Dakar 2013: Exceptional is the watchword

The suspense of who will take victory in Dakar is heating up. Those who already have the "legend" status will yearn to take another; while those who challenge will not give up the fight nor their dreams.

Dakar 2013: Exceptional is the watchword
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A Now that the introductions have been made, for the fifth edition organised on the South American continent, the Dakar will be hosted by three countries that have unveiled their characteristics over the last few years.

The Dakar 2013 Route - Credit: ASO - DAKAR Website
The Dakar 2013 Route - Credit: ASO - DAKAR Website
To end the suspense, the route will be hitting the high notes and hitting hard from 5th to 20thJanuary next year. For the first time, the desert stages will make their appearance in the first few days of the rally.

After reacquainting with Lima, the riders and drivers will get straight to the heart of the matter. The rest day that will take place in San Miguel de Tucuman will be more than welcome for the competitors, because, to reach Santiago, they will have to go the distance: more than 8,000 kilometres.

Peru, episode II

The discovery of Peru thrilled everybody who reached this stage of the rally in 2012. This time, all the riders, drivers and crews will be able to test their mettle on the largest chains of dunes crossed on the continent since 2009.

The Dakar has never before started in the middle of the desert in its history. Whilst the dosage of difficulties will decide just how and when the pressure rises, there will be no room for improvisation in 2013.

Argentine and its many facets

Once it crosses the Andes Mountains, after a first visit to Chile, the rally will encounter a different face of South America: one that guarantees a broad range of terrains which smile primarily upon flexibility.

In Argentina, the capacity to adapt will be vital to switch from one type of riding and driving to another and between different methods of managing the race.

Although the ration of sand will be less dense, the visit to Gaucho country will nevertheless finish with a major test in which only genuine experts in desert riding and driving will be at ease.

Chile: A double and capital dose

Two distinct sequences will be played out in Chile and each of them will be decisive. The return to the Atacama corresponds with the phase of the Dakar where competitors navigate in the domain of extreme endurance.

As a challenge of ultimate resistance, the sessions in the dunes will continue up to the day before the finish. Before reaching Santiago, the competitors will have to tame difficulties of the highest order right up to the end.

Date Start Finished
05/01/2013 Lima Pisco
06/01/2013 Pisco Pisco
07/01/2013 Pisco Nazca
08/01/2013 Nazca Arequipa
09/01/2013 Arequipa Arica
10/01/2013 Arica Calama
11/01/2013 Calama Salta
12/01/2013 Salta San Miguel de Tucumán
13/01/2013 Rest day
14/01/2013 San Miguel de Tucumán Córdoba
15/01/2013 Córdoba La Rioja
16/01/2013 La Rioja Fiambalá
17/01/2013 Fiambalá Copiapó
18/01/2013 Copiapó La Serena
19/01/2013 La Serena Santiago


Link stage: a route that mostly follows the road network which the competitors must take to reach the start of the special stage, or the bivouac once the special has been completed.

SS: selective section, also known as a “special”. This is the portion of the stage during which the vehicles enrolled in the race are timed. This year, two stages include two different selective sections, named SSA and SSB.

SSFL: selective section finishing line. This is the point at which the times achieved by the competitors on the day’s special(s) are recorded.


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