It’s not bicycles, it’s motobikes, cars and trucks, but even so the Dakar is an amazing event that you need to checkout.
We do have a mtb connection though. Remember Tamzin Jones? Ex World Cup rider and recent John O Groats to Landsend cyclist? Well she is racing the Dakar. At the moment we have word that she is still in the gruelling event and running 91 out of the 92 bikes still going.
The 31st running of the Dakar Rally is being held in South America for the second year, instead of the traditional African route, due to ongoing security concerns. This year’s race began and will end in Buenos Aires, covering a looping 9,000 kilometers between Argentina and Chile over 14 stages. 362 Teams began the race with 176 motorcycles and quad bikes, 134 cars, and 52 trucks. The race is just over halfway completed now, the winners expected to cross the finish line on January 16th.