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farawayman
06-03-2007, 01:05 PM
The rest of the story is starting here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209947

glitch
06-03-2007, 01:35 PM
The rest of the story is starting here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209947

Just finished the "old" thread last night....what a fantastic yarn.
And he can put it together in a way....brilliant !!!

nev
06-03-2007, 06:06 PM
The rest of the story is starting here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209947

Just finished the "old" thread last night....what a fantastic yarn.
And he can put it together in a way....brilliant !!!

I never cease to be overawed by the accomplishment of the Dakar riders. I've always had a mild interest in it. The past few years I've followed it more closely. Watching Charley Boorman's "Race to Dakar" really peaked interest in a lot of people and gave a great behind the scenes look into the hardship that those guys really endure. But that was from a team perspective... and most of what you see on the nightly Dakar highlights reels on SBS concentrate around the team guys. And even with all their support crews, mechanics, team managers, and physios etc they're still doing it tough.

It's a real pity we don't see more of the privateers, and follow their stories and accomplishments, because while the fast guys really do have nerves of steel and balls the size of bowling balls, the privateers who make it to Dakar, even the guy who comes last, really do pale the accomplishments of the winners into relative insignificance... and they pay tens of thousands of dollars of their own money just for the chance to endure 16 days of torture.

K1W1
06-03-2007, 09:13 PM
Watching Charley Boorman's "Race to Dakar" really peaked interest in a lot of people and gave a great behind the scenes look into the hardship that those guys really endure.

Get hold of the book. I think that from a bikers point of view it gives a much better insight into the minds of the competitors during the race. Large sections of the book are written in the first person by Simon and Matt which is something you don't get on the DVD.