Pandemic adventure rally round 2
May 16th, 2021
Conditions – biblical
Adv Rally Class – 9 riders
Adv Rally X Class – 10 riders
ADVENTURE RALLY CLASS
We were also excited to have attracted some of the more experienced riders to the Pandemic Adventure Rally, some who have ridden events such as the Africa Eco Race, (the less known but arguably more authentic version of the Dakar Rally). Upon receiving their feedback after the event, we were satisfied that they had been served up a decent challenge which kept them fully focused on the technical navigation throughout the day.
Those who rode in the Adventure Class did outstandingly well given the slippery wet, chalky conditions and persistent torrential downpours which didn’t seem to give up! Salisbury Plain was safely soaked, and after a solid morning of battling it out in some of the toughest conditions to endure on a big bike, several of the GS riders called it a day, happy to have given it a good crack, and determined to return to complete the course when the weather was a bit kinder.
Credit where it’s due to Geoffry Tasker on his 450 CCM who rode the entire event with his girlfriend riding pillion and scored the fewest points in Adventure Class for the day, despite needing a recovery about 10km from the finish, the pair still scored second place overall. Maybe they’re onto something there? Whilst 2 up doesn’t seem too appealing for 170kms of off-road trail riding, a second brain and pair of eyes to assist with the navigation can only be a good thing, given the fact that mental fatigue is such a key obstacle to overcome in these types of events.
ADVENTURE RALLY EXTREME CLASS
As mentioned there were plenty of seasoned rally riders in the extreme class this round, with a collective experience of riding events such as Hellas Rally, Merzouga Rally, Africa Eco Race and many more serious, multi day desert rallies.
Who’d have thought we’d be able to offer them such a navigational challenge on our home soil at Salisbury?
It was Graham Jung on his KTM 990 Adventure, calm and smiling throughout the day, who scored the fewest points in extreme class placing him 3rd overall.