The dates, and the locations of the start and finish, of the 2013 Dakar have been announced by ASO in Paris. The race will start in Lima, Peru on January 5 and finish in Santiago, Chile on January 20, with the rest day in San Miguel Tucuman in Argentina. Registrations open on 15 May…
The 35th edition of the Dakar will also be the fifth to take place on the South American continent, which has hosted the event since 2009. From January 5th to the 20th 2013, competitors will follow a route between Lima in Peru and Santiago in Chile, with a rest day planned at San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina. The desert will be on the programme from the first days of the rally, for the first time in its history.
Several weeks ago, the riders and drivers on the Dakar discovered the Peruvian version of the desert. Struck by its splendour, but also its technical demands, in this setting of sea and sand they experienced some highly intense riding before the finish in Lima.
For the 2013 edition of the Dakar, the Peruvian capital will play host to the start of the rally, with the promise of holding an exceptional challenge in store for those who take part.
At the end of the journey, the rally will finish for the first time in Santiago. Chile, which, in the Atacama, has been the theatre to most of the unpredictable developments during the last four editions of the event, will have the opportunity to celebrate the heroes of the Dakar in its capital city.
Over the thousands of kilometres that they will have to tackle, the competitors will distance themselves from the Pacific Ocean as the event is spiced up by a detour via Argentina. On the other side of the Andes Mountains, the variety of terrains will put all the competitors' capabilities to the test.
With a reworked spread of difficulties and a new perspective on the discovery of the continent's geography, the Dakar 2013 is emerging as the event for which both the elite and amateurs of the rally raid discipline prepare all year long. Registration will open for all the categories (bikes, quads, cars and trucks) on May 15.