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Old 12-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #1
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Excuse me - which way is the Dakar?

I couldnt resist the thread title .

Hey all. I'm riding thru South America (RR here) and want to try to catch some of the Dakar. I know there are others that are in the same boat. So, if anyone has details of times and places to catch a glimps of the racers as they go thru, please post it here. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:53 AM   #2
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Hey Andy,

The Rally begins on 01/2011 from Buenos Aires all the way to the west and then north.

Here is the link if you want to take a look to the dates and provinces where the will be going


http://www.dakar.com/2011/DAK/presen...-parcours.html.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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Thanks 7seas10. The route information on the Dakar’s website is really vague. I'm only seeing starting points, ending points, and distances for each stage. I’m assuming the starting and ending points will be the road sections. So, how will the spectators know where to go to watch any of the special sections? In the Baja 1000 the course is marked ahead of time and spectators often go out before the race and locate prime viewing spots. Are the details of the Dakar’s special sections keep secret? Any ideas how on how to get specific info on where to go to see some action?
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:22 PM   #4
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=639247

4 pages.. the route wont be released till just before the start...
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:38 PM   #5
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Thanks wrk2surf. I looked thru the thread and still dont really know any specifics about where to go . Is the best strategy to just go to a town where a stage will be starting or ending - arrive a day or so early and look for clues? Or, is there a more scientific method?
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:04 PM   #6
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Thanks wrk2surf. I looked thru the thread and still dont really know any specifics about where to go . Is the best strategy to just go to a town where a stage will be starting or ending - arrive a day or so early and look for clues? Or, is there a more scientific method?
You will never really know exactly where to go, except to the next bivouac town. The locals often get info for pre-arranged spectator points, but those are completely overrun with crowds and traffic jams. The maps that in the past have been published on the Dakar website for each stage are complete BS. They never want anyone, especially the competitors, to know where the course goes, so they publish bogus maps where the only thing that's correct is the start town and finish town, and the highways between them. If you leave the start bivouac town early, and look for locals heading off the highway on some side road, you might just happen upon the race course. But for the most part the race course is nowhere near the highway route between bivouac towns, so it's often near impossible to watch actual racing except right near the start or end of the Special, where the course meets the highway. In a few cases, the race course will cross the highway, and you'll know it because there will be crowds of people gathered there. So, if you chase the race, you probably be able to catch the racing a few times. Mostly you'll be haulling down the highway just trying to keep up with the race day to day. And good luck finding hotel rooms in or near bivouac towns unless you arrange them ahead of time. Expect to see lots of great countryside across Argentina and Chile, but don't expect to see a lot of racing action.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:20 PM   #7
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Thanks HogWild. Then I will just pick a stage with a short street section before or after the bivouac town and plan on camping out.

BTW... I saw you come in to the finish at the 2008 Baja 1000. Truly Amazing!
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:39 PM   #8
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Great thread title Andy, for a second there I thought you were doing another bucket list run. Have fun on your trip down south.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:04 PM   #9
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for a second there I thought you were doing another bucket list run.
Chasing the Dakar through exotic lands should be on everyone's bucket list!

Andy, you'll be treated like a rock star, even as a spectator just passing through town!



And stopping at a gas station is like pulling up to the finish line in the Baja 1000. CRAZY FUN !!!

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Old 12-22-2010, 07:42 AM   #10
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Oh Andy, I forgot this... If you have the right Garmin GPS plus a laptop and Mapsource with you, go get the FREE Argentina/Chile/Uruguay/Paraguay
downloadable map "Mapear V 9.2 para Garmin" here:
http://www.proyectomapear.com.ar/

Slightly outdated installation instructions in English:
http://www.proyectomapear.com.ar/eng_tutorial/index.htm

It's routeable, and very helpful finding your way around and finding some hotels.

Coordinates of Scrutineering and all the parked race vehicles in Buenos Aires:
34 34.839' S
58 25.264' W
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:38 AM   #11
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Andy, i followed you real-time during your Baja experience a few years ago. I saw the title and thought:

"Oh my God, here we go again!"

Have fun and post pics if you get em!
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:15 PM   #12
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Talking do it again heh

you got a couple days left to prep... you'll have the Suzu ready by then.

HHHAAAAA yea with that title I was a little worried you'd gotten another wild hair going. Whew

Keep us posted on your travels double A and we'll see ya soon.

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Old 01-03-2011, 05:23 PM   #13
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Supercool! post pics!!
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:49 PM   #15
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we rode down from the DC area... they treated us like stars in Arica Chile
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