We couldn’t help notice their two impressive support trucks whilst attending the Intercontinental Rally checks in Almeria. We tracked down the owner Kasper van Deurs and discovered he provided an impressive service to match. Kasper from Denmark runs a logistic company and brings his experience of import and export to help his customers with their vehicle transport to and from rally’s world wide. He built the trucks for community adventure, providing individuals the opportunity to share the costs and comfort of having a support vehicle on their rally. Kasper constructed the main service/support truck from an ex-military MAN 4×4 flat bed and is assisting 3 bikes and 4 cars this year at the I.C.R. and will be following his teams throughout the rally with all their essential emergency repair equipment. He explained in perfect English how his community system worked. Each competitor hires space for their equipment, allocated by a metal storage box system that allows flexibility to meet everyone’s needs, from half a box to carry just basic spare bike parts to multiple boxes for complete tool kits and spare components, all have ease and speedy access.
The truck also has designated areas for those bulky and heavy items such as built up spare wheels and differentials. Kasper and his team will carry pretty much everything you wish if you book your space early enough. He highlights however, his staff are not there to repair the supported teams’ vehicles but doesn’t mind helping out if another pair of hands are required.
Outbacks second vehicle is converted from a fire and rescue service support truck. This vehicle he explained is for all personnel belongings and goes straight to the evening bivouac points ready for the teams arrivals. Again he has applied a box system so everyone has their own secure container, easy to access and ready for that scramble for the showers and tents after a hard day of competition driving. We spoke to Pia Petersen who is enjoying Outback Adventure Company’s services for a second year riding a KTM 690 Enduro and is the only female enduro bike competitor. Last year Pia broke her ankle in 5 places forcing her to spend 3 days in the support truck. This incurred loads of time penalties but she still gritted her teeth, squeezed on her boot and finished the race within a qualifying time. Mike Thomsen owns a motorcycle tours and rentals company in Columbia and has travelled to join the rally, benefiting from Outback’s services means he can concentrate on the race knowing his KTM 690 Enduro spares and personnel kit are where he needs it, when he needs it.
You have to agree, a great rallying support service is offered here, from vehicle transportation to carrying just a tent for you, allowing you to compete in events what ever your budget or requirements may be.
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