“The real race to Dakar.” Positioning themselves as the new Dakar and following the original Rally Dakar route across Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Senegal, the Africa Eco Race has grown over the years, celebrating its twelfth edition in 2020. Taking place at the same time as the Rally Dakar – January 4 to 19 – Africa Eco Race 2020 has become a serious contender in the rally racing world.
While the competitors’ list hasn’t been revealed yet (the organizers have announced the entry list will be published on the 4th of January, during the scrutineering day in Monaco), the route of the race will consist of over 6,500 kilometers with one rest day in Dakhla, Morocco. Attracting hundreds of car, truck, SSV, and motorcycle pilots, the Africa Eco Race is one of the biggest rally races to watch.
However, since the organizers aren’t very forthcoming with competitors’ lists, interviews, or news, it seems that the best way to follow the race is tuning in to Lyndon Poskitt’s Youtube channel and social media. Adventure motorcycle traveler and racer, Lyndon has long become a legend in the adventure motorcycling and rally racing world; following his posts and updates might be your best bet to keep an eye on the Africa Eco Race results.
Africa Eco Race 2020 also has a Facebook page that’s worth following. Although most of the information published is in French, it’s still helpful to check in once in a while and see what’s going on as the start day is drawing nearer.
Stage One of the Africa Eco Race begins on the 7th of January in Tanger, Morocco, consisting of a short 23 km special stage and two brutally long (over 700km in total) liaison stages to Tarda. The race will finish on the 19th of January in Lac Rose, Dakar.