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Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« on: April 10, 2011, 11:43:50 am »
So who is going? Joburger's?????

I will hopefully be making the trip.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2011, 11:57:13 am »
was jy by die Adenco 400 in darling gewees?
 

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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2011, 12:42:48 pm »
Nee dit was die naweek voor die bash ek moes werk. Die karre en bikes ry ook nie meer saam nie al seker vir 10 jaar so ons sien nie meer mekaar se events nie.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011, 09:28:32 am »
Whoop whoop hot topic hierdie.......Busy with bike prep leaving for CPT tomo morning to get new Mousses and tyres and then of to Vryburg.

Hope my body lasts this one.

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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 11:34:19 am »
All the best TAU !

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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2011, 07:36:29 am »
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 01:04:26 pm »
Whoop whoop hot topic hierdie.......Busy with bike prep leaving for CPT tomo morning to get new Mousses and tyres and then of to Vryburg.

Hope my body lasts this one.

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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 06:09:17 pm »
Bet you he sukkeled his ass off with them mousses ;D Theyre a bitch to put on.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2011, 03:34:05 pm »
I am back in one piece!!!!!!!!

Well after driving to CPT at 5 on thursday morning I couldn't wait for them to finish their coffee and proceeded to fit both mousses and tyres in 24 min alone without assistance. I used to work at this shop as a student , but I havn't done tyresthis quick in forever.....

Big problem....they didn't have a new mousse for the front and my sprockets wasn't there that I ordered 2 weeks before. Cecil is like family, but sometimes he is vreeslik deuriekark. Anyway I fit a old mouse wrapped in a tube.....nice going across country to a national event with new tyres and old mousse.Anyway got back to Tulbagh at 9 fitted the new X-ring Gold chain and sprockets and my racewheels in under 20 mins. loaded the trailer (i built on Wednesday and the paint was stil wet...)went home loaded my gear and left at 10.

Drove to Touwriver where I picked up our WS manager as he would be my pit crew for the weekend. We did the 1100km trip in 10 hr 's incl stops, I don't think I am gonna realise how many fine I got untill the postman starts delivering with a dumper.

I didn't want to eat junkfood and drank loads of water during the trip and ate bananas and pasta. Felt great and loaded body. In Kimberley I passed all the take-out joints and went to a big supermarket got some noodle salad and chicken and made a healty dinner ...........MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We arrived at the geusthouse just in time for me to puke the first time and then start gitter gatting the WHOLE night......I slept about 2 hrs.Anyway got up at 6 and started looking for a pharmacy, well I can state the open at 8 sign at the clicks pharmacy means 8:34, oh ans the Shell garage has nice toilets (i checked 3 times during our 30 min wait). I got some Cement pills the leaflet said" neem een na elke los stoelgang" I took 4.

It worked....

We arrived at the DSP at around 9. Know this is where Ineed to explain something...I need to be on time and then have a schedule at a race otherwise I get irritated and I cannot consintrate. The regs said the Timetrial will start at 9 -12:30. At 11 no bikes had gone on the Timetrail and I decided stuff this I feel weak I need to get back to town and get some food in me and get some rest I will go first. HUGE MISTAKE NO.2.

With all the rain the route was covered with tall grass and I couldn't go fast as there was no way of seeing the lurkers and holes in the road.....The second problem was that i didn't have race pace, as I started the first fast section of the TT I realised this and the fact that I was thinking of crashing constantly. This was the first time since my crash last year that I was running race pace and a National TT was not the place to try and find it.Anyway I was there and I finished without incident and in one piece, but one thing was certain I needed to get my head right for the 400km of Saturday.

The top riders went from 12:00-12;30 as the route was by now cleared by all us slow idiots going out first.

I have never been a TT wizard, but 52nd was the worst TT in my career by far. I got a 32nd at my first National back in 2004...

Friday I got my stomach settled and got some Debonairs pizza....I was to scared of anything foreign. I drank lots of fluids. Changed filter on the bike checked everything lube thge chain, parked the bike and had a long think, yes think.

The reality was that I would start so far back thet even if I ran crazy speed I would catch the Top 15 there waqs just too much time difference, However I could at least put in a HARD constant ride.

So game plan was. Ride as fast safely and constantly as possible. Stand as much as possible for training and conserve the bike as far as possible.

Saturday morning I felt strong. THe top guys started 8 min ahead of me after a 38km TT..They would not only have the time diff, but also each other pushing the pace for 400km keping them ahead of me.

I started with the red numbers and regionals surrounding me. Nothing wrong with this unless you traversed the country and have a Dakar dream.I started of fast very fast and passed 4 riders befor ethe 10 km mark. I use a big 12.5 tank and skippe dthe checkpoint, doing 101km on one tank of fuel. I entered after the first 100km in 35th spot.with the bike sucking air and just making the pits. I realised all the running had made my HR brilliant and my legs was strong, however my arms and hands was not up to standard.

I bombed into the second loop and passed some more riders, however I relised the top riders was long gone and riding by myself was not helping the pace.

I enetered the halfway mark at 200km in 30th spot and we had the 15min regulated stop. I watched as the guys I usually run with exited after their 15min stop as I entered, I realised I wouldn't catch them even if I was Louwrens Mahoney. I immediately decide that the next 100km will be my all in effort at least I couls pass some riders with mechanical issues or who stopped in the pits for small repairs. I went out like crazy seeing my speedo reading 145km/h in a mielie land that had one row harvested to make a road for us. Unfortunately the loop was just so fast that making 10 seconds was a 10km effort. I passed 2 more riders with some sponsored logo's and fancy scooter however time wa up for my body.

I did the last loop at 85% as my arms and legs was numb and gone. The front mouse had also by now collapsed and every bump rang up my spine and shoulders, my suspension also felt like pogo sticks.The track was rough and me not being race fit was feeling it HARD>

I finished in 28th place. Not what I wanted for my first race back after the injury. I won't lie I was moer dissapointed in myself. I rode so hard the whole day, but I just couldn't get that top 20.

What can I take from the weekend.
1. I need to get some MX riding and more racing done to get my head straight
2. I raced 400km without one crash or moment this is good
3. The bike is still 100%- Good
4. Bring your food from home before an event!!!!!!
5. Get tyres and spares sorted week before a event.
6. Running and gym has helped ALOT, but only TIT will get me back to form.

So any way lets get some NEW michelin mousses and a shock rebuild for the next race and I WILL do better.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 08:07:20 am »
Gehoor jy het by  Johan Kaste gebly.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2011, 08:49:58 am »
Gehoor jy het by  Johan Kaste gebly.

iS SO JA BAIE LEKKER PLEK WAT HY HET. mY SWAER IS OORSPRONKLIK VAN v DORP EN HY HET MY OP HULLE SPOOR GESIT.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2011, 08:54:15 am »
Well done buc, there's nothing wrong with your position considering the amount of time you've been out of racing. I recon you're being too hard on yourself. Don't discount the damage the Gippo guts would have done to your system, it normally floors you for 2-3 days. You might have stopped the runs but it drains your energy very quickly. Lekka report, looking forward to your next race  :thumleft:.

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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2011, 10:34:36 am »
Thx Buff

I am a seasoned traveller and rider I should have taken food from home, this is what makes me so mad at myself.
I should have checked the veld condition .......just one person to blame for all the little mistakes you know and they are the start of the big problems. The kind I cannot afford at Dakar. They start the snowball.

I will be at Bonnivale. I won there the last time I raced it, so the pressure is on to do well, however I don't C myself beating Brett Lewis and Lional Seydoux.

Will you be there?
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2011, 11:08:54 am »
God willing I'll be there. What's the route like? Or rather, how does it compare to Wellington, seeing that's the only other ride I've done?  :D

I need to get into the gym now as well and try shed some weight, with the knee giving me grief I can't run or bike and Easter has been wayyyy too good to me  :D.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2011, 12:33:27 pm »
Well done Tau!!!

Look at the mistakes you made in a positive light. You will have to deal with things being "out of place" in the Dakar, like jippo's. You cannot take all your food to South America  :biggrin:

You will get stumbling blocks in Dakar as well, just like you had with this race. Look at this race as some preperation on how to deal with things than can (and will) go wrong!

Good Luck !!!!

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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2011, 10:21:26 am »
Ek dink ook dit het heel goed gegaan vir jou eerste race na 'n besering en lang af-tyd, ook "stiff competition". :thumleft: Sou graag daar wou wees (vir die Silvers), maar ons het 'n sussie bygekry op die 21ste.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2011, 11:25:02 am »
Ek dink ook dit het heel goed gegaan vir jou eerste race na 'n besering en lang af-tyd, ook "stiff competition". :thumleft: Sou graag daar wou wees (vir die Silvers), maar ons het 'n sussie bygekry op die 21ste.

Geluk met die nuweling!!!!!

Die kompetiesie is def baie sterker as in die verlede en top 10 is deesdae iets besonders. Die manne is kwaai fiks en oefen baie hard gedurende die week.

Ek besef ek moet positiewe neem uit die event, maar ek is mos nou nie noob nie so ek moes minder foute met my prep gemaak het.
Ek het al elke aand die week geoefen en vanaand speel ek liga muurbal so eending is seker die gevoel van harder, vinniger en meer oefen kom nou van self weer in.
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Re: Vryburg 400 Offroad National 29 April 2011
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2011, 12:00:26 pm »
Hey Tau.

I realize that you are dissapointed but i think you have done a brilliant Job. It will take a lil time to get back with the top runners, Every race willshow an improvement.

Well Done Boet!

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