Team HRC was in attendance today in Paris, for the official presentation of the forthcoming 2015 edition of the Rally Dakar due to head out from Buenos Aires on January 4. The world’s toughest race looks set to be even more demanding than usual for both bikes and riders.
The Gabriel Pavilion in Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees played host to the gathering of aspiring victors in the countdown to the next Rally Dakar, with Team HRC among them.
Joan Barreda and Laia Sanz attended the French capital to represent Team HRC and to get the skinny on what looks set to be one of the most gruelling, as well as one of the closest and hardest-fought races in years.
Étienne Lavigne, Dakar Race Director, indicated that altitude will be one of the race’s predominant factors, as the route will involve several stretches above 3,600 metres. The total race length will be 9,295 km, of which 4,752 km – over half – will be timed special.
Some of the new features presented by Lavigne include two marathon stages, both set for the second week, after the rest-day in Iquique (Chile).
|STAGE||DAY||FROM – TO||TOTAL KM||SPECIAL||LIAISON|
|Stage 1||4 January||Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz||838||175||663|
|Stage 2||5 January||Villa Carlos Paz – San Juan||625||518||107|
|Stage 3||6 January||San Juan – Chilecito||657||220||437|
|Stage 4||7 January||Chilecito – Copiapó||909||315||594|
|Stage 5||8 January||Copiapó – Antofagasta||697||458||239|
|Stage 6||9 January||Antofagasta – Iquique||688||319||369|
|Rest day||10 January||Iquique||Rest day|
|Stage 7||11 January||Iquique – Uyuni (*)||717||321||396|
|Stage 8||12 January||Uyuni – Iquique||805||781||24|
|Stage 9||13 January||Iquique – Calama||539||451||88|
|Stage 10||14 January||Calama – Salta (*)||891||371||520|
|Stage 11||15 January||Salta – Termas Río Hondo||512||351||161|
|Stage 12||16 January||Termas Río Hondo – Rosario||1024||298||726|
|Stage 13||17 January||Rosario – Buenos Aires||393||174||219|
|(*) Marathon stage|
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