How to survive the Dakar
A beginners guide to spectating at the world's most demanding endurance competition
Posted: 22 Jan 2014
While I marvel at the endurance of man and machine going on only a few feet away from us, our lack of preparation and knowledge has spoken volumes. I just feel gutted. There's no point staying here, under a scorching sun, for several hours, only to watch the cars and trucks cover exactly the same bit of scruffy land. There's no interest here, no corner, no jump, no nothing. I look east, up to high land about 5 miles away, where the bushes run out and it's just dunes. Looks good, but walking 5 miles in this heat with so little preparation... it doesn't bear thinking about.