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1 The Timbuktu Challenge Presentation Holland – 23rd March 2010

2 table of contents 1. The concept 2. The route 3. Organisation 4. Ppreparation 5. What else to bring 6. Accommodation 7. Transport 8. Pricing 9. Conclusion

3 1. concept: Amsterdam to Timbuktu A legendary motorcycle expedition  Maybe the reason why you bought this bike  7000 km through 3 African countries  3 weeks (6 till 28 November 2010)  30 travel/endurance motorbikes (BMW GS; KTM Adventure, etc.)  Only limited off-road experience required

4 1. concept: Amsterdam to Timbuktu Key factors:  An unforgettable adventure  A mythical setting  Expedition / no race / team spirit / culture / adventure  An experienced organising team (logistics, technical, etc.)  Expedition but no torture  Training for the less experienced by Frans Verhoeven

5 2. The route  A trans-sahara expedition  2 departures: Amsterdam & Brussels  Meeting point = Sète (south of France, 1266 or 1000 km)  30 hours to cross the Mediterranean Sea  Tanger, Morocco: adventure starts there  Mountains, coast, sahara & sahel  Road type: mix of everything but doable for all

6 2. The route  Morocco  Western Sahara  Mauritania  Mali

7 2. The route  Morocco

8 2. The route  Western Sahara

9 2. The route  Mauritania

10 2. The route  Mali

11 3. Organising team  About 15 people  Gert, Brigitte, Frans, Cécile, Bert  Cooks, mechanics, logistics, reccie- team, medic, media  Two trucks, four 4 x 4’s  Local agents, authorities & security

12 3. Organisation team - vehicles MAN KAT - Technical Assistance truck / sweep truck 12,7 liter V8 engine Number of seats: Fuel capacity: 2000 liter Drinking water capacity: 1200 liter Used for: transport of people s boxes, amspare parts Can also the ment 3-4 stranded motorbikes

13 3. Organisation team - vehicles VW MAN - Catering truck 3 Fridges & 1 freezer container of 1250 liter drinking water Water purification system 2 generators Cooking trailer Catering capacity for 240 persons

14 4.1. Preparation - motorbike  Fuel autonomy of 250 km minimum  Garmin GPS (latest list soon available on website)  Security equipment:  Satellite phone (can be rented via organisation)  2 fire flares, compass, emergency blanket  Emergency meal, drinking water (min 3 liters), small sleeping bag  Basic toolkit, tyre repair set (+ Leatherman)  Map of North/West-Africa (Michelin Map N° 741)

15 4.1. Preparation – motorbike – part 2 Protections: Crash bars Engine protector Hand guards Specific protection (type dependent) Tyres: Preferably Conti TKC 80 allroad Panniers: No Panniers, maybe small luggage roll Tankbag (when necessary) Parts Brake en clutch levers Chainlink (when applicable) same brand and type!! Iron wire Duct tape Ty wraps

16 4.1. Preparation – you!  Timbuktu training weekend: 18/19 September 2010  On the agenda:  Course in navigation & gps  Course in first-aid  Course in bush mecanics  Technical checks of your motorbike  Evaluation of your driving skills + ½ day off-road course  Administration (medical / paperwork / visa applications)

17 5.1. What else to bring  2 metal expedition boxes (Dakar size)  Transported by the organisation truck  Extra equipment to bring:  Tent / inflatable mattress / sleeping bag  Clothes / toiletries / medication  Plate, cup, cutlery  Spare parts if needed  Documents (cfr. next slide)

18 5.2. What else to bring Documents:  International passport  Drivers license  5 passport pictures  Vehicle ownership document  Vehicle insurance (incl Morocco)  Procuration (for Morocco) Medication:  Headache tablets  Malaria tablets Malarone Lariam Doxycycline)  Sun protection  Immodium - Motillium

19 6. Accommodation  Based on bivouacs & hotels (60% - 40%)  Our bivoucs have:  Clean toilets  Camp showers  Better food than hotels  Camp fire  And so much more

20 7. Transport  Ferry Sète (Fr) – Tanger (Morocco): on Sunday 7th Nov 2010 at 1PM hours of resting, partying, team building. (2 nights + 1 day)  To get home afterwards:  In Bamako: motor will be packed in specially prepared container (by us)  The containers will be transported overland by large trucks to the port of Dakar (Senegal)  From Dakar, the container will be shipped by Grimaldi to the port of Amsterdam  All participants will leave Bamako on the 28th November in the morning. At AM you’ll be home in Amsterdam/Brussels.

21 8.1. Rental options – motorbikes  BMW R1200GS  Specifications:  Perfect state  1 year old  5000 km only  Technical assistance incl.  1750 € rental for 3 weeks

22 8.2. Rental options – 4x4  Jeep Wrangler  Specifications:  Perfect state  1 year old  Technical assistance included  2500 € per person rental for 3 weeks

23 9. Pricing  Prijs All-in: 4850€ (t.e.m. 30 april)  Participation fee to the expedition  36 hours crossing of the Mediterranean Sea  Accommodation (hotels & bivouacs)  Daily breakfast & 3-course dinners  Minimum 15 people assistance  Plane ticket from Bamako to Amsterdam/Brussels  Repatriation of motorbike to port of Rotterdam/Antwerp  Transport & availability of spare parts

24 Conclusion: we offer you … a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for every level of experience to mythical locations with an experienced organisation team for a very honest and relatively low price Thank you & hope you join us

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