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Part 2

To be continued…. Saturday 3.1.2015 Podium day, I start among the first one, as we start in reversed order. As I head out on the streets with really good vibes, I notice that they are cut off from other traffic and I see people everywhere and police officers literally every 50-100 metres. Before we ride…

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The Story – Part 1

So now I´m at home and feeling confused and disappointed. Thoughts like why, what could I´ve done differently, was it worth it, etc. keeps popping up. I was suprised about the kindness and helpfullnes of people in Argentina and before the race. Tuesday 30.12.2014 Went down to the harbour, which was a good 70km away…

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Final countdown

I´ve worked with my Dakar Challenge 2015-project actively for a year now and the race is now just around the corner. My aim has been to prepare as well as I know how to, considering my resources, and I´ve made mistakes, both big and small. But even though it sounds like a cliché, my mistakes…

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Mad dash!

What a mad past few weeks! I´ve been really busy and a lot of stuff has been happening. The training focus has changed towards physical training, since a injury following a crash at this point of the project could prove the end of the dream. I´ve tried to train hard, but my back has not…

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Getting a service team and ordering stuff

The past few weeks have been really busy, since I have been occupied more than usual with with work because of the new helicopter my employer is about to implement and the fact that our helicopter base is moving in a few months. But preparations on all fronts are progressing and I´ve finally decided on…

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Navigation tests and competing

Since my budget does not allow for navigation training in authentic surroundings, I decided to do some navigation training here in Finland. Sakke from Dusty Wobbls kindly gave me the roadbooks of the KTM Adventure rally-event, held earlier this year in northern Karelia. So two weeks ago I headed up to Nurmes and spent four…

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KTM co-operation and webshop

Last week we made an agreement with KTM Nordic about the Dakar-rally, and they will help me out with my project, which is a big help. This was really exciting news and I got my brand new KTM 250 EXC-F MY 2015 enduro bike to train with. A KTM 450 Rally Replica MY 2015 rally…

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Getting the thumbs up and crashes

After getting home from my training trip to Saariselkä, a lot has happened. I have tried to keep up a good pace trainingwise and ride as much as possible. The weather has mostly been really good and warm for training, so I have gotten a taste how the desert might feel in South America. Last…

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Gear shifter problems and midnight madness

Recently I have been ridining quite a lot and a couple of weeks ago I made my debut in the national Cross Country B-class race. The race was held in Rovaniemi, above the arctic circle, which suited me, since I was on my way to the ISNE-event in Saariselkä. I got a good start in…

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Getting stoned and doing frog stands

As one of my problems in riding has been related to balance and body control, I´ve added balance and body control movements to my physical training program. They include interesting movements like a headstand from a frog stand. My riding has progressed and I feel better on the bike everytime. Unfortenately my bike got “stoned”…

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