Enjoying the third stage of the Dakar
KLIM TwinTrail Racing had a great time enjoying the third stage of the Dakar 2022, a little shorter, combining fast tracks and several dune areas.
Constant pace and meeting the daily goal of finishing each stage without breakdowns.
Although it seems difficult on the Dakar today the three KLIM TwinTrail Racing riders enjoyed the third stage to the full. What had to be the second part of the marathon stage has been a shorter day, with 255km of special that has combined different areas of dunes with high-speed sets that has made all the KLIM TwinTrail Racing riders have finished the day with a smile.
When the Dakar is enjoyed and not suffered excessively (for now)
KLIM TwinTrail Racing riders, especially Isaac Feliu and Carles Falcón, who are offroad instructors and motorcycle travel guides at TwinTrail Experience, are discovering spectacular landscapes in Saudi Arabia. To date they knew the dunes of Morocco very well, having organized trips to this country in recent years, but also after participating in the Rallye du Maroc in October. Even so, when they finished the stage they emphasized the spectacular nature of the route.
“The day has been amazing, a stage to enjoy”, Isaac Feliu said when he reached the finish line. “I really like riding on sand because it doesn’t get so tiring and you can surf more. The dunes in general were round, they rose and fell well and you could trace. Besides, the stage was short, just enough to avoid being tired. ” The TwinTrail founder finished 77th on this third stage while he was 17th among the unassisted riders.
The Spanish rider Albert Martín also referred to the distance of the stage: “a very fun stage, very sugary, with very beautiful dunes and fast areas. Each stage like this would be perfect, with these kilometers and this temperature ”. And it is that in the morning the cold creeps during the links. The youngest rider in the team is still in line to keep his recent ankle injury out of the way, running at a comfortable and calm pace. The one from Valls finished 68th overall and 11th in Original.
“The best day so far because it was not so demanding and we were able to enjoy driving. I am riding at my own pace, a pace of holding on for 15 days, this is what I have to do this week ”, completed Carles Falcón after finishing the 95th stage of the general classification and 23rd in Original by Motul.
Ensure mechanics and physical rest
Riders in the Original by Motul category must ensure two questions to be able to finish the 12 stages of the Dakar: on the one hand, keep the bike in the best possible condition without the need to dedicate many hours to maintenance, since these are hours that are lose rest. And is that rest is the second element to take into account, because sleeping in a tent in a bivouac and waking up every day before 5 in the morning are factors that affect driving.
The fact that today’s stage was shorter benefits above all the KLIM TwinTrail Racing riders and the rest of Original, as they can get to the bivouac sooner, with more daylight hours ahead, and work on the bike without haste . As Isaac Feliu has said, “today on the bike we are going to do little, we have been there for 4 days and the tires are good because the sand has not worn much. I think I’ll try to hold out until the rest stage. In the sand there is a lot of grip, the bike pulls well. I prefer to save energy mechanically and rest more physically “.
Fourth stage: arrival in the capital
The second loop of the Dakar ends, this time in Al Qaysumah. The pilots will take the exit from this city to go to the capital of the country, Riyadh. The stage will again add 348km and that will be a change in terms of terrain. It will start with dirt and rock tracks that seem to put the pilots’ arms to the test. It will be a stage in which it will be necessary to manage energy and save strength for the almost 80km of dunes.
Results Stage 3
1. #027 Joaquim Rodrigues (PRT) 2:34:41
2. #018 Toby Price (AUS) 2:35:44 GAP +1:03
3. #043 Mason Klein (USA) 2:35:55 GAP +1:14
68. #136 Albert Martin (ESP) 3:22:27 GAP +47:46
77. #134 Isaac Feliu (ESP) 3:28:18 GAP +53:37
95. #135 Carles Falcón (ESP) 3:40:46 GAP +1:06:05
1. #003 Sam Sunderland (GBR) 11:13:40
2. #042 Adrien Van Beveren (FRA) 11:13:44 GAP +0:04
3. #052 Matthias Walkner (AUT) 11:15:10 GAP +1:30
70. #136 Albert Martin (ESP) 15:05:23 GAP +3:51:43
74. #134 Isaac Feliu (ESP) 15:25:37 GAP +4:11:57
84. #135 Carles Falcón (ESP) 16:02:25 GAP +4:48:45
Results Original Motul Stage 3:
1. #036 Arunas Gelazninkas (LTU) 2:52:45
2. #039 Benjamin Melot (FRA) 2:55:50 GAP +3:05
3. #021 Milan Engel (CZE) 2:56:52 GAP +4:07
11. #136 Albert Martin (ESP) 3:22:27 GAP +29:42
17. #134 Isaac Feliu (ESP) 3:28:18 GAP +35:33
23. #135 Carles Falcón (ESP) 3:40:46 GAP +48:01
Results Original General:
1. #036 Arunas Gelazninkas (LTU) 12:26:16
2. #021 Milan Engel (CZE) 12:37:03 GAP +10:47
3. #123 Charan Moore(ZAF) 13:09:57 GAP +43:41
12. #136 Albert Martin (ESP) 15:05:23 GAP +2:39:07
13. #134 Isaac Feliu (ESP) 15:25:37 GAP +2:59:21
20. #135 Carles Falcón (ESP) 16:02:25 GAP +3:36:09