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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #100 on: March 14, 2017, 11:40:15 am »
Are you sure you going slow enough? 166 seems a bit slow of the mountain tracks... lol

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #101 on: March 15, 2017, 09:48:28 am »
Baie vinnige stil staande bike bike daai..... ek hoop jy kan loop en service aangesien die bike aan die beweeg is... lol

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #102 on: March 16, 2017, 05:26:54 am »
+1 TO White Rhino's comment.

Enjoy the ride this weekend, please let us know how it went.

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #103 on: March 16, 2017, 07:05:09 am »
Have a great BAJA
I will be following your efforts towards the Dakar
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #104 on: March 16, 2017, 07:44:48 pm »
Have a rocking Baja bud. 👍🏻🏁 you got this!
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #105 on: March 21, 2017, 03:34:04 pm »
Good Luck there Willem, must have been swell to receive the ASO reply--could the frogs just spell your name and surname correct ???- Lets get some sponsoring detail going(unless youve got it covered-liked the Amageza to Dakar 2018 for the main piece and then we can add some smaller print for other SA sponsors- no specialist but will gladly help where i can and there is a good amount of t shirt loving followers here
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #106 on: March 21, 2017, 08:30:53 pm »
 :sip: Ek dink die DuToit gedeelte is is Frans, met die Willem kan hulle dalk bietjie kleitrap. Ek ook hier en sal al die pad by wees. Sterkte.
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #107 on: March 22, 2017, 01:10:33 am »
Have a great BAJA
I will be following your efforts towards the Dakar
Good luck WDT

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« Reply #108 on: March 24, 2017, 05:00:43 pm »
WEST COAST BAJA 2017!

This was my first Baja, and I must say I really enjoyed it! I liked the relaxed atmosphere, and not having to wake up at 05:00 and start racing at 06:00!

Prologue
Saturday mornings time trial was exciting, Le Mans start and all! I was in the second bunch, had a good start, and got out first. Lead the way to I think  the 3rd or 4th corner, overshot, got passed, but luckily took the place back quickly. Navigation was OK, stopped once when I was uncertain, and Hentie (my team mate) caught up to me. We concluded that we were ont he right track and carried on. The terrain was brilliant, much like we are used to back home. First lap went OK, with me and Hentie leading. We caught up to some guys, the dust was bad in some places, but managed to pass them. I think I got through easier than Hentie and won the first heat.

Then it was the final, the first ten guys, one lap race. We all set off, Hentie got to the turn first with me in second place. Superman nearly colided with Donovan, but both luckily came out OK!  Hentie lead for about half the lap, overshot and gave the lead to me. We came to the pan neck in neck, and I managed to beat him by a fraction (when I beat himn it is only because he had bad luck!) So a good result for the Upington Rally team, starting out on the first stage in 1st and second place.

There was not a lot to do on the bike that afternoon, cleaned it up a bit, new air filter and that was it. Scrutineering was a breaze, except for my helmet. I replaced one of the plastic visor bolts, which broke, with an aluminium one. That can be viewed as a modification and could compromise safety. Lesson learned!

Stage 1

We sarted of at 07:00 (a respectable time as mentioned before) had a short liason and got to the special. I lead the way, and manged to cock up within the first 15km`s! Hentie caught up to me and the Donovan wo was in third place passed us both. As we were heading East at that time the sun was quite bad, but I managed to pass Donovan, who was riding very conservatively, unlike his normal self! The lead swopped back and forth a few time between me and Hentie, till we got lost when I was leading the way. my navigation was not on the number! we lost a hel of a lot of time till we found our way, up the pass. Now I must confess, in the sand and on the fast twisty stuff I am OK, but not in the rocks! I struggled to keep up. We caught back up to about 4 or 5 guys, went the wrong way again, back tracked, found the right route and went down the other side of the mountain. We kept going like this for a while, riding, stopping, finding the route, going again, till a certain mr Ellis came flying by! He was doing the off road class and made 1 hour up on us! That guy is seriously, or maybe dangerously, quick. We got to the dsp aproximately 90km before Alexander bay, and got some fuel. Thanks Chrstelle! I did not fill up, partly it is only 90k`s left, and partly because I wanted to keep the bike light. I knew i would struggle to keep up with Hentie. David Ellis was also in dsp, apperently he had GPS issues. We set off, doing about 135km/h when David came by..... on his back wheel. have I mentioned that he is quick? Hentie chased after him, and it became apparent that the pace is going to be hectic! I tried to keep up, when with about 40km to go to Alexander bay, I had a look at my fuel situation, or lack thereof. I gues I had about 2 litres left, maybe a bit more. Shit! I tapped off and started going very conservatively. With about 10km to go, I ran out, flipped the bike to get all the fuel to the left side and set off again, very carefully. Right at the beginning of the speed zone, about 3km from the refuel I ran out for the final time. Stopped, got my tow strap out and waited for the first guy to come in. Lucky for me it was Donovan who stopped, I got hooked up and we set off, not wasting any time. Thanks Donovan, really appreciate it! at the turnoff to Alexander bay I went wide, trying to keep the strap out of the wheels, overdid it and the strap broke. I told Donovan to go. I thought I remeber it to be down hill to the gas station. NOT. started pushing, and breathing hard and sweating. One of Kobus Potgieters guys came running up to me, and helped push the last 300m about. Thanks a lot, I did not get your name, but at that moment you were Superman!, the good deeds didnt stop there. the shop was closed and we could not get any water.  Annelize and Jeanine luckily had water, and they gave me noughto fill my camelback. Thank you, without that the rest of the day would have been brutal!
After the refuel I set off again, only seeing Hentie and David`s tracks. I went on steadily, it must have been around 11:00, 11:30 and it already was very hot! the track got sandier and looser the farther it went. The 2 Mocke brothers caught up to me, and passed me. At 1 point I reset me ICO when I stopped to open the fuel valve for my rear tank. I did not axactly know where I was and went of behind the Mockes. Things did  not add up to the raod book, and when I went over a dune, there the finish of the off road class were. Idiot! I had to back track a few km`s going next to the track, didnt want to connect a off road guy! Eventually I found the way and got going. At that point i was hot and a bit tired, even felt nauseous for a while. I caught up to a few guys just as we got to a 6okm/h speed zone. the speed zone ends when we turned off that road. The guys in fron of me missed the turn or was slow on the gas and I slip[ped by, for the last 3km`s or so to the end of special. I must say I was spent. It was one of the tougher days I had on a bike.
Got back to our lodgings, drank e few cooldrinks, showered and started on the bike. Luckily there was nothing to fix, so it was only an oil change, air filter, back wheel and general checking of everything.
Riders briefing started a bit late, as we had to whait for Alex. Then the shocking news dropped. When you hear about the death of a rider it gets to you, and you reconsider a bit what you are doing. Alex asked if we wanted to race the next day, and Gary`s teeam mates said that they felt he would have wanted us to coninue.
The emergency personel had an info session about hydration, which I listened to very attentaivley for once.

Hentie won the stage by a massive margin, I came in at about 7th place.

Stage 2

The next morning all the rally class riders came together and we decided that we are only going to race to Alexander Bay and do a liason back. The forecast for the day was something like 37degrees at the sea, so you can only imagine what it will be in the sand and mountains. There were talk of over 50 degrees in stage 1.

To be continued....
 
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #109 on: March 24, 2017, 05:25:38 pm »
Super report!!! Can't  wait for the rest!!! Sharp Willem

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #110 on: March 25, 2017, 06:43:39 am »
Wow Willem, what a day! Sounds like everyone really suffered out there.

I hate it when I accidentally reset my ICO while leaning on the bars. Its the worst thing! ;D

We armchair racers are riding the rally in your words,

Please keep it coming! :deal:


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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #111 on: March 26, 2017, 01:19:55 pm »
Lekker, WIllem. What a great read. You Upington guys are in a class of your own.
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #112 on: March 26, 2017, 07:39:16 pm »
we need more!  good read Willem, keep it up!
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« Reply #113 on: March 28, 2017, 11:57:34 am »
Stage 2

We set of on a short liason and got to the start. the first few km`s was the end of the first day, so no surprises. The big story of the day was the dunes, and we got to them after a short section that was very close to being off piste. we were about 3 or 4 guys getting to the dunes at the same time and all went in the general direction of the CAP shown in the roadbook. I think I got the entry point wrong and started oof east of the direction shown. Went down some massive slip faces, just for fun, and got to the end of the dune field. I stopped and spotted a road leading out, on a heading which seemed good.
I stopped again after a short while, as I was not 100% sure of the way, when Hentie stopped alongside. He started of first, so I was quite surprised seeing him there. Apparently he got his waypoints on his GPS mixed up! We set off together, and quickly caught and passed some guys. From there on there was only one rider in front of us. I suspected that it must be Roger Kane-Berman. The terrain remained sandy, but much faster, and between myself and Hentie we swapped being in front and continued onwards. We got to the infamous sand climb, which name I cant remember, and gave it a go. 4th gear and a changt to 3rd and we were at the top. Was a bit of an anti climax. We got to the first refuel, and we only had about 70km`s to go to the end of special at Alexander bay. I stil had a reasonable amount of my fuel left and toyed with the idea to skip the refuel. Hentie, who was leading stopped, and I bravely decided to stop as well.
I reasoned that for 70 kms I only needed about 7 to 8 litres of fuel, and had at least that amount left. the guys waiting there told me Roger was about 5 minutes ahead of us, so to catch him would require quite a high pace. So I poured in some fuel, must have been about 5 litres and set of. Hentie was having trouble with his fuel can, but told me to go, he will catch up. When he tell you he will catch up, you better beleive him!
Off i went, had a moment with a "spoel sloot" in the road and got to some nice fast sandy sections. Recognised it form the 2016 Amageza. I gave it my all, trying to catch up to Roger. The last 30kms about was the same as stage 1, so I new what to expect, especially one nasty sand whoop section, with a big sand mound that caught me out the previous day, nearly braking my roadbook with my head. Surpise surprise I went in to fast, hit it again, and same result, closeup look at my rooadbook. Idiot!
That was not the only peace of de ja vu. Remember I ran out of fuel with 3 km`s to go on stage 1? Well I beat my record and had to stop to flip the bike over again, but this time with about 10km` to go. At that point Hentie caught up and he offered to stay behind me and help. I only managed to go 3 km`s or so before running out.
When I opened up my rear tank, there was still about 3 litres of fuel left, which did not feed to the main tank, so i removed the inline filter and started blowing in the tank to force the fuel through. Hentie started draining fuel from his bike into a bottel (which i filled the previous afternoon with water and Rehidrat as backup after the days big scare). We lost some time doing this, and with me having to flip the bike over, but going again, with nothin major happening till we reached Alexander Bay.
The few minute we were stationary, you really can feel the heat! It was going to get very hot!
We reached the fuel stop, filled up and rested for a bit. Got a nice cold coke from Alex Ruprecht, which tasted heavenly! thanks Alex. Then it was only about 90kms worth of liason left, and we got to the school, handed in our trackers, gps`s etc. Had a few beers showered rested and that was it.

Hentie won the rally class, with Roger in second place and myself in 3rd, only just beating Donovan, who towed me into Alexander bay the previous day, so that was bad luck for him!

Alex had one last surprise left, he gave the guys doing Dakar in 2018 the "opportunity" to say a few words. For me that was even a bigger desaster than running out of fuel!

When thinking back the first thing that comes to mind is the very unfortunate death of Gary Rowley. I cant imagine what his family must go through, RIP.

The second thing is reality of the danger of this sport, and the calculated risks we take, and that whatever precautions or safety is in place from the organisers side, we are ulitmately responsible for our own safety. By that I not only mean gear and equipment like sat phones etc. but also our mindset and keeping in mind we ultimately do it for fun, and adjsuting your acceptable risk there to.

Third, on a more positive note, what a great race this was, really enjoyable and a more relaxed atmosphere than a full blown rally. The terrain was awesome, and had a nice variety between rocks sand, fast sections and technical bits.

I really hope that this race and Amageza as well can continue. The rate number one is making k@k the exchange rate will be so bad that the international riders would not able to miss it!
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #114 on: March 29, 2017, 08:20:02 am »
Thank you for the write-ups Willem ,  I was very focused on taking photos and missed out on a lot of what was happening , so it is excellent to be able to read it here .

One of my favourite photos of this Baja  . I was in the Jeep with Alex , sitting on the wrong side and took this pic through the front window. Shew we struggled to keep up with you .  Looking at you riding next to that fence took my breath away. It was like looking at a gazelle , a thing of great beauty .

Looking at this photo now reminds me of so much that is good and special about the Amageza /Baja . The high caliber of riders that we have . It was a very tough race in extremely hot conditions and very soft sand . Respect to all finishers. You guys are made of iron . :thumleft:
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #115 on: March 29, 2017, 08:39:05 am »
Willem is from now on a thing of great beauty  :biggrin:  I will make sure that this gets repeated often, far and wide.
 

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« Reply #116 on: March 29, 2017, 09:19:16 am »
Willem is from now on a thing of great beauty  :biggrin:  I will make sure that this gets repeated often, far and wide.

haha,  are you jealous Bill ?  >:D :biggrin:

But I said his riding is a thing of great beauty . And it is . You will see that when you see the Dakar footage of him riding   :ricky: :ricky:

 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #117 on: March 29, 2017, 09:24:25 am »
Dankie Reynette

Lekker om te sien mense lees die gebabbel!

BIll is jaloers, maar daai thing of  beauty is als daarmee heen die oomblik as ek my helmet afhaal!
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #118 on: March 29, 2017, 09:36:00 am »
Willem is from now on a thing of great beauty  :biggrin:  I will make sure that this gets repeated often, far and wide.

haha,  are you jealous Bill ?  >:D :biggrin:



Nope, I taught him his beauty regime.  :laughing4:
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #119 on: March 29, 2017, 09:38:47 am »
Whats next?

Me and Hentie is competing this weekend in the national off road in lichtenburg. Both in the senior class. a time trial of 20km and 2 loops of 170km each. This will be a good test of where my fitness level is at the moment.

This weekend and evenings were spent prepping the FX 450 for the race, service, new tyres etc. I also got some new footpegs that is a bit lower than stock, which helps alot for us tall guys. Word of warning, be carefull when removing the stock footpegs, the spring is under same tension and can fly out and hit you right on the forehead, if you are an idiot like me! Also fitted the steering stabiliser I got with the bike.
Also had to wash my kit. I dont about you guys but that sap from that bushes from the WCB is a bastard to remove! I used alot of prepsol, sparying everything with it, letting it soak in and repeated a few times before pressure washing it. Then it was manual labour with a brush and handy andy.

I had a chat yesterday with Bart van de Velde (BAS rally team) and he informed me that there is no more new customer RFR`s available for sale. That narrow my decision down on which biek to do Dakar with. Either Walter`s old bike I bought as practise bike, or hire one from Bart. I am thinking more of hiring, which will save a lot of time and money.

I apologise again for the lack of pictures, I will have to get into the habit of taking pics as I go along! I do however have footage of the Prologue from the WCB, which I will edit and post.

Cheers