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A Grim support ride
« on: April 25, 2010, 05:47:43 pm »
So Grim rode the nationals at Magalies this weekend, since it rained all day Saturday, any Sunday rides to go support were iffy as I am a sugar cube... i.e. I dissolve in water  8) anyway an 06:30 SMS the rain is threatening but not physically raining and it stayed that way all day....

This was one of the faster easier more hard packed sections....



The GSV spent a LOOOOOOOOT of the time sideways  :biggrin: :biggrin: it was not the ideal tool

So we gunned along the dirt to Hekpoort, then up Breedts and back down..


So this was the clubman section entry, Grim fell over walking up it, bad sign  :biggrin: :biggrin:








AND the GSV in a section NOT  :biggrin:

 

« Last Edit: April 25, 2010, 05:52:37 pm by Welsh »
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010, 06:01:14 pm »
Oh yeah, we stopped for Coffee in Magaliesburg, yes really Coffee one other couple are in the place, as we leave Maseharre introduces himself, they are up from Cape Town for a few days, small world....
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 08:40:57 pm »
Nice Welsh. Breedts neck must be washed down to solid rock by now!
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2010, 04:33:01 am »
Nice Welsh. Breedts neck must be washed down to solid rock by now!


There are some interesting bits, the dirt around Hekpoort is snotty, would have made a fun noobie ride ::) ::)
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2010, 05:47:45 am »
Did no 22 make it over that little branch?
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2010, 06:04:57 am »
Did no 22 make it over that little branch?

Yep, no problem, they were struggling in the slippy conditions though 8)
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2010, 08:43:30 am »
Respect for these guys. Tried it once. Spent more time on my arly and back than I did on the bike :-[
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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2010, 01:12:25 pm »
Lekker , stupid question but what does gsv stand for ?

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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2010, 11:32:50 am »
 :ricky: :ricky:
 

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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2010, 11:35:10 am »
GSV = Groot Swart Vark  :biggrin:

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Re: A Grim support ride
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2010, 08:40:16 am »
Thanks for the support guys, for me this was the toughest trial I've ever ridden. Saturday was wet, wet, wet, with drowned bikes the order of the day. After the 2nd section (out of 45) I was ready to give up - I couldn't even reach the 3rd section and was watching Expert class riders like John Le Riche and Charlie Simpson having to push & manhandle their bikes up the hill.  :o
Then I got convinced to ride by a friend of mine, and we continued on together, unfortunately his bike was drowned a section later so we spent many hours sitting fiddling it. Then disaster struck, 15 mins from cut off time and 3 sections to go, I rode through a river, watched the water engulf my airbox, and Bwaah - bike bogged down and died - as drowned as a, hmmm,  thouroughly drowned bike?  ::) Big ups to my mate who gave up his finish aswell to stick around & help me get the bike started & limp back to the car park.

Saturday night was spent totally stripping and re biulding the bike - Clean outside of bike, then Airbox & filter off & clean, Carb strip, clean, & re build, oil change, fuel drain & replace, spark plug replace, Brake pad change & Brake fluid replace... 1.30 finish, and up at 5 again to do it all again.

Sunday my heart wasn't in it, My riding buudies bike died before the 1st section due to the drowning the day before, and after carrying  my bike through 15 sections in a couple of hours and watching more & more bikes submitting to the water monster, knowing that it would probably happen to me at some stage as well, I threw in the towel.

All in all, I am not disappointed with my results, It is a pretty accurate reflection of how prepared I was for the ride, and the friendships and cameraderie that was built will last a lifetime.
If nothing else it's incentive to get in shape for the next one.  :thumleft:




















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