Robb Pritchard: Reflections on 2011 Dakar
There is one race that stands alongside the likes of the Le Mans and Daytona 24 Hours, the Baja 1000 and Indy 500 as a stand alone event so highly regarded that it doesn't need to be part of any championship... one where legends win, heroes finish and the rest dream only to take part in the event. Household names like Jacky Ickx, Ari Vatanen, Juha Kankunen and Stephane Peterhansel have conquered the deserts to hold the winner's trophy aloft while others have given their lives trying. Manufacturers such as Porsche, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen and Volkswagen have thrown their factory might behind teams and to win it takes as much effort, skill and dedication as the F1 world championship or the WRC.
It easily attracts superlatives to itself with ease like the biggest, longest, hardest, and for anyone who has an idea about what is involved to get to the finish there is just one word to suffice: the ultimate. It can be no other event. It is The Dakar. ...
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