Six years after his first, and painful, experience on the Dakar, Bill Conger returns to South America. As a bike and car instructor and a neighbour of Robby Gordon in North Carolina, it seemed only natural that he would give it a go. After switching from car to bike racing, the American struggled on the paths of Argentina, riding a bike he had prepared at the last minute. His adventure had to stop after only three days. Not quite sure of wanting to come back, an opportunity occurred thanks to the Klymciw team and Bill will be riding a KTM prepared by the Czech squad. Far better prepared, he, this time only focused on being physically at his best with the only ambition of reaching the finish.
“As a kid I did the typical sports: baseball, soccer, football, swimming at a competitive level, and then I started racing cars when I was in college. That took me to driving schools, competing in all types of vehicles. I then switched to bikes. My first Dakar in 2012 was tough. It was a good experience but there was the agony of defeat. I tried to prepare my own bike at the last minute. Spending so much money for that result was so disappointing. That’s why I focused on being better prepared for this one. I don’t have to worry about the bike. The main thing for me is being in good condition and focus on my nutrition. Recovery will indeed be crucial and I have trained to peak in January. My main concern will be the dunes. I live on the east coast of the USA and we have no dunes here. The goal is to finish and I have to keep that in mind at all moments. Of course there’s a competitor in me but I have to challenge myself to calm down and stay focused. I know I’m capable of it…”
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