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Got Sand? - October 15, 2013, 09:29 AM

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October 15, 2013, 09:34 AM

Those sand dunes don't look like fun at all.


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October 15, 2013, 09:40 AM

Could be fun. But I'm thinking tire selection might be key.

And momentum.


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October 15, 2013, 09:47 AM

Ugh... sand, water, & salt. That will keep the bearing manufacturers busy.


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October 15, 2013, 09:49 AM

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Ugh... sand, water, & salt. That will keep the bearing manufacturers busy.
Yeah, cause we never ride in dirt at all.


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Yeah, cause we never ride in dirt at all.
Not the same thing at all. Dirt or mud you can leave on the bike for a week or two if you get lazy with no serious ill affects. Take crud and mix it with saltwater and you reduce that time frame to hours. Not too mention all the frozen bits you'll have to hammer out later if you don't strip the bike down afterwards.

Take it from someone who used to turn wrenches on saltwater marine engines for a living - Salt is the devil.


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I have no concept whatsoever of what's going on in these pictures.
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Ignore Beck. He whines when you even mentions easy stuff like Taskers.


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Le Touquet in France and Scheveningen in Holland are the two of the best known of these in Europe.

They are mass start races, typically with a dune circuit and a return leg along the water line. Makes for a tough choice in gearing. You'll see the leaders run through the water since the sand is packed tighter but also to get extra cooling on the engine which is running hot at full throttle...

These events are huge, being an amateur at the back is a test of survival and willpower, notsomuch speed....rut city..

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LOL, that pretty much sums up what came to my mind. Hahahahaha.


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Paddle tires not allowed???


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Paddle tires not allowed???
not that I'm aware.

Most will run something like the Mich Sand 4



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I would like to see the frontrunners. I was in a mud race once and, while there were lots of guys struggling all over the place, the fast guys didn't seem to be that affected. Same deal here?
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I would like to see the frontrunners. I was in a mud race once and, while there were lots of guys struggling all over the place, the fast guys didn't seem to be that affected. Same deal here?
very much so

Being able to pick your lines on a clean track makes all the difference. Riding a factory bike also doesn't hurt

Back in the day the MX champs would run these races (and win), nowadays it's factory enduro team riders like Mousse (Yamaha) and Meo (KTM) that are among the top


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