Dakar

S4. Riding (through) rocks!

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ENGLISH
Early start to cross 4800 m pass into Chile, very cold at that altitude.
The special stage was short but intense. Fast dusty gravel tracks winding across mountain land of fesh fesh. I set off at easy pace in the dust, to avoid mistakes when the visibility was zero! Good navigation and happy with stage result, pos 51.

SVENSKA
Start mycket tidigt på morgonen för att köra över passet till Chile, på 4800 m höjd var det jättekallt.
Specialsträckan var kort men intensiv. Snabba grusvägar som slingrade genom bergslandskapet med mjuk fesh fesh. Gav mig iväg i lugnt tempo, det var så dammigt att man inte såg någonting! Navigeringen klarade jag bra och var nöjd med dagens resultat, 51 på etappen.
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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.”

S2. Catching up

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ENGLISH
I had a lot to catch up after yesterday’s time loss because of the leaking fuel tank. I got a good speed and overtook many riders, finishing on pos 55.
I’m very satisfied with my riding.

SVENSKA
Hade en del att ta igen efter gårdagens tidsförlust pga läckande tank. Fick en bra fart och svepte förbi en massa hojar, slutade på plats 55.
är mycked nöjd med körningen.

First race day… here we go!

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Today was the first race day. I had some problems with the tank, fuel was dripping out. I tried to fix it but it was not easy, must check it thoroughly later. This caused some delay, but I hope it did not cost too much.
It was raining rather much so the track got very muddy. The riding was quite good, I had a good day.

Idag var första tävlingsdagen. Jag hade problem med tanken som läckte bensin. Försökte täta läckan, men det var inte så lätt, måste kolla det ordentligt senare. Det orsakade en liten försening, men förhoppningsvis ingen större skada.
Det regnade rätt mycket så spåren blev väldigt geggiga. Köringen gick riktigt bra, jag hade en bra dag.

Hitting the road

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ENGLISH
The starting ceremony today was a party, like always in Buenos Aires. So many cheering people everywhere along the road. The competitors feel like heroes.

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SVENSKA
Startceremonierna var en riktig folkfest, som alltid i Buenos Aires. Enormt mycket människor överallt längs vägen. De tävlande känner sig som hjältar.

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VIDEO, Youtube: Spectators cheering and welcoming Annie

Dakar start

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ENGLISH:
At 8.30 this morning we had a riders group photo for all competitors in moto and quad. At 10 there was the official briefing, where race director Etienne Lavigne and course director David Castera uintroduced the Dakar 2011.
In the afternoon the podium cermeny starts, my staring time at 15.13’30.

SVENSKA:
kl 8.30 i morse var det samling för alla mc och quadförara för gruppfotografering. Sedan obligatorisk briefing för alla tävlande och assistansteam kl 10, där tävlingledningen presenterade årets Dakar rally.
I eftermiddag är det dags för officiell startceremoni på podiet, min starttid kl 15.13’30.

Press info: Annie ready for start!

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Press info 2010-12-31

Annie Seel is ready for the Dakar!

On January 1st Annie will take the start of the 33rd edition along with 430 other competitors in the different cathegories moto, quad, auto and truck.

The defending womens champion Annie Seel has arrived in Buenos Aires. After a few days of final preparation she has passed the technical verifications  together with Team Meca’System.

– I feel both excited and a little more nervous than usual.  This year’s racing season has been good after my victory in Dakar 2010, including a 15th place in the Australasian Safari Rally and a silver medal in the Nordic Enduro Championships.
 
Good preparation is necessary. Annie will race her KTM “Super Rocket” equipped with rally kit from Meca’System. Also Annie has been in the Morocco desert training.
 
– I heard the rumours it will be a very tough Dakar this year with some really technical and challenging stages. My experience says I have to take it day by day. And to keep navigation, machine, body and mind on the track, all the way, concludes the little rider.
   
Facts Annie Seel
Experience: completed 17 offraod races including Dakar 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010
Race number: 56
Vehicle: 525 KTM Super rocket Evo II
Team: Meca’System
Age: 42
Profession: graphic design and marketing
 
Press contact: Marie Hessel,  thedakarrally@gmail.com 
Mobile during 4-16 jan: +54 1165 942395 alt. +46 763 18 88 11