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Offline Arno Roux

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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3200 on: January 18, 2015, 01:28:32 pm »
Dankie vir almal.

As ek nie op Wilddogs kon kyk nie het ek nie veel van die Dakar gehad nie..


Almal wat klaar gemaak het nr 1 of Simon nr 75. Maak nie saak nie julle is Ysters
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3201 on: January 18, 2015, 05:40:37 pm »
Thank you to all of the contributers, once again an exciting event.

This was a worthy Dakar afterall.
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3202 on: January 19, 2015, 07:47:46 am »
The Payey's last stage story:

Originally Posted by Simon Pavey
Today was a mad day, the hardest of the rally in some ways. Everyone set off at the start like scolded cats in the dry and the dust, which was unbelievable in itself. We just decided to let them get on with it because there was nothing to be gained or lost.

Then the heavens opened and half the people who’d come flying past us were laying upside down at the side of the track because they couldn’t ride mud. It was unreal and to be honest really, really funny.

But that quickly turned on us. As soon as Llel’s bike got wet it just died so we had quite a few Ks of towing through mud that you wouldn’t believe. Llel was awesome holding on to the tow. Basically a rally bike on desert tyres doesn’t grip too well in those conditions so you have to hook second gear and keep it pinned. I was just filling him in permantanly for kilometre after kilometre. The top layer of mud was so thick I have no idea how he held on. I would have given up long before!

We got out though and it was fun, I guess. I think we’re both just exhausted. The effort put in by Evan and John has been unbelievable too and there’s no way we could have been at the podium there without them. The rally this year has ticked all the emotions boxes that’s for sure. Despair, hope, tears, highs – all were there. And that was just today!


Originally Posted by LLewelyn Pavey
We began our day steady today, mainly because my bike was running really badly but also because there was no point in going mental like everyone else. It was dry at the start and for some reason people who’d been steady all week went crazy. I don’t really know why.

After about 60kms we were in the middle of the field and the rain came down out of nowhere. It rained a bit then was dry and then came down properly torrential. Because it was so dry otherwise, it just became this slime on top of hard ground that you could barely walk on.

And it just turned into carnage, utter carnage. People were everywhere – really good riders just doing 3kms with their feet out like clubmen. So for a while we were doing well, I think I over-took 20 people in 2kms at one point.

But then the bike just stopped again. The whole front of the bike went live too so the bars, levers anything metal was live. We tried to fix it but just decided to tow our way out.

Which was hard, hard work at times, fun but hard. I basically had to guess my way a lot of the time, close my eyes and hold on hard while dad nailed it.

It’s hard to say how I feel now, I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet but it’s almost an anti-climax that the rally is over. I’m just tired I guess. I’m not sure the bike would’ve lasted another day anyhow. I definitely feel like we did a good job of getting all the stories packed in there for my first rally!
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3203 on: January 19, 2015, 07:51:56 am »
Bam Bam FB



Llegada de la última especial de éste Dakar Rally 2015.
Con la amarga sensación de haberlo hecho todo bien.


Arrival of the final Special this Dakar Rally 2015.
With the bitter feeling of having done it all right.
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3204 on: January 19, 2015, 08:47:10 am »
This forum is boring now that the Dakar is over, how am I going to waste my time now? :'(
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3205 on: January 19, 2015, 09:22:24 am »
Aaaah! My first bit of internet since Thursday - now I have to go back to page 144 of this thread to catch up . . . can't wait

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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3206 on: January 19, 2015, 09:37:07 am »
Thanx for all the updated Alan and friends :thumleft:

Was awesome event

I suggest we throw our enthusiasm in behind the Amageza

The challenge this year can be to provide a support crew for the Wilddog Amageza riders - at least from a home base perspective ito food and comforts?  Think it can work?

 
 

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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3207 on: January 19, 2015, 04:21:44 pm »
Thanks to all the contributors, you know who you are, for keeping this thread packed with interesting info, articles, pic and videos. The journey through the Dakar was epic.

The Dakar has some wild unpredictable elements, this year the Salt treatment was the most scolding. We will most likely never know the full consequences of that decision, but if it was that predictable, it wouldn't be the prestigious event that it is. Riaan can pat himself on the back for showing a potential top 8 finish - that's huge.

Cheers to the SA competitors - and Dave Reed of course, for making a great stand. Sorry to see Brian plagued with issues - he was our chance at a podium. The Amageza has to be the next big psh.
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3208 on: January 20, 2015, 08:41:35 am »
Thnx contributors and congrats finishers,  this thread adds massive value to the spectator experience...
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3209 on: January 20, 2015, 09:18:11 am »
Great work to all for making this thread so damn awesome!!

Riders, crew and fans!! Unbelievable!! Don't know how they all can do it...a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears!!

Best way to kick-off the year!!
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3210 on: January 20, 2015, 11:30:30 am »
daily Laia pic....  :thumleft:

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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3211 on: January 20, 2015, 02:12:33 pm »
Thanks to all for keeping us updated thru yet another epic Dakar  :laughing4: all the LOOONG no sleep all-nighter stages you guys where pulling to give our SA boys the backup they needed and us updated, a BIG  :thumleft: to all!! See you all again in Jan 2016  :ricky:
 

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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3212 on: January 20, 2015, 08:10:45 pm »
Thanx for all the updated Alan and friends :thumleft:

Was awesome event

I suggest we throw our enthusiasm in behind the Amageza

The challenge this year can be to provide a support crew for the Wilddog Amageza riders - at least from a home base perspective ito food and comforts?  Think it can work?


Also want to thank AlanB and SteveD and other contributors (esp. Brett). Must say, I missed BlueBull2007's usual contributions . . .

I have now caught up (after missing the last 2 days) - read every single post of this thread from beginning to end and enjoyed it immensely.

Have to agree with the above re. Amageza!! I am trying to find a way to volunteer. If not 2015, then 2016 . . . who knows if that may pave the way to participating - one day when I'm big
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3213 on: January 22, 2015, 06:52:39 am »
Laia's reception at the airport







Few videos on Twitter, they actually knock her off her feet at one stage  :biggrin:
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3214 on: January 22, 2015, 07:03:59 am »
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3215 on: January 22, 2015, 07:49:28 am »
Did the snooker freak and his mom photo bomb this shoot?  :lol8:
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3216 on: January 22, 2015, 11:00:17 am »
Did the snooker freak and his mom photo bomb this shoot?  :lol8:
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3217 on: January 23, 2015, 11:24:31 am »
Laia and Coma doing the Celebrity Chef tour....  :ricky:

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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3218 on: January 23, 2015, 01:05:17 pm »
Thanx for all the updated Alan and friends :thumleft:

Was awesome event

I suggest we throw our enthusiasm in behind the Amageza

The challenge this year can be to provide a support crew for the Wilddog Amageza riders - at least from a home base perspective ito food and comforts?  Think it can work?

 

I think this is a good idea. How about starting a thread about this or is it too soon?
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Re: DAKAR 2015 thread
« Reply #3219 on: January 26, 2015, 01:49:01 pm »
Finally read through the 161 pages.  Eventful, Painful, Emotional, Controversial, Sad, Happy - WOW, what more could you want from an event.  EPIC.  Also very proud of our home brew boytjies - WELL DONE - Thanks for all the contributions  :thumleft:.  ROLL on 2016
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