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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #140 on: April 02, 2012, 08:20:48 pm »
Subscribed, wishing you all the best, ride safe & fast  ;) :thumleft:
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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #141 on: April 02, 2012, 10:32:11 pm »
Well done for today    :thumright::thumleft:
Stay focused & keep riding      :ricky:
We want to follow the entire race     :3some:

Full results of stage 1 attached (Bikes and Quads)

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #142 on: April 03, 2012, 09:11:47 am »
« Last Edit: April 03, 2012, 09:12:36 am by SteveD »
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #143 on: April 03, 2012, 09:14:40 am »
Alan at Checkpoint 2. Go boy!
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #144 on: April 03, 2012, 10:26:54 am »
First riders in.
Something must have happened between the first and second checkpoints. Plenty of the top riders lost time, and then gradually made it up again.
Maybe related to Sam Sutherland stopping? I hope not......
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #145 on: April 03, 2012, 11:41:44 am »
Alan at Checkpoint 3.
Work is interfering with my cheerleading  :(
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #146 on: April 03, 2012, 02:13:18 pm »
Jou doring!
Alan at the finish.
Looks like there are still 8 bikes battling the sand monster.
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #147 on: April 03, 2012, 03:26:10 pm »
Alan you biscuit!! :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: Up two spots as well!

Looks like Alan is pacing himself really well.

I'm in a really crappy time zone for following this race, so I super appreciate your updates SteveD :thumleft:

7 hours in the saddle in those dunes is pretty hectic. I am sure he will sleep well tonight.
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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #148 on: April 03, 2012, 08:11:49 pm »
From http://abudhabidesertchallenge.com:

With Spanish sport currently on a global high, it should come as no surprise that the top three riders in the bike category hail from the Hispanic country. After Leg 2, Joan Barreda-Bort and his Husqvarna holds the overall race lead, ahead of reigning champion Marc Coma and fellow KTM rider Jordi Villadoms. In a strange twist, the next three positions are held by riders from neighbouring Portugal, including current FIM World Champion Helder Rodrigues in fourth.

On a Middle East level, Leg 2 was notable for the third place finish of James West. Riding a Honda CRF 450 X, the experienced Dubai racer finished the leg behind Ruben Faria and Jordi Villadoms, and will be looking to improve further in the overall rankings tomorrow, and make up for an early finish in 2011.

Reinforcing its reputation as on the world’s leading rallies, and marking a new development for the race, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge has this year attracted significant numbers of racers from South America. Entrants from Brazil, Venezuala, Bolivia, Uruguay and Chile have flown from the other side of the world, attracted by the rally’s reputation for being extremely technically demanding, and by Abu Dhabi’s status as a destination that mixes stunning scenery with the very best hospitality.

Juan Carlos Salvatierra from Bolivia currently sits in 20th place in the bike category after Leg 2 of his Desert Challenge debut. “The second stage was very different from day one, very physically demanding, but it went well and I had no crashes or problems,” he said, after arriving back at the bivouac. “The routes are harder than I expected. I prepared for sand, but I didn’t anticipate it to be quite like this. This has been the best experience for me, with top level organisation, and the top riders here.”

Luis Henderson was making his second appearance in the Desert Challenge until electrical problems with his quad led to an early end on day one. “I’ve done the Dakar Rally three times, but the dunes here are even more challenging, and for quads they are perfect,” said the Uruguayan. “For me, the sun and the sand dunes are the very essence of this country, which is why I love it so much here.”

Part of the three-man Venezuelan Rally Team, Gustavo Querales also failed to finish Leg 1, but for different reasons. The 47 year old dentist from Caracas broke a thumb after hitting a small dune at high speed and crashing his Yamaha bike. “This was my first time in the Desert Challenge, and it was really fast, very difficult, with wave after wave of dunes,” he said. “I came because I wanted to test myself in conditions different to back home. I’d also heard that this rally is spectacular, and it really is.

Over five exhausting days that will push them to their physical and mental limits, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge competitors will tackle some of the toughest terrain on the planet – the massive sand dunes of the Empty Quarter desert of the Western Region. The successful participants will cross the finishing line in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 6th April.




 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #149 on: April 03, 2012, 08:19:28 pm »
Overall results after the first two stages show Alan in 49th place. Seems like he has picked up a one hour penalty?
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #150 on: April 03, 2012, 08:54:12 pm »
An hour penalty is probably because he missed a WP somewhere..
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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #151 on: April 04, 2012, 08:49:43 am »
Another day, another leg.
Alan has moved up a few places today already. Go boy!
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #152 on: April 04, 2012, 09:14:55 am »
Today is broken into two legs. Alan has completed the first leg and just started on the second, still in 53rd place.
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #153 on: April 04, 2012, 11:18:56 am »
Does it get lonely in the desert when you are so far away from anybody else? He is literally miles away from both the guy in front of him and the guy behind him.
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #154 on: April 04, 2012, 01:24:09 pm »
Likes like he still has 40 miles or so to go, only one or two bikes still out there, and a couple seem to have stopped. Gooooo!!!!!!!!
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #155 on: April 04, 2012, 01:35:04 pm »
in the dune fields now! 30m to go!!
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #156 on: April 04, 2012, 01:37:29 pm »
 :thumleft:
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #157 on: April 04, 2012, 02:54:57 pm »
Made it!
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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #158 on: April 04, 2012, 02:58:46 pm »
Likes like he still has 40 miles or so to go, only one or two bikes still out there, and a couple seem to have stopped. Gooooo!!!!!!!!

For whatever reason, some of the transponders were not working today....

One guy was finished but he was shown as being only half way through
 

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Re: 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,
« Reply #159 on: April 04, 2012, 03:33:13 pm »
Hi guys.

Today's stage was broken into 2

This morning I had an awesome ride. Followed by one of the shittest I have ever had! I had to climb 5  10 to 20 storey high dunes.

Thanks for the support, tomorrow's going to be a long one!
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