MY DAKAR Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... D'SPLY "Guy Raphat (Honda) - nÂ°69 - "We've just lived 10 kilometres of hell in the sand and we have 5000...
Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...
"Guy Raphat (Honda) - n°69 - "We've just lived 10 kilometres of hell in the sand and we have 5000 to come. We saw what the sand really represents. It's what we just went through multiplied by 100 or 200 on some days. It just shows us that we really have to prepare for in the upcoming days and take a good rest. We all know what awaits us. We will suffer and we know it'll be beautiful. I am from Lyon and it's important for me to have number 69 (his area number). It's a number that everyone remembers for all kind of reasons. I was very lucky to have it. I contacted the organisation and they told me that if they could they would give me that number but that a lot of riders wanted it. There are a lot of riders from that area on the Dakar this year. I'm doing the rally with a friend, Yves Decrand. It's a bit of a crazy idea we had last year. We told ourselves that if we had to do a rally raid, it would have to be this year and it would have to be the Dakar. And now we're here. Between Tunisia, Lybia and Egypt, we're going to 'eat' some sand. With Yves, we already went to Lybia but the Dakar is another story compared to what we went through. We already managed one of our goals: making the start. It's already a huge stage and represents a year of work with a lot of sacrifices. Our other goal is to make it to Sharm El Sheikh. We built a team with sponsors coming from construction companies because we both work in that activity. They have a lot of faith in our project. On the tracks of the Dakar, we will fight to defend the construction companies of Lyon
RALLY RAID UK
"Quick (Honda) n.100 - "Well it's always been my ultimate challenge to do the Dakar. I've raced Enduros for the last three years and the Dakar has always been my ultimate goal as crazy as it is. Being a girl is not a problem. All the guys are always very helpful. It's not like: 'Hey, what's a women doing here?' They're very supportive. You perhaps have to get a lot fitter, a lot stronger than the average woman. It's not a problem, it's great to be here. All the guys have done a lot of work all through the year. My husband, who is the mechanic, has done a great job. Rally raid UK, the team,have put a lot of time and effort. The bike's a 100%. The rally is going well. I love it. The thing is that in the sand you've just got to keep going. The slower you go, the heavier and the harder the bike is. You just have to grin and smile. The number 100 was given to me and I feel it's my lucky number. My main aim is that I don't mind what place it is, as long as I get to the other end. A good placing is icing on the cake for me. It was good to get in the sand and feel the bike. Obviously, when it's on a beach like that, it's different from the desert. I'm not afraid of the sand. The bike is very heavy if I fall off it. I can pick the bike up. My main fear is being out at night in the desert. I don't fancy that. I did the Tunisia rally in 99 which is a week long so it's given me an idea of what this is going to be like. I'll be in Sharm El Sheikh with a pint of beer."