The Dakar 2019 Adventure | Stage 3 - San Juan De Marcona to Arequipa

Stage 3 | San Juan De Mercona to Arequipa 

Stage 3 added more variation to the rally as today allowed for assistance during the special. If you opt to use assistance the time spent idle is counted towards your overall time. There are 3 pit stops along the stage with the 3rd stop in neutralization zone, you have 6 minutes in a 1.8km zone before time starts again.

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Kyle Chandler
Dakar 101

This year is the 41st running of the Dakar rally. Dakar started in 1977 and used to run from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. The inaugural event had 182 vehicles taking the green flag with only 74 completing the 10,000 km race. The most competitors seen in the rally was 688 in 2004 with the longest rally was 15,000km.

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Kyle Chandler
The Dakar 2019 Adventure | Stage 1 - Lima to Pisco

1/7 | Stage 1 - Lima to Pisco 

The clock read 3:15am as I finished packing up my bags, today is Stage 1 of the Dakar rally. The team has an early morning transferring the bivouac from Lima to Pisco, about a 250km drive. The team boarded a shuttle bus at 4:00am and made our way down to the bivouac. Once there we quickly packed up and shipped out for the few hour drive.


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Kyle Chandler
The Dakar 2019 Adventure Update - Scrutineering & Podium Ceremony

1/5 | Scrutineering

With a little bit of a later start the team left for the local air force base for team credentials and scrutineering. The credential process consists of a maze of different stops, one by one checking off all necessary requirements. Luckily our team was one step ahead and got most of the requirements done ahead of time, so our line was a little bit shorter.

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Kyle Chandler
The Dakar 2019 Adventure Begins - Arrival & Shakedown

1/2-1/3 | Arrival and Setup

January 2nd, our Dakar 2019 adventure began with a 9 and a half hour flight from Los Angeles, CA to Lima, Peru. With a little wait for our luggage we were off to our hotel and our first late night as we got to our rooms at 3am. The next day Cody, Ray and Tucker went down to the port to retrieve the race vehicles and our M2. Meanwhile Casey and myself stayed back at the hotel and took in a little bit of Lima’s atmosphere. After a few hour wait down at the port the team got access to our team vehicles and started the transfer to the first bivouac.

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Kyle Chandler