Nearing the end of this grueling endurance test of a race, Stage 13 went from Nasca to Pisco. Leading riders through strings of sand dunes and a series of confusing valleys, promising to send unwary competitors long off course, this stage refused to offer any relief for the weary.
Continuing along the coast, Stage 12 of the Dakar ran from Arequipa to Nasca, a course littered with long expanses of dunes, adjacent to the mysterious Nazca Lines, motifs created in the ground more than 2,000 years ago.
Three time Dakar champion Marc Coma knows what it takes to win. In this clip he gives insight into his preparations for this year’s competition and how he hopes to make that four time champ.
The Dakar Stage 11, running Arica to Arequipa was something a bit different. Pushing the idea of camaraderie, the camp for bikes and quads did not allow any of the assistance vehicles, forcing them to rely on the help of their fellow riders they’ve been competing against all this time.
The 10th Stage of the Dakar took the racers along the Pacific coast from Iquique to Arica. Though treating the contenders to amazing views of dunes blending to waves, this wasn’t a course to take lightly. The soft, sinking turf was a reminder of the reality of long-distance rally.
Consisting of two-parts, Stage 9 of the Dakar runs across the varied landscapes stretching from Antofagasta to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Iquique. Limited landmarks will make this a true test of each team’s navigational skills.
Stage 8 of the Dakar is a rocky stretch from Copiapó to Antofagasta, marking the longest of the competition. The relatively easy road conditions will make for an intense pace rather than a race of finesse.
With Stage 6 canceled due to weather, the Dakar picked up with Stage 7 Saturday taking racers on a loop through Copiapó. This is a draining route, littered with dunes and some of the driest conditions in the race.
The most incredible rally team prepares for the Dakar trials while receiving expert training from Special Forces driving instructor and ex-Stig, Ben Collins.
The Dakar Stage 5 stretched from Chilecito to Fiambala. The route is notoriously hazardous for the motorcyclists, boasting many treacherous sections of sand dunes. In years past, this trek has claimed the dreams of many riders. Let’s see how they fared yesterday.
Yesterday’s Dakar stage took the competitors across a treacherous route from San Juan to Chilecito. Catch up on the muddy action with these highlights.