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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #80 on: June 25, 2011, 05:00:34 pm »
Will definitely do it again next year, was one of the best races I have ever done. Will hopefully be fitter then.

Good one DarkSider...was this your first?

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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #81 on: June 27, 2011, 10:19:50 am »
Hi Puddles

Thanxs for all the support from this side, I missed you in the pits, next time.

Hi Darksider, it was great meeting you guys last week.

This is an event that should be on a persons "bucket list".  It was a great event.  We had three bikes entered and all three finished.  Two of these bikes were prepared for the Australasian Rally later this year and this was their test run.  Brett did very well on the one bike and Glen pushed through right to the end.

The terrain were very varied and marking these long loops took some efforts from the organisers and caused us some challenges at points, but it is all part of the race and the experience.  Day one was restarted with some riders from fuel point 1 and others at a marshall point and others elsewhere.  Three of us got restarted next to the road and two of us had issues with restart order and race times for day 1.

Passing people along the route was also interesting with the long sand lanes and branches waiting to hit you on the wrist, nose, shoulders and anywhere else and even when you are not passing it still gets you.  Doing speed on the middle mannetjie is quite interesting with some corners coming fast and hectic, if you miss then it is "wag-n-bietjie".  I love my mooses.

Day 2 was a good ride, with three of us having a race from the last fuel stop to DSP (44km).  If you miss a corener, someone else leads and so the lead passes all the way, some stages you have open vision and then it is dust till your turn comes to capitalise on a mistake.  We made it home safely.

Lets see what next year brings!


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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #82 on: June 27, 2011, 10:22:58 am »
Very very well done to those that competed. I marked and marshalled the race and so know that at times it was very difficult.  :thumleft:

How was those BMWs with full Dakar setup!!! Awesome!
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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #83 on: June 27, 2011, 10:26:45 am »
Those BMW's looked the part and worked the part.  Mine looked so empty next to these!

Did you do that section next to the river (Day 2) taking us along the "river bank".  Got me swimming!  Luckily the the bike remained on the bank upside down!
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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #84 on: June 27, 2011, 10:43:08 am »
I marked the prologue and blue loop, as well as parts of the green loop (river section near DSP). Then I went up to Fuel 2 on the blue loop and marshalled there (M3).
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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #85 on: June 27, 2011, 11:14:45 am »
Here are some pics my mate's wife took.

1) BMW 450's with Speedbrain kit,  :drif:

2) Starting line-up on day 2

3) I am the oke in the white boots

4) Me at the finish on day 2

5) Arms after two days of bashing, notice some blood seeping trough the plasters on my wrists and knuckles.

6) Thank goodness for mousses.
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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #86 on: June 27, 2011, 11:29:28 am »
Lekker Hoofseun en Darksider.

I wish I could be there. My arms are marked for life after 3 Botswana races. How is those sand highways???? And then the berms when they start forming in the digte bos???? I missed out big time.
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Re: Mantshwabise 1000 Desert Race - Botswana 22-24 June
« Reply #87 on: June 28, 2011, 10:05:39 am »
So I have been googling around trying to find more coverage of the event with any luck, any ideas?
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