Following the decision of Peru to withdraw from the 2016 edition, the Dakar has leaned on its knowledge of the Argentinean and Bolivian territories to come up with an alternate route. Thanks to the unwavering support of the Argentinian government as well as of the Bolivian authorities, the new route calls for daring, on the technical and high-speed stages… but not only.
In three and a half months' time the Dakar's competitors and teams will finally come together in Buenos Aires! After three weeks' intense work on the ground together with the authorities of the host countries, who have shown exceptional capability, the rally teams have been able to design a route whose features remain faithful to the values of the event in every respect.
Thanks to the immediate involvement and unfailing commitment of the Bolivian and Argentinian authorities, we have found the right technical solutions to take on the new challenge posed to us at the end of August. The loyalty of the institutions in the two countries to the Dakar means we are now in a position to offer competitors a quality event for 2016,” says Dakar General Manager Etienne Lavigne.
While the dates, the number of stages and the distance of the stages will remain the same, the nature of the terrain proposed will force the competitors to employ a different driving approach and shift up one gear. There will be fewer dunes and more technical tracks on the opening three days, which will take the rally to San Salvador de Jujuy. Then, a new idea has been devised to reach Bolivia, particularly the bivouac at Uyuni, where vehicles from all the categories will come together this time. “Before arriving there, the competitors will be placed in a new marathon configuration,” explains Marc Coma, Sporting Director of the event. “We are going to set up a strict Parc Fermé at Jujuy while the support vehicles drive the long route to Uyuni. The Bolivian section maintains the feature of three days' racing at high altitude”.
After having reached Salta for the 10 January rest day, the Dakar will head to Rosario by taking the route initially designed for the 2016 edition. The six stages to be contested in the foothills of the Andes were concocted precisely to offer a demanding and complicated end of the rally, with sandy stages, most notably in the Fiambala sector. The Sporting Director of the event, Marc Coma, who has recently supervised the reconnaissance for this part of the race, cautions precisely that “the idea of endurance will live up to all its meaning on these stages, because the bikes and quads will have to cope with a second marathon stage in week two. I have a feeling that changes at the sharp end of the general classification will be more than likely on these stages.”
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Dakar 2005 - Dakar 2006 - Dakar 2007 - Dakar 2008 - Dakar 2009
Dakar 2010 - Dakar 2011 - Dakar 2012 - Dakar 2013 - Dakar 2014 - Dakar 2015
02/01: Start podium in Buenos Aires / Prologue / Liaison to Bivouac "0" close to Rosario
03/01: Buenos Aires - Villa Carlos Paz
04/01: Villa Carlos Paz - Termas de Río Hondo
05/01: Termas de Río Hondo - Jujuy
06/01: Jujuy - Jujuy
07/01: Jujuy - Uyuni
08/01: Uyuni - Uyuni
09/01: Uyuni - Salta
10/01: Rest day in Salta
11/01: Salta - Belén
12/01: Belén - Belén
13/01: Belén - La Rioja
14/01: La Rioja - San Juan
15/01: San Juan - Villa Carlos Paz
16/01: Villa Carlos Paz - Rosario
Nearly fifteen million people live in Greater Buenos Aires, which has emerged as an economic and cultural hub of South America. The striking diversity of its neighbourhoods, from the modernity of Puerto Madero to the faded charm of Palermo and the bustling quarters of La Boca and San Telmo, thrills even the most widely travelled visitors. For the Dakar, however, the Argentine capital represents much more than a tourist destination. It is, above all, here that it all began (again)! After the 2008 edition was cancelled, the rally needed to bounce back and Porteños welcomed drivers from Europe, Africa and Asia with the same enthusiasm as it reserved for its own countrymen. For everyone, the memories of the crowds gathered on the Avenue 9 de Julio, at the foot of the Obelisk, symbolised the start of a new era. From that night onwards, the Dakar felt welcomed with a passion. Even once the 2009 honeymoon period was over, demonstrations of mutual appreciation continued between the rally competitors and their hosts in Buenos Aires, which became the setting for the start and finish of the first three South American editions, as well as the return last year. This time, it is a bit by chance, and for many, destiny that has shown the Dakar the way to Buenos Aires.
Situated at the foot of the Andes Cordillera, Salta prospered for a long time as a trading centre. The city also played an important role in the fight for independence led by General Belgrano. Today, it is essentially a major tourist centre for adventurers heading for the mountains. Travellers also take advantage of Salta’s majestic cathedral, which is one of the country’s most remarkable religious buildings. It might be useful for the Dakar’s competitors, who will only be at the half-way point in their journey on reaching Salta, to pass by the cathedral to say a few prayers…
The blue and white stripes proudly worn by the football or basketball national teams, champions the world over through victories at the World Cup and the Olympic Games, were originally created in Rosario. In the middle of the War of Independence, in 1812 to be precise, General Manuel Belgrano designed and hoisted the Argentinean flag for the first time, and chose the colours of the cockade used by the revolutionaries he was leading. Since then, this city, on the right bank of the Rio Parana, has been prosperous, benefiting from a geographically favourable position, and is at an equal distance from both Buenos Aires and Cordoba, the two cities which surpass it in terms of population. Rosario has in particular won over the hearts of Argentineans, thanks to a few of its natives. The most famous of these remains Ernesto Guevara who, long before becoming the “Che”, was born in Rosario. Much later, it was also here that Lionel Messi first began playing football, in particular for the Newell’s Old Boys, a club for which Diego Maradona also played a few matches. By playing host to the drivers and teams of the Dakar during the first few days of 2014, Rosario became a part of the rich national history of motor sports. This time it will be the ultimate target for all the drivers and teams.
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