N°49 Bike TEAM CASTEU
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NICOLAS BRABECK-LETMATHE

(aut) Born on 08/09/1977

Sponsors

I self-finance my races and I use my racing to fundraise a Charity (asociationleon.com).

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2019: 38th
2018: 59th
2016: 68th
2014: Ab. 5th stage

2019: Trophée Casteu
2017: Oilybia Morocco Rally
2016: Oilybia Morocco Rally
2015: Oilybia Morocco Rally ; 3 Races of Peruvian Rally Championship (Overall 3rd position in Open Category)
2014: Dakar Series Desafio Inca
2013: Chilean Rally Championship « Rally de los Valles », 10th ; Dakar Series Desafio Inca

Interview

“Dakar is a real virus”

The Brabeck-Letmathe's are a family of adventurers and bikers and Nicolas can be defined as a citizen of the world: he was born in Chile but has Austrian nationality. His wife is Swiss, his son was born in Finland, his daughter in Argentina and in the past 16 years he has lived in 8 different countries. Raised in an environment where travel and adventure were the daily bred, Nicolas faced the Dakar for the first time in 2014. Deserts had no secret for the passionate rider who lived in Lima and trained in Chile. He still remembers travelling through North Africa following the footsteps of his father who had hitchhiked from Algiers to Timbuktu in the 60s and 80s. His mother too is a motorcycle fan and has 10 motorbikes. After failing to finish his first Dakar due to heat exhaustion, he managed to complete the next three, managing a fine 38th position last year. Delighted to see the Dakar move to a different continent and deserts that his parents told him so much about, Nicolas is eager to enjoy every single moment of the race. Once again he’ll be promoting and raising money for the association his wife takes care of (www.associationleon.com) that invests in educational projects. A charity project that has gained in visibility thanks to his exploits on the Dakar.

“Having grown in South America, my passion for nature grew. This taste for adventure became even stronger when my father started sharing his passion for the African Deserts. Already at 10, I participated in the organisation of expeditions. This would result in 10 trips in Northern Africa (mainly in Libya), in South Africa and the Middle East in total autonomy. These trips taught me to navigate through the desert with the help of a compass and old maps: a sort of treasure hunt where we had to manage everyday our fuel, food and vagary of local authorities. In 1991, we used and crossed one of the tracks of Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1990. It would be my first contact with The “Dakar”; the start of a dream. Seeing the tracks of Dakar in Libya was like a virus hitting me. My 38th position last year was unreal. I don’t want to take that as a reference. I have to remain humble, I don’t have that level. Being in the Top 50 would already delight me. I return for two reasons. First of all because we have this opportunity to discover amazing and huge landscapes in a country that wants to open to the world. The other reason: the Dakar is a real virus. It’s like a drug. I’m also very happy to see that there will be new rules in terms of navigation will favour the little teams, especially on a new territory for everyone. It needs to be a race of navigation so I’m delighted with that. My goal is just to enjoy myself. I’m lucky enough to be able to once again live a dream.”

Vehicle

TEAM CASTEU

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RR
  • Performance tuner : Casteu Adventure
  • Assistance : Casteu Adventure
  • Class : G2.2 Marathon

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