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Offline SteveD

Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #40 on: March 13, 2013, 09:08:51 pm »
#2 As we were talking - in walked race leader Rob Smits, and in another twist of fate today, it turns out that he too crashed early on today's stage, and while he is only bruised, his bike was too damaged to continue, so he will attract a huge time penalty for missing the rest of the day, and is now out of contention...

This means that Ned Suesse automatically moves up to 2nd overall in the standings, and more importantly, is only 3 minutes behind the previous second postion rider, Rob's father Mark Smits... this could get really interesting, really soon!!!


#3 AND BOY, IT JUST DID! - I can't believe it - Ned Suesse has just walked into the lobby a little before 2pm, having completed the special in fantastic time...

He was first to the finish with a comfortable lead, which means if he has made up those 3 minutes, the provisional standings mean that Neduro is now LEADING THE TUAREG RALLYE!!!

(The ADV crowd are just a spot excited about this)
 

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2013, 09:11:18 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_rw_w7hlvFw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/_rw_w7hlvFw</a>

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #42 on: March 14, 2013, 08:30:01 am »
Day 5 Results posted...

When I spoke to Ned about the day's stage earlier today despite finishing well ahead of the next bike, he did say he felt the result was "going to be tight" - as the top riders were all very close together at the eariler checkpoints...

Sure enough, the results essentially show that Ned actually finished the stage 1 minute faster than the posted first place rider: Kim De Ryker, and more importantly, is now six minutes ahead of the current rally leader Mark Smits...

HOWEVER, for some reason, they have added TWO HOURS to Ned's stage time between CP2 & CP3 - no reason has been given, and not penalty is shown in the corresponding column.

It is a mystery, and as you might imagine, the IYSK Wine team manager (Dave Peckham) will be lodging a protest first thing in the morning to find out just what has happened, and why Ned is showing as finishing 47th today, which drops his to 8th overall...

We will get to the bottom of this, don't you worry! - lets just hope it is an admin/computer error... and therefore pending a formal enquiry, Ned technically won the stage 1 minute ahead of the next rider and has a lead of 6 minutes overall going into the penultimate day...

To think I stayed up half the night for this!!! Gaaaaaaaaaah!

Jx

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2013, 08:32:46 pm »
So it sounds like Ned's time was an administrative error, and while the organisers sorted that out they moved him up to start in the second bunch.

His report from today: "Well, that was an ass kicking. Mark Smits gave us a lesson, I think he beat me by half an hour. Well done to him, I had a stroke of luck in early nav and caught him, only to have front row seats to his sand mastery. Strong winds, no piste, and soft dunes meant it was the first stage I can't honestly claim to have enjoyed.
Nap time now!"


Some more photos compliments of Jenny.
 

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #44 on: March 15, 2013, 08:44:33 am »
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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #45 on: March 15, 2013, 08:46:38 am »
While we wait for the final decision on Scnitzelgate, more ADV inmate drama happened over at the RMS/IYSK Wine team truck today...

Charlie Rauseo (Lastplace) has been having a ball all week, despite a series of problems with his aged XR650R - a lack of coolant (on more than one occasion), a cowl mounting bolt wearing a hole in one of the radiators through vibration, and perhaps most impressively, a cracked rear caliper mount that finally gave way halfway through a stage, forcing him to enjoy a ride on the sweeper truck...

Charlie is doing all his own maintenance himself, and managed to find an assistance team that could weld aluminium from the back of their truck... The caliper duely fixed, he of course had not brought any spare rear brake pads with him, and with Nissin calipers being so rare in a sea of [KTM] Brembos around the bivouac, meant he had no other option other than to fashion some that would fit his bike out of a pair of KTM690 pads, and judicious use of an angle grinder...  :patch:

Glad to see Charlie in fully protective work wear!

Anyway, with the bike duly fixed, he continued to have overheating issues and could feel a distinct lack of compression in the engine... sadly today (stage 6) the Big Ol' Pig finally cried no more, and Charlie had to retire from the stage with a broken engine.  >:(

However, all is not lost!  :biggrin:

In fit of generosity if not downright foolhardiness - Patsy Quick from Desert Rose Racing has offered Charlie her 'spare' KTM that was in the back of the wagon, so that he can ride the last day and finish the event!

The final stage is a short (but I imagine tricky and almost certainly soft) dune stage of 60 kms for the Profi Motos, and only 45 kms for the Amateurs... However, a maximum time limit for the stage of 3 hours is perhaps telling as to the severity of the terrain they will encounter...

It ain't over yet!

(not until Rammstein 'sings' and the fat lady strips...)

Jx
 

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #46 on: March 15, 2013, 03:08:58 pm »
Some rather tired yet pleased looking riders at the finish!
Not yet confirmed, but Jenny believes Ned is in second place.

Then a post about the Greek lady, the one that was a spot nervous about being run over earlier?
"Timi finished the race just a while ago.
Her engine consumed 3lt of water and some gasoline to do it, but she did not quit. She did it to the finish in her first desert rally like all real men do.
She is in her 40s with 4 daughters and a very successful businesswoman.
And she started only few years ago.
You will not see her a lot on the internet participating in "opinion" marathons but you will find her riding or racing almost everything in the Balkan's area in the last 3 years with success.
After this race her and Vasilis Boudros are definitely the 2 most successful rally raiders in Greece and Timi the only Greek lady in racing with such a pal mares.
I am really happy that they belong to my "family" of racing people.
We only did minor things to get her going and she paid us back with this.
We are really proud"

 

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #47 on: March 16, 2013, 07:48:35 am »
Such an awesome story about Timi - she's something else :thumleft:
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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #48 on: March 16, 2013, 06:06:53 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/feature/player_embedded" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/feature/player_embedded</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/mBBHEZzJgK4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/mBBHEZzJgK4</a>

From Ned:
"Just made it to Tunis and dropped off Lastplace, Mike K, Dirk, and J-L at the airport. What a great group of guys, has been so much fun to be a part of for the last week! As Mike said, not one bummer in the bunch!
Lots of thoughts to share about the race, but there is plenty of time for that in the days to come. In the short term, I'll sum up that its a great event, the riding was both better and more challenging than I expected, and my result surprised me as much as anyone. I tried to ride "the speed of fun" for the whole time, and that worked out pretty well.
Not a moment went by that Wes was very far from any of our thoughts, after speaking with him Day 1, I think (and hope) the enjoyment I had from the event is a tribute to his own love for the sport.
Wild Man and I have one more night in Tunis, and fly home tomorrow. It's been a great adventure."


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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #49 on: March 16, 2013, 09:36:06 pm »
Nice, thanks for the posts SteveD

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #50 on: March 17, 2013, 04:59:17 am »
Nice, thanks for the posts SteveD

Ditto ... Appreciated ..... :thumleft:
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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2013, 08:34:45 am »
Final words from Ned:


Thanks for all the support!

Have a long layover right now, thought I'd add a few thoughts while they are fresh.

I had such a fun time, it was great to do the things I love about rally without feeling the pressure that I put on myself with Dakar. It was also fun to be on a bike that was fast, the 505 is a weapon. Over and over, I wished I'd had that power on other bikes, it would just explode up a dune face or out of a corner. It turns out fast bikes are fun- who knew?

In time, I want to do a writeup of riding of the thing, but I need to get photos together first. A few thoughts to share independent of the story this year's event.

First, the race would not have been possible for me without the help and support of If You See Kay wine. Please "like" their facebook page, ask for it at your liquor store and buy a bottle (or two), and enjoy! There aren't many companies that get our passion for rally, anything you can do to show your support is appreciated by me as well as them!

Second, the event was even better than I thought it might be. The riding was really varied and challenging (that's a compliment!), the organization was generally excellent, the other participants great fun to be around. It's a moving party for a week, by the end of the race you'll have met some great new friends. There are a few niggles to pick (no food until 9pm!) but dollar for dollar, I thought it was a bargain and it was 100% a great time.

Tunisia was different to what I expected. While on paper it is not a rich country, it feels less desperate than some 3rd world places- newer vehicles, better roads, etc. It has so much promise... but it's also a country that is obviously at odds with itself right now. We were cheered, and booed, in towns we passed through, clearly public opinion is not settled as it relates to the West. I really hope that the government gets itself sorted out in a productive direction, because it's a place I'd love to visit again.

Third, and these comments are intended for those poor FF's out there thinking about other, bigger rallies... my advice to you will henceforth include participating in this rally or one like it. In addition to the points above, it will serve as an excellent benchmark to help you know where you stand. I think if you can comfortably finish all the days of the pro class of the Tuareg, you will not be over your head in the Dakar. The Dakar adds the pressure of "single elimination", has longer days (but generally, the additional distance is liaison or at least not harder than what's in the Tuareg), and another week of racing... doing the Tuareg is not the same as doing the Dakar, but what is clear is that if you don't enjoy the Tuareg, you will not enjoy the Dakar, and you will have learned that for about 1/8th the cost.

Finally, I want to say a heartfelt thanks to my teammates. Each of them was not just great company, but did their best to help in a million ways. In particular, Dave Peckham (GSNorCal) of RMS took care of my bike each night with care and precision, his work was absolutely perfect.
 

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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #52 on: March 19, 2013, 09:14:57 am »
Steve, Thanks for posting boet!

I was chatting to a two gents that i met at the challenge last year and they reckon this is a blast! I might want to do this rally in the future!
 
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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #53 on: March 19, 2013, 12:08:22 pm »
These rally guys are NUTS!

From Charlie aka Lastplace

Howdy all!

First time back in front of a computer for a few weeks. This rally was a blast! Do it if you can! I was laughing all the way. The results didn't show it, but I think I rode quite well. Things didn't go my way for a top finish, but I didn't fall down and always had fun. So, I got what I came for.

The Tuareg was challenging, with some decent terrain variety and medium-long days. You certainly get your money's worth in riding, but not the sadistic challenge of the Dakar.

I love the big XR, but maybe it was not the right bike for me in this rally. Around Douz there are some very soft sand dunes. My chassis setup was flat wrong for soft sand, so I had to muscle the bike through that shit.

The first stage started fine, for the first 3km! After the LeMans start, I was very near the front as we approached the first secret check a few km in. I saw the check and decided to cut a corner directly to it and make a few more passes. That's when I first buried the bike in the sand. Too much revving and clutching to try to free it got the bike pretty hot. Soon thereafter, I heard a big "pop" as my bike spewed steam from under the tank. I looked for the burst hose but could not find it. I added water and carried on. Through the first day, I stopped many times to add water and also got stuck plenty. That Honda got very very HOT! Essentially dry of coolant going slow in soft sand dunes all day! Rattles and pings, but it still ran strong. I managed to finish, but no longer anywhere near the front of the pack.

That night, I found that the small cross-over tube that equalizes pressure between the 2 radiators had burst. I replaced it and thought that I was good to go.

The next day Beaney crashed. I was a few minutes ahead of him and also working my way through slower riders in the dust. Easy to see how he could have crashed on such a fast track.

After the end of the Special, we had a "navigation" stage with no timing, but with checkpoints and a max time limit. Early on, the track through a silt bed was obliterated by the many riders in front of me. I think that the roadbook was also a bit ambiguous, but I suspected a secret check at that point. I searched for it for over an hour, going back to a known good point and trying over many times. But, I never found that check.

Next challenge was the "Thomas Garden", a downhill boulder pile in an canyon pass. When I arrived, there were 30 riders strewn throughout the canyon in different circumstances. Lots of smokey tire spinning and teams of riders carrying bikes over obstacles. Since I couldn't pass, I got off and tried to help others through, to clear my way. I spent about 3 hours in there mucking about. When I finally got going, I bopped through without a problem, needing no help, but plenty of paddling and pushing. Near the end, that dumb little hose popped and I was once again without coolant. I took the tank off and cobbled a fix, but the bike was still dry. All the wasted time meant that I timed out at the next check, missing the rest of the day's checkpoints and ruining my chances for a decent finish. That night I figured out that the hose was partly pinched by the tank. Re-routing the hose solved the problem for good.

The next day's stage was cancelled, which suited me fine since my rear brake caliper hanger had broken somewhere along the way. I found someone willing to weld it back together and stole Dirk's used brake pads and ground them into the right shape to fit the XR. Good to go.

The stage around Nefta was fun, especially since the bike ran without a hitch. I made all the checks and completed my 3 laps pretty quickly. Imagine my surprise when I discovered, at the next day's start, that I was seeded 70th. I was resigned to eating dust all day when Rainer, the boss, showed up at the starting line. I asked what had happened, so he booted up his laptop and looked at my timecard. Oops, they had mistakenly given me a 10 hour penalty. I should be starting in the 4th 4-rider row, not the 18th. I ran to my bike and managed to catch the 5th row off. Finally, it was fun to ride with some of the faster guys and not constantly worry about making clean passes through the dust. I'd make some passes and then make some dumb minor navigation mistakes and let other riders back past, only to pass them again pretty quickly. I think I started to develop a reputation for "going fast the wrong way." What a hoot!

The next technical challenge was the uphill "Silles Pass." Rocks and steps, but not as tricky as the Thomas Garden. I got off and walked the line before trying to ride it. As I was getting back on, about 8 guys piled into the rock garden and promptly got themselves stuck in the worst bottleneck possible. I rode up without incident, but halfway through my radiator spat some steam from a pinhole created by my new radiator guards. D'oh, dry again with lots of tough stage to go!

Despite running for more than 2 stages without coolant, that bike continued to run strong. It would rattle like a can of spray paint in the sand, but never failed to pull hard.

Second-to-last day we started out in some soft dunes. My bike handled better with some suspension tweaking, but the throttle stuck wide open a few times. Disconcerting. I couldn't close the throttle with the pull cable, so I took it apart to find the slide jammed in the carb. Most likely from sand in the carb, and disassembly in a sandstorm probably didn't make it any better. I freed the slide with some channel locks and continued. The bike was getting harder to start, probably from tight valves. 20 minutes of kicking every time the throttle stuck in the dunes wasn't much fun. The third time the throttle stuck, I decided that my day was over. Got to ride in the unstoppable 8-wheel drive sweeper truck.

The XR was done. I didn't want to ride with a stuck throttle any more. (Not a blown motor as previously suggested.) A bunch of beers into my expected "night off," Patsy Quick asked if I'd like to ride her personal 690 Enduro on the last day's stages. Absolutely!. I pulled my nav gear off the XR and clamped it to the 690 in about 10 minutes. That 690 rips! Patsy has it perfectly set up for the soft sand and it pulls quite a bit harder than the XR. The starter button, however, sometimes doesn't work. I guess I am destined to pull my tools out on every stage, so I had to take the 690 switch apart to get the bike started.

Great rally. Fun bunch of people. Thanks to IYSK Wine, Renazco Racing and the other sponsors.

fun fun
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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #54 on: March 20, 2013, 12:05:10 am »
He's got the determination of a raging bull

Amazing how much punishment the Honda could take :o
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Re: Tuareg Rally 2013
« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2013, 07:12:33 am »
And there I was thinking he had wrecked it.

Sorry Dave. :P
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