“Without Dakar Challenge, I wouldn‘t have done the Dakar”
After starting to ride bikes when he was 5 on the family farm, Shane Diener discovered the Dakar a few years later when he was given a scale model of the BMW that Gaston Rahier rode to victory on the Dakar back in 1984 and 1985. The toy bike is today still in his workshop and possibly worked as an inspiration to one day do the Dakar. While the rally was in the back of Shane's mind for quite some time, the dream still seemed unachievable. In September when the Aussie conquered third spot of the Australian Safari and won the Dakar Challenge, his life changed. Without that he wouldn't have made it to the start line in Rosario. With the precious support of his wife and two children, Shane wants to get through the Dakar and feels he can aim at the Top 20.
“Winning the Dakar Challenge came as a bonus. Without that I wouldn't have done the Dakar. The amount of support I've received since then has been amazing. People are putting in 5, 10, 100$ and more. It's helped out incredibly. I had to get things organised quickly in a very short time. I want to get through the Dakar and stay out of trouble. I have a lot of work to do on the GPS. I just need to ride steadily and not do anything stupid. I have a lot to learn but I'm at the level of guys like Ben Grabham who finished 15th last year. I can aim at the Top 20. There are things you take for granted here but the Dakar is so different with the dunes and the possible sand storms. I finished the Australasian Safari rather fresh so I feel physically fit. I'm also ready for the mental toughness. I'm used to all that on my farm.”