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There’s tough, then there’s the Dakar

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Jan­uary 2, 2017 will see the 39th run­ning of the leg­endary Dakar rally get un­der­way as 146 in­sanely com­mit­ted rid­ers head into the great un­known. Start­ing in Asun­cion, Paraguay, the race will then head into Bo­livia and Ar­gentina.

While the Dakar has al­ways been the ul­ti­mate test of man and ma­chine, there’s an added di­men­sion of men­tal chal­lenge this year, as the rid­ers are set to bat­tle al­ti­tude as well – spend­ing a week at 36004000 me­tres above sea level, where the air is thin, and the al­ready ex­haust­ing race will de­mand ev­ery ounce of re­solve.

The land­scape-defin­ing dunes will be a big fea­ture of the race, too – with seven of the 12 stages be­ing run on sand.

For those that fin­ish, it will have been 14 days and 5500 miles of un­re­lent­ing agony. Q SEE MORE, P66

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