How to survive the Dakar
A beginners guide to spectating at the world's most demanding endurance competition
Posted: 22 Jan 2014
We load all the water we have into rucksacks. Giovanni spots a man selling something from the bonnet of his pick-up. We're too hungry to care what it is. Some sort of bread bun by the looks of it. His tongs slip and one of them fires off in to the sand. To his credit he doesn't try to foist that one on us. That'll be for the next bloke in line.
It's scorching hot and there's not a trace of shade. Well, not unless we can blag some space under someone's awning. People line the edge next to the track, and they've come prepared: awnings, shelters, cool boxes of beer, some have even made small fire pits and are roasting meat. It smells divine.