N°123 Bike RACE-2-DAKAR





2018: Ab.
2016: Ab. Stage 7
2015: Ab. Stage 6

2014 Pharaohs Rally
Athletics: South African recordholder in 110m hurdles (17 records)


“There are racers at the Dakar… and one adventurer”

Wessel Bosman has lived many lives. One of them has led him to the Dakar where he showed up in 2015 wearing a typical hat of his country of adoption, Lesotho. A fine athlete and 110m hurdler in the 80s, the South African managed to qualify for four Olympic Games never being able to appear in any of them due to apartheid. He even held the South African record. Bosman then came up with the idea to build and launch the first ski resort of Lesotho called Afriski. To promote it, he decided to take off with his son on bikes on a record-breaking journey from Cape Town to Cairo. Unconsciously, this 19-day long journey was a first step towards the Dakar. Several chapters later including another ride from Cape Town to Cairo and the Egypt Rally, Bosman found himself at the start of the rally in Buenos Aires. Sadly his first two attempts at the Dakar ended early (on stage 7 in 2015 and stage 6 in 2016). He returned again in 2018 but the outcome was the same. Well aware that he certainly isn’t the best rider yet alone a man able to finish the toughest of all rallies, his quest for adventure remains. Wessel just won’t give up. Once again, on his self made bike, the 60-year-old will give all he has to reach the finish and will certainly have in mind, his beloved son, no longer present to witness the dreams of his dad.

“I only want to remember the good times. It was a fantastic experience, a real adventure. People looked after me as if I was the winner of the Dakar. And now I’m back. The Dakar is like my Olympics. It’s like entering the stadium. Now I have to clear all the hurdles. When I was 17 years and the fastest ever in Africa (110m hurdles), to quit so easily when on top of my game (due to Apartheid), just imagine how easy it would be to save myself the embarrassment just to be the worse rider at the Dakar...again! I was three times at the Dakar and have no finisher T-shirt... Yes, the Dakar is an expensive holiday for me. There are racers at the Dakar, and one adventurer. An adventurer that is trying to better his skills and fitness a little. If I finish the Dakar, I will be last or second last and will close the chapter...”



  • Mark : HUSQVARNA
  • Model : FE 450
  • Performance tuner : Himself
  • Assistance : Race 2 Dakar
  • Class : G2.2 Marathon

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