Author Topic: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.  (Read 344 times)

Offline Stridey

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I’ve just booked 3 x Saturday 5th May day ride only tickets for my usual team for this years Taffy Dakar (TD)! Still tickets left including camping pitches and team prices etc.
Click here for ticket types and prices. http://www.taffydakar.org.uk/taffy-dakar-2018
I have a team of three including two female riders as I have previously  ridden with them on the last 4 or so TD’s.
I will be on my S10 which I used last year. It’s an orienteering event with grid rrefernces and clues at that location which help to find the correct answer.  Eg what’s on the tree? Depending on your off road skill level with a big adventure bike will dictate what off road lane you can or can’t do. In between each lane grid ref you can ride on all types of Welsh roads including tarmac and some forest roads in brilliant scenery. We never will win or get a high score as we never get up early enough to get all the grid references done  and finished by 6 pm but it’s the taking  part that counts and the profits all go to Local charities.
Any questions please ask and we have a TD Marshall on this forum so I expect he’ll update also.



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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 09:22:46 am »
Looks like fun!
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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 10:11:14 am »
Yup! I'll be there marshalling again this year, even without competing I have a real blast, the wife also runs the outside bar on the Saturday evening so I have to get drunk  too!

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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 08:44:46 am »
Sounds great. I'll check out the link...then there's the difficult bit of getting off work coz I always work weekends.

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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 03:53:50 pm »
Yup! I'll be there marshalling again this year, even without competing I have a real blast, the wife also runs the outside bar on the Saturday evening so I have to get drunk  too!

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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 03:56:17 pm »
Sounds great. I'll check out the link...then there's the difficult bit of getting off work coz I always work weekends.
Hope you can get the time off!
How’s your off road riding?


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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 03:00:40 am »
Ive never off roaded on the S10 but used to compete regularly as a trials rider...totally different on a little Gas Gas I know but hopefully years of trials riding would help me a bit

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Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 03:24:42 am »
Yes. That’s great with trials experience but yes the weight is the issue with our S10. Let’s see what we can put together some practice prior to the event on one of my Somerset/Devon C road lane tours. Or If you want to get a good insight to how the S10 copes then why not try the Yamaha Tenere Experience in Wales as that would give you a great taster. I’m planning on doing a day prior to this event just to fine tune things again. It costs £100 for the day inc pub lunch! Or you can use their S10 at increased cost.


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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 03:59:09 am »
Thanks for all that. The training day in Wales sounds interesting. It still baffles me why anyone would want to take a heavy bike like the S10 off road anyway but I might be up for it after some pondering. Let me stew over it for a while but if you chose a particular date please let me know and I'll most likely join in the madness

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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 11:07:16 am »
Ok. I'm booked in for the one day Tenere Experience riding my own S10 on April 27th which is a Friday! Cost to do this is £100.00 using my bike but I was lucky that Santa gave me a gift voucher for that!
There is an option to do day 2 on the Saturday and using your own bike for the two days is £180.00.

I am going to post up a video link to the Tenere Experience in Wales as this will get your juices flowing if you are at all interested in taking a S10 off road. This link will be on my previous thread on this subject as its separate subject from this thread!

See the Yamaha Tenere Experience link here http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=22887.new#new
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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2018, 02:15:53 pm »
Hey Stridey, I have put Avon Trailriders on mine but would imagine they are not up to the Tenere Experience, what would you think would be an ok tire to try it?

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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 02:34:54 am »
Hey Stridey, I have put Avon Trailriders on mine but would imagine they are not up to the Tenere Experience, what would you think would be an ok tire to try it?
It’s a personal choice really but at least they would need to be a new set of Tourance. I will probably use some Mitas E07. I think the Experience use  Metzler Karoo 3?
I haven’t made up my mind but the choice is important for grip obviously.


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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 05:40:15 am »
The difficult trails are marked on the map so those with more road focussed tires can avoid those. You could do the event without going off road but you wouldnt be able to win as you would pick up enough points but some people do that and still enjoy it. Last year there was a huge increase in the number of big attending and I expect the same to happen again this time.

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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 06:06:45 am »
Hi YoYo, thats interesting are the maps on paper or gpx, also do you have an old one to give me an idea, thanks.

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Re: Taffy Dakar 2018 Wales 4-7 May Orienteering event off and on road.
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 09:02:26 am »
The are laminated maps that get handed back in at the end of the event, GPS is a real no no!

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