When he finished the Dakar back in 2016 Dutchman Sjors van Heertum – is official name is Melchior, but that is only used in his passport – announced he would be back ‘one day’. Since then he changed jobs from the family owned company trading trucks and parts to his own company trading car parts and he made a journey with a group of friends to ride their bikes in different parts of the world: Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Namibia. Next to that he likes extreme sports like Ironman triathlons, marathons and cycling.
“A lot has changed since my last entry in 2016, but my passion for the Dakar hasn’t. I just needed some time off to do other things, but I’ve always had the plan to return when the route was as challenging and interesting as for the 2019 edition. Peru has always been in the top of my wish list, with the dunes, the surroundings and the people. I simply could not resist. The big difference with my previous entries is that I will be on my own now, in the Motul Originals.”
SJORS VAN HERTUM
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