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2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:17:28 am »
Hi there Guys.

Seeing as there was little or no new info Regarding the Desert challenge i took it upon myself to get some infor for those of you that would like to partake.

Here goes from the ACTUAE:


I am very sorry for the inconvenience as we are changing the layout of the web-site.

The entry fees for motos remain the same as in 2009 and 2010: USD 2800 and include fuel, Bivouac accommodation and catering. Auto entry is USD 5450.

The event will take place in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The draft programme is the following:

•   CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES:           
Thursday, 17th March, 2011 23:59

•   CLOSING DATE FOR CO-DRIVER DETAILS:
Wednesday, 30th March, 2011 18:00

•   OPENING OF MEDIA CENTRE AND MEDIA ACCREDITATION:
Place: Rally HQ
Time: Wednesday, 30th March, 2011 09:00-18:00

•   ADMINISTRATIVE CHECKS & COLLECTION OF MATERIAL AND DOCUMENTS:
Place: Rally HQ
Thursday 31st March, 2011 09:00-18:00

•   DATE OF SCRUTINEERING OF THE CARS, MARKING AND SEALING:
Place: Rally HQ
Friday 1st April 2011 09:00-18:00

•   PRE-RALLY PRESS CONFERENCE:
Place: TBA
Time:  TBA

•   1st STEWARDS MEETING:
Place: Rally HQ.
Time: Friday, 1st April 2011, 18:00.

•   PUBLICATION OF START LIST FOR THE SUPER SPECIAL:
Place: Rally HQ.
Time:  Saturday 2nd April 2011, 10:00.

•   COMPETITORS BRIEFING:
Place: Rally HQ.
Time:  Saturday 2nd April 2011, 10:00.
                     
•   STARTING OF THE SUPER SPECIAL STAGE
Place: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Time: Saturday, 27th March 2011, XX

•    CEREMONIAL START
Place: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Time: Saturday, 27th March 2011, XXX

•   ISSUE OF THE ROAD BOOK LEG 1:
Place: Finish of Super Special
Time: Saturday, 27th March 2011


•   TIMETABLE FOR THE VARIOUS LEGS AND COMPETITORS BRIEFING:

Saturday   2nd April   Publ. Authorised Start List   10:00   Rally HQ
       Competitors Briefing   10:00   
       S/Special Stage "Parc" open   10:00   Rally HQ
       Super Special Stage Start   11:00   Rally HQ
      Roadbook Leg 1 – Issue   11:30   Super Special
      Ceremonial Start   18:00 (prov)   XXXXXX
      Leg 1 Start List - publ.   20:00   Rally HQ
Sunday   3rd April   Leg1: Abu Dhabi – Moreeb       
       Start Parc - Open/Close   07:30 / 08:30   
       Start SS1 – “XXXXXX”   09:00   Al Dafrah
       Estimated Finish (Bivouac)   (15:05)   Moreeb
       Roadbook Leg 2 – Issue   16:30   Moreeb
       Drivers Briefing for Leg 2   19:00   Moreeb
       Leg 1 ProvClass/Leg 2 St List   21:00   Moreeb
Monday   4th April   Leg 2: Moreeb – Moreeb       
       Restart – MTC 3   07:00   Moreeb
       Start SS 2 – “XXXXXX”   08:30   MZ Road
       Roadbook Leg 3 – Issue   16:30   Moreeb
       Drivers Briefing for Leg 3   19:00   Moreeb
        Leg 2 ProvClass/Leg 3 St List   21:00   Moreeb
Tuesday   5th April   Leg 3: Moreeb – Moreeb      
       Restart – MTC 6   07:00   Moreeb
       Start SS 3  - “XXXXX”   08:00   MZ Road
       Roadbook Leg 4 – Issue   16:30   Moreeb
       Drivers Briefing for Leg 4   19:00   Moreeb
       Leg 3 ProvClass/Leg 4 St List   21:00   Moreeb
Wednesday   6th April   Leg 4: Moreeb – Moreeb       
       Restart MTC 9   06:55   Moreeb
       Start SS 4 –“XXXXXX”   07:00   Moreeb
       Roadbook Leg 5 – Issue   16:30   Moreeb
       Drivers Briefing for Leg 5   19:00   Moreeb
        Leg 4 ProvClass/Leg 5 St List   21:00   Moreeb
Thursday    7th April.   Leg 5: Moreeb – Abu Dhabi       
      Start MTC 11   06:00   Moreeb
       Start SS 5 – “XXXXX”   07:30   Khish
       Official Finish Ramp   16:30   RALLY HQ
      Post Event Press Conference   17:00   RALLY HQ
      Final Scrutineering   From 15:00   RALLY HQ
       Provisional Classification   19:00   RALLY HQ
      Final Classification   19:30   RALLY HQ
        Prize Giving   20:00   TBA

•   FINISH OF THE RALLY:
Place: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Time:  Thursday, 7th April, 2011 16:30

•   FINAL TECHNICAL CHECKS:
Place:  Rally HQ
Time:   Thursday, 7th  April, 2011 15:00

•   PUBLICATION OF FINAL PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION:
Place: Rally HQ
Time: Thursday, 7th April, 2011 19:00

•   PUBLICATION OF FINAL OFFICIAL CLASSIFICATION:
Place: Rally HQ
Time: Thursday, 7th April, 2011 19:30

•   PRIZE-GIVING:
Place:
Time: Thursday, 7th April, 2011 20:00


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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2011, 10:37:12 am »
This is the cheapest rally to do and flights from SA isn't too crazy either.

Is there support or rental company's you know of the website is outdated like last year.

Do you by any chance know Peter Flack? I rode with him there in 2001 would love to get hold of him if antbody knows him :thumleft:
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 06:32:35 pm »
Peter Flack...now that name sounds familiar...

Kenisis, Im confused: The ceremonial start and super special are on the 27th March? Not the 2nd April??

Do South Africans need a visa for UAE?
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011, 07:18:51 am »
This is the cheapest rally to do and flights from SA isn't too crazy either.

Is there support or rental company's you know of the website is outdated like last year.

Do you by any chance know Peter Flack? I rode with him there in 2001 would love to get hold of him if antbody knows him :thumleft:
Hey Tau.

There are 3 options
1. Gecko Motorcycles
http://www.gecko-moto.com/

Gecko is propably the best rally prep team in the UAE. They prep bikes for all rallies as well as dakar. You can email Sean Linton to get their support packages.

2. Sandstorm Motorcycles.
http://www.sandstormmotorcycles.com/



They had one bike last year and now i t sounds like they have3 about 7 for this year!

3. KTM UAE:
 info@ktm.com

KTM are the only guys acively marketing the DC a this time with bike sales and service at the moment.




There are a couple of options  if you need more info please let me know
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 07:25:10 am »
Peter Flack...now that name sounds familiar...

Kenisis, Im confused: The ceremonial start and super special are on the 27th March? Not the 2nd April??

Do South Africans need a visa for UAE?
Hey BB

I checked again the Ceremonial Start and the super special are on the 2nd.

http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.ae/jart/prj3/desertchallenge/main.jart?rel=en&content-id=1204882312953&reserve-mode=active
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 04:50:48 pm »
Whats the exchange rate to Dollars from that funny arab money you guys use there?
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 06:13:11 pm »
Whats the exchange rate to Dollars from that funny arab money you guys use there?
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Sorry i forgot about the visas. The way i understand it is that if you race they will sort the Visa out for you. If i get more info on this i will keep you Posted.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 06:25:55 pm »
Whats the exchange rate to Dollars from that funny arab money you guys use there?
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Sorry i forgot about the visas. The way i understand it is that if you race they will sort the Visa out for you. If i get more info on this i will keep you Posted.
VISA to the UAE

Most nationalities are now issued with a free of charge visit visa to UAE (valid for 60 days) in Abu Dhabi & Dubai International Airports upon arrival:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Vatican City.


The Organizing Committee will provide Special Entry Visas (valid for 60 days from the arrival) for those competitors and service crews from countries that are not listed above.
 
Please, note that visas for competitors are included in the Entry Fee.

For Assistance and others, there is a fee of USD 55 per visa.


IF YOU REQUIRE A VISA:

1.   E-mail a scanned copy of your passport(s) (high-resolution and in color ONLY) and scanned passport photo (high resolution and on white background ONLY) to secretary@atcuae.ae before Tuesday, March 1st 2011.

Please, notice that we will not be able to support you if you miss the deadline. You will have to arrange a visa through a hotel that you will be staying in the UAE.

2.   Please, specify the date of arrival and the airport of arrival (Abu Dhabi or Dubai)!

3.   Mention the number of the visas that you require in the ‘Payment Summary Form’, that you are required to fill in before making a money transfer of the entry fees;

4.   Visa to the UAE is an A5-sized document, which we will scan and e-mail to you once ready. Please, print a few copies and take it with you when traveling – you will be required to present it upon departure from your home country, upon the arrival to UAE and again upon leaving UAE.

Should you have any questions regarding the visa to the UAE, don’t hesitate to contact the Rally office.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2011, 08:33:50 am »
Thx Kenesis

Lots of info. I mailed them for more info. The KTM the dealer builds  is not to bad.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 08:44:42 am »
I have done a quick cost of doing this race excluding flights and hotel it looks like a KTM rental deal will be about R71 000 excl FIM licenses and unforseen costs.

also don't know if the rental package includes tyres and oil.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 09:31:44 am »
I have done a quick cost of doing this race excluding flights and hotel it looks like a KTM rental deal will be about R71 000 excl FIM licenses and unforseen costs.

also don't know if the rental package includes tyres and oil.
Hey Tau.

I have Just spoke to Tim Trenker.

It sounds like you get 50% off Services and 25 % off oil, Apperently you only need  2 oil changes. I suggest that you send Tim an email at

tim@ktm.ae

He will be best to tell you what is included and what is not.

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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 08:10:57 pm »
Damn I really want to do this....i just dont think I will be able to get there right now.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 08:18:29 pm »
well for me it is this or training in the states with you to get a hint of nav experience
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2011, 12:14:41 am »
Just remember to make that decision quickly, there are only 6 bikes up for rent in the USA and they will be gone in the next two weeks I recon.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2011, 07:27:22 am »
A quick way to do a money conversion from Dirhams to Rands is to multiply the Dirham value by 2 to get the Rand value..1AED = R2.00 This is not 100% correct but a very close conversion.

I can provide accommodation to anyone who wants to come to the UAE for the Desert Challenge.
Courtesy from Grizz: In this day and age religion is often frowned upon, but I have met some of the most amazing people from various religions over time.
From Buddhists to Sikhs, through Muslims and Christians and everything in between, there are many good people out there and if you do not allow yourself to be swayed by petulant religious opinion, the world is an awesome place with the odd idiot in between trying to make it rubbish for others.
 

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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2011, 03:46:49 pm »
Thx Saiidawg

This race is looking beter and beter. :thumleft:

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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2011, 04:43:53 pm »
Pleasure Tau,,,

I am too late for this years race but next year I will do it, so I have 1 year to prep the quad.
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2011, 07:59:32 am »
What is the chance of getting a Wilddog support crew together ? :mwink:
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2011, 08:17:25 am »
Pleasure Tau,,,

I am too late for this years race but next year I will do it, so I have 1 year to prep the quad.


I thought you were going to do it on your 990 the way you do those corners and river beds ;D
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Re: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2011, 08:49:05 am »

I thought you were going to do it on your 990 the way you do those corners and river beds ;D
[/quote]Geez Bluebull. I am not sure what your Desert is like, but we have had two people try, one with a 690 and another with a 990 and they only lasted about 3 km into a trip through the dunes here. The one guy actually looked like i did after a Opfok in the the army after about 15min. lets just say that he was Humbled.



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