“Modern time gladiators”
The Dakar has been an itch Ingo Zahn needed to scratch for a long time. His dream came true back in 2010 but after only two days he was forced to pull out with a broken shoulder. Three years later, the German returned to the rally and this time reached the finish in 85th position. That will again be the goal for his third Dakar. The 50-year-old from Munich who started riding bikes at age 12 in the garden of his parents hopes to carry on meeting passionate bikers from all over the world and attract more competitors and fans from his homeland.
“Back in 2010, on a mountainous stage, the rain had made the track very slippery and I slid in a valley, breaking my shoulder. I was forced to quit. It was very sad for me. The Dakar is one of the last great experiences in the world. A kind of history mirror. It's a bit like modern time gladiator fights. The Dakar is also adventure… and glamour if you can finish the race. Finishing is again my goal, if possible in the Top ten of the Marathon class. I also hope to meet more crazy people from the whole world and build new friendships. My other ambition is to make this fantastic sport more popular in Germany and come home with a sack of stories.”