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Re: Gerry and Willem at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2017, 06:45:55 am »
🏁 Stage 2 🏁
SS 1️⃣8️⃣8️⃣  km

A big loop in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes will open proceedings on this second stage.
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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2017, 08:42:42 am »
Wow . . .
Very inspirational to see some Amageza and West Coast Baja faces
Hallo Gilly , working very hard ? You are used to it, aren't you ? Cool !
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2017, 10:28:45 am »
From Gilly:

Tacita electric bike - interesting

 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2017, 10:34:39 am »
 . . . there we go . . .is it goodbye mr. Watt , dr. Diesel  . . . ?
Looks good though ! ?
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2017, 10:37:00 am »
This bike genuinely exists, and they claim it is the first electric bike ever to compete in a desert rallye.

http://www.tacita.it/t-race-rally/

It looks a bit weird, with the big pannier-like batteries. I trust they paid The Boss to use the Wilddog logo  ;D
They were at Merzouga in 2012 already, but I think (?) just some testing, not to race.


Maybe again this year, I don't see race numbers on the bike....
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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2017, 01:54:15 pm »
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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2017, 04:33:28 pm »
Whats happening ?? Whats happening ?? Whats happening ?? Whats happening ??

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74   BLACKBURN JONATHAN   07:04:30   08:19:30   11:09:09                13:38:41
41   SAPORITI LUCA   07:06:30   08:21:30   


36   TERBLANCHE WALTER   07:14:00   08:29:00   11:54:11   

94   VAN DER BYL GERRY   07:16:00   08:31:00   12:37:56   

Jonathan is done but missed CP2 or did they miss him...

Walter, Gerry and Luca still not in... Grrrrr -

Top guys did the entire route 3:40something... Our boys has been in there for hour hours hours more...
« Last Edit: May 08, 2017, 04:36:04 pm by seankriel »
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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2017, 05:02:58 pm »
Hi Sean . . .
Thanks for updating !
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2017, 05:15:46 pm »
Hi Sean . . .
Thanks for updating !
Gerry has moved up showing at CP2 but where is Walter and Luca?

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2017, 06:23:56 pm »
Gerry is in!!!

Walter waar is jy?

Luca - Spaghetti hom!!!

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2017, 07:21:44 pm »
There must be big timing issues... Walters time is way better than Gerry but only showed up way after Gerry's.... and here I'm sitting biting my nales..... lol

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2017, 09:00:34 pm »
This from Walter, from Stage 2:

All went well on stage 2 got all the waypoints and did not make any navigation errors. This was a super tough stage, navigation was really tough today and we can see that they are preparing us for the first 6 days of Dakar in the Peru dunes. It was all dunes today. Did get a speed penalty during the special stage, was a silly mistake of mine. I also had a small crash in the first 10km of the special stage probably to excited about riding again. Bend my clutch lever and twisted my stearing, but after that everything went smooth. Thanks again for everyones support really nice to see all the comments and messages after a tough day of riding please keep them coming. 🏁🏍💨✊🏻
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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2017, 07:01:35 am »
Still no final results.... grrr .... Am I missing something here... ??

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2017, 07:13:08 am »
Gerry, describing Day2:

Merzouga Rally Update - Stage 2

I expected this stage to be tough. The first 93km is in the dunes, then a checkpoint and then some more dunes. But it turned out to be a LOT more tough than I thought possible.  It was the hardest day in my life! Yep, even worse than day 1 at Amageza 2015...

Woke up at 04h30, with breakfast at 05h30, then kit up, and get to the start.  A short liaison took us to the monster dunes, and there the race started with 93km off track over the dunes.  It was tough, like really proper tough. At first it was fine, cause I've improved a bit on the dunes, but after the first 10 or so km, fatigue sets in, and you start making stupid mistakes... every mistake means you crash, dig the bike out of the sand, and try to get going again.  I crashed more than ever in a single ride, and I was exhausted from picking up the bike.  The worst is when I crash at the bottom of a dune, cause then it's so difficult to get going... and each one of these mishaps result in more energy lost. And when you're not moving forward, the heat is insane!

Eventually I get to the big rock climb, and I smash it up there, but get stuck just before the top. I'm about to turn around to try again, but an SSV car decides he can make it past me, and comes up the hill. Well, he doesn't and he bumps into me. No harm though, so down I go again. As I get to the bottom, I see a dune on the side that looks ridable, so I figure I'll have a go up there., but the SSV beats me to it.  He makes it about 3/4 of the way up, decides to turn around, but doesn't make it, and rolls down the dune.  I go back towards the rocky climb to tell the officials there about the guy rolling his car down the dune, and then up I go.

Short while later, I come across a bike rider that's dehydrated and vomiting.  I'm immediately stressed, and pull out the sat phone to call for medical. He says he has already called for a collection so I figure I have to stay with him.  Did I mention how hot it is!! So I drink too much of my water, and I overheat. Some locals arrive, and we get water from them, and they say they will stay with the guy. While sitting with him, I did think that maybe I should wait for true medical crew, and then they can also take me out... but then I managed to get myself going again.

Another 13km of dunes, and now I'm even more tired, so I crash a bit more, but eventually I get out of the dunes and to the checkpoint.  I'm broken, and my amazing team is there to help.  They make me rest, give me water, and while this is happening, I'm thinking that I'm done, I'm out, I'm finished, I can't go back into the dunes, cause I might not make it back out.  But eventually I feel human again, and I start working on a plan.

I figure I'm going to purposely skip a few waypoints, pick up the penalties, and rather avoid the worst part of the next bit of the route. And that's what I do. I travel a long way, but at least I'm not going to be stuck in the dunes, dehydrated and overheating... I rejoin the route about 12km later, missed 4 waypoints, and gladly accepted my 1h30 in penalty time.

Back on the route, I still had quite a ride to go, so I tried to ride as effortless as possible for the rest of the day.  There were quite a few dunes to cross, but at least they were scattered, not km after km of nothing but dunes. 

Eventually at 17h00 I make it to the end.  Not a great result in terms of time, but that was never the objective for this event... I was hoping to learn a lot about the dunes, and I've definitely done that - I'm a lot better than I was a few days ago, but there is definitely still plenty room for improvement!

Finished day 2!!
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2017, 07:15:12 am »
Walter, I guess also after Day 2:

Some relaxing photos after a tough day of riding 🏁🏍💨✊🏻
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2017, 07:18:53 am »
What an effort. Awesome! Well done to dig so deep, Gerry.
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2017, 09:20:50 am »
Ok... after frustrating waiting for end results - I looked at starting order for today... Jonathan starting 58. Walter 71. Gerry 111 and Luca 131. This is overhaul mixed starting positions. Not class starting. I believe the bikes ans SSV are doing long and short route at diffrent times... good luck for today boys!!

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2017, 10:02:55 am »
WOW ! What a story Gerry !
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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2017, 10:16:09 am »
Some interesting photos from Gilly, from todays start.
Is that some kind of knee protecting roll cage thing? Why would he have that? It looks impossible to put a foot down and in the second photo it looks as if that marshall is holding his bike upright.
I wonder what is the story......
 

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Re: Gerry and Walter (and Jonathon, and Luca) at the Merzouga Rally
« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2017, 10:18:38 am »
"Hello Ops, where the *%#!!!! are the riders? Or has the timing dude/GPS loader sent us to the wrong spot?
(I did that to Andy660 once, long story, tragic....)