Sports Sunday - Adventure Racing in Dakar

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Sunday, Nov 13 2011 by

The Dakar Rally (formerly known as “The Paris–Dakar”) is an annual rally raid type of off-road automobile race, organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Despite its name it is an off-road endurance race, called a rally-raid rather than a conventional rally – the terrain the competitors traverse is much tougher and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than the modified on-road vehicles used in rallies. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks and erg among others. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres (500–560 mi) per day.

"The Bull" Paris-Dakar Daf truck (Birds Eye)
"The Bull" Paris-Dakar Daf truck

The Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge is a non-competitive rally starting in Amsterdam, with the finish in Dakar, Senegal. Teams have to drive the 7000 kilometers from start to finish in a car. The car must be bought for less than €500. The main goal of the Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge is collecting money for charities, mostly in Gambia.

Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge Camp (Google Maps)
Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge Camp