Chasing the Dakar – Pt. 2
Part 2: A Taste of the Race
It’s difficult to capture the pure adrenalin rush that standing a few feet away from these monsters gives you. For just a taste, go here for a clip of Robby Gordon hauling ass in his Hummer, followed very closely by the leading truck and ever-present helicopters. Robby was probably going close to 100mph in this clip.
This section of the race comes down South America’s largest sand dune, near the city of Iquique. This took place on a Thursday and there were thousands of people lined up at this race watch spot not including the thousands lining the streets of Iquique to watch the competitors drive to the Bivouac.
How difficult is this race? To give you a personal perspective, I crashed no less that five times trying to make it through the dunes to the viewing area, a half-mile stretch. These were rather shallow soft dunes, they weren’t even mini-dunes, but micro-dunes compared to what these guys go through. My teeth were clinched as I barrowed into them at….maybe 10 mph – not the 50, 60 ,70, 80 mph these guys do.
After today, I’m not sure I deserve a seat at the Adult’s Table.
To see one of these big guys up close in action, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LBPVUtKkJs
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