Dakar 2018, final stage – Heroes all
Route: Cordoba – Cordoba Liaison: 166km Special: 120km Total: 286km Terrain: Dirt tracks. Words: Georgia Wells. Images: Dakar/ASO The final stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally may have been high pressure, but thankfully it was without high drama. After a draining two weeks, which has seen heartbreak for many riders who suffered crashes and mechanical... Read more
Dakar 2018, Stage 13 report: The end is in sight
Route: San Juan – Cordoba Liaison: 483km Special: 424km Total: 907km Terrain: Mixed sand and dirt. Words: Georgia Wells. Images: Dakar/ASO/HRC The penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally was seen by many as the last opportunity to really make up any time deficits – especially as the previous Stage 12 had been cancelled... Read more
Dakar 2018, Stage 12 (cancelled) report: Safety first
Route: Fiambala – San Juan (Marathon Pt.2) CANCELLED Words: Georgia Wells. Images: Dakar/ASO For the second time this year a stage has been cancelled. The second half of the Marathon pairing was originally to be run over 723km from Fiambala to San Juan. The fast dirt tracks were to be coupled with high mountain... Read more
Dakar 2018, Stage 11 report: Tactics and tenacity
Route: Belen – Fiambala (Marathon Pt.1) Liaison: 205km Special: 280km Total: 485km Altitude: Terrain: Sand Words: Georgia Wells. Images: Dakar/ASO/HRC Ahead of the Stage 11 start we heard the sad news of Rosa Romero’s retirement from the race. The Spanish superwoman had been on course to take 2nd in the Women’s Class in her 7th Dakar before... Read more
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 800km and searing temperatures of close to 40... 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 to continue. There is... 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 maintenance alone and without the assistance... 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 first part of a Marathon stage, which... 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 put to... 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 vertiginous 4800m, was cancelled for the... Read more