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    2009 Dakar Rally: Argentina & Chile

    The Dakar Rally 2009 Argentina & Chile

    On the morning of January 3rd, 530 teams will take off from Buenos Aires: 230 motos, 30 quads, 188 cars and 82 trucks, representing 49 nationalities.

    The figures for this South American Dakar are amazing. In addition, the elite of worldwide rally-raiding will meet to fight it out over these new territories.

    The enthusiasm emanating from the Dakar 2009 contestants finds an even greater echo in the Argentinians and Chileans, who show exceptional eagerness for the rally.

    The Dakar exists above all because of a longing for discovery and a capacity to confront the unknown. By crossing the ocean, the rally is ready for an experience that is true to its values and temperament. 100 % Dakar: it is the quality of the challenge offered to the competitors with one idea always in mind: human adventure, extreme adventure.

    Stage 1 - Saturday, January 3Buenos Aires > Santa Rosa
    Connection: 196 km Special: 371 km Connection: 166 km Total: 733 km
    Many have heard of La Pampa, where men are reputed to be “rough, but always courteous”. This first stage will provide the opportunity to discover the length of these vast plains. Dakar competitors have never faced such a long special. With over 400 km of rolling routes, perhaps the fastest on the program, this will constitute a real warm-up. It will be the occasion for everyone to affront a long day that will get rid of all problems in adapting to jet lag.

    Stage 2 - Sunday, January 4Santa Rosa > Puerto Madryn
    Connection: 0 km Special: 237 km Connection: 600 km Total: 837 km
    The longest stage of the rally will not necessarily be the most difficult. However, it should still be approached with vigilance and, above all, will a complete set of rally equipment. After a rapid first part of the special, a foretaste of sand will be proposed. On the off-roads of this stage, copilots will need to pay careful attention to their course.

    Stage 3 - Monday, January 5Puerto Madryn > Jacobacci
    Connection: 70 km Special: 616 km Connection: 8 km Total: 694 km
    For the third day of the race, the special program is a tough one, ranging over 600 km. It will be a sign that the competitors have reached the heart of the matter, even though big problems are still to come. The entry into Patagonia, which will be accompanied by a significant change in terrain, will need new piloting abilities. The landscape is much hillier, and those who prefer long curves will find what they’re looking for. Here, orientation is done using the lakes that border the route, around ten throughout the day, and numerous pink flamingoes will be the preferred guides for this stage.

    Stage 4 - Tuesday, January 6Jacobacci > Neuquen
    Connection: 4 km Special: 459 km Connection: 25 km Total: 488 km
    At the start of this stage, the rocky passageways will make heavy demands on the arms of motorcyclists, while those who are accustomed to “wadis” will be obliged to negotiate the Argentinian “rios” with the same careful attention. Next, the first sandy portions and the long kilometers of off-road will thrill those who love driving them. Careful now! Mistakes can begin to be costly: the stage toward Neuquen has all the ingredients of a trap. By taking on more or less of a lead, the favorites can begin to show themselves and provide indications of a ranking that just might last.

    Stage 5 - Wednesday, January 7Neuquen > San Rafael
    Connection: 173 km Special: 506 km Connection: 84 km Total: 763 km
    The major test of the first week of the race will perhaps be fought on the road to San Rafael. The long distance will oblige teams to remain concentrated at all times. The pilots will also be confronted with real dune passageways, including a range nearly twenty kilometers long. Long off-road stretches will alternate with much more technical sections in the track following the “rios”. The Cordillera can be seen on the horizon, but taking time to sightsee is out of the question: a too-late arrival at the bivouac always leaves a mark.

    Stage 6 - Thursday, January 8San Rafael > Mendoza
    Connection: 76 km Special: 395 km Connection: 154 km Total: 625 km
    The day’s program is once again full of crossings, since the special begins with around sixty kilometers of dunes. The trail becomes easier in the second part, but competitors might well be slowed down by a wide ford that must be crossed with exceeding skill to avoid an extended bath. On arrival at Mendoza, the rally will penetrate the foothills of the Andes mountain range.

    Stage 7 - Friday, January 9Mendoza (ARG) > Valparaiso (CHL)
    Connection: 80 km Special: 419 km Connection: 317 km Total: 816 km
    The variety of terrains and landscapes, a constant given for the Dakar 2009, is evident once again on this stage, where, in addition to a change of country, most of the competitors will get to know the Cordillera of the Andes. Before measuring themselves with the mountains, they must cross over a series of dunes and endure a session of fesh fesh, which is identical to Saharan sand, but which the inhabitants of the region call “guadal”. Concerning the mountains, this will be the only special to include passageways at 3,000 meters on technical routes that will sometimes allow a glimpse of the Aconcagua, the highest point in the Andes (6,959 m). Then, competitors will cross the border on the link section to reach the sea at Valparaiso.

    Stage 8 - Sunday, January 11Valparaiso > La Serena
    Connection: 245 km Special: 294 km Connection: 113 km Total: 652 km
    After a day of rest on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, an easier restart has been programmed. On mid-range mountain roads, driving hotshots should be able to really strut their stuff. The experts in car positioning, trajectory and sudden braking will show how it’s done. But for the rally leaders, there is certainly more to be lost than won during this stage.

    Stage 9 - Monday, January 12La Serena > Copiapo
    Connection: 88 km Special: 449 km Connection: 0 km Total: 537 km
    We are at the first step of a decisive trilogy. The reputation of the Atacama Desert, known as the world’s driest, will be tested by the competitors. Those who hope to find dunes will be rewarded. But they will also be fed a generous helping of rocks. This stage is typical of the Dakar 2009, with numerous changes of terrain. The positioning of difficulties, with long stretches of dunes at the end, will require pilots to conserve their strength. They must show themselves to be both multi-talented and with a firm sense of how to manage their efforts.

    Stage 10 - Tuesday, January 13Copiapo > Copiapo
    Connection: 20 km Special: 666 km Connection: 0 km Total: 686 km
    The day’s special is simply the longest and most difficult of the rally. As on the previous day, the competitors will face a series of dunes at the end of the day that stretch over a hundred kilometers. And in this area, even the leading specialists will be faced with something new. The Chilean dunes are veritable mountains of sand, and pilots must learn to climb and descend their sides over more than one kilometer. Another unknown: due to the extreme heat of the region, no one knows exactly how the sand will behave. In any case, remaining clear-headed will be imperative all the way to the end.

    Stage 11 - Wednesday, January 14Copiapo > Fiambala
    Connection: 20 km Special: 215 km Connection: 445 km Total: 680 km
    On this most majestic stage of the rally, the talents of copilots will be at the strategic center. In the morning, vehicles will leave the Pacific Ocean behind and head toward the border. In the meantime, it will be necessary to constantly choose which valley to take. The return to Argentina will be through the enchanting surroundings of the Paso San Francisco, at an altitude of nearly 4,700 meters. To close this long “day of colors”, the link will lead competitors to a sandy landscape that resembles Mauritania. And if fate lends a hand, the rally could even experience a “Bolivian winter” there, a rare phenomenon that sometimes provokes snowfalls in the middle of summer!

    Stage 12 - Thursday, January 15Fiambala > La Rioja
    Connection: 4 km Special: 253 km Connection: 261 km Total: 518 km
    As concerns crossings, the day’s special is a concentrate of technique. Various types of dunes will be encountered, including the very formidable “white dunes”. Just three days from arrival, this stage can scramble rankings, especially because the assistance vehicles will not have access to the Fiambala bivouac. The Golden Rule is still: “know how to economize your machine”.

    Stage 13 - Friday, January 16La Rioja > Cordoba
    Connection: 161 km Special: 545 km Connection: 47 km Total: 753 km
    After having swallowed thousands of kilometers, participants will face a first-class physical challenge in this next-to-the-last stage. State-of-the-art pilots must maintain their position, while amateurs must avoid an excess of confidence. Errors can leave bitter memories, since this will be the day of cacti. At the bivouac, doctors will no doubt be called on to wield the tweezers. Finally, for the experts of traditional rallies, certain routes are part of the patrimony of the World Cup that takes place every year in Cordoba. Here, aficionados will guarantee a large popular fiesta.

    Stage 14 - Saturday, January 17Cordoba > Buenos Aires
    Connection: 224 km Special: 227 km Connection: 341 km Total: 792 km

    The adventure began on La Pampa. After having explored two veritable nation-continents, the competitors will find a more familiar type of landscape. On long, rolling routes, concentration remains necessary. Those who arrive with a ranking in Buenos Aires will have achieved the most impressive loop ever undertaken in rally-raid. And they will remain forever first.

    Interested, want more information on the Dakar Rally, email me send me private message, cheers and see you around! Bob Frassinetti
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    Looks like it could be an interesting course. I hope they get better TV coverage.
    Big cities suck

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    Welcome Bob,
    Whatever you have as information, put it right here, looking forward to many pictures...
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    I'll be holding thumbs for Giniel de Villiers.

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    More Information on the Dakar Rally 2009

    Thank you all for your warm welcome, .........

    Issy-les-Moulineaux, 5th of November 2008
    ARGENTINA - CHILE 2009:
    Étienne Lavigne, director of the Dakar, officially presented to the press this morning the detailed route of the Dakar Argentina Chile 2009.
    After more than a hundred days of reconnaissance, the sporting team invites participants to evaluate their skills on over 9,500 km 100 % Dakar including 5,650 km of special. Dunes, fesh fesh sand, limitless roads, mountains… all the ingredients will be there to remind competitors that the arrival in Buenos Aires on January 17 will be hard-won. The plains of Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and the passageway through the Andes Mountains – all in the heat of the austral summer – will provide an ideal setting for testing the endurance of pilots committed to the Dakar 2009.
    And many have responded to the call.

    As to Mendoza, “Mendoza, Heart of the Dakar” is the chosen slogan that refers to the strategic location of the province in the route of the competition: geographically, it is an equidistant point between the majority of the provinces involved.
    “From a temporary point of view, it represents the midpoint of the race and the only point where the contingent will remain two nights and three days,” the Secretary of Tourism, Luis Böhm strongly emphasized.
    As for the Director of Tourism Promotion, Federico Vázquez de Novoa, “the experience of the Dakar will be the protagonist of the summer due to its magnitude, for its incomparable characteristics with respect to other events, including automobile events, and for the number of tickets that it will offer to spectators and to the world, but it will also complement the current ample offering of products already consolidated -Aconcagua, wine routes, adventure, etc-and in development.”
    From the angle of tourism expectations are shown with respect to the amplification that Mendoza will have in the world through the mass media that will cover the event. It is calculated that 550 reporters from 35 countries and 300 Argentineans that will cover graphics, radio and TV, without casting aside the all-powerful Internet.




    Stage 6 - Thursday, January 8San Rafael > Mendoza
    Connection: 76 km Special: 395 km Connection: 154 km Total: 625 km
    The day’s program is once again full of crossings, since the special begins with around sixty kilometers of dunes. The trail becomes easier in the second part, but competitors might well be slowed down by a wide ford that must be crossed with exceeding skill to avoid an extended bath. On arrival at Mendoza, the rally will penetrate the foothills of the Andes mountain range.


    By the way, I will be following the Rally cross country, via Mendoza, Chile and then back to Buenos Aires for the finish, read more about it on my web page or contatc me. Cheers and besy wsiehs from Argentina, Bob Frassinetti

    PS< I will have photos up as soon as the rally starts, meantime you can see some photos of Argentina,Chile here....
    Mountains, lakes, rivers, lighthouses and shipwrecks in the Lake district of South America. Travelling by airplane, boats and steam trains, a travel quest in between the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile by Bob Frassinetti - a set on Flickr

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    Great news Bob,
    I am personally interested in the shipwrecks (and the ones left to rot at their berth). When I was in Buenos Aires about 12 years ago, there were even ships lying in the middle of the port in the City, and also a nice collection near the Boca Stadion.

    Anyway let's concentrate on the Rallye first...
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    The big 20 henk, congrats, you join Matra in the 20k club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitdy View Post
    The big 20 henk, congrats, you join Matra in the 20k club.
    hts truely astounding... or proof of a lack of a life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcpokey View Post
    hts truely astounding... or proof of a lack of a life.
    it also a matter of never using multiple quotes....
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    Yes, where, few ares still around, but I have done some reserach on Shipwrecks & Lighthouses, so when ever you want to chat on this subject and where let me know....... Cheers, Bob

    Quote Originally Posted by henk4 View Post
    Great news Bob,
    I am personally interested in the shipwrecks (and the ones left to rot at their berth). When I was in Buenos Aires about 12 years ago, there were even ships lying in the middle of the port in the City, and also a nice collection near the Boca Stadion.

    Anyway let's concentrate on the Rallye first...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frassinetti View Post
    Yes, where, few ares still around, but I have done some reserach on Shipwrecks & Lighthouses, so when ever you want to chat on this subject and where let me know....... Cheers, Bob
    Nice, thanks a lot.
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    Why do they call it Dakar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    Why do they call it Dakar?
    Continuity of name (marketing.)
    Big cities suck

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    Awesome- simply awesome
    the DAKAR is on and in the next big frontier of racing
    as much talent goes and comes out of South America it gets little global TV this is gonna be huge.

    the ghosts of Racers past are smiling

    not to mention what a beautiful place
    the fact that one language should do for communicaiton is terrfic (of course what will it be? English? French as per Organisers? Castellano-er 'Spanish.')

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