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Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:11:54 pm »
So, Dakar 2017 is done and dusted! Seems to have been a tough one, even though the attrition rate was not exceptionally high.
Massive congratulations to our hero Joey Evans! You really kept us all on the edges of our seats. I am so glad for you, and hope even bigger things come from this. Thanks for all the help you already gave me. Walter and David, bad luck! At least I will have buddies next year!

Dakar 2018
As some of you know, I received the great opportunity to have won an entry for Dakar 2018. With this thread I will try and keep everyone up to date on what is going on. I really want to give you guys a real behind the scenes day to day (OK maybe weekly) account on what goes into a Dakar program, a normal oke`s story.

Where to begin?
Up till now it has been slowish, after the Amageza rally blues subsided, there was a quick flurry of activity, then it was holidays and Dakar 2017 started. Let me tell you, I really followed this year`s race much more attentively!
I met with Darryl Curtis in December, where he gave me a few pointers and his presentation on Dakar and the prep going into it. A lot of info, thanks for your time Darryl!
At Joey`s fund raiser me and Alex RG had a good chat with Brian Barragwanath, they are planning on assembling a team for 2018, so to hear what he had to say and talking about his past experience was great.

Then came Christmas and New Year and I tried to drink 2 month`s beer in 1 week, not a good idea if you need to get fit!

On the physical preparation side of things I started MTB`ing again, after I promised myself in 2015 after finishing the Cape Epic, that I am finished with vehicles without an engine. The Mocke brothers (of West coast Baja fame) offered to help me with training. Had my first session at M Fitness Limited on Monday morning, I didnt think I was this useless! Had to lie down for 15 minutes before showering, tomorrow is the next session, cant wait

My short term planning / to do list is as follows:
   Compile a sponsorship proposal (not as easy as you might think)
   Decide on a project title (need some input from you)
   Finnish repairs on my Amageza bike and sell it
   Finnish repairs on my old race bike and sell it
   Finnish my preliminary budget
   Get fit for the national off road series
Mid term:
   Decide on which support team to use
   Start getting my sponsorship proposal out there
   Decide on bikes, practice bike, race bike, renting a bike?

I will write in more detail about these in the near future, if you guys have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to comment.

Cheers
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 06:24:57 pm »
Hello Willem .  I'm in for the Ride .  :hello2:

What a massive opportunity you have and you deserve it .  :thumleft:

Behind you all the way .  :ricky:
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 06:28:18 pm »
Willem!! You can do this!!

Following this for sure!

Keep the updates coming - what do I have to do to become a Dakar team member candidate? Lol

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 06:38:13 pm »
Awesome! I'll be following along...

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 06:51:57 pm »
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2017, 07:52:20 pm »
Oh boy, I'm in for the ride  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2017, 08:02:55 pm »
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2017, 08:05:27 pm »
Will be following keenly! :thumleft: :ricky:
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2017, 08:08:14 pm »
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2017, 08:10:47 pm »
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2017, 08:27:28 pm »
Wish you all the best Willem :thumleft:
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2017, 09:19:22 pm »
Gooi Willem...
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2017, 09:20:35 pm »
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2017, 10:03:47 pm »
Big SUB from me. Going to follow this for sure  :thumleft:
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2017, 11:22:38 pm »
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2017, 06:57:16 am »
Best of luck Willem :thumleft:  shout where the forum can help
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2017, 07:16:55 am »
good luck and following this with interest! how did you win this?
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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2017, 07:23:02 am »
Sterkte met die voorbereiding Willem !
Wat 'n avontuur !!!
Ons is agter jou !
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2017, 08:43:51 am »
good luck and following this with interest! how did you win this?
Hi DirtyXT
Won the Dakar challenge. This year Alexander Nel organised that the Amageza rally was part of the Dakar Challenge series of events. So by winning the Amageza i`ve won a Dakar entry. In Rand end cents that is a massive prize, only downside is you have to spend about 3 times that amount extra to participate.
 

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Re: Willem du Toit Dakar 2018
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2017, 08:53:52 am »
 :thumleft: awesome, im sure it will cost alot more in terms of loss of income. lucky guy. good luck mate, ill be cheering you on as you go. keep us in the loop.
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Ital jet 50 - sold, DT 50 - scrapped - AR80 - sold DT185 - confiscated  KDX250 - sold ZZR400 - sold KX500 - XT660R Swapped for R1 YZF R1 - sold - XT660Z - sold