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Offline tehdutchie

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #140 on: June 27, 2016, 05:24:45 pm »


I don't know if it's the same guy. It is a different team to Memo though.

Bart vd Velden and Memo are indeed not aligned. Memo started years ago but Bennie from Memo is not much more then a glorified truck drive imho.

Bart has been prepping bikes for the Bas Dakar team (a group of friends sponsored by Bas Trucks) for a few years now (Superman went with them in 2016 so can probably fill in the gaps), as the guys who run Bas Trucks have deceided to stop as major sponsors, Bart was able to take over the infra and keep the team going.

Bart runs a small little bike shop and has done quite a few bigger and smaller events by now as the major technical guy;
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #141 on: June 28, 2016, 07:55:04 am »
tehdutchie, by the looks of the website, they certainly are kickass team,  with a great record. 100% of riders finished the Dakar in 2016. :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #142 on: June 28, 2016, 08:15:15 am »
tehdutchie, by the looks of the website, they certainly are kickass team,  with a great record. 100% of riders finished the Dakar in 2016. :thumleft:
Agree !
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #143 on: June 29, 2016, 07:39:03 am »
Thanks for the support guys :thumleft:
Please remember if you would like to support me and put your name on my bike check out my website and follow the link to donate. Anything is really appreciated.  fromparatodakar.co.za

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Awesome Joey, lekker photos and updates , thanks for sharing .  :thumleft:

You are certainly getting in your mileage for the Dakar .  :ricky:
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #144 on: July 21, 2016, 09:45:14 pm »
It's officially the most exciting and yet the most daunting letter I've ever received. No going back now, it's go time.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #145 on: July 21, 2016, 11:49:32 pm »
Well, congrats on the achievement of enterring. Good luck with the next 5 months' prep and planning.

There certainly is a good few dogs behind you in full support.
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #146 on: July 22, 2016, 03:31:17 am »
What a great read!! All the best Joey & give it horns :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #147 on: July 22, 2016, 03:49:25 am »
where can i buy the t-shirt?
congratulations!
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #148 on: July 22, 2016, 05:38:45 am »
Holy crap!
I have butterflies for you Joey!!!! Looking forward to reading about all the build up and prep. See you at the Pongola 500.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #149 on: July 22, 2016, 06:53:10 am »
Well done Joey !
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The Amageza 2016 will be shake down/ test event for you ?
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #150 on: July 22, 2016, 07:18:56 am »
where can i buy the t-shirt?
congratulations!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #151 on: July 22, 2016, 07:44:49 am »
where can i buy the t-shirt?
congratulations!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #152 on: July 22, 2016, 08:43:44 am »
Holy crap!
I have butterflies for you Joey!!!! 
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one of the best parts of that letter is Marc Coma's signature!!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #153 on: July 22, 2016, 08:47:53 am »
Congrats Joey, will be rooting for you all the way!!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #154 on: July 22, 2016, 09:01:11 am »
Well done and congrats Joey  :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #155 on: July 25, 2016, 09:33:07 pm »
As always thanks for the support guys. My plan is to make some shirts and buffs up in a few weeks. I'm trying to get my kit sponsors sorted and a couple others so I can add them on the shirt to give them some good mileage.
I had a meeting with the ZA Biker guys today again. They love the story and are pulling out all the stops to help me get to the start line. They have managed to get me a free video shoot kindly sponsored by Paul and Tebz. I'm not sure of the company name but will post it once I know. They are also planning a page on their site for me and are super keen on driving the whole name on the bike thing that fellow bikers can "join me" on my Dakar dream. The video will give me something to send to possible sponsors and also to help promote my fund raising efforts.
I feel like I'm trying to fulfill two goals right now. Firstly - Getting to the start (fundraising, websites, sponsors, planning, payments, etc) and Secondly - Getting to the finish (gym, diet, physio, riding, racing, etc). It's such a balancing act as both are equally important. I feel at the moment that my "get to the finish" plans are running behind so I plan to focus more on riding and training in the next few weeks.

From a bike point of view I have ordered a new KTM 450 RR that will be sent direct to my team in Holland. They will prep it and fit all the nav stuff and get it on the ship for Dakar. I have my RR here but it wasn't worth the money to ship it over, so instead I will ride it for a couple months here and do Amageza on it then sell it in December and use the money to pay towards the other one there. I also met with Francois and Len from Raceworx KTM to ask for some workshop help. Basically I would like them to help me with learning the bikes in and outs. I want to be a pro at knowing the bikes electrical and mechanical set up. If I have any problems out on the track I want to have the best possible chance at sorting it out and getting to the finish. The Raceworx guys are more than happy to help and are keen to do even more and are behind me all the way.
Kit wise Henderson racing have said they are keen to help and I've sent him a list that I just need to follow up on. I've also approached a possible helmet sponsor that I need to finalize.

One of my fundraising plans is to put them name of everyone who helps me with a donation on the bike at Dakar. You can get the details on my site at fromparatodakar.co.za. A BIG thanks must go out to Alex RG for the awesome donation as well as Gerrit and his family, Greg Raaff and Johan Botha for their more than generous donations. Really appreciate it guys. Your names will all be on the bike at Dakar. A big thanks to Subtech for the corporate sponsor too that will go on the screen of the bike. Still lots of space if anyone is keen to get their companies involved.  My email is Joey@fromparatodakar.co.za. Sorry for the shameless punt but I'm all in on this Dakar dream and need to do all I can.  ;)
I really appreciate all the support whether financial or just positive encouragement and a thumbs up, it's all good as not everyone has the means.

I'm also looking for guys in Gauteng keen on some rides in the week to get some training in. Just give me a shout. Zero 8 Three 4561122.
Cheers Joey.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #156 on: July 29, 2016, 05:19:55 pm »
It's only a pleasure Joey!

Hope the other Wild Dogs can chip in some cash too :-)

You know where to find me for training rides and the verrryyy sandy MX track...

See you soon!
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #157 on: August 07, 2016, 05:30:34 pm »
Flipping brilliant Joey! You have the right mental attitude that is for sure! Im keen to ride this week so I will likely give you a ring. :deal:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #158 on: August 08, 2016, 07:58:03 am »
I'm in for a few T-shirts as well.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #159 on: August 08, 2016, 08:54:53 am »
I'm in for a few T-shirts as well.

Dito !
. . . collect at the Amageza 2016 somewhere on the route ?