Just got off the phone with Bill- He sounds very casual! almost non-plussed, and hanging out at the ranch just waiting for the action to start. Since he’s through technical inspection, all thats left before the 5am Jan 1 start is to make it through the Ceremonial Start, tomorrow. Kind of like Parc Expose, but you get introduced and do a lap. The Argentines take this event seriously, and are out in droves. Bill’s begun the Hydration Fest, where he’ll be drinking at least a liter and a half of water a day. All of the water he will be drinking from now on will have electrolyte supplements in it, as well. The first day will be interesting. As Bill says “I can ride a bike all day long, as long as its interesting. I’m not so sure about several hundred miles of highway Liason on a 450cc bike (rattle rattle rattle.) Well, it will be a decent way to shakedown the bike, and get used to the GPS settings without being under race stage pressure.
Here’s a short quiz to get an idea of how the GPS they gave him is supposed to operate:
And here is a good video of what terrain they can expect: