The 2014 Dakar Rally

Jan 13, 2014 View Comments by

The 2014 Dakar RallyWell it’s January and that means it’s summer in the southern hemisphere and time for the what’s been called the world’s toughest race, the Dakar Rally Raid. The race was first run in 1979 from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. Over the years it has developed a reputation for being one of the most challenging and dangerous competitions on earth.

The event was cancelled in 2008 due to political unrest along the route and the threat of a terrorist attack. It was then decided to move the rally to South America, where it has been held since 2009. The 2014 edition, and the 35th running of the race, takes place in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia. The Dakar is truly an endurance race. With temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, harsh and punishing terrain, and distances as long as 560 miles in a day, the race pushes both man and machine to their limits. This year’s Dakar runs from January 5th through the 18th, with 174 motorcycles, 40 quads, 142 cars, and 70 trucks competing.

You can keep track of the rally by going to www.dakar.com or by downloading the app (yes, there is an app for that) on iOS or Google Play.

Map and photos courtesy of the Dakar and Speedbrain

 

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