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…for EVERYONE that helped over these past few months. Without you Bill wouldn’t have made it to the start line! Hopefully everyone is ready for BC2DAKAR 2013 😉
(In alphabetical Order)
|Aaron Stevenson (Cornerspeed/Cornerspin)|
|BMW Motorcycle Rider Training|
|BMW Performance Driving School|
|Bob Munnich (Larkins on the River)|
|Cathy Conger and Family|
|Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Courtyard Marriott Downtown Greenville|
|Craig Conger and Family|
|Derek Columbus and Family|
|Donna Blumer and Family|
|Highway Dirt Bikes|
|Jason Callaway (High Cotton)|
|John and Nancy Howard|
|Mary Jo Watson|
|Max BMW Motorcycles|
|Mike and Marci Greci (Plaid Pelican)|
|Molly and Paul Fettig|
|Paul Columbus and Family|
|Richard Peck (Table 301)|
|The Reserve at Lake Keowee|
|Vanessa Gorr (REI)|
|W Shane Poole|
|Woody’s Wheel Works|
I just talked Bill on the phone and he is fine. He had some major bike problems yesterday and thought he would be able to change out the engine but the ASO was already there packing his bags and finding him a flight home. He is definitely bummed and I couldn’t get any more details from him. Hopefully I will be able to talk to him tonight when they reach San Juan, Argentina. He is planning on flying back down to Lima with me to see the finish.
The bikes start today at 10:30 local time (8:30 EST). If you like to refresh pages, like I do, you can follow along by visiting the official Dakar Tracker.
By clicking the circled numbers (waypoints) or A (the end) on the map you can see when Bill reaches each point and how he fares against his competitors.
Remember to click the little motorcycle icon next to the magnifying glass!
In an attempt to narrow down the motorcycle competitors to Bill and others that are known to the ADVrider community I have created a little Standings Summary table at the bottom of our Dakar 2012 page (you can click on it up top). I will update this after each days stage. Hopefully this will be easier to understand and navigate than the one on the official Dakar website. Not everyone wants to spend all day on these websites 🙂
With only 3 minutes to sum up an entire day of events involving bikes, quads, cars and trucks its no surprise that if you’re not Marc Coma you don’t get your name mentioned. Still a good video!
The bikes begin at 10:30am local time tomorrow (Jan 2nd) on special stage 2. (Hint to Rally newbies: Special Stage, or SS, means its timed. Its not a liaison or transit.) Hopefully I will be able to update Bill’s approximate start time as new information becomes available. All competitors are re-seeded after every stage according to their new position (this makes for some fairly difficult logistics, especially when penalties, etc are involved).
Check out the details for SS2 below:
Before leaving for Argentina Bill signed up for someone from web venture.com.br to take pictures of him during the event! Here’s our first picture from SS1!
Bill finished the first stage in 49.45! For the time being he is sitting #138 out of 176 motorcycles. Can’t wait to hear his thoughts. Now he has a 370 mile liaison to Santa Rosa, Argentina.
Just talked to Bill and his approximate start time is 7:15am Mar del Plata time or 5:15am EST tomorrow morning. They won’t show anything on tv in the US (Versus/NBC) until Monday morning at 1:30am (prime time!!).
Hopefully there will be some live coverage on one of these Spanish-speaking station links: