Annie

Beach town Vlore

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Results are very rare. Today was a short special out of the beach town Vlore. We rode on a military camp, along the rocky coast and finished on a grassfield by the beach. There was some waiting time so almost everybody had a swim in the sea.
I finished 21, Lelle 18, and Henrik within 30. David and Tony didn’t race.

Photo: Rumen Petkov, reporter

Rocky and unorganized

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Stages have been gruelling rocky, old roman and paved war tracks. Time keeping is unorganized. I think I’m around 30 general. The other Swedes have had problems, technical and also crashes. David is not racing thursday because of injured hand yesterday. I’m okay, no crash, but my right thumb is taking a lot of beating.

Photo: Rumen Petkov, reporter

Video clips Rally Albania

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Rally Albania 2011-0606 Start; 1:42 min, Podium, Annie @ 0:20-0:30  (teve, albanian reporter, music)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVs-9P1JDUI

Albania11_1.mpg; 5 min, Startpodium, Prologue,
Annie @ 1 min, in the crowd to the right (a glimpse). @ 1:10-1:40 riding on the podium. @ 2:30 behind #186 Lelle Johnsson starting (a glimpse).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abhYB4_UGaI

Albania race_2.mpg; 4:30, Views along the stage
Lelle @ 2:30-2.40
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuFckxoa5A

Rest Day (is it ???)

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ENGLISH
The past days have been tough. The first stages were rather easy, but 5 and 6 were really challenging. The sixth was the same as last year where I almost fell in that deep tomb. This year the competitors got warned about it in our briefing.
My riding strategy has been successful. I started easy, but after I got a good rythm I could ride faster at the end of the stage. Many other contentants lost strength by then making mistakes too, but I still got energy and kept my focus – overtaking several riders, thus improving my standings.

Now I feel just great! I got muscle relaxants and painkillers yesterday and today to avoid seizures.

 
Photo: Annie and a mechanic

Restday means sleep-in, on the race days we started very early in the mornings. But there is quite a lot of work. All service on the bike – fix the fork, new chain and sprocket, tires, oil and filters. I will have a new engine as that fesh-fesh gets everywhere inside, which might cause a major engine failure. That i sure don’t want to happen during the remaining race days!
And a lot of planning and organaizing for the second week of dakar rally. Also i must find a laundry place in the city…
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Interview Annie during the rest day: contact Marie Hessel phone +46 763 18 88 22. Chile time -4h compared with Europe.

 
Photo: Annie and fellow bikers making marks in the roadbooks.
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SVENSKA
Det har varit tufft de senaste dagarna. De första etapperna var ganska lätta, men sträckorna 5 och 6 blev det allvar! Sexan var samma som förra året, där jag var nära att köra ner i det djupa schaktet. I år blev förarna varnade för det i den gemensamma genomgången!
Min körstrategi har visat sig lyckosam. Jag tog det lugnt i början av etapperna men när jag hittat rätt rytm kunde jag gasa på i slutet av sträckorna. Många andra förare började tappa orken då och gjorde misstag, men jag hade styrkan kvar och körde om flera, vilket gav allt bättre placeringar.

Nu känns det bara toppen! Jag fick muskelavslappnande och smärtstillande medel igår och idag för att undvika kramper.

Vilodag betyder sovmorgon, under tävlingsdagarna har vi ju gått upp mycket tidigt. Men det finns också mycket jobb. All service på hojen – fixa gaffeln, ny kedja och drev, däck, olja och filter. Ska byta motor, eftersom fesh-feshen täpper till varje vrå och det innebär risk för haveri. Det vill jag ju slippa under resten av rallyt!
Därtill planera och ordna för den andra veckan av dakarrallyt. Och så måste jag hitta ett tvätteri på stan…

By the way – along the road

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The princess and The Big Boss 🙂


“With Love from fans”

Looking ahead and back…

Desert art …


… and the model.

 

 

S6. Leading lady!

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ENGLISH
-It was a really tough stage in the desert today, I was longing to reach the end of the stage and pass the finishing line. Of course I feel good about increasing the gap between me and my competitors, but it only takes a small error to loose that advantage, thats the way the Dakar works, Annie Seel says. So far navigation has worked like a clock, and that is a benefit out in the desert.

-I will enjoy myself tomorrow in Arica, and rest my hurting back.

Then we start again on Sunday. I will ride safe and not take any chances, taking one day at a time. My goal was to defend my title, and thats what I intend to do.

Position 38 in total.

Photo: Checking news and results

SVENSKA
– Längtade till målgången, det var en riktigt hård dag i öknen. Känns såklart skönt att ha utökat minutrarna till Laia, men det krävs bara ett endaste litet misstag, en navigationsmiss eller ett problem med motorcykeln så har man tappat försprånget, så fungerar det i Dakar, säger Annie Seel. Hittills har jag träffat alla waypoints rätt, och navigationen har fungerat perfekt.

– Ska bli jätte skönt, fick en rejäl sträckning i ryggen som störde, och nu får jag ta igen mig. Sen är det som vanligt, att ta en dag i taget säger Annie Seel. Och jag kommer inte ta några risker, som jag kanske har gjort tidigare år, nu är det säker körning som gäller för att säkra titeln ytterligare en gång.

 
Photo: Iquique finishing area

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Video from the start in Buenos Aires, sent by a fan José Oviedo on Facebook. 6 seconds worth gold!
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1648740930660&oid=93236292126&comments&ref=mf
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