Dakar 2018, Stage 10 report: “The game changer”
Route: Salta – Belen Liaison: 424km Special: 373km Total: 797km Altitude: 2980m Terrain: Sand dunes/riverbeds/dirt tracks Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO/Michael Guy/Anon After Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally was cancelled due to bad weather, the riders were ready to attack Stage 10. But a total distance of nearly... Read more
Dakar 2018, Stage 9 – Rain stops play
Route: Tupiza – Salta CANCELLED Words: Georgia Wells Images: DakarASO/M.Walkner Stage 9 of the 2018 Dakar Rally was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Sporting Director and 5-time Dakar winner, Marc Coma, explained… “There has been heavy rain in the area for a few days, and this looks set... Read more
Dakar 2018 Stage 8 report: “The long and winding road”
Route: Uyuni – Tupiza Liaison: 86km Special: 498km Total: 584km Altitude: 4786m Terrain: Mud, mountains, dunes. Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO. The second half of the Marathon contained the longest special on the whole rally at 498km. After a night in the remote bivouac, having carried out all basic... Read more
Dakar 2018 Stage 7 report: “Out on their own”
Route: La Paz – Uyuni Liaison: 301km Special: 425km Total: 726km Altitude: 4500m Terrain: Mud, dirt tracks. Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO/Corsa After Friday’s well deserved Rest Day, the 2018 Dakar Rally began again in earnest for Stage 7. The run from La Paz to Uyuni made up the... Read more
Dakar 2018: Rest Day Report
Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO The riders have reached the half way point of this year’s rally, and the long awaited Rest Day. The trials and tribulations of an incredibly arduous first week, which led KTM’s Matthias Walkner to describe it as “the hardest Dakar ever”, can finally be... Read more
Dakar 2018, Stage 6 report: “Freezing Stage, Warm Welcome”
Route: Arequipa – La Paz Liaison: MODIFIED Special: 194km Total: N/A Terrain: Dirt tracks (91%). Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO/HRC/KTM Images/PhotosDakar.com As the riders prepared for yet another extremely long day on the attack they were handed a life line. The start of the special, which rose to a... Read more
Dakar 2018 Stage 5 report: “Struggling Through Quicksand”
Route: San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa Liaison: 487km Special: 264km Total: 751km Terrain: Mixed; sand (84%), hardpack. Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO/HRC/KTM Images/PhotosDakar.com The run to Arequipa in southern Peru is one of the most magnificent routes of the Dakar’s 10 year history in South America. The fascinating... Read more
Dakar 2018, Stage 4 report: “The Dakar Claims Its First Big Name”
Route: San Juan de Marcona – San Juan de Marcona Liaison: 114km Special: 330km Total: 444km Terrain: Mixed; sand/rocks/hardpack Words: Georgia Wells Images: Dakar/ASO/Laia Sanz/VBA Stage 4’s loop from San Juan de Marcona and back again proved to be just as tough as promised – and then some! The... Read more