Gabriele Minelli started to ride when he was 10 years old and coming from Arezzo, he fall in love with off road helped by the beautiful Tuscan landscapes. He discover the rally raid thanks to the Dakar Legend Fabrizio Meoni and with him he rode in the desert. It was the first of a long series of trips and he discovered all the deserts of the world with Meoni. After competing and getting good results in the Italian Motorally and having won in his category in the Tuareg Rally and Rally of Algeria, last year Gabriele Minelli was ready for the ultimate adventure. He took the start of the Dakar rally and enjoyed every single minute, but he had to retire at stage 7 for a technical failure of his bike. This year he is back to try and finish the rally.
“The Dakar is a special adventure. There is not a single highlight because everything is special: the stunning landscapes, the friendly local people that offer you to drink and eat during the liaisons, the team spirit at the bivouac and among the competitors. It’s a competition but for me it is first of all a long journey. A way to discover new countries, new cultures, new people. I’m fascinated by the adventure and kind of scared by the difficulties. It was not easy to put up the budget but I finally made it and here I’m again to accomplish my dream”.
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