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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...
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 half way mark. We timed the beach crossing to coincide with the low tide and everyone got across safely except for the soaked race director sweeping the course. One notable drop out from the race was Mark Hughes, who's engine rebuild engine suffered another breakdown.

Next the field will do an improvised stage around Nouakchott followed by a transfer to Senegal the day after. The race category is quite even at this point and we still might see some changes in the overall standings.

Etape Boulanouar – Nouakchott:
Hier soir a été décidé de modifier l’étape du jour. La tempete de sable qui sévit ne baissant pas d’intensité et empechant entre autre le ravitaillement en essence entre Boulanouar et Choum, l’organisation présente une étape modifiée mais non moins interessante et mthique, la travaersée de la réserve du banc d’Arguin, puis la plage menant a Nouakchott.
A 8h00, le départ est donné, et les 350km de spéciale seront menés rapidement. Les prmiers qui arriveront sur la plage trouveront une marée entamant juste sa descente, mais ça passe bien. Une moto rendra l’âme, celle de Mark Hughes. Pour les autres, les arrivées se feront échelonnées et l’installation au bivouac a 10km de Nouakchott, en bord de mer, ravira tout le monde.
Le rallye passera 2 nuits ici, puisque l’étape prévue partant d’Atar ne peut pas avoir lieu. Mais comme aujourd’hui, l’organisation a un plan B et offrira aux participants un parcours digne de ce nom.

IR 2012 mění kvůli počasí svou trasu, účastníci dnes pokořili Nouakchott!
Mauretánie ukazuje to nejpřísnější ze svého repertoáru počasí. Písečná bouře s větrem o rychlosti přes 100km/h dokázaly zamávat zejména s motorkáři. IR 2012 jak s ohledem na bezpečnost jezdců změnila původní etapu do Ataru. Dnešní etapa tak vedla do Nouakchottu, kde se rally utáboří na dva dny. Počasí se nakonec uklidnilo, vítr utišil a písek usadil. Na start, vzdálený 40km od bivaku, se
závodníci sjeli na osmou hodinu ranní. Trať vedla po rychlých pistách, stejně jako písčitých pasážích, celkově se ale jednalo o velmi rychlou etapu, zakončenou padesátikilometrovým přejezdem na pláži podél oceánu. Díky plné síle odlivu atakovali někteří motorkáři hravě hranici 150km/h a autům do ní moc nechybělo. Celkem 340km dlouhou trať se podařilo nejrychlejším zvládnout pod pětihodinovým limitem. V race moto kategorii zvítězil v čase 4:21min Chulian Garcia Merino (1000b. v etapě), druhý dojel s časem 4:51min Klaus Jensen (1000b. v etapě) a třetí Kieran Clotothy s časem 5:30min (1000b.). Race cars stabilně vede Statek sv. Køíže, dnes v cíli v čase 5:16 (968b v etapě), druhý v cíli byl Def-Tec1 s časem 5:38 (924b. v etapě) a třetí Def-Tec2 s časem 5:56 (888b. v etapě). Jediný jezdec, který dnes nedojel do cíle, byl Mark Hughes, kterého zradila již podruhé jeho motorka (přes noc jeho mechanici pracovali na novém motoru a dokončili ho teprve v 5hodin ráno) a do Nouakchottu přijel v doprovodném vozidle. Mark je podle svých slov odhodlaný stroj opravit a nastoupit do bojů v kategorii Adventure. Zítřejší etapa vede z Nouakchottu do dun mezi Akjoujtem a Atarem, ze kterého je závodníci vrací zpět do Nouakchottu. Celkem je tak čeká cca 700km, ze kterých 260 je měřený úsek. Stejně jako dnes i zítřejší etapa bude nesmírně rychlá s písečnými dunami v závěru. Časový limit je 3 hodiny. Celkem má za sebou letošní IR 2012 již 8 závodních etap a o dalším vývoji vás budeme informovat.
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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