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Old 7th October 2006, 23:55   #46
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Damon Ianson won the extreme bike category in a Yamaha 660 xt, which he drove most of the way from England to India! Check out his blog at http://www.bikehigh.com/diary.html . Its an interesting read, hats off to him. I hear all the competitors are hoping he leaves his bike in India so they can get their hands on it..
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congratulations sideways and co. that is really some achievement.

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Old 8th October 2006, 10:39   #48
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Woohoo!!! Way to go sideways! Congrats!

Godspeed,

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Old 8th October 2006, 13:16   #49
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sideways, CONGRATULATIONS!!! now we need a full article on this win by you.
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Old 8th October 2006, 14:10   #50
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Congrats sideways. Now let us have the full detailed report from you.
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Does any one know by what difference Sideways won the raid??
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Old 8th October 2006, 18:46   #52
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Lets hear it from Sideways himself. My hearty congrats to you Sideways.
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Old 8th October 2006, 19:42   #53
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nitrous, I think he won by around 11-12 mins !!

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Hearty Congratulations SIDEWAYS!! ... WOW!!
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SIDEWAYS, now i know why you are a distinguished BHPian. fantastic. keep the flag flying. great to know that someone from here has gone all the way up & still won. congrats, pal.
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Congratulations Sideways..


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Old 9th October 2006, 01:46   #57
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Oh boy, just back from a killing ten days in the mountains, and what a trip it has been! Was not participating, but a full time witness to the event.

Happened to be managing the service team for my fiance who finished 12th place overall in the Extreme Category in her gypsy out of the 28 participants who started. She ended up winning the top spot in the ladies category, recieving the 'coupe de dames' trophy second time in a row now.

Suresh Rana drove exceptionally well, and those who were there would definitely agree that sidhu was no match for the local lad. Congrats to farhan too for winning the reliability trial.

The entire route was beautiful and took us all the way into the interiors of barren mountain deserts, gruelling hours of driving in sub zero temperatures, hardships, and plenty of mental drain due to lack of oxygen.

One of the most remembered moments would be the night halt at the army barracks in pateso. Extremely low night time temp and trying to sleep in the jawan's dormitory with airy cielings and open doors and provisions of a measely blanket... I dont know how most of the people even managed to close their eyes that night!

Crossing chang la, one of the highest passes at around 18,000 ft we encountered very slow uphill speeds, which fooled many into believing that the cars were underperforming... but then we were briefed by the locally posted army guys about that particular 20km stretch which has a very strong magnetic field and slows down all vehicles drastically.

In the end it was an adventure on an impressive scale. week long of intense action and drama, high speeds along massive drops and the usual adrenaline rush of being in the Raid.

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we were briefed by the locally posted army guys about that particular 20km stretch which has a very strong magnetic field and slows down all vehicles drastically.
Wat?
Isnt this the result of low oxygen content in air?
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Nopes, it is due to the magnetic properties of the rocks those mountains consist of in that particular area that increases the downward pull and hence slower driving experience.

On the other hand there is another magnetic hill somewhere in kashmir where the opposite happens, where a vehicle would roll uphill instead of going downhill because of the magnetic effects of the area.
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Congrats, sideways.
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