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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #100 on: November 08, 2016, 07:09:11 am »
Good on you, Joey  :thumleft:

And nice to see that the Springbokkie is flying
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #101 on: November 08, 2016, 07:44:39 am »
Joey is in danger of skipping God status and going straight to Mythic Legend!
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #102 on: November 08, 2016, 08:16:58 am »
Via Rainer FB:

Stage 2 - Team Verve got off at 6:30 yesterday without any problems. Chris took off 11th, Ludwig 22nd and Warren Strong at the tail end, positioned at a very depressing 40th.

Warren had to figure out how this navigation really works, and damned quickly, so that he can ride at his full potential. His skill levels are right up there with the best having represented South Africa at the GS Trophy a few years back.

The route took them through controlled areas with speed restrictions in the first leg Riders with the skilll of turning corners at pace would make up time. After the refuel spot things got a lot more challenging, with sticky red sand dunes followed by some river sand riding and then finally through the beautiful ravines in the Riemvasmaak area and then the final liason into Kakemas. Many of the riders made navigational errors.

Chris was pretty consistent in his riding, picking up a few places and riding with the top 6 at times, only 12 minutes off the second place at times. His race time was 5:23 - only 10 min off 4 place rider Hentie Hanekom who's back yard is this terrain.

Ludwig lost a few places after the refill, cutting in his knee after going over the handlebars. I suspect it was caused by his custom bracket that had a sharp edge on it. That bracket needs to be made safer.

Warren rode like a champ, picking up 22 places at one point. Well done Warren!

Roger Ryder Kane-Berman, from the Subtech team, one of the favourites to win, had a crash into a rock damaging his sump and losing oil. Joey Evans (our Para to Dakar legend) stoped and helped him and donated 200ml oil and after unsuccessful attempt at bypassing the oil feeder, ended up getting towed through some pretty gnarly terrain with several offs by both of them and occassionally dragging Roger;s bike. What a huge sacrifice by Joey.

Roger had a spare engine which would be fitted through the night, hopefully we will see him at the start today.

It's a toss up as to who's the man of the match between Warren who started last and made up around 22 physical places, or Greg Raaf who also started near the back and ended up in the top 5, or Joey for sacrificing his ride to save a mate. You decide.

Team Verve's bikes were all in good shape. The little fix we made on Chris' bike for the chain runner only lasted 100kms. He's going to have to make another plan.

There were many 40 plus minute penalties dished out for most riders mostly because of speed limits infringements on Stage 1.

The provisional standings without penalties for Stage 2 are: Chris 9th, Warren 22nd and Ludwig 32nd.

Just a side note: I got a call from legendary Blue Bull (Neil Ringdahl) who also had a good ride but is taking a little strain because of lack of fitness. He's relocated back to SA, and work has been his focus. He nearly didn't make the start line, with a gearbox full of teeth only one week ago!  Neil confessed to an embarrasing faceplant fall in Kakemas on the concrete! We've all done that at some point, the main thing is you're not seriously injured and good to continue the Amageza.

Stage 3 starts any minute.
 

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #103 on: November 08, 2016, 08:35:11 am »
Thanks Steve..hectic as always..
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #104 on: November 08, 2016, 08:40:09 am »
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #105 on: November 08, 2016, 08:51:41 am »
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #106 on: November 08, 2016, 08:53:57 am »
Brilliant!
Keep it coming!
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #107 on: November 08, 2016, 08:56:54 am »
Some nice pics there. Thanks guys
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #108 on: November 08, 2016, 09:02:56 am »
They've got some awesome riding up ahead today. We rode some of the area in 2014. Unforgettable experience
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #109 on: November 08, 2016, 09:04:57 am »
I got some feedback from my mate Martin Lourens last night, he’s racing under Droomers Yamaha:

“Hey all had my fair bit of bad luck with contaminated fuel. Almost had to be recovered. Sorted it out just in time. So glass still half full for me. Officially 2nd last but still enjoying every moment”.

David Thomas received some very bad news yesterday of a personal nature and nearly never made the start line. He's still riding though.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #110 on: November 08, 2016, 09:09:18 am »
Check out the weather report for Springbok - RAIN!    :eek7:
 

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #111 on: November 08, 2016, 09:14:02 am »
Check out the weather report for Springbok - RAIN!    :eek7:

Ouch, not the best place to ride in the rain :)
Riverbeds can flood in minutes
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #112 on: November 08, 2016, 10:13:22 am »
Can someone perhaps tell me what is the starting intervals between riders?

I assume 1 minute?
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #113 on: November 08, 2016, 10:17:07 am »
The top 10 normally get 2 minutes between riders and go off singularly. From then on its pairs every minute.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #114 on: November 08, 2016, 10:29:38 am »
The top 10 normally get 2 minutes between riders and go off singularly. From then on its pairs every minute.

Thanks!
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #115 on: November 08, 2016, 10:39:59 am »
I am glad Martin got going again yesterday.  He had bad luck with his prev attempts as well.

Something must have happened with Antal, I see he is heading straight from Pella to Springbok. :(

The lonley Quad also got lost. Rest looks OK

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #116 on: November 08, 2016, 10:58:13 am »
Seems Antal Verschuuren got a bit lost?
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #117 on: November 08, 2016, 11:02:38 am »
Seems Antal Verschuuren got a bit lost?

Or he/his tracker on the way to the next biviouac. Very much doubt anyone would ride that far on the N14 without noticing that nav is off
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #118 on: November 08, 2016, 11:04:39 am »
Seems Antal Verschuuren got a bit lost?

Or he/his tracker on the way to the next biviouac. Very much doubt anyone would ride that far on the N14 without noticing that nav is off

Aaah, so we learn.  Dankie Dwerg.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #119 on: November 08, 2016, 11:05:30 am »
Seems Antal Verschuuren got a bit lost?

Or he/his tracker on the way to the next biviouac. Very much doubt anyone would ride that far on the N14 without noticing that nav is off

Aaah, so we learn.  Dankie Dwerg.

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