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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #40 on: December 15, 2016, 06:16:00 pm »
Those pictures don't do that cliff justice.It was hecticly steep .
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #41 on: December 18, 2016, 08:48:08 am »
Kom nou Michiel... how are we supposed to live vicariously through your stories when there aren't any..?!?

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2016, 10:50:27 am »
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #43 on: December 20, 2016, 11:03:53 am »
Kom nou Michiel... how are we supposed to live vicariously through your stories when there aren't any..?!?


Vicariously is the adverb form of the word vicarious, which also involves experiencing something through another person. The Latin influence is the word vicarius, which means ďsubstitute.Ē If you experience something vicariously, in a sense you're a substitute who's getting something secondhand.

Ok so as nothing happening here I vote we move this thread to the secondhand Buy and Sell thread  :imaposer:
« Last Edit: December 20, 2016, 12:17:35 pm by BiG DoM »
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2016, 12:03:06 pm »
No need to shout, we knew that already .....
Don't let fear hold you back ..... take it with you!
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #45 on: December 20, 2016, 12:14:01 pm »
No need to shout, we knew that already .....

Who's SHOUTING - shouting is uppercase. Bold and big is just demonstrative?
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« Last Edit: December 23, 2016, 06:30:53 am by BiG DoM »
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2016, 05:02:53 am »
Yes, totally unacceptable but in the process I learnt a new word. Thanks for keeping it going gents.
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #47 on: December 23, 2016, 05:07:03 am »




Friday

Not wanting to repeat the partially unpleasant ride from the Time Trial I made a conscious decision. I am not
going to race, I am simply going to enjoy. Today is going to be a joyride!

This is what I looked like on Thursday afternoon. Credits to the photographer.



The first couple of kilometers of the day followed the same path as last year's route. Not 20 minutes in we made
our way up a long and steep, yet smooth and straight hill climb. A dozen riders bottlenecked ahead of me but
in anticipation of this I kept up momentum and managed to pass without further due. Reaching the top of our
first mountains I suddenly found myself in the most beautiful location. With ample rainfall the landscape have
been transformed. I haven't seen Lesotho like this since 2010.

Following three riders evenly spaced ahead of me the experience shifted into perspective. Imaging riding right
on the very back of a dragon. Not a scaly and boney one, a voluptuous, fat, rounded big momma with smooth
soft skin. At pace we made our way from the head, down the neck, gently up the shoulders, over the belly,
along the hips and swooped down a long curved tail all the while in sight of landscapes from heaven. Euphoria
carried me to the first refuel where Daniel ran far into the route to photograph riders and my crew set up gazebo
next to the big guns.







SGB (Stefan Boshoff) offered my crew link in with him. He was on duty to see to it that junior had the best
shot at competing also in Silver Class. The pit area was like an carnival, like "die boeremark" on Saturdays
only this was situated high up in the remote mountains half way to Mohale Dam.

For the first time I felt how the professional riders must feel. The moment the bike got to a standstill I simply
walked away from it because the "team" took over. Whilst I ate from a lunch box lovingly made by Losper's
better half the experts refueled my boney, topped up my water bladder and checked that everything is hunky-dory.
You got to give it to them.

This picture is by Gary Clark, another enthusiastic supporter.

« Last Edit: December 23, 2016, 05:35:17 am by Michiel »
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #48 on: December 23, 2016, 06:12:11 am »
Nice going Michiel. Attitude is everything!
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #49 on: December 24, 2016, 11:47:28 am »
He's back!!!!  :thumleft: We thought we lost you there Michiel!  More... more... more!

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #50 on: December 24, 2016, 02:46:40 pm »
He's gone again...
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #51 on: December 24, 2016, 03:08:55 pm »
Viciously vacarious exploitation  O0 
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #52 on: December 24, 2016, 04:55:39 pm »
What did you get for your birthday - a dictionary?

Or just twiddling thumbs till next year's roof ..................
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #53 on: December 24, 2016, 05:30:29 pm »
What did you get for your birthday - a dictionary?

Or just twiddling thumbs till next year's roof ..................

Just pulling MaxTP's chain a little Ö go back a few posts  :pot:
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #54 on: December 24, 2016, 09:31:26 pm »
Haha Dom. Vicious indeed! Seems Michiel's post Roof depression is worse than we thought...

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #55 on: December 25, 2016, 12:32:35 pm »
Jaco Kruger, another Bloem boy I look up to, established motocross rider come mad enduro competitor didn't
participate this year due to injuries but came through to support his fellow riders from Bloemfontein. Jaco put in
some time as mentor with the Revvit Racing team over the last 3 years and is likely Regardt's biggest supporter
after dad himself. From left to right. Dalton de Bruin, Carl-Reinhardt Cronje, Regardt van Niewenhuizen and
Jaco Kruger. This picture was taken at Roof 2015.



The reason I mention Jaco is:

By the time my tummy was full and my ride ready I blasted out of the pits with some new inspiration. On the inside
of my left hand guard SGB, suitable for the Country Trax instructor he is, wrote: "kyk op". Across to the right side
Jaco kept character and scribbled: "los die brieke  :)" See, compared to this bunch I'm known as a slow and cautious
rider and will likely never hear the end of it.  ::)





Now with supporters like that you can only but ride like the wind and ride I did. The next section for Silver and Gold
riders was a loop over the highlands and back again to the same refuel area. Silver hooked a left just before the
now famous or rather infamous Moselemane Pass while Gold riders had to negotiate all those switchbacks in a
downwards direction.

Still within sight of the refuel area we negotiated one mother of a climb. Near the top there was a little bottle neck
but cleared quickly. I had to get creative with my lines because riders ahead of me pulverized all the good ones.
Once on top I found a rider in the process of dismantling his bike and stopped to check what's up.

What followed will stay etched in my memory. The rider, still wearing his helmet, looked at me and held out a 5amp
fuse. He said: "please don't you have one of these for me?" It wasn't what he asked, he could just as well have said
nothing because his eyes said it all! He was in a predicament, desperately needed help and wasn't too proud to ask
for it. The fuse was for the fan and necessary to preserve the bike for whatever lay ahead. I responded with nothing
but a big smile, pulled off my bumbag and produced just the item needed. Guess you could say I felt like a knight on
an orange horse.



The rest of the loop went without incident as we rode on mostly highland grassy plains whilst looking down into rivers
that winds on solid bedrock. At one point I noticed something I've come to know round these parts, a whole field of
cannabis! I kid you not, it was like 1ha of ground completely covered in the plant. Just for incase no-one else noticed
I stopped, picked one leaf and shared it with the rider behind me.
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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #56 on: December 25, 2016, 12:55:01 pm »
Hey, happy Christmas, Michiel. Nice to see some more reporting on your epic.

You were like an early Father Christmas to that rider!
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #57 on: December 25, 2016, 05:57:20 pm »
Thanks John! You too.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #58 on: December 25, 2016, 06:11:05 pm »
All in all the first half of the day made for some proper racing and by the time I came in for the second refuel
I was floating on excitement and adrenalin. I will post a little string of videos that will show how I ride past the
marshall and strike up a conversation with Sithe.

The second half of Friday was when the shit came down.



This rider was in Silver lead when his bike's chain snapped. I remember crossing paths and riding with Losper
for a little distance. Then we went down one insane pass. At this point I already ran out of water and was thirsty
as hell. Descending the pass took the last out of me. Despite my best efforts and even pushing the bike I still
managed to front-flip it and ended up partially trapped underneath it. Just then one Gold rider passed me riding
his bike on the pegs. Thats when you realize you still got some training to do.



By some miracle we crossed a clear flowing stream halfway down the pass and needless to say I wasn't the only
rider who slurped water right from the source. It was an oasis!
 

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Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
« Reply #59 on: December 25, 2016, 07:46:46 pm »
Love that last photo, Michiel! Thanks

And merry Christmas!! I just say it's quite chastening when one thinks you're improving and you see the gulf in class that exists to the really top guys! Haha. Nice work - thanks!