Archive for August, 2009

Isle of Man 2 day enduro and trail riding adventure
August 11, 2009

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So me and my boyfriend Chris ventured back to the Isle of Man for the 2 day enduro.  Last year i managed to hit a car on the second day.  It was a road section and hacking in down with rain, i turned a corner and a guy was coming out of his drive, we had eye contact and he stopped so i carried on and then he pulled out.  It was a narrow lane to i had no where to go so i hit the front of the car, flew about 10ft in the air and landed like a sack of potatoes.  It was horrible, luckily i wasnt injured, apart from a broken nail.  My brand new KTM 300 wasnt so lucky and ended up with a flattened exhaust and other ailments.  So back to face the demons.

Day one of the race was one of the hardest days enduro riding ive had.  The sections were tight forestry sections which were relentless and you couldnt get a flow going, the first special test was like something out of Romaniacs with steep grassy wet downhills, off camber, sharp climbs and a rock garden, the second test was quite nice and started with you riding down a stream, over logs and tyres and a motorcross track.    It was a 3 lap race with a nasty tight section which took you through a rutty heather section with loads of mud holes and another tight forest with deep ruts and big roots.  At the bottom of one hill i sat for a while watching everyone struggle over this huge log nr the top.  NASTY!!!

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The heavens opened on the second day and we knew it was gonna be tough.  When we arrived in the morning we were told they had shortened it by a lap.  YES, there is a god!!!  It was still tough but i managed to finish.  16th Clubman.  My boyfriend Chris finished 6th Expert, so good on him.  50% didnt finish.

We stayed for a few days after and did some lovely trailriding with our friend Charles, we had to make a few bridges to get over some boggy sections. 

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 Also,  thanks to  Mark from the Isle of Man  for showing us some awesome trails.

Confirmation Letter
August 4, 2009

So here is what the letter had to say:

Dear JONES,

After studying your demand of application and your motivations, we are delighted to confirm your registration on the Dakar Argentina – Chile 2010

We are very pleased to have you among us for this new challenge.

The European vehicles will be shipped from Le Havre, on the 25th and 26th Nov 2009

In Buenos Aires, the recovery of the vehicles will be made on the port of Delta Dock, Lima on the 28th and 29th Dec 2009 only.  It is imperative for you to be present at this date.

The administrative checks and technical scrutineerings will take place for all the competitors in Buenos Aires on the 29th, 30th and 31st of Dec 2009

We will send you the sport and technical regulations middle of September.

The whole Competitors’ Relation Department is at your disposal to help you to get ready in the best conditions for your Rally.

With our very best regards

 Etienne Lavigne, Dakar Director

Im going to frame it and look at it when i cant be bothered to go out for a run or cycle in the rain…