Rally Dakar is over, and, as the dust settles, I’m going through hundreds of Dakar images I still haven’t processed. I’m not a photographer, and this was my first attempt ever to capture images with something other than my phone. They aren’t stunning action shots – but they tell a story.

Here is my Dakar in photos.

Dakar in photos

Malle moto camp being set up at the Magdalena Beach bivouac, Lima

 

Dakar in photos

Final checks

Dakar in photos

Nathan Rafferty’s bike, shiny and ready

Dakar in photos

Lucy hanging out with the cool bikes

 

Dakar in photos

Dakar folks watching the stunt riders perform before the podium

 

Dakar in photos

View from the bivouac. Magdalena Beach, Lima

 

Dakar in photos

#44 Patricio Cabrera and his mechanic, explaining the subtleties of rally navigation to me

 

Dakar in photos

Malle moto rider Sara Garcia signing Lucy’s tank

 

Dakar in photos

Malle moto filling up

 

Dakar in photos

The Spartan camp

 

Dakar in photos

Riders hanging out at the Las Palmas base after the briefing

 

Dakar in photos

Nicola Dutto’s team at the Las Palmas base, Lima

 

Dakar in photos

Introductions and greetings

 

Dakar in photos

Malle moto rider Jan Vesely considering a bike change

 

Dakar in photos

Minues before podium

Podium glory

Peruvian fans queuing to see the podium

Peruvian fans queuing to see the podium

Stage 1

Dakar in photos

5am start at the Lima bivouac

 

Dakar in photos

The Dakar begins

 

Dakar in photos

Nathan Rafferty off to race

 

Dakar in photos

Pisco special stage finish line

 

Dakar in photos

Dakar fans

 

Dakar in photos

Corre, corre, corre!

 

Dakar in photos

Loneliness in the crowd

 

Dakar in photos

We’re live

 

Dakar in photos

Over the dune

 

Dakar in photos

Beers and shades

 

Dakar in photos

Focus

 

Dakar in photos

Waiting for the perfect shot

 

Dakar in photos

So close now.

 

Dakar in photos

Midday sun

Dakar in photos

When the dust settles

 

Dakar in photos

Malle moto at the Pisco bivouac

 

Dakar in photos

The work begins

 

Dakar in photos

Raodbooks and Gatorade

 

Dakar in photos

Selfies for the locals

 

Dakar in photos

The extraordinary in the mundane

 

Dakar in photos

Stage 2

 

Dakar in photos

Did I miss a waypoint?

 

Dakar in photos

Helmets off

 

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Laia

 

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Getting mobbed

 

Dakar in photos

100% Peru

 

Dakar in photos

Can I get a RedBull too?

 

Dakar in photos

Carlo Vellutino

The bivouac never sleeps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dakar in photos

A fresh start

 

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