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 Its on for me this year 2011.. who else? 
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Post Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Well the year is here for me and the finke desert race.
I have come to grips that I will be 10-15% permanently injured, have not much money amongst other issues... BUT this aint gunna stop me and the 380 from whipping up a dust storm.

-Training program is in full swing..
-The training bike WR400f is getting some hard treatment in the local whoop sections and my body. (i'm off the bike at the moment from another big crash thou)
-The brain is permanent thoughts of this race
-Dumbbells and elliptical trailers plus rowing machine getting a lookin. Gym soon.
-Protein shakes and staminade for staple diet.
-Scratching up money and bike parts from a squeezed stone.

My aim is to make to the start line (big chore under my circumstance just to get up there) and survive the prologue. If that is done then just get to finke and take it as it comes.

Who else is having a crack at it this year?

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Tue 18 Jan, 2011 8:23 am
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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
:o hello2
good on yer, Im not this time round maybe one year soon though. If you need any advice our mechanic Calab would be happy to answer any questions, he usually is a top 10 finisher at the finke and maybe this year its his year. drop us a line if you need any advice andd good luck with the training :headbang

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
simmo wrote:
:o hello2
good on yer, Im not this time round maybe one year soon though. If you need any advice our mechanic Calab would be happy to answer any questions, he usually is a top 10 finisher at the finke and maybe this year its his year. drop us a line if you need any advice andd good luck with the training :headbang



Yep Caleb goes hard,hey Rob how do we get him to run a TRA sticker on his bike dontknow

And good luck yo Caleb this weekend at the Deep wells race he has a great chance of taking it icon_thumright

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
I would not be supprised if John Mctainsh ended up doing the Fink after winning his class in the safari last year.

well beyond me in cost ability and ability. (if you know what I mean.) but I would love to have a crack one day.

lots of respect to all that have a go.

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
I would love to have a crack at it before i get too old and have to race against the old FAST guys BangHead

So in the next year or two if im lucky


But which bike dontknow maybe a wr490f icon_scratch

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Simon wrote:
I would not be supprised if John Mctainsh ended up doing the Fink after winning his class in the safari last year.

well beyond me in cost ability and ability. (if you know what I mean.) but I would love to have a crack one day.

lots of respect to all that have a go.


Its not like belthorpe simon , its flat mostly :D you d finish it no probs

rocket you d be right at home

next time I d spend more time on the bike and less time in the gym , its all about backing up , day two is where the pain is crybaby2

I d like to have another go when I can see better


Tue 18 Jan, 2011 7:32 pm
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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Are you talking about Caleb Auricht ? If you are that's fantastic as he is abit of a hero for me.. I see him Mr Consistent and ready to pounce on the top 3 at any one time.

He's a smooth fast technically correct rider and a lot can be learned from his riding style and his mechanical ability.
So down the track I might vwell just ask a few questions to him.

Freak I would be more than happy to wear TRA stickers on my bike and trailer for the finke race and the Hattah the month after.

Training is going ok but kindered at the moment by injury from the last crash. The Kato 380 is about to be overhauled with all the spice in the engine to get max power and distance from fuel.
A 16-17L tank is now on the shopping list.

Simon the track aint hills and snot like mentioned above,, it's lots of fast whoops and sharp edged desert track with sand and bulldust.
The rider has no real decent chance to sit down if your riding at pace so cardio fitness and core strength plus strong legs is a must.
Concentration is the biggest key to it all I feel.. If your bit under done on the fitness and riding to fast you will get bitten by the finke track.
The track tends to put riders into a place of pain they have maybe never ridin in before and people get spat off the second they fail to concentrate. The speeds and the size of the whoops is what people miss-interprete.

Fitness = concentration with encourages skills and talent to ride to your full potential.

So what I'm trying to say is that almost all trail hacks will be able to do finke with no real trouble skills wise or talent.. But if the fitness is not there you will cry for mum if your pushing the pace abit.

The cost is a big factor as we all know. I will be roughing it big time to cut costs coz I have bugger all money. In fact I'm try to do all this on about $2500 (not including entry fee).. icon_scratch I have a sponsor that is chipping in for the trip up and back,, and a few small sponsors chipping in with the odd small thing like a sprocket or a jerrycan or a few bucks for fuel. but need more.
So big thanks to Adelaide's O'Halloran Meats for the big chip in so far.. hello2

A 1982 rusted out old patrol wagon will be my motorhome for 2 weeks and 4,500k's. A well traveled 6x5 trailer will don my 10 year old KTM380 and backup WR400 scooters. I will look like the poor cousin at the event but I don't give a toss and just wanna get on that start gate and pin that 380 on that first straight.

I maybe full of more enthusiasm than money, brains or equipment.. But I'm fit and can ride abit so jobs on.

So are ya gunna hava go simon?? :wav

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Thats him Hayden,Caleb Auricht and i must say from talking to him he has no ego and is the nicest bloke you will meet hello2 and Rob too at Pro honda,

Sounds like your going to have a blast mate,i will even send stickers up if i can with Caleb that way you can go and have a chat icon_thumright .

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Me.... doubt it this year...

My speed has picked up hugely this year after yet anothet operation to my head but health issues put this outta my reach. My balance is better than it has ever been but its not consistant. (Not a great thing when in a race like that...)

I am from the territory and have helped out rally crews in the late 80's so have an idea what it was like back then.

still cant wait for the ride report!!!

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Bit of a update.. everthing is coming together pretty good so far (touch wood).

The old patrol has some parts to sort out and I have a enclosed trailer to negotiate.

The 380 is rebuild and running harder than ever.. fuel is better after the JD kit.

Fitness is reasonable injury wise but behind the 8 ball in general but picking that up allot lately..

For the next 2 months it's gonna be just ride ride root root ride ride fix fix root work and hopefully stay riding and break nothing.

can't wait and it's consuming me..!!!

ok I'm lying about the rooting bit.. abit :headbang

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
on a bad note, Caleb wont be racing this year, He got taken out at Coolum this weekend in the sunstate series and has broken his femar(not sure how you spell it but big bone in your thigh). Could be out for months, poor bugger, he was riding so good as well

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
simmo wrote:
on a bad note, Caleb wont be racing this year, He got taken out at Coolum this weekend in the sunstate series and has broken his femar(not sure how you spell it but big bone in your thigh). Could be out for months, poor bugger, he was riding so good as well




Thats not good to hear Rob,he was on a roll as i reckon it was his year to take it,tell Caleb TRA sends there best wishes for a speedy recovery .

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
Sorry to hear about CA.. was looking forward to seeing him kickass.

Update for me is I leave tomorrow in the old patrol and 380 in tow.. i have had a shit of a last 2 months and have had no fitness and spent heaps of money and time getting no-where really.

I have suffered with a bad back and crook neck - still got the crook neck btw..

just going now to enjoy myself and ride to the end slowly.

Take care everyone and I'll get some pictures up on my return..

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else? now 2012
I'm to lazy to start a new thread so I'll just update on this old one.

Its on again for me to do finke again. Same as last year my preps went well until the last few weeks as injuries are rife and bikes not 100%.

I leave sunday and are still quite excited, but not sure if I can actually even ride. I'll take my 380 again which I have ridden once in the last 8 months due to parts and troubles with stator. I can't start it at the moment due to the crook back and broken ribs sustained last sunday from a farmers cyclone gate across our tracks. :argue
I will also take my 08 CRF450R as a backup bike.
My CR500AF is not going to be finished in time to take as that was my preferred option but now it doesn't matter coz I aint fit enough to ride it anyway.

I'm going up alone this time in my old rusted clapped out 82 patrol and camping with gibby at alice. Hope I make it.

All in all I intend it to be a great trip even if I might have to pull out on the 12 hour.. I'll post a little report on my return.. occasion14

Till then ride safe boys

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Post Re: Its on for me this year 2011.. who else?
You are battleing up hill ,hope you get there in the end.Good luck


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