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DESERT RACING - THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE

The Paris - Dakar Rally, The Atlas Rally, The Optic 2003 - all names which evoke a vision of hard men and women riding over unremitting terrain with only a GPS and road book to guide them.

This page is dedicated to the branch of the sport where extremes are the norm.

Desert Racing for Virgins - I thought that would get your attention ...

Mike Robertson and Paul Carlyle were out to the 2011 Touraeg Rally recently - This is Mikes account of his trip. Well worth a read. Click here to view it

 

And to get you in the mood for January and the DAKAR. A report from Paul Carlyle on his recent 2008 desert training trip with Patsy Quick. Click here .

 

 

 

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frontrow.jpg (4541 bytes)frontri.gif (17343 bytes)And also on the DAKAR this year is Stewart Walker with his Desert truck that we have seen at many events this year. Supporting the Frontrow GB team on their DAKAR Adventure . Riders Stan Watt and John Stamper.

Derrick Edmondson providing the coaching. Check out their preparation and results so far on their website www.frontrowgb.com 

 

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The BIG News of 2009 - Liz Millett - Outright winner of the Libya Rally Raid - ahead of all the bikes - AND all the cars. Liz Libya.jpg (107638 bytes) After years of honing her navigation skills Liz has finally cracked it and came in 18 minutes ahead of the nearest car - after 8 days of racing.

Awesome ! Well done Liz - pity she missed the sand of Lossie ...

Click here for an extract of her diary. Makes interesting reading.

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A regular in the BEC on a sidecar and former ELRAT Club Champion - Liz has great desert skills and last year was followed by a Hummer ( because she could navigate)

Sponsors always needed - contact the webmaster for her contact details.

Desert racer Liz Millett - gets a great 2nd place overall !! in the dot.GIF (501 bytes) Erg Oriental Rallye. Report when Liz gets back.

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wwlogo.jpg (5171 bytes)Great report from Mike Robertson - on the 2007 Agadir Rally. 2nd time around - and quite a bit tougher.Paul finished in 34th and Mike Robertson in 52nd - well done lads !!  Click here

 

reub.jpg (7322 bytes)Beginners cuide to Desert Rallies by Reuben Welch - excellent tips .. Click here

Agadir 2006 with Paul Carlye and Mike Robertson . Click here

 

Diary of a desert racer - Mick Extances 2004 Dakar diary. This is what it is all about - read before you race. If you like it - sponsor him !!!!

 

JOHN DEACON - died in the Masters Rally 9th August 2001.

Britains greatest Desert Racer - news reports

2003

2002 ARRAS - MADRID - DAKAR

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Won by Fabrizio Meoni on a KTM LC8 Twin cylinder machine - his second victory and a hard fought one all the way. The extra power of the twin only showed up on a couple of stages and the weight was hard to control in the deep sand on the marathon stages. A true champions performance.  Alfie Cox - the ever present shadow - came home in second , not quite able to match the speed of Meoni but content to concede the victory. A very consistent ride with a couple of stage wins. In third place was Richard Sainct, riding for KTM this year. Losing momentum early in Africa after a heavy time penalty for speeding in a village he pushed towards the end for a podium finish. 11 of the top 12 bikes were KTM this year with a Honda in 11th place. This shows the commitment of the factory to the race and should spur the other manufacturers to get back into the race in earnest.

The event had a lot of roadwork in Europe prior to entering Africa on New Years day. Always necessary but not a true test of the eventual winners. The event had several very tough navigation stages over two days - some without the use of GPS. The presence of rain (for the first time in 18 years) lead to some deep puddles and heavy going. With goggles misting and the normal problems of a European enduro it was an unusual Dakar.

The Marathon stages were loops out into the desert and back following the road book. Even some of the top riders got lost - Juan Roma starting a few minutes behind Meoni on the 3rd last day, got trapped in a ravine with no obvious way out and then collapsed with stress. The tension at the top is enormous and sustained over a long period   - one mistake can cost you the race.

The privateers are the real heroes of the race. They race ALL night, come in late, prep the bike and road book then head back out with an hours sleep. They have no works support and do it all themselves. Silencers are repaired with beer cans and wire holds the bikes together. Some times they scare the top riders when they keep up with them. Down on top speed they still put in some very fast times. They come back year after year until they finish and reach the Pink Lake at Dakar.

Several big names went out again. Kari Tianen still trying to win was pushing hard and won a stage near the end. Everyone asked how he could go so fast ? Next day - broken collar bone and arm. But he'll be back next year - and one year  - who knows?

With no John Deacon British interest was in the privateers. Top of these was Dave Hammond until he retired almost at DAKAR. Looking better every year. Also running was Mick extance. Better luck next year lads - we are all behind you.

Andrea Meyer finishing the race as the first lady rider home. Formerly a works BMW rider she competed on a KTM 400.

A very tough Dakar with rain, heat and very high dusty winds it was a tough race to win. The format following the recent trend to return to the roots of the race and rely on the competitior not the equipment.

 

2001 Paris - Dakar

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Won by Fabrizio Meoni on a KTM - at last. One of the best Dakar races for terrain and endurance for several years. But with Juan Roma BMW and Richard Sainct KTM going out just before the rest day the rest settled into a procession for KTM. Team orders took over with 5 KTM's coming home 1 - 5. Quite an achievement but not a race at the end.

Kari Tianen took three stage wins after blasting away - no chance of winning but a chance to show what he could do. A frustrated Alfie Cox was finally let loose for a day and took a win as well. They have been told they can race next year. It was a tremendous battle for all the teams and riders in the first half of the event with a very long and dust ridden stage really hammering the privateers.

This year navigation was of primary importance as there were several stages in Mali that were all navigation. Out and back. Top riders were taking 8 hours for a day - the lesser riders were still coming in the next day. This is without doubt the toughest event in the world. Giles Lalay - but every day.

The privateer star this year was a Swede Per Gunnar Lundmark - who carried all his tools with him - no tent in the equipment box on the planes - only spares. He set some very fast times - up with the works riders - despite some heavy crashes. Awesome.

But the British star was of course John Deacon. The hard man of British Enduros. John finished 6th this year after a lot of bad luck and several time penalties. Top BMW works pilot on the 900cc twin. He nearly didn't finish when a bird smashed through his goggles at high speed, leaving him with a real shiner of an eye. Luckily he had spare goggles as there were still 200 km's to go. Well done John - All you need is good luck next year.

2000 Dakar - Cairo

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Won by Richard Sainct on a BMW with the first four places also BMW. KTM's top riders feel foul of engine breakdowns and some very nasty high speed crashes. Four days of the rally were lost due to the very real threat of terrorist attack. All vehicles were airlifted direct to Libya where the rally continued. Libya was very flat with long high speed pistes - but occasional steep dunes. These caused the loss of four of the top cars due to a 5 metre drop at 160km.

BMW also had an American - Jimmy Lewis - on a boxer twin. This bike had lots of power and had one stage win, finishing third overall.. It would have been immense in the dunes but these were bypassed.

A very hard start to the race from Dakar with no easy start up stages saw John Deacon crash after four days and be airlifted out. He was also on a twin and sid the power was higher than the singles - in testing he could get to the top of dunes the singles couldn't. Better luck - or at least some luck next year.

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Andrew Coaker competed in the Dubai Rally in 2000 - check this out for some great photos.

The Official Dakar Web Page TSO organisations excellent page with all results, photos and comments.

Optic Rally Page. Beginners Desert Rally, but still tough to finish. Hone your navigation skills before doing the Dakar.

KTM Home Page - Major supporter of long distance rallying. Still to win the Dakar

Rally Raid Assistance Want to do the DAKAR - this the best and cheapest route. Good bikes and good support

 

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