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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #320 on: March 20, 2017, 07:24:10 am »
I spoke to Rainer a few minutes ago. They are all devastated, and still in shock.  :'( :'( 

The whole team is pulling out and traveling home slowly home today once arrangements for Gary have been finalized. Wish we could be there to help.   
Rainer said someone measured 58 degrees out there yesterday. It was very tough and very, very hot.

A minute silence was held at the briefing. The race is shortened by 100km today. 39 degrees expect at Alex Bay. I can't help but wonder if this was the right decision...
I think many will be riding on for Gary, people close to him have said that is what he would have wanted.

Wishing a safe day for those who are still riding, and traveling mercies for those going home.
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #321 on: March 20, 2017, 07:41:11 am »
terrible news, so very sad to hear this, R.I.P.


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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #322 on: March 20, 2017, 07:55:44 am »
I was terribly saddened to hear this news yesterday. Gary was an amazing guy. RIP big guy!
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #323 on: March 20, 2017, 08:21:13 am »
RIP Gary.

Condolences to friends and family.
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #324 on: March 20, 2017, 08:25:41 am »
Sad, sad news - sent a cold shiver down my spine.



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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #325 on: March 20, 2017, 08:37:25 am »
Sad sad news. Hope the rest of the pack stay focused. This is a time where man,s mind wonder.
Condolence to Family.
 1 of my biggest fears is doing what his team mates are doing today. So strongs to them.

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #326 on: March 20, 2017, 08:38:48 am »
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #327 on: March 20, 2017, 08:41:35 am »
Rest in Peace Gary.
Heart felt condolences to his family and friends.
Very sad and tragic end to a fellow racers life.
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #328 on: March 20, 2017, 09:02:44 am »
This is terrible news. RIP Gary, and condolences to his loved ones.

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #329 on: March 20, 2017, 09:06:06 am »
 :( We'll miss you Grolls

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #330 on: March 20, 2017, 09:30:54 am »
This is really bad, my friend and his team has withdrawn and are on their way back home this morning.

Sad news.  Condolences to his loved ones!  RIP :(

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #331 on: March 20, 2017, 02:49:07 pm »
RIP  :( Condolences to the family.

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #332 on: March 20, 2017, 04:50:23 pm »
Rest in Peace, Condolences to the Family.

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #333 on: March 21, 2017, 05:06:20 pm »
Phew sad news- just spend the last 2 hours reading all the input,planning & happiness going into this and then tragedy. Aint life a  bitch sometimes- RIP Grolls
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #334 on: March 21, 2017, 06:04:47 pm »
Just back from the race.  Was a pretty hard core affair. Not so much the temps for the Upington based guys, but combined with the technical routes, a bridge too far for a lot of guys.  Difficult decision to continue the next day.  Not sure I would have finished if the last day was not shortened.

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #335 on: March 21, 2017, 08:58:51 pm »
Just back from the race.  Was a pretty hard core affair. Not so much the temps for the Upington based guys, but combined with the technical routes, a bridge too far for a lot of guys.  Difficult decision to continue the next day.  Not sure I would have finished if the last day was not shortened.

RIP Grolls

Doing physical stuff in hectic heat is always risky.....some are more acclimatized than others.
It is for good reason that the army stopped any physical training above 38 degrees, but when you are in a war you can't always choose a nice day to fight.
The Epic's route was also shortened today due to heat and it was in the mid 30's.

My thoughts go out to all of you...participants, friends, team mates and organizers.
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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #336 on: March 21, 2017, 09:03:41 pm »
OK just back from an EPIC trip to Port Nolloth.
 
I now need to process 16Gb video's (it includes my 1800km return trip with the 800 on an all gravel route)

Here a few pics to water the pallet. IN RANDOM ORDER

Ohh, by the way it reached a max of 48C between Kleinzee and Honneklip baai Monday at 10:00.  Temp at the beach was 43C.

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« Reply #337 on: March 21, 2017, 09:06:14 pm »
More Pics
NOTE: it is all snipped from HD Video

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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #338 on: March 21, 2017, 09:32:19 pm »
Great pics, Adie ....keep them coming  :thumleft:

40C+ is hot .... makes the simple things monumental ... once did 48C in mid moz somewhere ... was bad .... scary .... no respite, ever!

I remember stopping next to a mud puddle, seeking shade and water - both weren't there - I was suffering. But I lay there, for a long while, watching the local animals and birds doing the same thing - surviving.

I felt close, very close ........

Well done to all who finished  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:



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Re: 2017 West Coast Baja: The Race is ON!!!
« Reply #339 on: March 22, 2017, 09:51:39 am »
Back at work today after being on the support crew for the 7 Stars Energy / KTM Cape Town team supporting Kobus Potgieter (and Mark Krober).

It was an awesome experience.

It was VERY hot (the support crew for one of the side by sides drove their Amarok to where their riders had a break-down and they showed us a pic on their phone of the Amarok's dashboard reading 16h10 and 58 degrees!!)

It was a VERY heavy race briefing where Gary's death was announced. The option not to race day 2 was put to all the riders and one of Gary's team members told everyone that there is NO WAY they can stop the race; that Gary would definitely have wanted them to tackle day 2 . . .  my condolences to his family and friends.

I'll try to post some pics and vids (didn't really have time to take too much footage though).

By the way - no-one entered the Adventure Class . . . not one. I was keen to see what it's like with the view of entering it next year, but not sure Alexander will run the Adventure Class again if there was no interest this year (too short notice? too far away? too many big mouth keyboard racers (like me)?
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