THE DAKAR 2014
How long is the Dakar 2014 and how long does it take?
In 2014, the Dakar Rally starts in Rosario in central Argentina, travels north in Bolivia and then turns south through Chile to finish in Valparaiso. Riders will travel for a total of 8734 km, 5228 km of which will be special timed stages, 13 in total. The rally starts on January 5 and finishes on January 18. The rest day at the half way mark is scheduled for January 11.
What will be the biggest challenges?
Organizers again promise to deliver a new level of difficulty for the 2014 edition, especially in Bolivia which offers entirely new landscape and difficult navigation challenges. The route includes two marathon stages – one in Argentina between stages three and four and the second immediately after the rest day as riders head for Bolivia. Riders must manage their machines and particularly their tires well during the marathon stages as they are not permitted any assistance from their teams on these stages. Day seven (January 11) is the one rest day. Stage One from Rosario to San Luis in Argentina is the longest stage in km travelled. Stage Eleven from Antofagasta to El Salvador is with 605 km, the longest timed special. As well as a vastly contrasting landscape, they also face riding in high altitudes in the Andes and the dunes of the Atacama Desert.
How many riders will there be and what must they achieve?
For 2014 there is a starting list of 196 and around 64 riders are on KTM machines. In addition to the riders in the official Red Bull KTM Factory team, some 40 privateers have signed up for the full KTM Customer Service Package. The majority of the competitors are amateurs, many competing to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Full list of competing riders