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The Paris-Dakar Rally is without question the most arduous and notorious off-road motorsports event on the planet. Since its inception in 1979, it has attracted more than 3,000 adventurers from all walks of life. The men and women who have taken up the Dakar challenge” have at least one thing in common: a desire to measure themselves against the desolate sands of the Sahara. The rally has drawn entries from the international community of motorsport luminaries, the lofty ranks of European nobility and celebrity, captains of industry, as well as common, everyday people. Paris-Dakar is considered to be one of the world's top five adventures, in the same league as climbing Mt. Everest. The human drama that unfolds each January is unparalleled. Tales of danger, blinding sandstorms, endless vistas of towering dunes, incredible hardship, perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, triumph, and tragedy have greatly contributed to the aura and mystique of the rally. The Dakar is a metaphor for life a test of common sense, decision-making ability, and the ability to accept complete responsibility for both your actions and inaction. In To Dakar and Back, Hacking in collaboration with motorsport journalist Wil De Clercq recounts the three weeks of blood, sweat, and tears that took him on a 10,000 kilometre journey in the heat of competition from the glitzy streets of Paris, through the hinterland of North Western Africa, to the triumph of self-realization.
Recounting the three weeks of blood, sweat, and tears that make up a 7,000 mile journey from the glitzy streets of Paris to the hinterland of northwestern Africa, this incredible tale highlights the most arduous and notorious off-road motorsports event on the planet, the Paris-Dakar Rally. Since its inception in 1979, the rally has attracted more than 3,000 participants from all walks of life. Fully detailing what is considered by many to be one of the world's top five adventures, this book reveals amazing true tales of danger, from blinding sandstorms to endless vistas of towering dunes. Enduring these incredible hardships with perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, and sometimes tragedy, the adventurers profiled here truly embody the triumphs of the human spirit.
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"A must read for those impassioned by the rally." CMG Online"[I] couldn't put it down until it was done. If you have even a passing interest in the Dakar you should take a look at this book!" Canadian Motorcycle Racer"A riders' perspective unavailable anywhere else in any other form." Motorcycle Mojo"If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride this race as a privateer, this book is for you." Racer X Illustrated"When Hacking gets cerebral about what he's doing, especially at gut-wrenching moments that test his mettlebike crashes, mechanical problems that could take him out of the rally, becoming disoriented under the Saharan sunhis writing sings." Winnipeg Free Press