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The End of the Dakar Rally 2013

The End of the Rally

Left to right – Chelsea, Paul, Marianne, Simon, Linley, Natalie, Evan, Llewelyn, Don and Alex (click to enlarge).

Stage fourteen was set to be nothing more than a formality as the race is all but done. And so it proved for the majority of racers including Simon Pavey. The [...]

Bikes and Truck at the Port Ready to be Shipped to Europe

It is hard to get texts and emails from Don and Natalie at the moment, since internet access is intermittent there at best. Also there is very tight security in the hotel due to a conference of South American Presidents.

However, the bikes, truck and equipment has all been delivered to the port for [...]

Simon Made it in 60th Place

Congratulations to Simon Pavey for finishing the 2013 Dakar Rally!

Francisco López was the fastest rider on today’s course, beating Ruben Faria by 29′, Joan Barreda by 37′, Hélder Rodrigues by 53′ and Juan Pedrero García by 1’25′. Nevertheless, the penalties handed down to Chaleco and Juan Pedrero García for changing their engines yesterday offer [...]

Simon through Third Point of the Last Stage

Natalie texted that while waiting on the road for Simon to come through, an ASO helicopter landed and someone got out to tell the large crowd to move back. The road is narrow and there was not enough room for the racers as well as the spectators.

At this rate, Simon will be finished [...]

Last day of Reporting from Out In the Field

There is thick fog at the beginning of the special and the helicopter is grounded. the team was thinking that the first special would be cancelled but in fact it was only delayed.

In the meantime reports are coming in that Francisco Lopez won the penultimate stage of this year’s Dakar Rally. whereas last night [...]

A Flash Flood and Some Electrical Problems

Don and Natalie are still cheering on Don’s team mate, Simon, who is doing very well despite the fact there is an electrical issue with his bike that is affecting his road book.

Simon has not been able to properly use the road book these past four days and has had to stop and [...]

Don is So Grateful for Your Comments

Don called this morning at 8:30 to ask that I post the following:

I am deeply touched and very, very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to post the many wonderful comments on the website. Your kindness, care and concern have been a lifeline for me.

This has been the my hardest [...]

Simon Pavey has a 3 a.m. Start Tomorrow!

After one day of rest, Simon Pavey, the other half of our team, starts at 3 a.m. tomorrow. At least it will be cooler as he rides than the 40 degrees they have been suffering to date. The wear and tear is beginning to tell, as Llewellyn his support guy is not feeling that well. [...]

Latest News from Chile via Natalie

Thank goodness the site is back up again after a catastrophic server crash on Friday!

Natalie left on Saturday for Toronto/Chile and she arrived there this morning. At the time of posting, she is having a little wine to refresh her parched throat!

Today is rest day today for Simon Pavey.  They have heard from [...]

Try to tune in to CFAX 1070 AM this afternoon at 4:00. They will be interviewing both Don and Natalie.

Try to tune in to CFAX 1070 AM this afternoon at 4:00. They will be interviewing both Don and Natalie.