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Roof of Africa 2017
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:24:48 pm »
Iím guessing there were some Wild Dogs here. Iím not exaggerating when I say that I saw more adventure bikes than enduros. It was properly good fun following it. I havenít been here in years. Did anyone mention snow in November?

Anyway, South Africans owned the event with Wade Young and Travis Teasdale being a cut above the rest.

https://thebikeshow.co.za/wade-young-wins-motul-roof-africa/

 

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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2017, 09:43:53 pm »
Its a nice picture and snow in November very rare
 

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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 08:09:11 am »
There seems to have been a lot less hype this year than in previous years. Pity.
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 04:59:38 pm »
I am not saying a word here until u answer my PMs
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 09:47:23 am »
I am not saying a word here until u answer my PMs

Who?
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2017, 10:22:48 am »

Looks like it could have been a tad coolish in Lesotho last weekend  :biggrin:
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2017, 11:02:10 am »
everyone goes on about the snow and shows the cool pics, but no one says a thing how they survived that night of unexpected cold, with your wife absent and only riding buddy present.....

I expect its a case of not wanting to speak of it ever again....
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2017, 11:05:23 am »
everyone goes on about the snow and shows the cool pics, but no one says a thing how they survived that night of unexpected cold, with your wife absent and only riding buddy present.....

I expect its a case of not wanting to speak of it ever again....

All goes down to planning.....I took my wife with!
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2017, 11:53:28 am »
Last year was probably the toughest roof ever. This year however was by far the easiest and was consistently described by riders as a slightly tough harescramble - these are the conditions that favour our SA riders, FAST (relatively speaking) riding. Jarvis, Gomez, Roman thrive in extreme tech like Erzberg, Romaniacs, S2S etc and explains the lack of big hitters on the podium.

But yeah, awesome for Wade Young, digg the bloke!!

Personally I found the roof to have taken a MASSIVE (possible irrecoverable) knock (chatting to riders, looking at entrants, GPS units messup, joke of a riders briefing and general planning etc)

I think the only reason it might survive is because of its name.
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2017, 11:58:33 am »
The snow was awesome though and the motul chicks :biggrin:
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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2017, 01:17:42 pm »
When u are on tar u are lost  !
 

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Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 03:08:13 pm »
Last year was probably the toughest roof ever. This year however was by far the easiest and was consistently described by riders as a slightly tough harescramble - these are the conditions that favour our SA riders, FAST (relatively speaking) riding. Jarvis, Gomez, Roman thrive in extreme tech like Erzberg, Romaniacs, S2S etc and explains the lack of big hitters on the podium.

But yeah, awesome for Wade Young, digg the bloke!!

Personally I found the roof to have taken a MASSIVE (possible irrecoverable) knock (chatting to riders, looking at entrants, GPS units messup, joke of a riders briefing and general planning etc)

I think the only reason it might survive is because of its name.

The Roof is always controversial. It's either too hard, impossibly long (necessitating the route to be shortened during the actual race), poorly organised, etc. Last year there was even a tragic casualty. The Roof will be back, the only "spanner in the works" will be political or economic deterrents. Who knows, some of the participants who could not make it will try again next year. Do you remember the year Red Cheery organised the Roof? I think it was in 2012 (not sure). That year was also "easy". The result was that there were bumper entries the following year, and the poor riders took a hiding.
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