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Comeback on two wheels after two years of no riding. Feels great!

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Today I’m officially back in the saddle! It’s been two years since i crashed and badly injured my right shoulder. Last August I finally had it operated and its taken 6 months to heal.
Now I felt ready to jump back on my bike.
Some of my friends took me out on nice and fun enduro tracks. I was a little worried how my shoulder would feel, so kept my calm just riding nice and smooth. But wow did if feel great to be back on the bike!
And no pain, or strain. I am so happy!
(Photo by Micke Nyström)

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Day of resurrection. My KTM 250 is back. And so am I.

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According to some religion today was the day of resurrection. And guess what, it’s true. Today my KTM 250 came out from the darkest corner of the garage!
I haven’t ridden a bike since my shoulder-smashing-crash two years ago, so now I’ll just start easy and see how it goes.

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Inbjudan Only Women’s Fun Driving Day, 10/5

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Välkommen alla ladies & babes!
10 maj är det dags för vårens Only Womens Skäkerhetskörning & Skojrace, i samarbete med Krutcupen.se.

Alla tjejer är välkomna oavsett körvana – man behöver inte ens ha körkort för detta och är en perfekt övningskörningsdag.

Perfekt present till syster, mor, sambo, arbetskamrater eller möhippan.
Pris:
1000 kr inkl grillbuffé lunch och försäkring SBF.
300 kr för medåkande co-driver kompis, inkl lunch+försäkr.
Plats: Ticksta Motorstadion utanför Rimbo (ligger längs E18, 40 min från Stockholm).
Klädsel: jeans och körvänliga skor.

Ni får träna rolig säkerhetskörning och även lära er viktig grundläggande körteknik. Avslutningsvis kör vi ett skojrace där tjejerna i team får prova hur det är att rejsa. Garanterat det bästa på hela dagen!

Samling kl. 10, med fika. Krutcupens General Hasse önskar er välkomna. Genomgång teori och körställning med Annie Seel. Vi kommer ha flera instruktörer på plats. Ni kommer få testa på teknikbanan där ni får träna att hålla kontroll på bilen. Innan vi kör på banan går vi promenad runt den där vi visar bromspunkter och kurvtagning. Alla kommer sen köra uppvärmningsvarv och känna både på bilarna och banan.

Avslutningsvis när alla är varmkörda och taggade kommer vi köra skojrace på banan. 3-5 bilar där ni är team som byter förare under racets gång. Hornen kommer garanterat att växa på er! Segrarteamet får spruta bubbel över oss andra.
Avslutning och prisutdelning ca kl 17.

För de som vill kan vi boka en mysig spakväll för tjejerna på Camilla Arnalids salong http://www.Arnalids.se.

Vi hoppas att detta kommer bli lika roligt som förra året!

Anmälan per mail till: krutcupen@gmail.com
Mer info: http://www.krutcupen.se/tjej-racing-13232059

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Dakar tents at the Supermercado

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Getting the last stuff needed for me and Marie in the Dakar rally, we didn’t expect to find the very much sought after “2 second” pop up tent in the supermarket! Of course we had to try immediately in the shop.

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S3. Tough – but everything worked fine!

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ENGLISH
Super tough but fun special. Started in sandy soft fesh-fesh, many turns in vegetation. Then rocky and twisty track. I paced myself until after refuel, the last section I rode faster. Best lady today, pos 49 in total!
“I am very happy, everything worked fine, as good riding should be.”

SVENSKA
Väldigt tuff men rolig special. Startade på sandig mjuk fesh-fesh (pudersand), slingrigt bland vegetationen. Därefter ett stenigt och kurvigt spår. Jag höll lite lagom tempo till efter tankning, sista delen ökade jag farten. Blev bästa damen idag på etappen, plats49  totalt !
“Är glad, allt stämde, så här ska det köras.”

New Year – New Dakar!

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ENGLISH:
Because I had checked in my bike yesterday Icould relax now. The afternoon I spent in the Dakar Village area, and met many competitors in the VIP tent… like the the “coconutters” from Australia, team Coconut Cairns and also Bruce Garland.

New years eve i spent with my friends in the chilean team Cocoa-Fynsa and the Prohens brothers. Luis of the Cocoa-Fynsa tesam was my teamboss when I raced the Patagonoa-atacama in 2005.

SVENSKA:
Eftersom jag var besiktigad och klar igår kunde jag ta det lugnt idag. Bara skicka Dakar-boxen med organisationen. Sen till besiktingsområdet och “Dakar Village”, mässområdet med allt jippo inför. Stekhett i solen så jag hängde i VIP-tältet där alla teamen var.

Nyårskvällen firade jag med chilenska team Cocoa-FYNSA (Luis var min teamboss i Pampasrallyt 2005). Vi åt nyårsmiddag på pizzastället runt kvarteret. Jag beställde en pizza med extra allt: mozzarella, tomat, paprika, serranoskinka, lök, ruccola, oliver och palmhjärta… Proppmätt!

Vid 12 slaget gick vi ut på gatan och kollade lite fyrverkerier.

Leg 7. Finished 15th!

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The Australasian Safari Rally has been fun, exciting … and tricky. I am very content with my performance, the race, the bike and the team, everything has worked just great. The 15th position overall means I am the best lady on bikes and in cars.
And I made it without injuries!

News clip: International riders Annie Seel from Sweden and Ze Helio from Brazil both agree that the conditions experienced in the Australasian Safari are comparable with the gruelling terrain and lengths of the Dakar legs. Seel is competing in Safari for her second year and Helio for the first time.
Seel, who placed 15th today, said the beach dunes and sand were the perfect way to finish, and she forgot about her mis-navigation yesterday.
“With this kind of riding I could do another week,” she said. “The long days and technical nature of the stages definitely make me feel I now have the stamina for another Dakar.”
Proof of the difficulty of Safari is the number of competitors who manage to reach it to the finish. The event commenced with 112 vehicles (bikes) on the Prologue Day and only 64 vehicles finished today, a 40% attrition rate.

Mujeres Tuercas – fanclub!

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During the Dakar I met the Mujeres Tuercas Fanclub a couple of times. They are a bunch of “motorhead” girls cheering me on in the rally, waving the big yellow banner with “GO ANNIE” written on it during stages.
Now they made this slideshow! I am so happy to have these friends, so far on another continent – but so close in my heart! (You can join on Facebook too!)

Dakar 2010 Podium film – and I’m there!

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The pint-size* rider Annie Seel appears at about 3.20 min into the film.

* Definition “pint-size”: little, very small, especially smaller than usual or than expected

Winners celebration

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Annie, winner of Ladies Cup on podium
Hooray! Winner of Womens Cup by many hours. What a title to have!
Photo by Maindru

This is my 4th dakar finish and 16th rally total, and still 100% finish rate! It’s been dramatic – as usual – I was close to be out. But now I feel I could go on another week. The whole time I felt calm, strong and confident in my riding and I kept my strategy, which paid off. I started with a good position and managed to keep it through the whole race, despite the injured thumb. Actually I got used to it and could ride really good with just keeping the right hand on the bar, even if gas/break and steer in curves was difficult.
My total standing: 45, 69:55:40 (+18:45:03)

Annie at finish Buenos Aires
Photo by Tomas Kocanda

Podium capToday it’s time for ceremony and prize-giving. Tonight it’s time for partying. Super happy! 😀

Right: Podium cap, only for winners!
I got one.

🙂

Below:
Signed tshirt… Yes its dirty. But it has made stage 13 in the dust.

T-shirt signed by dakar competitors