Sunday, August 30; our Ralltybikes are dropped off at EAO, our professional rally assistance organisation this year. This assistance truck carries 8 bikes, each participant may have two 80 liter rally boxes or one box and a bag plus an extra set of wheels. The truck leaves on Monday, September 1st to Bulgaria and we fly in Thursday morning. The rally runs from Bulgaria to Macedonia and 8 days and 2500km off road. For the first time we will stay in hotels in stead of tents on the bivouac.
As a consequence of the bad weather in August the race has been changed and unfortunately some stages were cancelled. Whist these changes the rally was still quite good, high altitudes, grass slopes, stony and gravel high speed race tracks, wonderful. I was 4th overall before I got a flat rear tire which I had to change during a special stage. I couldn’t finish the stage and got a penalty.
At the end I was lucky to finish 3rd in my class, mainly because there were not that much riders in the >450cc category, but hey; podium is podium!