Race to Dakar

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In January 2006, 230 people raced in trucks, cars, and motorbikes from Lisbon to Dakar in the 28th annual Dakar rally, the most challenging race in existence. After his celebrated trip round the world with Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman was keen for another challenge, and racing in the Dakar had always been his dream. Supported by Australian champion biker Simon Pavey and experienced British biker Matt Hall, Charley attempted what many professional bikers have failed to do: successfully compete in ...

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Overview

In January 2006, 230 people raced in trucks, cars, and motorbikes from Lisbon to Dakar in the 28th annual Dakar rally, the most challenging race in existence. After his celebrated trip round the world with Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman was keen for another challenge, and racing in the Dakar had always been his dream. Supported by Australian champion biker Simon Pavey and experienced British biker Matt Hall, Charley attempted what many professional bikers have failed to do: successfully compete in the Dakar rally. His account details his extraordinary adventures as well as those of his fellow bikers, and also explores the history of this most dramatic and romantic of races. From Portugal through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, and Senegal, it also provides a unique look at the countries hosting the rally.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Replete with colorful characters, hair-raising action and enough raw machismo to knock over an elephant."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Boorman is well on his way to becoming the Michael Palin of motorbikes."  —Times2

"The history of the rally and Boorman’s own personal experience of this great endurance test makes for an exhilarating read."  —Waterstone's Books Quarterly

Times2

Boorman is well on his way to becoming the Michael Palin of motorbikes.

Waterstone's Books Quarterly

The history of the rally and Boorman's own personal experience of this great endurance test makes for an exhilarating read.

Kirkus Reviews
A struggling actor enters one of the most dangerous motorcycle races in the world and kicks up a lot of dust. The Dakar Rally is an insane 15,000-kilometer chase across the desert to Dakar, Senegal, that involves dirt, death and a voracious African weed called "camel grass." Professional riders and venturesome journeymen from all over the world enter the event every year, hoping to prove their mettle, and some of them never make it home alive. Boorman, a part-time British actor and motorcycle enthusiast, had a brief moment in the limelight with a reality-TV show and later a book (Long Way Round, 2005) that chronicled his adventures with pal Ewan McGregor as they circumnavigated the globe on their bikes. For his next move, he decided to make good on an offhand comment about entering the Dakar Rally. He solicited the help of several seasoned riders and began an intensive training process to prepare for the race. The resulting adventure is replete with colorful characters, hair-raising action and enough raw machismo to knock over an elephant. Boorman writes with simplicity and grace, although his first-person narrative ultimately sputters out. He certainly underwent some hardships in order to compete in the Rally, but he doesn't quite seem to understand why he did it. The book hits its climax as the excited competitors line up at the starting line, then slowly loses momentum from there. This would have been a much more interesting story if the author had focused on some of the top riders and left his own ambitions out of it. Gets off to a fast start, but flags before the finish line. Agent: Robert Kirby/PFD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780751538175
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 898,176
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charley Boorman is an actor who has appeared in such films as Excalibur and The Emerald Forest. He took part in Long Way Round, a motorcycle trip from London to New York via Europe and Asia with his friend, actor Ewan McGregor, in 2004. Their trip was made recorded and turned into a successful television series and book.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Motorbikes and humanity...

    I read because I was a huge fan of "Long Way Round" DVD, but finished because it was really interesting. Charley Boorman is a very human and honest writer. You end up really caring about him and his team. A facinating look into the Dakar and group dynamics.

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