Thought I would update you all on what we are up to.
Rally Raid Canada has had a challenging 2011- 2012 between the economic downturn and injuries, things did not quite go as planned.
We were accepted in the 2011Dakar Rally but unfortunately lost some of our financial support so we had to withdraw.
2012 we were ready to go when I had a freak incident on my farm just two weeks before I was scheduled to fly out to the start of the Rally. As a result I was unable to race.
Moving on to 2013:
I have again been accepted in the Dakar Rally for the 2013 event, I am teamed with Simon Pavey from the UK. Of course as in the past, until I am actually on the plane destined for Lima I am never sure if we will be in the race.
There are a couple of factors always that stand between our team and the Dakar:
1- The number one factor always is money, we are always seeking sponsors and supporters to work with us to get to the Dakar.
2- Next is bikes, we are scheduled to ride Husqvarna TE 449 however I am having some difficulty locating Canadian bikes. Being a Canadian rider it is much easier to transport the bikes in out of Canada when they are Canadian speced and registered.
3- Is planning, building and Logistics: everything from building the bikes to transportation , accommodations, and, flights arranging all licensing .Arranging tires and mousse all, spares . Support crew organized. Shipping of bikes and equipment. Carnets and Visas arranged.
As you can see there is a lot to do before you even spin a wheel in the Dakar.
While arranging all of the above you have to find time for training and riding, (no small task). I am very fortunate I have a lot of support from my Family and friends and of course local riders. Lately I have been riding West Shore Motocross track in Victoria, its great cardio session, although I must admit I am not fast and regularly get my but kicked.( I am an endurance rider not a sprinter)
I have also been doing a lot of mountain biking this year, even took up downhill mountain biking, what great fun that is.
In addition to all of the above Natalie and I have opened a new Insurance brokerage , as most business owners will attest a startup operation takes a lot of time and effort.
I had been planning on doing some off-road schools this year, however the late summer delayed the start dates, as a result I have not yet hosted any riding schools or clinics yet this year. I realize time is fast slipping away, I am hoping to hold at least two before the weather turns bad ,if I can fit them into my schedule.
For now the priority is the Dakar.