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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #340 on: November 04, 2014, 04:23:58 pm »
That's good to hear, it would be boring if it was a one horse race   :thumleft:

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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #341 on: November 04, 2014, 08:54:44 pm »
Riaan's not having it his own way at all - to be fair the constant gate stopping is probably stopping him getting away, but some of the other guys are also lightning. It's gone all pro this year, apparently...

Pieter on the 250 is doing great - he's in for today and styling. All the other usual suspects seem to be having good rides too. Everyone's seeing their arse a bit. So much sand... Happiness!! :)

All that sand sounds like a nightmare to me...

Max, as long as you are having a jol, all is good. Nice to hear you in such good spirits about the event
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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #342 on: November 04, 2014, 10:29:11 pm »
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« Reply #343 on: November 05, 2014, 09:18:23 am »
I had the pleasure of eating with Max the Panda last night, in the bivouac. What a nice guy  :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #344 on: November 05, 2014, 10:02:24 am »
Lekker man!
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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #345 on: November 10, 2014, 09:59:16 am »
Well done Ian! So bloody pleased you did so well bru. Was great meeting you at last as well.
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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #346 on: November 10, 2014, 02:26:02 pm »
Thanks, guys, and awesome meeting everyone too! This has, in every way, been a personal highlight of 2014!!

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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #347 on: November 10, 2014, 02:37:04 pm »
This has, in every way, been a personal highlight of 2014!!

And the newly wed Mrs. Henderson is reading this thread?   ::)
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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #348 on: November 10, 2014, 02:44:35 pm »
This has, in every way, been a personal highlight of 2014!!

And the newly wed Mrs. Henderson is reading this thread?   ::)
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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #349 on: November 10, 2014, 02:54:32 pm »
This has, in every way, been a personal highlight of 2014!!

And the newly wed Mrs. Henderson is reading this thread?   ::)

Haahaha. She's deeply competitive - her estimation of the race doubled when she heard the results!

(But yes... a highlight not the highlight! Nothing surpasses Istanbul!)

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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #350 on: November 10, 2014, 04:28:30 pm »
This has, in every way, been a personal highlight of 2014!!

And the newly wed Mrs. Henderson is reading this thread?   ::)

Haahaha. She's deeply competitive - her estimation of the race doubled when she heard the results!

(But yes... a highlight not the highlight! Nothing surpasses Istanbul!)

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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #351 on: November 10, 2014, 04:50:59 pm »
Congrats on your finish and great position as well Ian, awesome riding  :thumleft:

I believe a lot of your success lay in your preparation, that bike of yours was very well sorted. It just goes to show that the 7 P's are truly important... Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance  ;)

Now please will you help me wire up my 690 in preparation for next year, I can no longer stand by idly and watch you buggers have all the fun... interspersed with what looked like a wee bit of suffering (hardly noticeable though)  ;)
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« Reply #352 on: November 10, 2014, 08:10:49 pm »
Heh. For sure, Brett... any time!

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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #353 on: November 10, 2014, 09:44:27 pm »
I had the pleasure of eating with Max the Panda last night, in the bivouac. What a nice guy  :biggrin:
mmmm, Did you sleep next to his tent...???  :lol8:
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« Reply #354 on: November 10, 2014, 11:28:29 pm »
I had the pleasure of eating with Max the Panda last night, in the bivouac. What a nice guy  :biggrin:
mmmm, Did you sleep next to his tent...???  :lol8:

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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA!
« Reply #355 on: November 11, 2014, 08:37:25 am »
Ian!! It was awesome to meet you finally.
IN a way it's a shame that I get so caught up in the craziness of the Amageza and I spend too little time chatting to guys like you.
You can be very proud of the way you handled it all!
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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA 2014: START TO FINISH!
« Reply #356 on: November 21, 2014, 06:25:39 pm »
This thread wouldn’t be complete without a writeup on the event that inspired it all.

The dust has settled, the bikes are washed, and the bodies returned more or less to normal, but the candle of obsession is burning hotter than the Olympic flame. Team Skywalkers' whatsapp group is on fire with arguments about the merits of 450 KTMs and 501 Husqvarnas. Goodbye WR… back to the shed, 640… Amageza 2015 is going to be a festival of orange and white KTMs. God help all of our bank accounts.

The banality of normal life doesn’t stand a hope in hell. For a short, fleeting moment we stuffed cares, conventions and worldly concerns behind the door, and became wild creatures, risking life and limb to battle with the elements and each other. Some lost, some were bent and some broken and bruised, but we were all victorious. And we want more!

So bring it on, Amageza 2015. But first, here’s my 2014 story…

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« Reply #357 on: November 21, 2014, 06:47:52 pm »
This thread already tells the story leading up to this point, albeit in a kind of jagged, meandering way, but I’m not going to re-tell it. Perhaps a few reflections before we hit the road?

Life has a habit of making it up as it goes along. It’s kind of obvious, but bears reflection. We’re not writing the story of our lives… our lives are writing the story of us. We simply do our best to take it down as it happens. Hopefully with a bit of humour, sometimes shock and horror… maybe a little gravitas. “Try not to get distracted and keep up!”  Cause this story is rolling faster than a Dakar-winning Kamaz truck, driven by a deranged lunatic called Vladimir. And it only gets worse as we get older. Get on the gas and don’t let up!

Best laid plans and all… It’s been a big year for me: I got married, moved offices, sold my house, tried (and failed) to buy a new one… and that’s just the last four months. I may have been a little traumatised. Just a touch. I’d made a very impulsive decision to sign up for Amageza 2014, and it became a big priority for me for the year. Maybe because it seemed to mark a change of phase, somehow it felt like now or never… but soon I was pouring an inordinate amount of money, focus and determination into it.

I didn’t have any mates signed up, so it became a bit of a solitary journey into a new world… which only served to heighten the sensations.

Back in March, I started this story talking about my latent petrolheadedness. I can now stand up in this circle of new friends and say without reserve: “Hello, my name is Ian, and I am a fucking petrolhead.”

One of the main joys of preparing for Amageza had been all the farkling. I’d rewired the bike. Twice. Fitted tank, instruments, damper, lite-fairing, new cockpit, seat, pegs, Tubliss, tyres, plastics, drivetrain, lights, buffed up the suspension… now it was my bike. Aint she pretty?



Fitness was the other priority. I’ve got a bit of a history of endurance sports, but I figured Amageza might ask a lot if she bared her teeth, so I signed up for an intense two-month programme at Roarke’s gym in Cape Town - sort of cross fit meets weights.

Well - to say it was a waste is an understatement. I made it there exactly three times. I’d come back from Europe with an intense ear infection in August, and the next three months proved to be a nasty limp from one infection and viral attack to the next, finally summiting with German measles, of all things, just four weeks before the race. No sooner was I feeling better than I’d go for a run or a cycle and I’d be back in bed. It was disheartening, disappointing and disspiriting. At one point I seriously thought there was a good chance I’d be missing out altogether, or having to drop out after a day or two. My gorgeous new wife left for New York a week before D-Day, making me promise to take it easy and look after myself. I smiled wanly from beneath the covers and nodded.

Screw that, I thought… I’ve come this far. We are Team Skywalkers, and may the force be with us!


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Re: Racing Panda's AWESOME AMAGEZA 2014: START TO FINISH!
« Reply #358 on: November 21, 2014, 06:55:28 pm »
Do me moar! Moar I tell ya!

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« Reply #359 on: November 21, 2014, 07:23:54 pm »
Front row seats booked, bring it on brother  :thumleft:
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