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To Dakar And Back - Lawrence Hacking

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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.

"A must read for those impassioned by the rally." --CMG Online
"A riders' perspective unavailable anywhere else in any other form." --"Motorcycle Mojo"
"[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"
"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 mettle--bike crashes, mechanical problems that could take him out of the rally, becoming disoriented under the Saharan sun--his writing sings." --"Winnipeg Free Press"

Forewordp. ix
The rally to end all ralliesp. 1
Becoming an off-road racerp. 9
Preparing for the Dakarp. 27
Heading for the City of Lightsp. 39
"Gentlemen and Ladies, start your engines"p. 47
The real Dakarp. 69
Reality checkp. 83
Baptism by sandp. 117
Halfway therep. 137
Drowning on dry landp. 163
The show goes onp. 185
The dream almost comes to an endp. 217
To Dakar and backp. 253
Life after Dakarp. 271
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ISBN: 9781550228083
ISBN-10: 1550228080
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st April 2008
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5