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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #220 on: January 07, 2017, 07:33:04 am »
He's a special guy and that's why so many of our names are on his bike. We believe in his motivation and grit. We've seen what he's made of, now the world needs to see it too.

And it's as close to doing the Dakar I'll ever get.

Indeed -


Go JOEY GO!!!!!

 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #221 on: January 07, 2017, 08:40:27 pm »
Quote from: ChrisMann, post: 31213944, member: 265636
Joey Evens - rider 132. FROM PARA TO DAKAR 2017

I was one of the six riders who Joey helped in the Amageza 2016 race.

To keep it short. I had a tyre failure on stage one and lost 2 hours. Pushed very hard on every stage to cash up, only to made more mistakes and accumulate penalties.

On stage 5, at last a break through and I was 2nd in stage. Trying to catch the front rider who is way faster than me! His name is Willem Du Toit, and by winning the Amageza 2016, he won an entry into Dakar 2018!!!

Anyway..., was riding outside my capabilities and hit a double washout at high speed. Was lights out for a few seconds and I could felt my body take a hit. The throttle cable snapped off! Could not figure out how to fix it and my body was not feeling to good.

In utter shame about it now, I press the assistance button on my tracker. Riders passed me and an hour later Joey arrive at scene. I showed him I am ok, but he stopped.

I could see he was disappointed that I gave up. He said: Cancel your assistance on tracker, we are going to fix your bike! Joey had great difficulty in getting on and off his bike but he managed to fix the throttle cable with his repair kit. I could finish the stage and manage to win (I think) the last stage the next day with the fixed cable.

Only have met Joey a few times. Yet he have made this huge impact on how I look at obstacles now. All men may be equal, but some are more equal than others.

Joey is a man amongst men.  Thanks!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #222 on: January 07, 2017, 09:12:34 pm »
YEAH JOEY!!!

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #223 on: January 07, 2017, 11:50:29 pm »
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #224 on: January 08, 2017, 02:49:16 am »
Joey comforts our friend, David. So upsetting to see his happy face followed by the grim reality a couple of hours later. Dakar is a brutal event.

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #225 on: January 08, 2017, 07:53:33 am »
That is hectic, poor guy

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #226 on: January 08, 2017, 04:41:34 pm »
bike 132 - The miracle on sand

Nine years ago, Joey Evans was facing a lifetime in a wheelchair after a terrible accident left him with two broken vertebrae. The South African worked hard to get back on a motorcycle and make his dream of riding the Dakar come true. He has already made it halfway through the race.


Alexandre Kowalski was waiting for Joey Evans at the bivouac in La Paz. The boss of the official Yamaha team wanted to show the South African a message of encouragement sent by phone by their mutual friend Dave Griffin, one of the biggest KTM dealers in the world and a sponsor of the miracle lad. Nine years ago, Evans was left paralysed by a motorcycle accident before miraculously regaining the use of his legs after several months in convalescence. The iron will of the South African rider, who has already made it halfway through the race, is worthy of admiration. "So far, so good", he says."My only problem is knee pain as a result of my fall in stage 3. I hurt my external ligaments, but the doctors patched me up and I can deal with the pain. I'll make the most of the rest day to catch a breather and tuck into a nice meal to regain some strength." Joey may be gritting his teeth, but he is also enjoying every minute. "The specials are nice and interesting", he says. "The fourth one was very difficult, one of those which are so hard that when you make it to the finish you're really proud of yourself." Just like the rest of the field, the KTM rider enjoyed the arrival to La Paz. "There were fans lining the road for almost 50 kilometres, I caught it all on my Go Pro. It's awesome to be here."
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #227 on: January 09, 2017, 12:34:32 am »
Joey found a data link and has an update for us.

Here is how he looked this morning. Don't laugh, he is at altitude and missing Meredith.
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This is a cool selfie. I call it "Why am I here again?"


Joey the machine is human after all!

A little later, the Joey we know.




Howzit guys!
Thanks a ton for all the support and encouragement! Been really cool. :thumleft:

The voice clip (below) is from the night of day 4. I had ridden 17 hours the day before and had 2 hours sleep. I´ll send some more now and some updates.


Joey soundbyte 1: Reporting in at the end of Day 4, at the bottom of a deep hole in his journey.



Joey Soundbyte 2: Reporting in at the end of Day 5, navigating with Geniel de Villiers


I'm currently in La Paz on "rest day". I've washed most of my gear. Still gonna finish the rest and get everything prepared for the next 6 days.


Our camp site.


Pulling the Bas truck out




With Lyndon Poskit a rider from the UK (note how little the guys really are on the ground compared to us at 30,000' - 100 million people know who the Dakar poo guy is!)



Miserable pits






"Got my washing back fromm the laundromat in this bag. Pretty accurate  :lol8: "



Joey's daughter posts on the whatsapp group: "Dad, youre such a gangster!  :laughing4:  :imaposer:  :lol8:  :spitcoffee:"


Give it gas Joey!!!!!!!! ˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇ
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #228 on: January 09, 2017, 05:47:24 am »
Got to love that last comment.

Also - Give a thought for the conditions for the MM guys in their 1 man igloo tent and 1 steel trunk …  :-\
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #229 on: January 09, 2017, 07:00:37 am »
Love the GP registration :imaposer: well done rest up and get ready to make it to the finish  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #230 on: January 10, 2017, 09:43:03 am »
Joey made it in last night, apparently still has a big smile on his face.

Sorry, I'm not giving this thread as much attention as I would like but work calls :(
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #231 on: January 10, 2017, 12:35:33 pm »
Keep it rolling Joey!!  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #232 on: January 10, 2017, 04:52:27 pm »
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #233 on: January 10, 2017, 09:06:07 pm »
Give that man a Bell's!!
He is magic!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #234 on: January 10, 2017, 09:44:06 pm »
Using Walters toothbrush to get it down the plug  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:  Joey you beaut, hang in there boytjie  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #235 on: January 11, 2017, 07:45:05 am »
Well done Joey  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #236 on: January 11, 2017, 08:22:36 am »
Yes to get through Floodgate safely is an achievement. Now another 'rest day' - end in sight  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #237 on: January 11, 2017, 08:48:33 am »
Listening and reading this reminds me of the doccy I watched about the navy Seals hell week ... the point of it was to find the people who while totally destroyed physically will just carry on ... just complete the mission irrespective of the cicomstances ... if you loose a flipper ... carry on ... if you loose your goggles ... carry on ... and that is our Joey  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #238 on: January 11, 2017, 09:34:19 am »
WELL DONE so far Mr Joey  :thumleft: :ricky: :3some: :ricky: :thumleft:

HANG in there .....on 2nd thoughts its silly saying that as I KNOW HE WILL . :notworthy:
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #239 on: January 11, 2017, 09:38:12 am »
We dont now what happened to him on Stage 7 except that he was reported in the bivouac with a smile on his face.

Stage 8 which was a supposed to be about 900km long including a 500km liaison had problem when a landslide blocked the main road and all the competitors and support vehicles. Most of the vehicles are still on the wrong side of the landslide.

Meredith just heard from Joey at 4a.m. local:

Just heard fro Joey. He basivally has ridden all day yesterday and through the night, total of about 1150kms and has been on his bike for 21 hours straight :eek: he's exhausted and hungry. The stage is cancelled today but they still have ride 600kms today to get to tomorrows stage. I'm hoping he's able to get some much needed rest and we hear more soon. Thanks for all the prayers messages of support and phone calls we are receiving, we appreciate this all so much....you've got this Joey.
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