In 2018 we are looking forward to a new multi-discipline, motorcycle championship.
It is named as World Enduro Super Series (WESS for short) and brings together Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Racing style events. Sounds like an adventure. Beside combining different enduro events, I like the approach to let mix the pro and amateur riders. Unfortunately many enduro and motocross events are strictly separating professionals from amateur riders by rules or the technical/financial means.
Personally I am really looking forward the first event on 11-13 May 2018, the Extreme XL Lagares, Extreme Enduro race in Portugal.
The WESS website is here.
Great video from Anton. Thank you.
A.R.G.O. is the abbreviation of Adventure Riding Gravel Overjoy and an adventure motorcycle trail is hiding behind this cheeky name. The trail is traveling through the North Island on New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Wellington, and using much as possible scenic gravel roads and even if it is not possible, the route is staying on the countryside far away from highways and heavy traffic much as possible.
The trail is a result of ideas and suggestions from people gathered on the Adventure Riding NZ forums, and the work of a handful of enthusiast who did put together the pieces and did ride the trail in sections.
Click here for more details, maps and GPX files.
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And here is the end, the 2018 Dakar race is over.
The top 10 rides were
Here is the summary of the final stage.
An excellent KLR Ramblers ride today in the spirit of the Dakar Rally, although nowhere in compared to the 927 km road what the rides traveled in Argentina today, with two timed section in a total length of 368 km. Now, only one more stage remaining from the race this year.
Here is the summary of the day.
So far 37% of the motorcycle riders are abandoned the competition for various reasons. Some was struggling with mechanical issues, health problems lead to early finis for others and accidents also contributed to this loss.
Stage 12 was planned to be the longest section of the Dakar rally this year with a whoping 791 km including a 522 km timed section.
Before this stage organisers was not able to secure the special section of the route for the motorcycles from the air, because of visibility problems. Later they decided to put the motorcicle riders on the same timed section as the cars and trucks but finally, due to safety concerns, stage 12 was cancelled for the motorcycles. Now, the riders are facing an enormous 900 km liaison section on Friday.
The leaders can feel a little more secure now in regarding they positions, and the chasers are lost an opportunity to battle for the top positions as only two stages remaining from the 2018 Dakar Rally.
Since there is nothing else to report on today, here is Lyndon Poskitt’s video and commentary from stage 10.
Today was the second marathon stage of Dakar 2018. The route stretched over 746 km of terrain with a 280 km special timed section. Different from previous stages, the vehicles were released on the road in a mix. Cars, motorcycles and trucks alternately in 3 minutes intervals. Battling the white sand dunes almost all day, the riders will spend the night without mechanical assistance and carry on tomorrow morning. The least impacted will be the riders in the “malle moto” class in my opinion.
Malle Moto is a class for riders, who compete without a team of mechanics. The literal translation means “motorcycle trunk”. There are less than 20 riders in this category and Lyndon Poskitt is one of them. After riding all day, they need to do the servicing of the motorcycles with only tools can be packed into a relatively small box.
I think these riders carry the original spirit of the Dakar rally.
Here is an article from Lyndon about malle moto.
Check out all the action for motorcycles in the official stage 11 video.
After the cold climate of the mountains back on hot sandy dunes in stage 10. Stage 10 covers almost 800 km (795 km) with a 372 km timed special section.
Multiple navigation errors from other contestants and accidents allowed Matthias Walkner to win the stage with sharp, spot on navigation.
Check out the stage summary video below for all the action and drama.
Due to extremely muddy conditions and rivers oweflowing on the stage 9 route between Tupiza and Salta, the organisers have decided to cancel stage 9. Stage 7 and 8 was long and testing for both men and machine, they did not want to throw the contestants in a situation which cannot be win without heavy losses. The Race will continue with stage 10.