So, lets just review where we are …..
Most of you will by now know that Robert is in 11th place after Leg 1
The moment I found this out, I was on the phone to him, stressing that under no circumstances must he try to either hold or better that position.
It is great that he has had such a good first let, but ONLY because it will relieve some of the pressure on legs 2 and 3. No-one ever asks WHERE you finished in the IBR, they just ask IF you finished the IBR. Whether Robert finishes 11th or 111th, IT DOES NOT MATTER.
I know that I am beginning to sound like an old woman here, but I suspect, that no-one currently reading this has ever ridden the IBR. Most of you will never have ridden a multi-day rally. A few of you may have ridden a 36 hour rally and some of you will have ridden a 24 hour rally ……
Robert is ONLY 3 days into an 11 day rally. He still has one and a half IBA European Tours to do, he still has five Brit Butt Rallies to do or, he still has eight German Butt Rallies to do …….. Think about that …….Then imagine at the start of one and a half ET’s or five BBR’s or eight GBR’s you are sitting on a bike that is not running 100% ………
That is the position Robert finds himself in ……
HE MUST PROTECT HIS BIKE !!!!
Right …… so these are Roberts (very sensible) thoughts ……
He knows that this is a very tricky leg to plan.
Key West is massive in points, but also crazy – it’s 1000 miles down and 1000 miles back ….in heat, in traffic, very few places to overtake, lots of cops …….
So he’s not going there. Instead he’s heading west to Colorado, again planning to have an easy ride with lots of rest breaks. (Let the rest of the fools burn themselves out)
He does have to go across the pan handle of Texas where he will experience temperatures well into the forties, but it’s going to be hot everywhere in the south and once he’s through that, he can escape some of the worst of the heat in the Colorado mountains
Day one of leg 2 is a very unpressured day for him – just in case (actually probably when) the bike gives problems
He’ll be returning back to the end of leg two on a more northerly (cooler) route
The points values are ramped up for this leg – if four points categories of 4 subsequent BPs are different, the fourth one counts triple …. a tricky calculation to make
Back to me again …..
Earlier, I mentioned that I spoke to Robert once I’d found out that he was sitting in 11th place. After we’d had a chat, I tried to think of what sound advice and great wisdom I could offer him and leave him with. I decided on this …..
DO NOT F*CK THIS UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!