Dakar 2021 – And at the end of the tunnel… light
|“It is often said that sport is a school of hard knocks. In this respect, the Dakar has more than anything else taught us the qualities of perseverance and patience that have allowed us to maintain our confidence and calm at the height of the uncertainties during this extraordinary year. Continuing to think, work and be enthusiastic for a 2021 edition whose destiny remained on tenterhooks for several months was the first challenge to be taken up. Then the planets aligned and we were able to move on, with a timetable requiring us to execute a few acrobatics, to the operational phase of the organisation. Our teams are now on site, working in collaboration with the Saudi authorities to carry out all the necessary reconnaissance. We have returned to the Arabian desert, its spaces, its traps… its light. It will also soon be your turn”.
David Castera, director of the Dakar
|Cliffs, dunes, rocks with unexpected shapes and all shades of sand. Saudi Arabia as it was discovered by the Dakar 2020 competitors still offers a vast panoply of colours.|
|Experience does not provide protection from the many surprises that life in the desert holds. Our team of nomads, who have seen more than their fair share of dunes, find themselves forced to take out the shovels, ramps and straps…|
|The notebook and pen remain essential tools when setting off on a recon mission. But this year’s novelties are already part of our intrepid group’s gear: the tablets where the electronic road-book will be displayed are present… as are the-Covid 19 masks|
|Visits are rare at the bivouacs improvised by the recon mini-convoy, which sometimes allow themselves a break under an inviting tree. In the end, the camel is the team’s most loyal companion.|