Euro Trip 2007
It all started when we watched Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman on the TV series Long Way Round. We started discussing it in the pub and realised that we used to have plans like that until life got in the way.
Well, one thing led to another and after a year of planning and training we’re into the final countdown to the off. The bikes have been prepped by the excellent team at Touratech and our thanks go out to Nick Plumb and all the boys for their support and advice.
The route is planned and loads of people have sponsored us so we can raise some cash for the needy kids in Kenya and Malta. We’ve got 15 countries and over 5,300 miles to ride in just two weeks. It’s not that I’m a wimp or owt but I don’t mind telling you that I’m s***ing meself.
Wales, England, France ,Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Malta.
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The Dakar Rally
A race following a legendary route from Paris To Dakar, with several off road zone.
On average 500 kilometres a day including liason and special stages 150 to 450 kilometers.
The Early Years
The race originated in 1978, a year after racer Thierry Sabine got lost in the desert and decided that it would be a good location for a regular rally. Originally, the rally was from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, interrupted by a transfer across the Mediterranean. However, due to politics and other factors, the course, including origin and destination, has varied over the years. Dakar has been the destination city on all but four occasions during the period the rally was held in Africa (i.e., prior to 2009). The event started from Paris every year from 1979 to 1994, and also in 1998 and 2001. In 1994 the rally both began and ended in Paris but, due to complaints by the mayor, the finish had to be moved from the Champs-Élysées to Euro Disney. This also caused the organisation to lay out the rally through different locations in following years.
In 1992, Hubert Auriol won the Dakar in an automobile after having previously won the motorcycle competition on two occasions, making him the first driver to win on both two and four wheels. Twelve years later, Stéphane Peterhansel managed the same feat. In 2001, Jutta Kleinschmidt became the first woman to win the Dakar, driving a Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero, with fellow German Andreas Schulz as her co-driver.
Stéphane Peterhansel, resurrected the classic Paris Dakar route, the race which he named the Heroes Legend. With more security now in Africa it means whilst the south American Dakar Rally remains in situ at present, applications are taken from interested parties on an amateur basis to join Stéphane Peterhansel and take part in the Classic Paris Dakar rally which commences yearly in October.