The most grueling, dangerous and exciting rally in the world began today in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
The Dakar Rally is a unique human exploit of which the history has been created in the heart of some of the world’s most stunning deserts and
belongs to the world of the greatest sports challenges of our time. Both a motor race and an orienteering challenge, the Dakar Rally pits some of the world’s greatest long- distance rally drivers against amateur competitors, for whom the race is often the culmination of their dreams and who come to take up the challenge with their motorcycles, quad bikes, cars and trucks. The challenge attracts competitors of more than 50 nationalities, who are watched on television by over a billion viewers in 190 countries.
While most of North America was huddling together to ring in the new year, more than 180 motorcycles were lining up to begin the 14 day 5600 mile race. The racers will travel through Argentina, Chile and Peru.
I was lucky enough to see the start of the race in Buenos Aires, January 1, 2010. There were over 800,000 people to watch the ceremonial start. Many of them (including myself) then scattered to catch one of the legs of the rally.
Visit: www.dakar.com for up to the minute race information
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