Triathlons and other Adventures in South Africa: toyota 1000 desert race…

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toyota 1000 desert — botswana

Road to

How about an excerpt of the directions we had for and border crossing (a 4 part of departure — customs arrivals — immigration/customs/pay for tax):

“If they hint for DO NOT give one as they have known to trap people” to report we did not get into that

“Watch speed” (which frequently a 60 sign is followed by a 40 is by a 60 — all within a hundred

“Be careful as most new traffic are not working yet — treat as stop” (not that the would, but ok. )

“After cattle take the first dirt ” (yes, cattle grid, road — check)

carefully as you are now in Botswana — goats, donkeys, cows. cars and CRAZY driving for 80km” (uhum —

“Good toilets — clean — go NOW” (no

“Cross railway line do not argue with train as you lose. ” (phew, thanks for warning!)

After all that, we arrived and sound and were just in for the prologue. We got special passes, so we allowed to park inside the and freely roam the secured The Atlas Copco Team consists of Gary Berthold/Siegfried and Johan van Staden/Mike Lawrenson, but were also joined by van Bilion/Philip Herselman. Gary is in a new vehicle, a Nissan, that he received a week prior to race which did not leave a lot of time for fine-tuning. Johan is running the Toyota V6, and Seral is Gary’s previous Toyota V8. is a 3 time stage winner on a bike in the 2012 Dakar and — from what we — a ferocious driver.

In the prologue, Gary started out of the three, and returned a little with his time, but the car in fine

Johan went out next and was with his results, realizing this is a marathon race for at 1000 km’s versus the 400 and staying in the game was going to be

Seral started last of all as he is a brand new driver in the series. out he is a ferocious driver, and beat by 3s. That started a lot of trash during car inspection and clean up in the pit highly entertaining for us! Seral was fortunate that all he brought after hitting a large was a bent rim and a slightly damaged bumper. Certainly easily for next day’s race.

All came back with respectable times and started in 5th 6th (Gary) and 11th (Johan) the next morning.

We had the honor to have dinner race manager and Gary’s Bodo, as well as Gary Siegfried, Seral, and Philip the prologue. Interesting comparisons drawn between triathlon and racing. No matter which you’re in — proper and nutrition play as much a as pre-race jitters and lack of the night before! Needless to trash talk continued for healthy competition between the


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