Dakar takes its toll – even if you’re not riding
From the hushed tones of the person sat next to me, I could tell the phonecall he was taking was a disturbing one.
Immediately I feared the worst and tried to listen in. It soon became obvious that the person on the other end was at the Dakar and struggling to cope with the stifling heat, sleepless nights and altitude sickness. And that was just from MCN’S Senior Reporter Jordan Gibbons who was covering the event!
Everyone knows that the Dakar is beyond tough, but until you actually get to see the human suffering first hand, or hear from someone directly who has, it’s hard to understand just how physically and mentally draining it is. The guys who start the race are brave and talented. A bloke who finishes a stage 122nd would easily kick ass at your local club’s enduro or motocross race.
And while the guys at the front are supremely talented and fit, it’s the guys further back who suffer more. They are on the bike for longer and get less sleep. Then there’s the Malle Moto riders who do the whole event solo. Britain’s bravest are doing well with Sam Sunderland chasing overall honours and Lyndon Poskitt (above) challenging in the Malle Moto class. Follow it all with MCN.