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Pre-start preparations
IR 2012 ready to start!
Today, the Spanish campground La Garrofa was unusually full, as the participants of the Intercontinental Rally gather at the start. Most of the day was taken up by technical and document inspection as well as marking of the competition vehicles with race decals. The prologue comprised of a single 100 pt control point at...
Stage 1 ( Almeria - Guercif)
IR2012 hurtles to Taurirt (EN, FR, CZ)
The first stage of this year’s rally took the competitors into the bivouac in Taourirt. The 105km long prologue tested for the first time the navigational abilities of the crews who all easily earned the full allotment of 100 points for crossing the check point in the Almeria harbor. Tomorrow we start...
Stage 2 ( Guercif - Merzouga)
IR 2012 Spectacular and challenging stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Long, difficult and absolutely spectacular second stage! Starting into the bitter cold desert air the bikers suffered a lot in the early morning hours. The special was in some places very technical and there were some early mechanical problems and few minor mishaps. As we are down for the...
Stage 3 (Merzouga - Mhamid)
Stage 3 Merzouga – M’Hamid (EN, FR, CZ)
The 3rd stage along a traditional Dakar route provided for a memorable outing. Early in the stage the crews had to choose between navigating a tricky rocky section or avoid it by crossing a sandy ridge. Team Portside's Unimog had to be pulled out from the deep sand by a near by military unit. Later in the stage the most difficult obstacle proved to be long sections of baby powder fesh fesh which sapped energy out of bikers and frustrated car pilots while running for extended time in low gear on full gas put a lot of stress on the vehicles.
Those who crossed the deep sand were rewarded with miles and miles of flat and fast piste through dry lake beds and rocky planes. Fastest for the day was 2011 defending champion Mark Hughes on KTM closely followed by Land Rover Defender piloted by Robert Kraft a Karel Kotovský.

Etape Merzouga – M’Hamid
La nuit dernière a été rude pour les derniers arrivants de l’étape d’hier. Le départ aujourd’hui est donc donné avec 2 heures décalées afin de permettre à certains de reprendre des forces. Le parcours est rapide et ceux qui sauront allier les qualités de vitesse à la navigation pourront prétendre à de bons scores. En effet, les écarts seront grands, et même certains des meilleurs de la catégorie Race se verront attribuer des pénalités temps.
Chez les motards, le vainqueur de l’édition précédente mettra cette étape à son nom. Pour les voitures, les équipes de Def tech Cz continuent à se concurrencer en sommet de classement. Certains devront réparer quelques défaillances mécaniques, résultant du train rapide mené. La nuit sera passée à M’Hamid, au bord de l’oued Draa. Les nuits sont moins fraiches, nous nous rapprochons du sud ! Demain, un beau programme différent ; Quelques km de fes-fes, puis il faudra suivre l’oued pour enfin se driger en TT vers Fmoum-Zguid en passanr par le lac Iriki. Puis ce seront les premières dizaines de km de pierriers. Tata accueillera les concurrents en fin d’étape.

IR 2012 po stopách starého Dakaru
Třetí etapa Intercontinental rally 2012 nabídla závodníkům den plný vzpomínek. Trasa z Merzogy do Mhamidu byla tradiční rychlostní etapou původní rallye Paříž-Dakar. Hned původní pasáž zamotala závodníkům hlavu; náročná kamenitá pasáž se dala s významnou časovou ztrátou objet, přejezd vrcholů byl ale spojený s rizikem uvíznutí. Ví o tom i Team Portside s Unimogem Mercedes, kterému ze skal pomohla až místní armáda.
Další past etapy čekala v sypkém písku přibližně v polovině etapy. Několik kilometrů pod plným plynem a s redukční převodovkou alo technice pořádně zabrat. Každý, kdo ale proplul pískem, si mohl naplno vychutnat druhou polovinu etapy, která se táhla po nekonečných pláních kamenných i solných jezer. Možná i proto nejrychlejší jezdec dne, Mark Hughes (Team UK1), dorazil do cíle před Mhamidem v čase 2:58min. Zdatně mu sekundoval Land Rover Defender 90 Robertem Kraftem a Karlem Kotovským v kabině, který dorazil do cíle v čase 3:02min. Zítřejší etapa startuje deset hodin a po 330km dovede účastníky IR 2012 do města Tata. Úvodní fesh fesh písky vystřídá nekonečné solné jezero Iriki, které přímo vybízí k překonávání rychlostních limitů.
Výsledky nadcházející etapy přineseme v dalších aktualitách.
Stage 4 (Mhamid - Tata)
Sand and rocks! (EN, FR, CZ)
Today's stage was a little shorter than typical but it made up for it in difficulty. Later 10 o'clock start gave the crews a welcome rest and an opportunity for vehicle maintenance. The fesh section early on brought on frantic digging by many teams and shovels and winches did not stop until the afternoon. At...
Stage 5 (Tata – Fort Bou Jerif)
Atlantic ocean at sight (EN, FR, CZ)
Narrow gorges and steep mountain sides dominated the 5th stage as we crossed the Atlas mountains and descent towards the Atlantic coast. Tire punctures and technical breakdowns due to the rocky terrain kept the rally technical assistance team for most of the day. The racing, especially amongst motorbikes,...
Stage 6 (Fort Bou Jerif - Layoune)
Stage 6 Fort Bou Jeriff - Laayoune (EN, FR, CZ)
It seems this year the physical punishment just will not stop. Another day, another draining stage.
The day started with the crossing of the legendary Plage Blanche, a remote 50 km long beach battered by the waves and winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Rising tide meant that the dry part of the beach...
Stage 7 (Layoune - Daklha)
Finally an easier stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Finally a stage with a shorter and easier off road section! The caravan proceeded on the blacktop south towards the city of Dakhla with a special section on flat, wind swept plains short distance from the bivouac. The easy terrain perhaps relaxed the concentration of one of the riders a little too much as...
Stage 8 (Daklha - Nouadhibou)
Crossing the Mauritanian border (EN, FR)
A liaison stage to cross the Morocco-Mauritanian border. Thanks to advanced preparation by the organization, the border crossing went extremely smoothly, and everyone got across within an hour. The short drive across the mined no-man's land strip reminded everyone the importance of good way points as...
Stage 9 (Nouadhibou - Nouakchott)
Sandstorm strikes (EN, FR, CZ)
After several days of high winds and blinding sandstorms forced us to forgo Atar and instead head to Nouakchott the special followed last year's course. To extend the range of the motorbikes to cover the 500km distance through some very remote coastal regions the rally team set up a refueling station around the...
Stage 10 (Nouakchott - Nouakchott)
Nouakchott (EN, FR, CZ)
Another improvised stage to replace the two stages originally planned for the Atar region. The stage was relatively straightforward on very fast pistes with a massive dune at the finish. Due to the long liaison the car teams decided to forego the stage and the bikes raced on their own. There was one notable departure on...
Stage 12 (St.Louis – St.Louis)
Savannah (EN, CZ)
This stage provided an introduction to the navigational challenges of the Senegalese Savannah. Everyone exercised caution as we raced near many small villages with curious children and ignorant goats everywhere. The short liaison provided for a memorable outing, and as the moon rose over the bivouac the excitement of reaching...
Stage 13 (St.Louis - Dakar)
Almost there (EN, FR, CZ)
As unreal as it feels at the moment we have reached our final destination! Lac Rose welcomed the Rally in all it's glory, glowing pink-purple in the afternoon sun. The penultimate stage featured sandy trails in the shadow of ancient baobab trees, through rural villages and bustling towns. The last 50 km was along a...
Stage 14 (Dakar - Lac Rose)
The moment of glory (EN, FR, CZ)
The moment of glory has arrived when all the pain and suffering is forgotten and the sense of accomplishment starts to settle in. After more than 5000 km and 13 days of full on racing the Rally has reached the finish line on the shores of Lac Rose, stone throw distance from Dakar and the westmost point of...
The Final Ceremony
Big thank you to all the participants, our families and all the fans who followed us on our journey across western Africa. See you next year!
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