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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #300 on: November 14, 2016, 07:49:35 am »
What a tremendous Amageza ! WELL DONE Alex to the best one yet!! .  :thumleft:

Well done to all the competitors , it takes true grit to finish, let alone place : months of prep of mind , body and machine.  And then for it to all come together in the grueling race and to overcome all the obstacles and to finish at the end, that takes a helluva doing .  Hero's all of you .  :notworthy:

Well done Willem  :thumleft: , we will watch the Dakar 2017 with anticipation . Also keen to see our Joey in Dakar 2017 , he who made us proud again this year with helping his buddies; his towing of Roger was the stuff of legends .  :ricky:

Bad luck Neil and Mark and well done anyway !

Thanks Lie -Ann from Oakpics for the great photos that told the story for us armchair spectators .
And the Marshalls and everyone who bought us another great edition of the Amageza .  :3some:

 

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #301 on: November 14, 2016, 08:48:09 am »
Does Willem get entry for 2017 or 2018 Dakar?
 

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #302 on: November 14, 2016, 09:35:34 am »
Does Willem get entry for 2017 or 2018 Dakar?

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #303 on: November 14, 2016, 10:48:21 am »
What a tremendous Amageza ! WELL DONE Alex to the best one yet!! .  :thumleft:

Well done to all the competitors , it takes true grit to finish, let alone place : months of prep of mind , body and machine.  And then for it to all come together in the grueling race and to overcome all the obstacles and to finish at the end, that takes a helluva doing .  Hero's all of you .  :notworthy:


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« Reply #304 on: November 14, 2016, 11:57:22 am »
So is it just me or did this year seem to be ultra smooth as far as the running of it. Our thread was not as prolific as last year,but it seems as if everything ran without a hiccup.
Can those that were there verify please. Oh and the tracking was pretty awesome too,albeit it very pensive waiting for the transponder to update on the riders you were following.
Well done to all the participants,on and off bikes,and all the organizers and staff in the field.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #305 on: November 14, 2016, 12:00:02 pm »
And if anyone got a hint from the organisers whether the Baja will take place next year, please do share.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #306 on: November 14, 2016, 12:08:59 pm »
So is it just me or did this year seem to be ultra smooth as far as the running of it. Our thread was not as prolific as last year,but it seems as if everything ran without a hiccup.
Can those that were there verify please. Oh and the tracking was pretty awesome too,albeit it very pensive waiting for the transponder to update on the riders you were following.
Well done to all the participants,on and off bikes,and all the organizers and staff in the field.

It sounds pretty great to hear that opinion. I wasn't there, but did the timing remotely.
A HUGE shout out for Gert, the slave in the middle of the peecha. He joined the marshalling team quite late, put in a lot of effort beforehand to understand and practice running our timing wizardry, and I reckon he did an absolutely brilliant job.
Timing is a kak job. You get noticed only when things go wrong, and boy do you get noticed then! (I guess the same applied to all marshalling jobs, thinking of it....)

Now he needs a bike to ride Baja....
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #307 on: November 14, 2016, 01:02:04 pm »
Good day guys and girls, quick post in between the chaos at work.

What a great Amageza, the best one yet! (everybody there will vouch for that)
Organisation was spot on, roadbooks were 99.9% accurate, routes were spectacular and the cameraderie between riders really great.
To Alex and all the marshals, thank you very much, once again you gave us normal okes a taste of proper navigational rallying. I will always be gratefull.

The big one: Thanks for giving me the oportunity to go to Dakar. What a honour! I am still a bit dumbstruck. You will hear a lot more from me in the next 14 months, as I will try and keep you updated on the progress. As Bluebull pointed out to me, a lot of guys have the aspiration, but not the oportunity, and it is nice at least to feel part of it via things like Wilddogs.

Well wishes for our team mate Mark Kapnoudhis wo broke his pelvis on stage 6, apparently he will be home by Wednesday or so. Hope for a speedy recovery!

Cheers
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #308 on: November 14, 2016, 01:07:36 pm »
So is it just me or did this year seem to be ultra smooth as far as the running of it. Our thread was not as prolific as last year,but it seems as if everything ran without a hiccup.
Can those that were there verify please. Oh and the tracking was pretty awesome too,albeit it very pensive waiting for the transponder to update on the riders you were following.
Well done to all the participants,on and off bikes,and all the organizers and staff in the field.

It sounds pretty great to hear that opinion. I wasn't there, but did the timing remotely.
A HUGE shout out for Gert, the slave in the middle of the peecha. He joined the marshalling team quite late, put in a lot of effort beforehand to understand and practice running our timing wizardry, and I reckon he did an absolutely brilliant job.
Timing is a kak job. You get noticed only when things go wrong, and boy do you get noticed then! (I guess the same applied to all marshalling jobs, thinking of it....)

Now he needs a bike to ride Baja....

No, I'm sorry, we can't allow Gert to ride. He did a beyond awesome job and was an unflappable pleasure to have on the team and we want to keep him.  Thanks Gert!

The event did go off very smoothly. The roadbooks were good. The bivvies were excellent with good food and enough facilities for everyone. The stages were shortened by reducing the amount of liaison distance. This allowed the riders to finish earlier, giving them time to get sorted and to rest. The dropout rate was very low. The tracks were mostly interesting, and sometimes challenging to ride, and generally the competitors enjoyed them. The only protests involved clearing up of GPS/timing issues and were dealt with very easily.

We were again stretched beyond a comfortable capacity by a few riders taking too long over the stages. In future we'll have to enforce more stringent cut-offs.

We were very upset by Mark Kapnoudhis' crash and injuries and wish him all the very best and a speedy recovery. 

We applaud Willem's well deserved win and look forward to supporting his 2018 Dakar.
 

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #309 on: November 14, 2016, 02:53:52 pm »
Good day guys and girls, quick post in between the chaos at work.

What a great Amageza, the best one yet! (everybody there will vouch for that)
Organisation was spot on, roadbooks were 99.9% accurate, routes were spectacular and the cameraderie between riders really great.
To Alex and all the marshals, thank you very much, once again you gave us normal okes a taste of proper navigational rallying. I will always be gratefull.

The big one: Thanks for giving me the oportunity to go to Dakar. What a honour! I am still a bit dumbstruck. You will hear a lot more from me in the next 14 months, as I will try and keep you updated on the progress. As Bluebull pointed out to me, a lot of guys have the aspiration, but not the oportunity, and it is nice at least to feel part of it via things like Wilddogs.

Well wishes for our team mate Mark Kapnoudhis wo broke his pelvis on stage 6, apparently he will be home by Wednesday or so. Hope for a speedy recovery!

Cheers
Willem

Congratulations Willem!
I am convinced that I speak on behalf of a whole heap of WD's that we look forward to following you to Dakar 2018!!!!
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #310 on: November 14, 2016, 03:24:23 pm »
Most certainly!

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #311 on: November 14, 2016, 04:56:10 pm »
Best Amageza yet!!
 Hope Alex keep this recipe .Food was fantastic. Road book was spot on. Think there is a lot of guys out there that missed out. Tracks were somewhere difficult but always do able. There was not a day that were easy. You always had to concentrate. Thanks Alex and team.

Great stuff Willem. Wish you all the luck with Dakar. Still think you have to convince Henti to trail along.

Then to all competitors. Me and Blasie walked around camp every afternoon. Everywhere friendly faces were around. Chairs were pulled out. Blasie said that this was his last Amageza helping me. 3 years in a row. Now this morning he changed his mind. His words was that he were going to miss the guys.
I made more friends on this Amageza  than the other 2 combined.
Good Luck to David Thomas , Joey Evans and Walter Terblanche( Was @ the finish Friday) in the Dakar.
 David said the longest day is going to be something like 1300km for a day. WOW.
There is lots of stories. Finding Blue Bull in the middle of nowhere. Henti and David flying past 2 3 times in 1 stage and the sad story of a drowned bike in the desert. Martin Lourens that got his bike going after 3 hours. Cris Odgen taking parts to stranded competitor etc.etc.
Today I am depressed( work) but so much richer ( memories).
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« Reply #312 on: November 14, 2016, 05:01:42 pm »
Excellent stuff  :thumleft:
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #313 on: November 14, 2016, 05:13:14 pm »
Best Amageza yet!!
 Hope Alex keep this recipe .Food was fantastic. Road book was spot on. Think there is a lot of guys out there that missed out. Tracks were somewhere difficult but always do able. There was not a day that were easy. You always had to concentrate. Thanks Alex and team.

Great stuff Willem. Wish you all the luck with Dakar. Still think you have to convince Henti to trail along.

Then to all competitors. Me and Blasie walked around camp every afternoon. Everywhere friendly faces were around. Chairs were pulled out. Blasie said that this was his last Amageza helping me. 3 years in a row. Now this morning he changed his mind. His words was that he were going to miss the guys.
I made more friends on this Amageza  than the other 2 combined.
Good Luck to David Thomas , Joey Evans and Walter Terblanche( Was @ the finish Friday) in the Dakar.
 David said the longest day is going to be something like 1300km for a day. WOW.
There is lots of stories. Finding Blue Bull in the middle of nowhere. Henti and David flying past 2 3 times in 1 stage and the sad story of a drowned bike in the desert. Martin Lourens that got his bike going after 3 hours. Cris Odgen taking parts to stranded competitor etc.etc.
Today I am depressed( work) but so much richer ( memories).
Cheers Rudie

Congratulations!! You did very well!! Got concerned one day when your tracking disappeared, but Blasie confirmed quickly that you were already in. Good for Blasie to join you again, wtf else is the pensioner going to do? :)
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #314 on: November 14, 2016, 05:20:01 pm »
A big congrats to all involved, and especially Alex, obviously! I can think of no greater complement than to say that I was only mildly interested at the start of the rally but completely obsessed by the end!!! And been perving the pages of Gumtree looking for a 500 KTM ever since!

I know that Amageza has had its teething problems over the years, but finally it all seemed to come right.

For me this means - and probably in this order:
  • Accurate, trustworthy roadbooks
  • Same day results (preferably within two hours of winners coming in)
  • Sensational riding
  • Decent medical e-vac
  • ...the rest

It's first and foremost a race.  Sure nice food at the bivouac is cool, but that's not why we're here.  From a distance it looked like all of this was sorted this year (well, I don't know about the medical side?), and it made for truly riveting racing. Willem could easily have lost the race on the last day - Geoff did the day before. And the race order changed dramatically in positions 3-10 on the final special. High drama, excitement and an absorbing event.

Live(ish) media coverage is probably one area that could do with some improvement to increase exposure, drum up more interest, and give better return for sponsors. This is totally possible, but probably needs someone who is a bit specialised in this area to get it done, who isn't having to worry about actually running the event.

I was bitterly sorry not to have been there this year, and to be honest I left a bit disappointed after last year's event, and hung up my boots. I think the formula is really right now. I sincerely hope Alex is going to keep going with this!

I heard murmurings about a possible last Amageza before the event, but I really think that would be a terrible shame. This is something unique and special. Every effort must be made to keep it going. I think it's probably at the limits of affordability and exclusivity right now, but most bikers with enough determination and enthusiasm can probably scratch the money together to do it if they really, really want to, and don't go too crazy on the bike. Costs must be contained, but the length, difficulty and location are probably about right. Maybe southern Namibia would enhance it even more, and isn't inaccessible - but I know it's been tough getting them on board.

Let's hope many of us are there at the 10th running of this special event in the not too distant future!

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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #315 on: November 15, 2016, 10:23:10 am »
Now that the dust has settled, I would like to make a couple of comments.

WDT and BV you guys were awesome. :thumleft: :ricky: In fact everyone was.
Willem, we are with you all the way to 2018 - please shout or PM us if you need help! :deal: What a blessing to have more than a year to prepare.

The team spirit and general spirit of this rally was very different to last year. Everyone made new friends. Everyone was positive, and I did not hear one complaint about the road book. I thought it was very precise, Alexander and John spent a LOT of time working on it and it really showed. The routes were simply AMAZING. We did a section of the old Paris LeCap Dakar, and we did some areas that have never been ridden before. The scenery was amazing, and the terrain very varying, but always challenging. As Rokie (I think) said there was not one day that was easy, all the guys had to dig deep.

The organization was good and the officials were all very professional, friendly and polite. The competitors were a great bunch too, there was no whining and no kak verhoudings - not even at the tip of the spear. ;D The average skill and preparedness of the riders this year was actually very high, which was why the finish rate was high - it was not an easy rally by any means!

It was so nice to have the foreign riders with us as well. They all seemed to enjoy it tremendously, and there is rumor that a whole Finnish team will be back next year.

It was such an honour to ride in malle moto group - What a great group of down-to-earth guys. Amazing that we did so well without team support. I'd like to think it was the team spirit we had among the malle moto guys that contributed, but more likely it was individual brilliance.

One heck of an adventure and one I will never forget. A BIG THANK YOU to all those who followed and supported - we really appreciate it.  :hello2: :hello2:

I understand there is likely not going to be another Amageza rally next year, as there is little time for Alexander's team to prepare given the dates have to change to earlier in the year to fit better in with the FIM calendar. I heard that they would probably have two Baja events instead, but this may all change given the huge success at this year's event. Lets live in hope.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #316 on: November 15, 2016, 10:30:13 am »
I just saw this comment on another thread (thanks John), so maybe there really will be an Amgeza 2017! :deal:

There's rumours that Amageza will be held in September next year, but nothing's certain yet. At one stage it was going to skip a year, but now it looks more likely we'll have one in 2017 after all. Let's hope.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #317 on: November 15, 2016, 11:50:53 am »
Best ever Amageza!!!   :deal:
Thank you Alex and everybody involved.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

2017, when and where?!

I just saw this comment on another thread (thanks John), so maybe there really will be an Amgeza 2017! :deal:

There's rumours that Amageza will be held in September next year, but nothing's certain yet. At one stage it was going to skip a year, but now it looks more likely we'll have one in 2017 after all. Let's hope.
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Re: Amageza 2016: Its Time To Race!
« Reply #318 on: November 15, 2016, 02:36:47 pm »
Well done to the Amageza team on what sounds like a great event this year :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

To all the Amageza riders  :thumleft: :ricky: :thumleft:

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« Reply #319 on: November 15, 2016, 05:07:21 pm »
What a brilliant event. Top Marks Alex and team, was near perfect. Variety of terrain every single day, some flat bits, sand bits and rocky bits.

As Donovan put it simply (have done them all to date), best Amageza yet. Glad i was part of it.

Well done to Willem for a top class racing example and on winning the Dakar challenge. Cudos to you.
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