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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2015, 12:40:06 pm »
This post is for our support crew. Now whoever thinks the support crews for Amageza have it easy compared to the riders, think again. They have their own challenges as well. Putting up camp every night, taking it down again in the moring. Assisting with bikes, tired riders etc and doing all of this with a smile on their face :)
HSK drove his bakkie more than 1000km on Day 2 to meet us at Van Zyls Rus and assisted us to get to Kang in Botswana.

(Left) Dirt Dogs and Vets for Change assistance vehicles. (Right) Frankie from Vets for Change checking tyre pressures.
     

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #101 on: September 16, 2015, 02:14:15 pm »
Minxy, you are so right !
Bravo to all the support crews !
 

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #102 on: September 16, 2015, 05:36:01 pm »
This post is for our support crew. Now whoever thinks the support crews for Amageza have it easy compared to the riders, think again. They have their own challenges as well. Putting up camp every night, taking it down again in the moring. Assisting with bikes, tired riders etc and doing all of this with a smile on their face :)
HSK drove his bakkie more than 1000km on Day 2 to meet us at Van Zyls Rus and assisted us to get to Kang in Botswana.

 :thumleft: True story, the support crews are not partying themselves to sleep every night  :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #103 on: September 16, 2015, 06:06:29 pm »
Somehow I want to help next year. If you're looking for a supporter just ask!


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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #104 on: September 16, 2015, 07:09:57 pm »
Somehow I want to help next year. If you're looking for a supporter just ask!


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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #105 on: September 16, 2015, 10:48:08 pm »
I can now proudly say I have done atrip with Minxy, HSK and Orangeswifty and WoW she can gooi a bike in sand

You are my hero Barbs

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #106 on: September 17, 2015, 06:35:42 am »


:headbang: :salut:
Lekker Minxy en Dirt Dogs
Hoop daar gaan nog n paar girls jou join volgende jaar :sip: :thumleft:
Was lekker om vir jou en Johan te ontmoet by Amageza :ricky:


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« Reply #107 on: September 17, 2015, 07:30:33 am »
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: RESPECT!
 

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #108 on: September 17, 2015, 08:49:40 am »
Well Done Minxy, unbelievable will power. Was good to chat at the closing ceremony about the experience. Definitely keen to ride next year's.

You are right, the support crew lifestyle is not an easy one, at times I would have rather been riding. Although the fellow crew members of Team525 were a great bunch and although the hours were long, we had loads of fun.
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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #109 on: September 17, 2015, 04:01:11 pm »
Day 2 Continued:

We eventually get to Van Zyls Rus and wait for our support crew to meet us. I haven't eaten since I had breakfast the previous morning at 4am and having some solid food for lunch made me a very happy Minxy :)

We listen to some of the stories from the Amageza recovery crews. There was a guy who broke down next to a township which they had to go and help, the locals were threatening him? Not sure what happened there, but it sounds scary! Luckily they managed to recover him in time. There was also people which had to get recovered out of the notorious riverbed. The recovery crew didn't have much sleep either and they worked hard to try to help everyone. There was also many things that went wrong, like the recovery trailer breaking. The one guy even volunteered his own vehicle for the job and it was SO scratched and battered. I think this was one of the guys who ended up leaving, I can't really blame him, he was destroying his bakkie :(

Our crew eventually get to Van Zyls. We said goodbye to the recovery crews and the other rider who was stuck with us (Neil). Though Neil's Amageza was over, I heard he ended up rejoining as support for the Malle Moto guys, awesome stuff Neil!
We fueled up the bikes and started our ride towards the Botswana border (we were told that if we ride our bikes to Botswana, we'll incur max penalties and be able to still race the next day).
Some km's down the road though, HSK stops and tells us he had just spoken to a few people over the phone. It turns out the special stage got canceled. They weren't able to get permission for the helicopter to take off. This means we can just put the bikes on the trailer and get to Kang.

I take a nap in the back of the bakkie on our way to Kang in Botswana.



The trip was long and quite uneventful, I am so glad I got to close my eyes a bit in the back of the bakkie as I didn't really sleep a wink the night before. We passed quite a lot of tired riders near Tshabong. Some of them actually ventured into the Special Stage and were later forced to turn around. Those guys had a really long day and still a longer way to get to Kang on the dangerous roads. So many donkeys, cattle and goats. The animals have right of way here, not the vehicles and you have to stop, swerve and look out all the time.

When we finally got to Kang we start setting up camp. I am no sissy girl when it comes to camping, but I must say this was really an awful spot. There were sooo many thorns, they got onto everything! By the time we were all done servicing the bikes and getting everything ready for the next day it was nearly 1am. I crawled into my tent and tried to get as much sleep as possible. The special was shortened for day 3 and they added some waypoints as people complained, but it was still going to be tough.

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #110 on: September 17, 2015, 09:15:43 pm »
We recovered them based on this info......


Quote from: Komin on August 31, 2015, 01:47:00 pm
Quote from: BlueBull2007 on August 31, 2015, 01:37:08 pm
Quote from: Komin on August 31, 2015, 01:32:27 pm
Quote from: BlueBull2007 on August 31, 2015, 01:20:27 pm
I see Barbara is in van Zylsrus bivouac. Can anyone get hold of HSK to find out what is happening there?

I'm trying.  Send him an SMS just now.  I spoke to him this morning and he was a bit irritated not knowing what was going on.

Seen the same thing with teams on the Dakar losing their riders etc. That's what makes a thread like this indispensable (as it does on the Dakar): We might feel far removed from the action but we probably have better idea about what is going than anyone else.

If we all get involved and feed titbits of info from our contacts, however small; they provide a very good general picture.

You should help HSK by telling him what you are reading. My advice is if she is up to it, take Barbs bike, get it through the border to Khang so she can start tomorrow with the gang.

A rally waits for no man, and you'll get left behind if you stay put.

Are they allowed to do that now the stage has been cancelled.

Yes, Babara is listed as DNF, and with the tail end of the field there is normally a lot more leeway given to riders.

So she can start the next stage no problem. If she can get there and is -in the opinion of the officials- fit to ride.


Only learned today from Snafu (ex Rally driver) it wasn't allowed.  Just shows you how easily one could get things wrong, especially being out in the sticks with very limited comms.

(The RB error during the first stage was rectified by shortening the stage accordingly, with the effect that her DNF was turned into a timed stage, and therefore still in the race)
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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #111 on: September 18, 2015, 01:41:38 am »

Only learned today from Snafu (ex Rally driver) it wasn't allowed.  Just shows you how easily one could get things wrong, especially being out in the sticks with very limited comms.

(The RB error during the first stage was rectified by shortening the stage accordingly, with the effect that her DNF was turned into a timed stage, and therefore still in the race)

Ah, I was trying to reconcile the story now that we are hearing Minxy's side and was wondering about that - thanks for that.
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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #112 on: September 18, 2015, 12:17:35 pm »
Nice Minxy and support ... well done and surely you have learnt a lot for next years attempt! I'm watching this space!
 

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #113 on: September 18, 2015, 12:56:35 pm »
Hey!  Where's more story.... ?  :)
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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #114 on: September 18, 2015, 01:35:42 pm »
Day 3

Wake up, rush to put on all my kit, hoping I didn't forget to pack anything for the day and head straight on down to get some breakfast. There's no time to apply make up at the Amageza Rally :(

Some good news though, Eddie, our team mate who couldn't race due to license issues, managed to get everything sorted and got himself to Botswana. By some stroke of luck he hitched a lift with Team Superman's support van to Kang! It's awesome having Eddie in the race again.

Eddie, myself and Alfred in the backround.



I was in SUCH a good mood on Day 3, really looking forward to giving it my best shot. The special stage was shortened a bit, and we received gps waypoints we could refer to so that we wouldn't have that dreadful navigational mess from Day 1 again. I was so confident I had this.

HSK and myself just before the official start for Day 3.






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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #115 on: September 18, 2015, 01:57:38 pm »
Lekker! :thumleft: For some reason I find myself feeling anxious...

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #116 on: September 18, 2015, 06:51:03 pm »
Respect indeed!!
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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #117 on: September 19, 2015, 06:40:48 am »
There's something wrong with your camera.
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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #118 on: September 19, 2015, 06:56:20 am »
Well done and thanks for sharing!
 

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Re: Amageza 2015 with Minxy and the Dirt Dogs
« Reply #119 on: September 19, 2015, 04:42:07 pm »
Day 3 continued:

The liaison took us from Kang to Hukuntsi where we got some fuel. Shortly after that we arrived at the start of the special stage. When we got off the tar and entered the special, it was literally like going into a giant sand box. In front of me was a big wide road with the thickest sand stretching over it :D I still thought. "Haaaahh that's cute! You really, really need to like sand if you wanna do this Amageza thing!" :imaposer:

It's my turn to start. I am slightly nervous, I mean it would be crazy not to be nervous right?
It's challenging to get away in really thick sand, so I tell myself to just not screw that part up or the guys will probably laugh at me :P I surprise myself when I do everything right and style it through the thick sand. I really ease myself into it and ride comfortably at about 120km/ph. One thing I've learnt with adventure biking is: When it comes to sand, the throttle is your friend, don't close it, ever... No matter how scary what the bike does may feel like...

At the start of my last special.


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For many, many km's I have an incredibly awesome ride. The wide sandy road eventually narrows into a thick sandy tweespoor. I don't think I did anything below 110km/ph on this section and suddenly I saw a rider up ahead. OMG I managed to catch up to someone!!! This is SO COOL!!! :ricky: I catch up to the rider, judge the middleman and where the rider is heading, hop over the middleman where it's safe to do so and overtake.

For the first time, it feels like I am a real competitor, and it feels truly amazing. As someone from a non racing background I suddenly understand why people want to race. Words can't describe it, I can't say it's testosterone, I don't really have that :P I can't say it's ego either, but definitely a certain feeling of accomplishment.

I am riding so positively, having one of my strongest riding days ever! I catch more and more people, I didn't really count, but I think I managed to overtake 5 or 6. Every time judging where the rider would go, I'd hop over the sandy middleman where necessary and overtake as safely as possible. The sandy tweespoor eventually landed us near a small village and there was some confusion with the roadbook again.

Now, poor Alex has already taken a lot of stick regarding this year's roadbook. So I just want to state, I am not complaining, just expressing my experience :)

The pretty roadbook pictures say: from where you get off the tweespoor, go straight. Ok cool, easy peasy. I can totally do that. Get off tweespoor, go straight. It's a big dirt highway and a nice chance to relax after riding hard on the sandy roads, or hah, so I thought!
I see a lot of people coming back in my direction. I wave their asses down and ask them whatsup? Seeing lights coming from the front usually means something is not right and I wanted to know what. The guys say they went quite a long way up this dirt highway and there's nothing else in the roadbook that matches up. By now there's a lot of people who are going up and down the road like headless chickens, not cool... I access the gps waypoints, it looks like this road could kinda go towards them if it curved more to the left, but people say it doesn't.

Ok, it can't be this way I'm turning around. I get back to where the tweespoor was near the village. It seems that coming out of the tweespoor, you have to kinda go left first, carry on a bit, then right onto a road which is almost parallel to where the big dirt highway is.
Anyway, a few people said in the official Amageza thread, that when navigation is tough basically just man the fuck up and magically fart out some directions or some shit. But when the roadbook, doesn't tell you things like there's a village and seriously, without a doubt says "nah just go straight, definitely don't go left then right. No no no, just go straight!!!" Urgh? :( Really!? Really, really? Am I just getting this wrong because I am a woman and we are proverbially supposed to be bad at directions or something? Or am I just a complete idiot? I can't help bit to laugh, thank the pope for gps waypoints...

At this stage I see my team mate GeeS again, who started a bit later than me. He managed to catch up again with all the confusion. Quite a lot of people went off already following the more narrow, thorny, sandy track and we were near the back of the field again. The going gets a bit tougher here as you can't really maintain your speed, dodging thorn bushes all the time. The road is proper twisty as well.

I rode ahead and it went alright for quite a while until I did something really stupid on a turn, ran out of talent and fell on my face. I could hear/feel the peak of my helmet break off. "Great". My wrist feels a bit sensitive too. I get up, give a thumbs up to Adie I think it was who stopped for a sec, got myself a Myprodal (best painkillers / anti inflammatory ever) and take out my duct tape.
When I set off to do Amageza I was contempt with the fact that my mechanical skills are near zero. The only things I packed was a multitool, duct tape and cable ties. If I couldn't fix whatever happened to me with these items, I couldn't fix it anyway. I proceeded to tape the peak back to my helmet when Scrat them stopped by us. Scrat was having some battery issue with the bike and struggled to get it to start again. They eventually went ahead and I managed to get all my things fixed in no time.

I rode ahead again. I couldn't help, but notice after a while there was more and more oil on my shoes, eventually oil on my pants and oil going down the side of the bike. My first thought was it's oil from the overflow, it was a lot more than normal though... I shrugged and kept going anyway. The next section was just breathtaking. A beautiful Botswana pan. Normally I wouldn't have stopped, but the oil thing was starting to really bug me now. I looked in the lil oil window. Hmmm, no oil that I can see, but I couldn't be sure errr, I'm really bad with these things. I thought I'd wait for GeeS and ask him for his opinion.
There's a guy coming along on a black 690, I wave him down. "Dude please help me check my oil." ::) He leans the bike over, looks. Eventually starts the bike. There's like 1 oil bubble. He says I must just keep checking it. We keep going and the beautiful pan quickly ends in more of the twisty, sandy track with the lots of thorn bushes.

Botswana pans.





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I swear it starts getting harder to pull the clutch and the bike is really hot. I eventually stop and hear something. First I think it's my stomach growling, but it's the bike. It's so hot it's boiling. Also, I swear there's even more oil :(
GeeS eventually stops next to me and the guy with the black 690 heads off. Thanks for your help dude. GeeS had some issues after he dropped his bike and had to fix it quickly. At this stage we are right at the back of the race. I tell him about my problem and he checks it out. There's really no oil left now. We decide it's better to stop the bike right there and than before it breaks completely.

I spend 10 minutes convincing my team mate Alfred to go on without me. "I'll be fine. You need to go on with your own race! You can't let me jeopardize this for you. Tell the marshals at the end of the special to come pick me up or something." He says ok and hesitantly gets going again. I hit the assistance button on my tracker and begin the long wait.
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