no reply from them.

Bloody agents!! Quick to take your entry money but slow to refund it.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 15, 2011, 11:48:00 am
I am metally 100 % in IF ASO refunds my Dakar entry fee  >:(  >:(  >:(

Still no reply from them.

Bloody agents!! Quick to take your entry money but slow to refund it.

Jip they have 100000000 rules, but they answer to none.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 18, 2011, 10:03:23 am
Any news from James? "hopeful"
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 18, 2011, 11:29:36 am
somebody must be reading this thread.... :imaposer:



Quote
Hello John,

 

I’m really sorry for the delay of my answer.

I thought your refund was treated by the accounting department

But actually, they don’t have this request.

So could you send me the form enclosed with the information of the person who paid your registration? (in this case I think it’s you)

 

I hope you understand the situation.

Let me know if you need anything else.

 

Best regards.

 

 

A.S.O - Claire THOMAS

Service Concurrent Dakar

[quote/]
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on November 23, 2011, 05:54:06 am
Hey Guys,

Tau - Followed your aspirations of the doing the Dakar for some time, and sorry to hear about your withdrawal.  But as they say - "there is always a next time".  I too have had dreams of doing it, and I had the opportunity to compete for 2012 along with my buddies, Neil & Greg (2012 entrants), but alas, finances is just a real party pooper :xxbah:.  Maybe one year in the very near future!!
BB - Thanks for your continued info on this sight and many other threads, always usefull.

So that brings me to this Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.  Perhaps this would be a more realistic goal for now.  Any info would be appreciated, regarding - Date, Entry fee, hiring a race ready bike, license required, and anything else that could be usefull. It would be good to be able to make this a reality and ride with some home boys.

My background - not much really, other than being a week-end warrior with a full tank of enthusiam and a never give up attitude.  I raced in the local series around Jhb this year again.  Followed the 2010 Dakar with 5 mates and Girlfriend (now my wife).  And thats about it.  ;D
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 23, 2011, 06:52:49 am
Hey Guys,

Tau - Followed your aspirations of the doing the Dakar for some time, and sorry to hear about your withdrawal.  But as they say - "there is always a next time".  I too have had dreams of doing it, and I had the opportunity to compete for 2012 along with my buddies, Neil & Greg (2012 entrants), but alas, finances is just a real party pooper :xxbah:.  Maybe one year in the very near future!!
BB - Thanks for your continued info on this sight and many other threads, always usefull.

So that brings me to this Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.  Perhaps this would be a more realistic goal for now.  Any info would be appreciated, regarding - Date, Entry fee, hiring a race ready bike, license required, and anything else that could be usefull. It would be good to be able to make this a reality and ride with some home boys.

My background - not much really, other than being a week-end warrior with a full tank of enthusiam and a never give up attitude.  I raced in the local series around Jhb this year again.  Followed the 2010 Dakar with 5 mates and Girlfriend (now my wife).  And thats about it.  ;D

Howzit boet! Awesome vision. :thumright: Make no mistake and despite what some people like to say, the Dakar is absolutley NOT the rally to start on. Nevermind that anyway, because unless you have finished another FIM desert Rally somewhere else they wont even let you in these days!

I was told you need to get into it and do a couple of shorter ones first - apart from getting you into the groove for what is to come, often its not every rider's cup of tea; and it makes no sense to blow R500,000 on the Dakar only to realise too late that its not at all what you thought.

The DC is a great rally to start on not only because its one of the cheapest, but also because its actually a bloody tough one too. We are waiting for James West to come back to us regarding hire bikes, but now that youre on the scene I am making some enquiries elsewhere as well about getting some bikes. There could be 6 of us now who may be doing it already, and at least 4 of us will need bikes!

Big thing about rallies is the preparation and paperwork - a SOAB, but it separates those who talk about doing it from those who actually enter - a considerable feat in its own right! So as an intro, do some research yourself on it starting here> http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.ae I would also look for some blogs on ADV rider - there are couple of good stories out there. All the best, and let us know how things go! :ricky:

Neil :paw:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 23, 2011, 09:08:31 am
Hey Guys,

Tau - Followed your aspirations of the doing the Dakar for some time, and sorry to hear about your withdrawal.  But as they say - "there is always a next time".  I too have had dreams of doing it, and I had the opportunity to compete for 2012 along with my buddies, Neil & Greg (2012 entrants), but alas, finances is just a real party pooper :xxbah:.  Maybe one year in the very near future!!
BB - Thanks for your continued info on this sight and many other threads, always usefull.

So that brings me to this Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.  Perhaps this would be a more realistic goal for now.  Any info would be appreciated, regarding - Date, Entry fee, hiring a race ready bike, license required, and anything else that could be usefull. It would be good to be able to make this a reality and ride with some home boys.

My background - not much really, other than being a week-end warrior with a full tank of enthusiam and a never give up attitude.  I raced in the local series around Jhb this year again.  Followed the 2010 Dakar with 5 mates and Girlfriend (now my wife).  And thats about it.  ;D

Thx markdiver.

Everything in life happens for a reason. Sometimes it is not lekker, but so is life.

I will not commit until ASO has refunded me. I cannot spend anymore money on racing that is a pipe dream, my mental state won't last :imaposer:.

Entry fees looked like around R23 000 last year.  I have not made a final decision on taking my own bike or renting, but I love my bike and in sand she is stunning.

For me doing the DC will take a huge bite out of my "very limited" rallye budget.

If there is more saffers taking there own bikes we can fill a 6m container and all spares and tyres which when there is 5-6 bikes works out very cheap. Consider that you can then take tyres mooses and gear from SA at cheaper prices.

I have handed in a plan to my MSA official for 2012 for some support for a Rallye class at the National Offroad series.

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 23, 2011, 09:13:29 am
Some rates from 2011

Shipping from La Spezia (Genova, Italy) - Dubai = $750

Entry $2800

So I suppose even if you rent for high price just shipping from RSA or Europe will set you back R6000+


 
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on November 23, 2011, 11:34:58 am
Some rates from 2011

Shipping from La Spezia (Genova, Italy) - Dubai = $750

Entry $2800

So I suppose even if you rent for high price just shipping from RSA or Europe will set you back R6000+

Hey John.

Shipping is a bitch. Not an easy bypass there. sadly all the companies that deal with the challenge aremainly focussed on getting the bikes/cars truck in from europe rather than the rest of the world.Must have something to do with the fact that the French and Spanirds are the main customers with the South African being the main dreamers.

I am going to try and see what other options are available from here that may nbe able to help you.


Cheers

Al
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on November 23, 2011, 11:49:55 am
Ok Gents.

I must appologise as i have been a littkle self absorbed with work. it would seem my bosses expect me to do some work and not day dream about the Challenge or the Dakar.

I have spoken to Sam Smith at Sandstorm (another bike shop here) and he has also indicated that they will be doing bikes if the challenge happens. He cannot give me an indication on cost as they are trying to figure out if they are going to by new bikes or if they are going to use their current stock. Interesting thing is he has had an enquiry from Robertsons racing in SA for 3 riders there. Do any of you guys know them?


I will send him an email as i had to James so that you guys can enquire at will to find out what is happening.

Cheers
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 23, 2011, 02:50:02 pm
Thanks Al, please keep us informed.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 23, 2011, 10:39:03 pm
Probably Garth Roberts from Roberts racing. Know him will contact him :thumleft:

He imports clarke and scotts
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on November 24, 2011, 04:59:01 am
Thanks BB, I had already looked at the official Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge site, but unfortunately it is all related to the past 2011 event.  There is nothing regarding advise, entry or any mention in fact of the 2012 race. (if there is to be one)  So I guess, we will keep hunting and see what we can find.
If anything pops up that is usefull from my side, I will post straight away.
Sharing a container is definately the way to go if there are any who will be taking bikes and spares.  We did the same when we went to Argentina, with 6 adventure bikes into 20' container.  So should be easy for 6 rallye bikes, possibly could even take 7.
Good hunting all!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 24, 2011, 08:44:15 am
Well Mark du Plessis and Steve Lovemore have also showed some interest and their KTM 450 RR's are here so they will also need to ship. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 30, 2011, 07:12:49 am
Any news? Looks like we might have to go somewhere else for bikes :dontknow:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on November 30, 2011, 07:55:39 am
Usually there are 2 companies that rent bikes for the Challenge.

KTM
Sandstorm Mortorcycles.

Here are their brochures from the past!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/165633_479493307332_572842332_5873251_1045536_n.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/untitled.jpg)

The guys are waiting at the moment for the release dates and as soon as I get info i will pass on to You.

Cheers
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on November 30, 2011, 09:20:15 am
Same info I had last year. Not bad if you bring the bike back....
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on December 13, 2011, 03:25:08 pm
Well, finally managed to make my way through to Sand Storm Motorcycles in Dubai.  Have been in talks with owner Mark Lane today and will hopefully have more news soon.  They are a very keen outfit for Rally racing and have just taken on/sponsored, the young and super fast Dakar entrant Sam Sunderland.  After a good visit and talking to Sam, we are heading out to the desert tomorrow on Honda 450 Rally machines.  I could not be more stoked.  Mark has been kind enough to loan me his bike and Sam will be my guide.  What more could a dog ask for, it just does not get better than this.  Now I just have to somehow keep up and stay on the bike.  Wish me luck!!  I am back in SA on the week-end and hopefully by then I will have more updates regarding the Desert Challenge.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on December 13, 2011, 04:58:10 pm
 :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

Great news, let us know more about the cost etc that side.

Kenesis stop working so much dude  :biggrin:


Oh and by the way........ASO refunded me today :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 13, 2011, 09:11:04 pm
Thanks Mark, looking forward to you ride report too!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on December 18, 2011, 09:10:43 am
Well Well Well - what a ride it was!! ;D.  Mark Lane owner of Sand Storm Motorcycles in Dubai arranged for me to ride with Sam Sunderland in the desert.  It was a day I wont forget.  We took the bikes out to a start point known as KTM farm.  Sam on his 2010 Factory Honda 450 ex Dakar bike (he uses this bike to train with) and I was on Mark Lane's Honda 450 with long range tanks.  The 1st half and hour I was not really comfortable on the bike, arm pump was an issue and the more I tried to adapt the correct ride position, the more I struggled.  Then Sam says to me, give my bike a try, which I agreed to without any hesitation ;D.  From the very start on his bike, I was comfortable, but then as the ride progressed, it seem to be getting even better.  I was supremely comfortable and my confidence levels was just climbing by the minute. My arm pump was also completely gone.  It felt like I was floating over the dunes.  The bike has what seems to be endless power.  I weigh in at 115 kg's, but not once did I struggle up any dune, even in the wrong gear.  I made many mistakes on the slow dune stuff and the much faster, almost flat out sections, but the bike always forgave me and gave me another chance.  I was grinning from ear to ear in my helmet and simply could not get enough.  After another half hour of riding, we stopped (actually Sam was waiting for me) and I then informed him that he was not getting his bike back.  He laughed and said no problem.  So for the rest of our ride I rode on Sam's bike and it just got better and better.  To put it in simple terms - I AM HOOKED. 
Thank-you again to Mark Lane from SandStorm Motorcycles Dubai and Sam Sunderland.  Sam has signed up with a 3 year Honda factory ride and is also sponsored by SandStorm.  I wish them the best of luck for the Dakar and there is no doubt in my mind that Sam is going to feature very very well.  I will be posting soon more details of the Desert Challange with the information that I got from Mark and his colleagues.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 19, 2011, 05:46:48 am
That sounds lekker, Mark. It's truely amazing what decent suspension does to one's riding confidence. I remember being stunned how much better I could ride on decent suspension.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Skaiidawg on December 24, 2011, 08:39:56 am
Sam was doing brilliant in the last ADC with an inferior bike KTM gave him.
No I wonder how Trenker and co feels that they have lost a good rider to Honda?
Good luck to all who want to enter into the ADC if and when it happens.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on January 04, 2012, 11:33:30 am
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 04, 2012, 12:01:21 pm
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
I have to remew my racing license this week and i will have a chat to the guys at the ATCUAE and will come back to you!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on January 04, 2012, 12:08:44 pm
Sam was doing brilliant in the last ADC with an inferior bike KTM gave him.
No I wonder how Trenker and co feels that they have lost a good rider to Honda?
Good luck to all who want to enter into the ADC if and when it happens.
He might prefer that inferior KTM after this episode :pot:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on January 04, 2012, 12:09:18 pm
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
I have to remew my racing license this week and i will have a chat to the guys at the ATCUAE and will come back to you!

THx  :thumleft: airfair is cheap at the moment would like to save as much as possible.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 04, 2012, 12:34:17 pm
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
I have to remew my racing license this week and i will have a chat to the guys at the ATCUAE and will come back to you!

THx  :thumleft: airfair is cheap at the moment would like to save as much as possible.
Ok i just i just called the ATCUAE and asked tany what is happening ? Is it on or not?

She informed me that it is in the calender and the details should be released shortly! Sounds like they have a date but are waiting on a sign off.


She sounds like the most positive person i have spoken to yet!

Watch this space!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on January 06, 2012, 11:08:51 am
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
I have to remew my racing license this week and i will have a chat to the guys at the ATCUAE and will come back to you!

THx  :thumleft: airfair is cheap at the moment would like to save as much as possible.
Ok i just i just called the ATCUAE and asked tany what is happening ? Is it on or not?

She informed me that it is in the calender and the details should be released shortly! Sounds like they have a date but are waiting on a sign off.


She sounds like the most positive person i have spoken to yet!

Watch this space!
You two and BB2007 must check this out properly this year, I will save up some money and join you in 2013.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 06, 2012, 09:24:33 pm
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
I have to remew my racing license this week and i will have a chat to the guys at the ATCUAE and will come back to you!

THx  :thumleft: airfair is cheap at the moment would like to save as much as possible.
Ok i just i just called the ATCUAE and asked tany what is happening ? Is it on or not?

She informed me that it is in the calender and the details should be released shortly! Sounds like they have a date but are waiting on a sign off.


She sounds like the most positive person i have spoken to yet!

Watch this space!
You two and BB2007 must check this out properly this year, I will save up some money and join you in 2013.  :thumleft:
Come bud! You know ou wanna do it! It's only a credit card!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 12, 2012, 11:19:42 pm
A lil birdie whispered in my ear tonight and told me to start getting my shit together cause the circus is coming to town! Watch the ADDC web site in the next week!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: zetman on January 13, 2012, 12:11:45 am
gooi manne ek koop di eerste tshirt van die wilddogs racing team
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: zetman on January 13, 2012, 12:12:15 am
gooi manne ek koop di eerste tshirt van die wilddogs racing team
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: zetman on January 13, 2012, 12:12:29 am
gooi manne ek koop di eerste tshirt van die wilddogs racing team
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on January 13, 2012, 03:30:49 pm
Wish they would now post something already!!!!  :P ??? >:(
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 15, 2012, 06:21:53 pm


Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge


Entries Open for 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge !!!!!! The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will return for its 22nd running in 2012, and will once again be held across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from 30th March to 6th April. The world famous event will allow competitors to explore some of the wonders of the Western Region of Al Gharbia, and will go deep into the Liwa desert. But exploration is not the only thing that awaits competitors during this event; after all, it’s not called a ‘Challenge’ for nothing, and the event is guaranteed to push all participants to the limit. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE). The ATCUAE has now opened registration to competitors driving cars and trucks complying with FIA T1, T2, T3 and T4 technical regulations, and motorcyclists and quads running under the auspices of the FIM. The 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will be the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, and Round 2 of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. In the primary categories, last year’s car class was won by Desert Challenge legend Stephane Peterhansel, a multiple winner of the event on both two and four wheels, and the motorcycle class was won by Spaniard Marc Coma. Both competitors are currently leading their respective categories in the 2012 Dakar Rally, and will be hoping to gain a strong result as preparation for a defence of their Desert Challenge titles. Alongside them last year, a field of over 170 competitors from 34 different countries battled to cover the 1500km of the route to reach the finish line in Abu Dhabi. The 2011 edition of the event also set a new milestone by being broadcasted on some of the world’s leading sports channels, to 121million homes, in 59 different countries, and across 20 different languages. While most of the worlds most experienced top cross country rally drivers and riders are used to struggling with our desert, this year’s rally will test men and machines even harder by introducing competitors to the most spectacular, and toughest, dunes in the world. The high temperatures experienced by the UAE in April will also add an extra challenge to the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, contributing to making this event a very technical and demanding rally. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, ATCUAE President and founder of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, said: “The Desert Challenge is an iconic event in the UAE and both officials and competitors will be delighted to go back to Liwa to challenge and experience our beautiful desert once again. I’d like to express my gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for always encouraging and supporting myself and the ATCUAE to present an outstanding and top class event every year. Over this new edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge we’ll deliver a more exciting, and challenging competition than ever before.”
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Panne on January 15, 2012, 06:39:25 pm
Hi Boys any news on the event????

Will she be happening?
I have to remew my racing license this week and i will have a chat to the guys at the ATCUAE and will come back to you!

THx  :thumleft: airfair is cheap at the moment would like to save as much as possible.
Ok i just i just called the ATCUAE and asked tany what is happening ? Is it on or not?

She informed me that it is in the calender and the details should be released shortly! Sounds like they have a date but are waiting on a sign off.


She sounds like the most positive person i have spoken to yet!

Watch this space!
You two and BB2007 must check this out properly this year, I will save up some money and join you in 2013.  :thumleft:

Ditto!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on January 17, 2012, 01:13:42 pm
Hey Kenesis, thanks for the update, very good news.  I have looked on the ADDC site and still there is no update or website change for 2012??  Is there a new link to the site and where can we find this news that you are getting??
Thanks.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 17, 2012, 06:17:04 pm
Hey Kenesis, thanks for the update, very good news.  I have looked on the ADDC site and still there is no update or website change for 2012??  Is there a new link to the site and where can we find this news that you are getting??
Thanks.

Hey Markdiver.

I had dinner last thursday night with Sean Gaugain who told me that the dates had been released. The Next day from the ADDC Facebook page I saw the details that i have posted here!

There is a Flurry of activity to get the guys ready for the challenge and shortly we should see some adds coming out for the bike rentals!


as i get the Website details i will Post!

Cheers

Al
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: ChinaPete on January 17, 2012, 06:30:08 pm
Saw the dates on Cyril Despres' site:

15-18 March – Italian Baja

30 March-06 April – Desert Challenge Abu Dhabi

15-21 April – Sealine Cross-Country Rally Qatar (to be confirmed)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on January 24, 2012, 04:50:59 pm
About Bloody Time!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/855a8c9d.jpg)

WWW.ABUDHABIDESERTCHALLENGE.COM


So Who`s in?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on January 25, 2012, 11:22:17 am
I awant to, but need to decide about Dakar 2013 soon..
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on January 25, 2012, 03:05:55 pm
I got this feed back today from SandStorm Motorcycle in Dubai today.

"1 - To have a bike the same as Sam Sunderlands, fully prepped will cost
35,000dhs to rent.  R 76,637.25 at todays exchange rate
2 - To have an older model bike, the same as Sam Smiths (Mark rode both)
will cost 25,000dhs to rent.  R 54,719.00

Support is the same cost for either bike or indeed if you wanted to enter
your own bike (ie KTM). This cost is 4,000dhs  (R 8,759.50) plus any parts used and
consumables such as oil etc.

We have a cut off date for riders to register with us of 15th February so
do please let us know as soon as you can so we can start to get things
organised."

I particularly like the support package on it's own - could be well worth it.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 25, 2012, 10:24:22 pm
That's pretty reasonable for a race ready bike and support. What bike is Sam riding? Will the same team that is doing Sam supporting us as well if we go for this option?


Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 25, 2012, 10:25:17 pm
About Bloody Time!

WWW.ABUDHABIDESERTCHALLENGE.COM


So Who`s in?

Tell me about it. I am 80% sure i will be there.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on January 26, 2012, 07:50:48 am
That's pretty reasonable for a race ready bike and support. What bike is Sam riding? Will the same team that is doing Sam supporting us as well if we go for this option?




BB  - When I was there, I understood it as follows:  The support will come directly from SandStorm and their staff.  The bike would be of the same spec that Sam was riding.  I am sure that Sam would be part of his Honda factory team, as he raced in the Dakar, since he has been given a 3 year contract, but not completely sure about that one.  I have sent off more questions to them today.  Will info soonest.  I agree that the support package is really worth it.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on January 26, 2012, 09:57:44 am
That's pretty reasonable for a race ready bike and support. What bike is Sam riding? Will the same team that is doing Sam supporting us as well if we go for this option?

Shoot! And I thought it was expensive (especially the "older" bike option). Does anyone know what it cost roughly to get a bike there and back to SA?

What fuel range is needed (typically) for this race?

Entry fee, cost of accommodation and meals?

What does the support package include: you get the labour for daily oil, filters and tyre changes when needed and a bike wash? Labour for repairs if needed? You then get a bill for all consumables and parts used.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on January 26, 2012, 10:23:04 am
That's pretty reasonable for a race ready bike and support. What bike is Sam riding? Will the same team that is doing Sam supporting us as well if we go for this option?

Shoot! And I thought it was expensive (especially the "older" bike option). Does anyone know what it cost roughly to get a bike there and back to SA?

What fuel range is needed (typically) for this race?

Entry fee, cost of accommodation and meals?

What does the support package include: you get the labour for daily oil, filters and tyre changes when needed and a bike wash? Labour for repairs if needed? You then get a bill for all consumables and parts used.

Overseas               No       $ US
Car/Auto Private Overseas         Before 23/02/12    5 450              
Truck (T4) Overseas                        Before 23/02/12    6 900              
Private Motorcycle, WITH Advertising      Before 23/02/12    2 800              
Private Motorcycle, WITHOUT Advertising      Before 23/02/12    5 600              
                                 
Car/Auto Private Overseas         After 23/02/12    6 540             
Truck (T4) Overseas                        After 23/02/12    8 280              
Private Motorcycle,  WITH Advertising      After 23/02/12    3 360             
Private Motorcycle, WITHOUT Advertising      After 23/02/12    6 720             
                                 
Return shipping  from Italy  (Car / Van)             TBC             
Return shipping from Italy (Bike)             TBC             
Return shipping from Italy (Quad)             TBC             
Return shipping from Italy (Truck)             TBC             
                                 
                                 
Team Entry per vehicle, min 3, max 5.             45              
                                 
Service Crew Package                                 
Vehicle                                       Before 01/03/12    340             
Service crew members.         Before 01/03/12    370              
                                 
Additional Bivouc Pass                                        370              
Additional set of Service Road Books             290             
VISA for Service Crew/Non Competitors             55   

Below are some questions I asked the ADDC organisation

1.        What is the difference between WITH Advertising & WITHOUT Advertising?  As a privateer which entry fee would be applicable to me? (Overseas Competitor)

The competitors are normally required to take the organizers advertising stickers, but if you promised all the ad space to your sponsor you won’t take our advertising and your entry fees will increase. Most privateers take the package WITH advertising.

2.        Please could you clarify what the Team Entry per vehicle is at $45 per vehicle, min 3 & max 5?

You may team up with min 2 to maximum 4 bikes to go as a team to qualify for a team award. In this case, team entry should be paid and team name will appear on the entry lists.

3.        Does entry fee for motorcycle include the road book?

Yes

4.        Are children allowed into the Bivouac?

Yes   

5.       What additional fees may be required for a competitor, e.g. Desert taxes etc?

The entry fees cover your petrol, road books, insurance, food in the Bivouac – you don’t need to pay any extras.

Your additional expenses would be for navigation equipment (paid to ERTF and TDCOM), shipping, accommodation in Abu Dhabi and any other travel / logistics expenses that may arise.

In terms of fuel range - The route has not been made known yet, or what the distances per day are.  However I think one would have to prepare for 200-300km stages.
Shipping of bike to Dubai there and back - Investigating at the moment - Anyone with input on this would also be appreciated.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on February 01, 2012, 02:04:51 pm
More updates from SandStorm

1, We can provide you with a brand new Rally bike fully prepped for approximately DHS 100,000.
2, We can rent you Sam Sunderlands bike for DHS 35,000 including full support for the Challenge.
3, We can sell you Sam Sunderlands bike outright for DHS 55,000.

There is only one Sunderland bike, this is the bike you rode and liked. we also have two older 2008 bikes, with full rally kit, same as the other bike you rode.  These are to be DHS 25,000 with support.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on February 06, 2012, 02:57:24 pm
KTM Support Packages and hiring of bikes.  They will be offering these packages for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Rally of Tunisia and Rally in Egypt.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 06, 2012, 06:50:07 pm
So boet is your entry paid yet?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on February 07, 2012, 06:06:33 am
So boet is your entry paid yet?


 :(  Unfortunately not - I have withdrawn from the race now finally.  My bike is not ready (decided to have my own and not going to rent) and work commitments are the other pain.  So hopefully some other time this year.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 07, 2012, 07:03:54 am
Sorry to hear  that. Maybe Next year!

So guess i am not printing any T shirts this year!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kamanya on February 07, 2012, 07:34:21 am
The confirmation dates have come too late for me. I have already committed to work.

The prices are affordable and compelling. Pity.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 07, 2012, 12:53:48 pm
I am in for the Desert challenge.

I set a cople of goals for myself in order to Race ride the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert challenge.

For fear of Jinxing myself i am going to refrain from posting anything about my prep and then the actual race until i am finished.

Please can you guys give me some ideas/tips for the journey ahead?

Some serious choices ahead!

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 07, 2012, 03:12:25 pm
I am in for the Desert challenge.

I set a cople of goals for myself in order to Race ride the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert challenge.

For fear of Jinxing myself i am going to refrain from posting anything about my prep and then the actual race until i am finished.

Please can you guys give me some ideas/tips for the journey ahead?

Some serious choices ahead!



Brilliant!  :thumleft: You're going to LOVE it.

I wouldn't worry about jinxing yourself at all (that's all bull -bluebull- anyway), just don't ride too hard, rather ride 60% in your training and rather ride for a bit longer. Train on an motor cross track if you have one near you. No big jumps mind you! The idea is to ride over the terrain, which will tire you out much faster and a ride in the desert. No sure what more I can say -you know what to do.

I need to commit to this this week, I'm very keen. I have managed to shuffle my work schedule around so the dates are still open and its over Easter, so that helps a little. Still thinking about how do I broach this to my wife.  :patch: Also a little bit concerned about my current level of fitness.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on February 07, 2012, 05:03:55 pm
I am in for the Desert challenge.

I set a cople of goals for myself in order to Race ride the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert challenge.

For fear of Jinxing myself i am going to refrain from posting anything about my prep and then the actual race until i am finished.

Please can you guys give me some ideas/tips for the journey ahead?

Some serious choices ahead!




Kenesis, since I have not done a desert race, I don't think I am in a position to give you advice.  But I will repeat and say what Sam Sunderland said to me.  "SET UP & SUSPENSION" -  will make the world of difference to your ability in the desert.  I found that to be blantantly obvious and good advice, because when I swopped bikes with him and rode his well prepared bike, I swear I was 20% faster, just from the confidence that the bike gave me.

Good luck and all the best with the race and look forward to your RR.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 07, 2012, 06:17:47 pm

Brilliant!  :thumleft: You're going to LOVE it.

I wouldn't worry about jinxing yourself at all (that's all bull -bluebull- anyway), just don't ride too hard, rather ride 60% in your training and rather ride for a bit longer. Train on an motor cross track if you have one near you. No big jumps mind you! The idea is to ride over the terrain, which will tire you out much faster and a ride in the desert. No sure what more I can say -you know what to do.

I need to commit to this this week, I'm very keen. I have managed to shuffle my work schedule around so the dates are still open and its over Easter, so that helps a little. Still thinking about how do I broach this to my wife.  :patch: Also a little bit concerned about my current level of fitness.

I think that i have the fitness thing under wraps. I have been racing motocross since September and well it deffinately has helped in my skill level.  I decided to start racing the masters class here and well i am still stone last and well i shouldnt complain as the guys i am racing almost all of them started racing when they were younger than 10 years old. It started off with me getting lapped every 3rd lap an now i am at a point that i no longer get lapped and i am 4 sec a lap behind the guy infront of me. I have been gyming/Rowing/Spinning 4 times a week for the last 6 weeks and i feel great. I managed to lose 10 KG and another 5 before the challenge!

BB i wouldnt worry too much about the fitness as 6 weeks is more than enough time to get this sorted. Get your wife on board and come and join me!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 07, 2012, 06:24:47 pm

Kenesis, since I have not done a desert race, I don't think I am in a position to give you advice.  But I will repeat and say what Sam Sunderland said to me.  "SET UP & SUSPENSION" -  will make the world of difference to your ability in the desert.  I found that to be blantantly obvious and good advice, because when I swopped bikes with him and rode his well prepared bike, I swear I was 20% faster, just from the confidence that the bike gave me.

Good luck and all the best with the race and look forward to your RR.
Thanks Markdiver. Luckily i have Sean Gaugain helping me with my Suspension.He has the most rally experience and and he himself has one the Desert challenge. So he carries a huge amount of experience and is the best equipped to help me through the challenge. It helps that he is my mate and he would also like to see me succeed.

Sam is also a good freind of mine, he is young and if he gets his navigation sorted he will be a force to be reckoned with. We had lunch at the MX on Friday and he is super excited for the challenge! Ill try and drag some more infor out of him this week end about his bike and team etc.

Ill start taking photo`s of the bike build and I will start a Build thread about it!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 07, 2012, 09:22:07 pm
So what package do you reckon I go with and with whom?

The suspension thing is a big deal for me too, so it would be good if that were sorted as part of it even if I have to pay more. :P
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 08, 2012, 05:55:31 am
I Suggest that you run with Sean. Yesterday whilst i was chatting to him he mentioned that he has spare springs around. How much do you weigh? Ill ask him if he can sort you out with the suspension!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 11, 2012, 07:22:02 pm
I got my A into G today

http://www.youtube.com/v/WH75fANXi1o?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 15, 2012, 07:42:02 am
Nice video. Now what about that bike?

BTW, I am in, see you there. :thumright:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on February 15, 2012, 02:17:11 pm
Nice video. Now what about that bike?

BTW, I am in, see you there. :thumright:
:thumleft:

Nice one!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 04, 2012, 02:28:05 pm
Things are getting really interesting for me now.

I have almost every thing required for the bike barring the ERTF brackets, cables and antenae`s
I am going for my medical this week for my international competition license.
I am going to paymy entry fee and deposits for the sentinel irritrac etc.

Passing the point of no return!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 11, 2012, 06:20:09 pm
Ok guys. Point of no return passed by today.

Entry has been paid! Bike is looking pretty good! managed an hours riding around yesterday. 2 more hours and she is pretty much run in.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/b3b21982.jpg)

I need to sort out the ICO, Roadbook controls Horn and Switches and all the brackets along with Antennae and power cables!

I am Super stoked that BB is in for the rally aswell.

Sean Gaugain, James West, Justin Taylor and Sam Sunderland are all in for the challenge! (Although Sams foot is a little broken at the moment and will not be able to ride until at least the week before the event!

I have had plenty MX racing in the last couple of weeks now to get some Desert time under the Saddle!

(Shitting myself a bit!)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on March 11, 2012, 10:00:14 pm
Eish the bike she is beautiful....
For the non-rider types like myself, why the smaller fairing where the Dakar bikes all seem to have much larger fairings?
Is engine size limited at all? Or is it a free-for-all?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Tuareg on March 12, 2012, 12:42:04 am
The bike looks killer.......
Can't wait for the racing to start, suffering from severe post-Dakar withdrawal
Good luck to both you & BB'07 for the final prep & some good clean racing
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 12, 2012, 08:21:03 pm
Eish the bike she is beautiful....
For the non-rider types like myself, why the smaller fairing where the Dakar bikes all seem to have much larger fairings?
Is engine size limited at all? Or is it a free-for-all?
Hey Steve. I will be extending the fairing on the bike. They mainly do this to protect the Roadbook and equipment from Roost. It also serves a  wind screen!

As far as i can see in the clasifications we are all limited to 450cc
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on March 12, 2012, 10:58:26 pm
Eish the bike she is beautiful....
For the non-rider types like myself, why the smaller fairing where the Dakar bikes all seem to have much larger fairings?
Is engine size limited at all? Or is it a free-for-all?
Hey Steve. I will be extending the fairing on the bike. They mainly do this to protect the Roadbook and equipment from Roost. It also serves a  wind screen!

As far as i can see in the clasifications we are all limited to 450cc
Thanks, and good luck! Keep us up to date, we will be watching you and the other Dogs in the Desert....
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 13, 2012, 04:38:26 pm
Work commitments have forced me to withdraw, I'm pretty gutted about this.  :-[

Kenisis, you alone have to carry the flag and live our dreams vicariously! I feel really kak that I'm not gonna do this thing with you.  :-\

Hopefully the organisation will re-imburse me my money.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on March 13, 2012, 09:41:14 pm
Work commitments have forced me to withdraw, I'm pretty gutted about this.  :-[

Kenisis, you alone have to carry the flag and live our dreams vicariously! I feel really kak that I'm not gonna do this thing with you.  :-\

Hopefully the organisation will re-imburse me my money.
Ag no man....
Is Kenisis the only South African riding? Mr Curtiss and co planned to get more experience with roadbook navigation before Dakar next year, but I'm not sure if they are going to Abu Dhabi.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 14, 2012, 09:16:58 pm
Hey Kenisis, are you doing daily MX track training?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 18, 2012, 02:51:09 pm
Ag no man....
Is Kenisis the only South African riding? Mr Curtiss and co planned to get more experience with roadbook navigation before Dakar next year, but I'm not sure if they are going to Abu Dhabi.
[/quote]

Hey SteveD.

There are a couple of South Africans taking part from here. Myself , Sean Gaugain and Nick black on a Quad.

The one too watch is Sean. He will be the one that will be giving it horns with the boys in the front! Nick may be out of the challenge as i have heard that he may need an op after a fall he had a week or two ago. I will be tearing up the back of the field offering assistance to some of the other battling riders!

I am waiting on the entry list and hopefully i will get that soon!

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 18, 2012, 02:53:51 pm
Hey Kenisis, are you doing daily MX track training?

Hey BB.

Sadly work is not permitting me from riding MX daily. I have a route near my house wich is about a 10 KM loop with pylons that i ride almost every after noon.

Not quite the fitness but it helps with the confidence which i am lacking a little at the moment!

Cheers
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 22, 2012, 02:26:10 pm
Ok This week has been a mad week work wise and Challenge wise.

I jumped through a couple of hurdles this week.

 Full Medical for the FIM International license.

This included labs, Stress ECG, Cardio Echo, Eye Test etc.

Went and collected the license earlier today. Now just to finish the wiring on the Bike.

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 22, 2012, 02:47:00 pm
Excellent stuff Kenesis!!

Min dae nou pappie. :ricky:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 24, 2012, 06:16:56 pm
Rally Bike Build Central!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/0a1f8961.jpg)

Spent the Day with Sean getting my bike all sorted out!

Nearly there!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 26, 2012, 04:19:13 am
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 26, 2012, 07:10:27 am
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on March 26, 2012, 10:40:51 am
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.


I have a soft copy if you want it.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Panne on March 26, 2012, 04:23:07 pm
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.


I have a soft copy if you want it.

Can I save you guys the trouble of having to scan it? Have it in pdf format already!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 26, 2012, 06:07:09 pm
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.


I have a soft copy if you want it.

Can I save you guys the trouble of having to scan it? Have it in pdf format already!  :thumleft:

Thanks Panne, please mail me nringdahl at gmail dot com.

Cheers ou boet

:paw:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on March 26, 2012, 06:33:22 pm
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.


I have a soft copy if you want it.

Can I save you guys the trouble of having to scan it? Have it in pdf format already!  :thumleft:

Het jy gewen met joune?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 26, 2012, 07:24:28 pm
Got the proofs for my graphics set!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/1f96f82a.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Tuareg on March 26, 2012, 07:27:05 pm
That's gonna look good........
Can't wait to see the fully prepped bike
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on March 26, 2012, 08:27:02 pm
That's gonna look good........
Can't wait to see the fully prepped bike
+1
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 26, 2012, 09:36:06 pm
That's gonna look good........
Can't wait to see the fully prepped bike
+1
+2  :drif:

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Panne on March 26, 2012, 09:39:31 pm
Decals are looking great Kenesis!  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.

Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.


I have a soft copy if you want it.

Can I save you guys the trouble of having to scan it? Have it in pdf format already!  :thumleft:

Het jy gewen met joune?


 :thumleft: Ligte moet aan wees, dan is ICO's en roadbook light aan. Backup batterye is ook sat!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: KTM11 on March 27, 2012, 07:55:31 am
Got the proofs for my graphics set!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/1f96f82a.jpg)

Before you print, get them to sort out the INFUSION logo, it is a mirror copy on the radiator shroud shown on the left  ;)

Look out for my brother Wayne, he has a full media pass and will be taking photos at the event ....... good luck
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Panne on March 27, 2012, 08:14:19 am
Hey Kenesis, do you have a copy of the operating instructions for an ICO? I lost mine.
Yebo. Have it at home. Will bring in and scan tomorow.


I have a soft copy if you want it.

Can I save you guys the trouble of having to scan it? Have it in pdf format already!  :thumleft:

Thanks Panne, please mail me nringdahl at gmail dot com.

Cheers ou boet

:paw:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 27, 2012, 02:41:44 pm
Things suddenly very REAL and SCARY :o

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/EntryListpg1.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/EntryListpg2.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on March 27, 2012, 02:57:25 pm
Well there you go!!!!

Plenty Honda's and some big names on that list. All the best for your final bits of preparation and the race!! Take it all in, this experience will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 27, 2012, 04:31:21 pm
Go No. 50!!! Alan Wilkinson!

Say hi to Jacob Przygonski for me, he is a helluva nice guy, and great rider and will be delighted to give you some last minute tips.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 28, 2012, 07:45:42 pm
Almost together!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/4873f55e.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/09042ea3.jpg)

Min Dae!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 29, 2012, 12:31:15 am
Now THAT is a Sweet ride  :thumleft:  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:

Excellent stuff Alan!!! I am so stoked for you and still bitter and twisted I am not there....perhaps next year.

Meanwhile I will live the dream through you.

Make sure you take your camera to scruitneering.  :deal:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on March 29, 2012, 12:09:44 pm
That bike looks great Kenisis, well done!!!
 
What tyres will you be using?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 29, 2012, 08:21:37 pm
Now THAT is a Sweet ride  :thumleft:  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:

Excellent stuff Alan!!! I am so stoked for you and still bitter and twisted I am not there....perhaps next year.

Meanwhile I will live the dream through you.

Make sure you take your camera to scruitneering.  :deal:
Thanks Boet. Sad  you are not here, in hind site maybe better as the temp has jumped 10 Deg warmer in the last 5 days!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 29, 2012, 08:22:56 pm
That bike looks great Kenisis, well done!!!
 
What tyres will you be using?

Thanks Darksider!

As for tires i have Metzeller and Dunlop FIM tires. I dont which ones are better yet!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 30, 2012, 06:47:45 pm
I have had quite a hectic week.

So i woke up today feeling a little stressed. Luckily my Daughter decided to join me to documentation/registration this morning. It was nice to have her along for company! We woke at around 7 and by 8 when we got into the car it was already 31 Deg. This is a sign of things to come!It  was 39 Deg when we returned to Dubai at 11am.

We had an uneventful drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi`s Yas Island track. When we got there we were 10th in the que  which was rather nice for us but then we had Tim Trenker from UAE KTM who was registering for 10 people, I can only assume he was doing Marc Coma`s Registration.

I met some lovelly people today but decided not to hang around so that i could get home to fit the GPS, Sentinel and Irritrac.

Some pics from today!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/dcd0e23d.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/e8866391.jpg)
The Lady from ERTF
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/751892ff.jpg)
The Lady from TDcom
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/e2f813f8.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/d6c9603a.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/ec02443f.jpg)

Scrutineering tomorow at 11am!


Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 30, 2012, 07:36:44 pm
Thanks for the post Kensis!

Wooohooo!!

Take a deep breath, all this prep can make things tense, but soon enough you will be riding and then you'll be loving it!

Its just another out ride in the desert.  ;)

All the best for your scrutineering tomorrow.

If possible it would be great to see how you did the connections.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on March 30, 2012, 08:11:44 pm
Yes please, as many pictures as possible! The GPS, Sentinel, Iritrack etc fascinate me. Electronic porn.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 30, 2012, 08:14:21 pm
Ill post that in the Build fred i started! Just gimme some time!

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Takashi on March 30, 2012, 10:28:11 pm
Good Luck !  :ricky:

I sent my parents a email telling them to go support the local boys at the Desert Challenge....
I don't know if they have to work or not...
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: gser on March 31, 2012, 10:31:49 am

 Knop Kop , are you going to be there ?
 Give a RR  and Pics if so.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on March 31, 2012, 01:39:52 pm
Good day guys.

Had an interesting and very stress full at moments, drive from Dubai to Yas circuit at 8am and the weather is much better today! Not much wind and 4 deg cooler than yesterday.

I was shorting one antennae for the gps which I got from Sean. Wired it in chop chop and was sitting around twiddling my thumbs when it. Dawns n me we are supposed to have the Challenge sponsors on our bikes. So I entrust my 13 year old to cut the stickers up and we got to some plakking,

I found the ERTF And TDCom guys very nice! The one Frenchy didn't say much but he went ballistic with cable ties!

Here is a pick of the ERTF lady doing final checks and entering my race number into my GPS.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/9b55f29f.jpg)

So then it was off to scrutineering. First came the sound level test
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/9f96f2c4.jpg)
I was not happy as I had to stand by while some guy wrings the neck out of my bike! At least my bike was all good at 109.5dB

Next it was in to check the brakes rims, tires and lights etc. Here we had Hennie a Saffer who is a nice guy!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/f4a597db.jpg)
After this the went through all my Gear, boots, chest protector and torch, space blanket,compass(the scrutineer was chirpy about my Xmas cracker compass to which I replied " it points to north, what more do you want?" and then silence!

We then it onto my Helmet. I have a one year old Shoei VFX helmet that has a Snell 2005 rating and according to their rule book is unacceptable. It must have Snell 2010. He wasn't even going to entertain the thought! I must go and find a new helmet.  Sounds much easier than what it actually is as there is no bike shops in Abu Dhabi. I called all the shops in Dubai and nothing was looking good at all. big time stress.

So it turns out there is about 10 of us with the same problem. I am told to report back to them later with my new helmet. So then I have to seal the motor to the frame.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/84d8c54b.jpg)

So then the bike is complete and off I go to stand back at Gecko and try and be calm and Sean tells me to chill out. He goes running back and forth  and finally I am summonsed to bring my helmet to the scrutineers again. All I could make out of the goings on is that in one book it is not acceptable but in the next book (the orange one?) it is acceptable. So all was signed sealed and delivered.

All good to go!

Some General pics

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/38f410f1.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/ee45e6e0.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/b281f5b3.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/ff230a6d.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/0ef532bd.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/d190fa09.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Rally%20Bike%20Build%202012/f2793f96.jpg)


So now I am off to our hotel pool to have an ice cold one and a good swim! Time to relax and enjoy myself!

I am a lucky guy! I AM GOING TO SPEND 6 DAYS ON MY BIKE!

Special thanks to my Family and freinds specially Sean!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Tuareg on March 31, 2012, 01:49:43 pm
Good luck & enjoy.......    :thumright::ricky::thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 31, 2012, 02:16:26 pm
Fantastic!!!! :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

You've just completed the most stressful part of the rally. I loved the chirp "It points north, what more do you want??"  :laughing4: :imaposer:  Zese French can be so ridiculous - there is always something. If it was not your compass, it would have been your mirror.

You're looking great, bud, shed soem serious pounds there against earlier pics.  :thumleft:

All the best for tomorrow and ride safe. 

Focus - Flow - Finish  :ricky:  :ricky:

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 01, 2012, 03:49:21 pm
I wonder how the prologue went... Looks Like Alan is ranked 40th/73, having done his 2km in 2:33, 31 seconds behind the leader.

Live tracking & rankings here.


http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com/2012-results.aspx (http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com/2012-results.aspx)

For some crazy reason all the fast guys seem to be last... :dontknow:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 01, 2012, 05:14:00 pm
Good evening guys! Had my good start to the rally today. I didnt sleep well last night and honestly crapping myself a bit today!

There was quite the spectacle today with the KTM's and husky's. Honestly in real poor for if you ask me. The KTM guys had some one with a stop watch telling them when to finish! All so that they could be at the back of the pack.

So as the joke goes, I beat some of the worlds best riders! Albeit it was only in 2km.

Some pics from the super special

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/UAE%20Desert%20Challenge%2010/a826637a.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/UAE%20Desert%20Challenge%2010/e498330f.jpg)

Photos may become scarce as my 13 year old photographer is heading home tomorrow!

I'll see what I can do!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 01, 2012, 05:41:01 pm
Awesome Kenisis!!! Its going to be fun riding to stay ahead of the top boys tomorrow!

Here is  of one Manuel Luchesse (IT) doing the prologue.

http://www.youtube.com/v/8vGY5EHLm8A&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Sir Rat on April 01, 2012, 05:51:40 pm
Well done Kenisis. Cheering for you from the sideline in SA.  :thumleft:  GoGo!!!!   :ricky:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 01, 2012, 06:35:47 pm
Awesome!
 :ricky:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: axehead on April 02, 2012, 11:02:56 am
Search here for bike #50:

http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/eviewer/abu12/

Alan is moving at 70kph. Hard to tell what kind of position (due to staged starting), but he is moving which is a good thing.

Looks like the last 20 odd miles of the day will be hard, just check out the terrain!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on April 02, 2012, 11:09:08 am
Fantastic Alan!!!  :thumleft: We are holding thumbs for you.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: axehead on April 02, 2012, 11:37:46 am
marc coma is the first bike to the finish of stage 1.

alan got a fair way to go yet, cars and bikes everywhere.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 02, 2012, 08:04:21 pm
Hey guys!

Lots of carnage today. I am not sure where I ended up. I stopped to help 4 riders  through out the day and had 40 odd km with a tail wind which absolutely nothing for the cooling so I lost about 50 min when I stopped to let the bike cool down!

All in all a good ride. I fell once and head butted a dune! It was then that I decided to take it easy and all I can say is that I am smiling right now!

I am off to hydrate, talking of hydration today I have so far drank 11 litres of water and had one very little pee!

Chat to you all soon.................
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 02, 2012, 08:14:37 pm
Well done boet!
Mr Coma was in first, time of 3h33.
You are in 38th place, time of 6h35.

Exceptional! Drink, pee, rest, ride......
(Taking the time to say hi is most appreciated)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 02, 2012, 08:19:01 pm
Full results of stage 1 attached (Bikes and Quads)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2012, 08:20:48 pm
Subscribed, wishing you all the best, ride safe & fast  ;) :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Tuareg on April 02, 2012, 10:32:11 pm
Well done for today    :thumright::thumleft:
Stay focused & keep riding      :ricky:
We want to follow the entire race     :3some:

Full results of stage 1 attached (Bikes and Quads)

Thanks SteveD....... chief cheer leader   :mwink:
Between you & BB07 you guys make it easy for the rest of us to follow the action
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 09:11:47 am
Man on the move...
Live tracking on http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/eviewer/abu12/ and http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/posi/ABU12_front/web/index.php/display/index/etape/2/sort_cp/-2/order/DESC/pstart/1

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 09:14:40 am
Alan at Checkpoint 2. Go boy!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 10:26:54 am
First riders in.
Something must have happened between the first and second checkpoints. Plenty of the top riders lost time, and then gradually made it up again.
Maybe related to Sam Sutherland stopping? I hope not......
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 11:41:44 am
Alan at Checkpoint 3.
Work is interfering with my cheerleading  :(
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 02:13:18 pm
Jou doring!
Alan at the finish.
Looks like there are still 8 bikes battling the sand monster.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 03, 2012, 03:26:10 pm
Alan you biscuit!! :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: Up two spots as well!

Looks like Alan is pacing himself really well.

I'm in a really crappy time zone for following this race, so I super appreciate your updates SteveD :thumleft:

7 hours in the saddle in those dunes is pretty hectic. I am sure he will sleep well tonight.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 08:11:49 pm
From http://abudhabidesertchallenge.com:

With Spanish sport currently on a global high, it should come as no surprise that the top three riders in the bike category hail from the Hispanic country. After Leg 2, Joan Barreda-Bort and his Husqvarna holds the overall race lead, ahead of reigning champion Marc Coma and fellow KTM rider Jordi Villadoms. In a strange twist, the next three positions are held by riders from neighbouring Portugal, including current FIM World Champion Helder Rodrigues in fourth.

On a Middle East level, Leg 2 was notable for the third place finish of James West. Riding a Honda CRF 450 X, the experienced Dubai racer finished the leg behind Ruben Faria and Jordi Villadoms, and will be looking to improve further in the overall rankings tomorrow, and make up for an early finish in 2011.

Reinforcing its reputation as on the world’s leading rallies, and marking a new development for the race, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge has this year attracted significant numbers of racers from South America. Entrants from Brazil, Venezuala, Bolivia, Uruguay and Chile have flown from the other side of the world, attracted by the rally’s reputation for being extremely technically demanding, and by Abu Dhabi’s status as a destination that mixes stunning scenery with the very best hospitality.

Juan Carlos Salvatierra from Bolivia currently sits in 20th place in the bike category after Leg 2 of his Desert Challenge debut. “The second stage was very different from day one, very physically demanding, but it went well and I had no crashes or problems,” he said, after arriving back at the bivouac. “The routes are harder than I expected. I prepared for sand, but I didn’t anticipate it to be quite like this. This has been the best experience for me, with top level organisation, and the top riders here.”

Luis Henderson was making his second appearance in the Desert Challenge until electrical problems with his quad led to an early end on day one. “I’ve done the Dakar Rally three times, but the dunes here are even more challenging, and for quads they are perfect,” said the Uruguayan. “For me, the sun and the sand dunes are the very essence of this country, which is why I love it so much here.”

Part of the three-man Venezuelan Rally Team, Gustavo Querales also failed to finish Leg 1, but for different reasons. The 47 year old dentist from Caracas broke a thumb after hitting a small dune at high speed and crashing his Yamaha bike. “This was my first time in the Desert Challenge, and it was really fast, very difficult, with wave after wave of dunes,” he said. “I came because I wanted to test myself in conditions different to back home. I’d also heard that this rally is spectacular, and it really is.

Over five exhausting days that will push them to their physical and mental limits, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge competitors will tackle some of the toughest terrain on the planet – the massive sand dunes of the Empty Quarter desert of the Western Region. The successful participants will cross the finishing line in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 6th April.




Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 03, 2012, 08:19:28 pm
Overall results after the first two stages show Alan in 49th place. Seems like he has picked up a one hour penalty?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 03, 2012, 08:54:12 pm
An hour penalty is probably because he missed a WP somewhere..
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 04, 2012, 08:49:43 am
Another day, another leg.
Alan has moved up a few places today already. Go boy!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 04, 2012, 09:14:55 am
Today is broken into two legs. Alan has completed the first leg and just started on the second, still in 53rd place.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 04, 2012, 11:18:56 am
Does it get lonely in the desert when you are so far away from anybody else? He is literally miles away from both the guy in front of him and the guy behind him.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 04, 2012, 01:24:09 pm
Likes like he still has 40 miles or so to go, only one or two bikes still out there, and a couple seem to have stopped. Gooooo!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 04, 2012, 01:35:04 pm
in the dune fields now! 30m to go!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 04, 2012, 01:37:29 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 04, 2012, 02:54:57 pm
Made it!
 :blob3: :blob5: :blob6: :blob7:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: axehead on April 04, 2012, 02:58:46 pm
Likes like he still has 40 miles or so to go, only one or two bikes still out there, and a couple seem to have stopped. Gooooo!!!!!!!!

For whatever reason, some of the transponders were not working today....

One guy was finished but he was shown as being only half way through
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 04, 2012, 03:33:13 pm
Hi guys.

Today's stage was broken into 2

This morning I had an awesome ride. Followed by one of the shittest I have ever had! I had to climb 5  10 to 20 storey high dunes.

Thanks for the support, tomorrow's going to be a long one!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 04, 2012, 03:50:49 pm
Hi guys.

Today's stage was broken into 2

This morning I had an awesome ride. Followed by one of the shittest I have ever had! I had to climb 5  10 to 20 storey high dunes.

Thanks for the support, tomorrow's going to be a long one!

rooting for you bro!!!!

You really picked up some speed towards the end of the dunes, after a slow entry, it seems. WELL DONE!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 04, 2012, 05:07:59 pm
Go Kenisis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are doing us proud!!!! :ricky: :ricky:

Those dunes look seriously huge.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Crossed-up on April 04, 2012, 05:12:59 pm
Go Kenisis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are doing us proud!!!! :ricky: :ricky:

Those dunes look seriously huge.

Go, go , go!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: axehead on April 04, 2012, 06:00:58 pm
best of luck for tomorrow!!!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 04, 2012, 06:56:41 pm
go for it... following in awe.. go gettem !!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: markdiver on April 04, 2012, 07:55:55 pm
MOERSE WELL DONE SO FAR KENESIS!! ROOTING FOR YOU ALL THE WAY.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 04, 2012, 08:23:46 pm
So our intrepid dune climber spent 7h33 playing in the sand today. Kenesis the inKredible.
49th today, and now 41st overall.
Having a look further down the list, there are two riders with 109 hour penalties! What do you have to do to deserve that?

Go Kenesis !
 :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

Have a look here for some photos:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.370150736362422.94547.354324684611694&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.370150736362422.94547.354324684611694&type=1
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 05, 2012, 06:48:37 am
 :mwink:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2012, 09:30:49 am
The long day begins.....
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2012, 10:45:42 am
Still going, nice and steady  ;)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2012, 12:11:56 pm
Just passed PC4.
Go boy! :ricky:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2012, 01:52:04 pm
So if I understand this correctly, our interpid dune climber has finished the day's stage and is now commuting to the bivouac.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 05, 2012, 02:23:06 pm
Sure looks like it! Alan, you are doing fantastically well!

:hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 05, 2012, 03:12:08 pm
what a hero!!!!!!!

well done boat - jumping up and down here  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2012, 07:37:43 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 05, 2012, 08:09:26 pm
Greetings from your dune climber! :ricky:

Had an awesome day today! Lots of carnage out there today! Bikes strewn across the desert!

Started off slow  and managed to jump into a hole(a hole that forms behind the back of a dune due to wind blowing)  not even one km from the start, a big off but no damage! I got a big thanks from Helder Rodrigues when I pointed him around it!

We climbed som seriaaas big dunes again today, hitting the bottom at well over 100km/h to get to the top, sometimes having to hit anchors to stop jumping out the top!

Had one crash from being clever and took a short cut to try and over take another competitor, this was while he rode around an area of plants next to a road, is went as a crow flies and was surprised to find a hole about 2 meters in diameter and 1 meter deep, managed to wheelie the bike and get the front wheel over the hole but the frame hit the edge of the hole throwing me over the bars.

Luckily no damage apart from some lost time!

The stage ended with a very tight and technical 30km which felt like it would never end!

Last day tomorrow! I wish I could have another 5 days as this is really starting to be fun!

Chat to you all later!


See you all at the end!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Crossed-up on April 05, 2012, 08:21:08 pm
The stuff of legends!  Look after yourself tomorrow and do us all proud.  Fantastic!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Sir Rat on April 05, 2012, 09:03:40 pm
Great stuff Kenisis. We are waiting at the finish for you, well in spirit that is, we are there.   :ricky:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2012, 11:07:49 pm
Awesome!

So Kenisis starts at 09h12 South African time on the last leg.
12km liason to the start, then 287km racing, and lastly 64km to the finish.
Bring it home boet!
 :blob10: :blob3: :blob5: :blob6: :blob7:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 05, 2012, 11:21:48 pm
Flipping awesome Alan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds like you are getting confident - Hope those two near misses will remind you to take it easy. The last day is normally easier, but remember what happened to Shaun!

Bring it home, brother youve earned your stripes with flying colours!!!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 05, 2012, 11:25:35 pm
Alan Wilkinson is now lying 37th overall, that is a helluva climb!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 06, 2012, 09:00:14 am
I had a small brain-freeze yesterday when I said Kenisis starts at 9h12 CAT. It was actually 5h12.
So he's on his way already....
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 06, 2012, 09:04:03 am
The glory boys at the front have finished already. I trust they will have the decency to hang around and cheer Kenisis in  :laughing4:
Marc Coma had quite a day.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 06, 2012, 10:20:22 am
Kenisis at PC3, last checkpoint before the finish!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 06, 2012, 11:42:41 am
Jou doring!

Finished, no more sand, on the road to the podium.
Respect.
 :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
 
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 06, 2012, 01:59:05 pm
What a boitjie!!!!! You rock Alan!!! :hello2:

I hope we get a blow-by-blow account of your rally, what you learned, what the highs and lows were, and how the bike performed. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Motties on April 06, 2012, 04:02:26 pm
Well done Kenisis :thumleft: Big respect!!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 07, 2012, 08:22:35 am
freaking A Alan!!

well done.

 :wav: :naka: :ORGR: :glasses7:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Tuareg on April 07, 2012, 10:48:19 am
Well done dude..........                         :occasion14:
Awesome ride                                   :thumright::ricky::thumleft:
You must be feeling really tired, but impressed with yourself!
Guys like you keep the dream alive         :3some:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: ChinaPete on April 07, 2012, 01:43:27 pm
Well done Alan :thumleft: I see the Husky's got 2nd and 3rd place behind Coma.
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 07, 2012, 07:47:29 pm
(I think Alan's still asleep)  :bueller:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 07, 2012, 08:11:08 pm
(I think Alan's still asleep)  :bueller:
Not quite! Could actually do another 5 days! It is one rollercoaster ride for 7 days.

I would really like to thank all of you for the wishes and support, you guy seriously ROCK!

I am getting hold of some photies and will write up a ride report in due course.

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 07, 2012, 08:48:02 pm
"He's alive! " ;D

Brilliant!! Well done again Alan! So while its still fresh in your memory, do you see yourself doing more of this?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 07, 2012, 08:57:33 pm
(I think Alan's still asleep)  :bueller:
Not quite! Could actually do another 5 days! It is one rollercoaster ride for 7 days.

I would really like to thank all of you for the wishes and support, you guy seriously ROCK!

I am getting hold of some photies and will write up a ride report in due course.



 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 08, 2012, 04:23:45 am
"He's alive! " ;D

Brilliant!! Well done again Alan! So while its still fresh in your memory, do you see yourself doing more of this?
Ill definately give it another bash.The most important thing is i enjoyed myself! As long as i enjoy it i will continue!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: SteveD on April 09, 2012, 02:03:49 pm
Link to some great photos, posted on www.advrider.com:

Originally Posted by chavo_dakar_bolivia 

Here you go!
You can find more pics of me and the rest of the riders here:
http://www.facebook.com/search/resul...type=3&theater
This photographer, Marian Chytka has some of the best rally pics I've seen! props to him!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 11, 2012, 05:23:49 am
Kom boet, where is that Ride report?

Meanwhile have a look at this nice video of how to ride in sand if you are brave.....

http://www.youtube.com/v/-aObyzMyV8o
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 11, 2012, 08:11:55 am
Soon, Soon............ :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Sir Rat on April 11, 2012, 08:58:27 am
Soon, Soon............ :biggrin:

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: tau on April 11, 2012, 08:59:45 am
Lekker Kenesis well doen  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 11, 2012, 08:29:04 pm
Thinking................. Sardegna Rally, Any one have any info or should i stick with my plan for family holiday to the US?
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 11, 2012, 11:53:41 pm
Do the holiday boet, so you can get noddy points and then do Dakar 2014 ;)
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 12, 2012, 04:37:32 am
Do the holiday boet, so you can get noddy points and then do Dakar 2014 ;)

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: KTM11 on April 12, 2012, 07:40:09 am
(http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i445/Jarno11/Wilddogs/523542_10150654511920793_707090792_9442848_2145011457_n.jpg)

(http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i445/Jarno11/Wilddogs/301708_10150654511840793_707090792_9442847_4171062_n.jpg)

Managed to find these two photos while looking through some of my brothers photos of the event ....
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: J-dog on April 12, 2012, 09:13:54 am
Kenisis are you massively tall? That bike looks like a pit bike under you  :patch:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 12, 2012, 09:51:01 am
(http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i445/Jarno11/Wilddogs/523542_10150654511920793_707090792_9442848_2145011457_n.jpg)

(http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i445/Jarno11/Wilddogs/301708_10150654511840793_707090792_9442847_4171062_n.jpg)

Managed to find these two photos while looking through some of my brothers photos of the event ....
Thanks Boet! Your brother is a Gem! Had us in stiches on thursday and friday night! I hope you wished him for his birthday!
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Kenisis on April 12, 2012, 09:54:29 am
Kenisis are you massively tall? That bike looks like a pit bike under you  :patch:
Hey J-Dog. I am a little over average in height.just over 2 meters tall.

i had a couple of riders during the rally tell me that i shouldnt be riding bikes as they arent made for me! All i can say is that i beat some of the best riders in the world, you just need to get to the finish every day!

Al
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 13, 2012, 05:12:34 am
Kenisis are you massively tall? That bike looks like a pit bike under you  :patch:
Hey J-Dog. I am a little over average in height.just over 2 meters tall.

i had a couple of riders during the rally tell me that i shouldnt be riding bikes as they arent made for me! All i can say is that i beat some of the best riders in the world, you just need to get to the finish every day!

Al

;D


Love your new Avatar too....
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: KTM11 on April 13, 2012, 07:37:22 am
Thanks Boet! Your brother is a Gem! Had us in stiches on thursday and friday night! I hope you wished him for his birthday!
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 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 16, 2012, 12:20:10 am
Manuel Luchesse giving it horns in the desert.

http://www.youtube.com/v/TavqBaXMQas&feature=youtu.be

Title: Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
Post by: Martin-DR650 on April 16, 2012, 11:36:22 pm
Kenisis,

Well done bru!  :thumleft: Dig the style...

Keep us posted :thumleft: