(nld) Born on 19/08/1965 at BERGEYK 1.79m / 85kg


Maxxis, Athleteshop, Super B, Eurol


2017: 17th, 1 stage win (quad)
2016: Ab. Stage 10 (quad)
2015: Ab. Stage 6 (quad)
2014: 37th (truck)
2013: 17th (quad)
2012: 59th (car)
2011: Ab. Stage 6 (car)
2010: Ab. Stage 3 (car)
2009: 69th (bike)

2017: full World Championship Cross Country (world champion)
2016: Silk Way Rally (car)


World champion with his own quad

Kees Koolen was born as an adventurer and entrepreneur, who enjoys a good challenge and never gives up. The former CEO of Booking.com first entered the Dakar with a bike in 2009 and then started to develop and build his own solo buggy. In his third attempt he made it to the finish and at the spot decided he wanted to be the first in the history of the Dakar to make it to the finish in all four classes. He fulfilled that challenge in 2015, after finishing with the quad and the truck. After that Koolen returned to the quad, since that is the class he likes most. But again he wanted to do something new: build his own quad. With the first version of the Barren racer, based on a KTM 690 engine, he wrote history again by becoming the first ever Dutchman to win a stage in the quad category, but the machine wasn’t reliable enough yet. Originally meant as a thorough test program to improve his quad, Koolen entered the first rounds of the 2017 cross country world championship series. Much to his surprise he won three stages in Qatar, and he decided to give it a go. And again he ended up writing history by becoming the first ever Dutch world champion in cross country rally raids.

K.K.: “When I do something, I want to do it well. We started the world championship series as a testing program, and it went much better as expected. After Chile and Argentina I was leading the standings, so we decided to try and finish it in Morocco. After three days the competition was still very close and three riders had equal chances of becoming world champion. I never thought I could win it, as I’m not too keen on riding on high speeds. In the end I think I won because I ran into some minor technical problems that forced me to reduce the speed. I didn’t make any navigational mistakes because of that and much to my surprise I won the final stage. By competing in the world championship we had the chance of testing the quad in all possible circumstances and it turns out to be a winning machine.”



  • Model : BR 1 690
  • Performance tuner : Barren Racing
  • Assistance : Maxxis Dakar Team
  • Class : Q_GQ.1 : 2 roues motrices – 0

Ranking 2018

Scratch Stage General
1 6 6 6
2 6 6 4
3 28 28 12
4 15 15 11
5 7 7 8
6 8 8 8
7 12 12 7
8 10 10 8
9 - - -
10 10 9 7
11 10 10 7
12 - - 7
13 25 24 8
14 8 7 8

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