After the effort...
After having to go it alone in the stages, the competitors of the Personal Dakar Argentina Chile will be greeted in the best of conditions upon their arrival at the bivouac. In addition to what the organisation provides, the rally partners also try to make their daily routine more agreeable at the Dakar Service Center.
When a competitor ends his day of racing he has two major preoccupations: eating and looking after his machine. After having a meal, those who do not have the luxury of a service team head towards the Dakar Service Center. They usually find solutions to their problems, thanks to many a lending hand from the partners of the rally. In the moto-trunk zone, several people are present to advise and help the riders, who are often the most fatigued after the stage. Those entered in the Elf Trophy receive oil and lubricants, which helps to lower the maintenance costs of their bike. Similarly, the BF Goodrich truck offers free tyre mounting and dismounting to also help out the competitors, who take advantage of the service every night. Nearly 3000 tyre changes were made last year by the 11 technicians on location. Next door, Loctite, which performs minor miracles thanks to resins and other adhesives they use, is also at the ready. Riders come to see them with bikes in disarray, which leave in working order after they've been gone through by these fairing specialists.
Quite often the stages are not that stressful for the pilots and teams, but they still have a need to relax. This is where Personal takes over with an area dedicated to getting a respite. An internet connection, for example, allows the competitors to up load news and information onto their web sites. Other can catch a breather in a hammock, or simply have a look at photos of the day's winners on the daily recap. The Dakar Service Center also has four physiotherapists available at the Banco Marco area for much needed massages. As for restoring energy, everyone also needs to re-hydrate and they can choose between the Red Bull area, the Fernet Branca bar and the Agua Palau bar.