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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...
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 this time it was already apparent that the 4 hour limit will be met by only very few. Things got further complicated when a short liaison between two off road section was made impassable by demonstrating school children demanding better school bus service.

Last years overall winner Statek u sv. Krize took advantage of the situation and by foregoing the last two control points and reaching the stage finish within the time limit secured overall lead. Almost everyone else eventually found their way around to blockade but entered the mountain segment far too late and made it to the finish well after dark thus receiving significant amount of penalty points.

Tomorrow we head back to the coast over magnificent rocky gorges and mountain passes. The scenic route will be very hard on the cars and bikes alike and we expect further drop outs.

Etape M’Hamid-Tata

Départ de la spéciale 10h00 ! La liaison de 30km précédant ce départ est mis à profit pour faire les pleins. Les véhicules des organisateurs se sont mis en route dès 7h00 pour aller positionner les controles et les postes de secours.
Nos concurrents auront un parcours varié. Un mélange de fes fes, sable, oued, dunettes les accueillera et les mènera au lac assèché d’Iriki. De belles pointes de vitesse peuvent être faites. Les paysages commencent ensuite à devenir grandiose, en longeant les falaises des montagnes proches.
Le parcours nécessite beaucoup d’énergie, les organismes sont à nouveau mis à dure épreuve. La première partie de tout terrain s’achève sur la route goudronnée menant à Foum Zguid. La une manifestation bloquant le pont principal obligera les concurrents à faire un détour de plusieurs km dans l’oued proche. La 2eme section de la spéciale emprunte des pistes caillouteuses qui partent dans les montagnes. Les participants se présenteront ainsi bien fatigués à la fin de la spéciale. D’anciens motards du Dakar déclareront que ces dernières journées les mettent plus à l’épreuve que le rallye mythique. Mais la beauté des paysages adoucie les peines.
Plusieurs arrivées se feront après la tombée de la nuit. Peu d’incidents à déplorer. Uniquement quelques petits problemes liés à la fatigue.

Demain, direction la côte, en empruntant les massifs montagneux et des gorges magnifiques.

4. etapa IR 2012 – písek, skály, demonstrace!

Krátká, ale extrémně náročná byla dnešní etapa IR 2012 z Mhamidu do Taty. Start vypsaný na desátou hodinu znamenal, spolu s krátkým přejezdem z bivaku, kýžený odpočinek a čas na opravu strojů pro všechny posádky. Lidé i technika dostaly zabrat hned v úvodu. Avizovaná pasáž v písku fes zabrzdila většinu týmů, lopaty i navijáky se prakticky nezastavily až do oběda. Již tady se tak rozhodovalo o tom, že na časový limit 4 hodin dosáhnout jen ti nejlepší.
Po fes fes pasáži měl následovat podle itineráře krátký a hlavně bezproblémový přejezd do skal na druhou část etapy. Afrika je ale nevyzpytatelný kontinent a tak když první motorky dorazily do vesnice Foum Zguid, zastavil je dav místních demonstrantů, protestujících proti zrušení školního autobusu.
V situacích jako tato se ukazuje, kdo a jak přemýšlí o strategii a cílech své účasti na rally. Posádka Statku u sv. Kříže, mj. absolutní vítěz 1. ročníku IR 2012, když zjistila odhodlání demonstrantů vytrvat na blokovaném mostě alespoň dva dny, vynechala zbývající dva kontrolní body a pokračovala přímo do bivaku. Jako jedni z mála tak stihli časový limit etapy a nesbírali penalizace za pozdní příjezd. Jiné posádky se proti tomu našly cestu kolem demonstrace po pistách, do skal ale přijely až kolem páté hodiny a na strmých srázech je zastihla tma. Poslední závodník dorazil do cíle až těsně před půlnocí.
Ve výsledku nejvíce bodů v etapě v kategorii Moto race nasbíral Klaus Guldager Jensen z TENERE DK teamu (198b.), v kategorii Cars race Statek u sv. Kříže (300b.).
5. etapa zavede závodníky do Fort BOu-Jerifu. 370km dlouhá trať se jede převážně na kamení a technika dostane pořádně zabrat.

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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