❏ Just getting to the start line of the
Dakar Rally on a quad means you’re
one of the toughest riders in the world.
It means you’ve assembled support,
technology and financial assets that
are unreachable for 90 percent of the
world. And once you’re there, you
stand roughly a 50/50-percent chance
of seeing the finish line. Half the pack
is left behind as the rally proceeds
through its two-week trek across
South America, victims of the relentless hardships from terrain, weather
and physical limitations.
This year there were 23 quads at
the finish line in Rosario, Argentina.
They survived temperature swings
from 30 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
They negotiated terrain that was
designed for motorcycles and cars.
They had the longest days and the
shortest nights of any of the competitors. Here are some of the images of
Marcos Patronelli won three stages
this year and collected his third overall
quad victory in the Dakar Rally. Most of
the course was in his home country of
The odyssey of a lifetime
By the staff of Dirt Wheels. Photos courtesy of ASO
OF THE FITTEST
Marathon stages are particularly brutal, requiring
the riders to sleep wherever
they can after they prepare
their own vehicles without