Schareina and Ekström: a day for sprinters
The name may seem misleading, with a prologue that turned out to have an extraordinary dimension, over a distance of 27 kilometres that was a condensed version, albeit a very accessible one, of the whole range of terrains encountered on the Dakar. The region of AlUla is ideal for such a sample, with sandy portions that were followed by rocky zones and even several...
The Mission 1000 competitors kick off proceedings on the 46th Dakar!
130 km of link route and a 28-km special are on the programme for this prologue. It is a short taster to check that everything is in working order before getting down to the real battle on Saturday. To mark the beginning of a new era, the competitors enrolled in Mission 1000, a brand new category reserved for alternatively powered vehicles (electric, hybrid or hydrogen),...
AlUla > AlUla
A curtain raiser as long as this one pushes the rules to the absolute limit. Instead of a sprint, it is a Dakar stage in concentrated form in which the competitors will slalom among rocks, on sand tracks and off-track sections —yes, already— in jaw-dropping landscapes. Such a rigorous test will guarantee that the prologue fulfils its fundamental purpose of separating the wheat from the chaff.
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