The Paris-Dakar Rally is without question the most arduous and notorious off-road motorsports event on the planet. Since its inception in 1979, it has attracted more than 3,000 adventurers from all walks of life. The men and women who have taken up the “Dakar challenge” have at least one thing in common: a desire to measure themselves against the desolate sands of the Sahara. The rally has drawn entries from the international community of motorsport luminaries, the lofty ranks of European nobility and celebrity, captains of industry, as well as common, everyday people. Paris-Dakar is considered to be one of the world's top five adventures, in the same league as climbing Mt. Everest. The human drama that unfolds each January is unparalleled. Tales of danger, blinding sandstorms, endless vistas of towering dunes, incredible hardship, perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, triumph, and tragedy have greatly contributed to the aura and mystique of the rally. The Dakar is a metaphor for life a test of common sense, decision-making ability, and the ability to accept complete responsibility for both your actions and inaction. In To Dakar and Back, Hacking in collaboration with motorsport journalist Wil De Clercq recounts the three weeks of blood, sweat, and tears that took him on a 10,000 kilometre journey in the heat of competition from the glitzy streets of Paris, through the hinterland of North Western Africa, to the triumph of self-realization.
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About the Author
Lawrence Hacking is a professional motorcycle racer who became the first Canadian to finish the Paris-Dakar Rally. He lives in Georgetown, Ontario. Wil De Clercq is a freelance writer whose connection to the outlaw biker world dates back to the 1960s. He lives in St. Catherines, Ontario.
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Lawrence Hacking is a true Canadian off-road hero. He's accomplished much throughout his motorcycling career as a racer, author and journalist. Racing since 1971, Hacking has racked up some impressive wins. To name only a few, he came home with medals from six International Six Day Enduros and won the 250-cc class at the 2007 Beijing to Ulan Bataar International Rally across the Chinese Gobi Desert. In 2001, at the age of 46, he faced his most daunting challenge - the Paris-Dakar Rally. True to form, Hacking finished the gruelling course to become the first Canadian ever to do so. To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa By Motorcycle chronicles his single-minded determination to test his mettle against extraordinary physical and mental rigours, frustrating crashes and a near-heart-breaking mechanical breakdown, and finally, the sweet success of crossing the finish line. To Dakar and Back is an honest and well-told account 'with journalist Wil De Clercq' that shoots straight from the saddle. It's both a rally primer and inspirational tale.