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Dakar December 29, 2009 – Dakar 2010, Bring it On!

Don Welcomed to Argentina

Don's Dakar Bikes

The planning and hectic schedule associated with the Christmas Holidays are all behind us now. Don has arrived in Argentina!

Don met with the Canadian Ambassador to Argentina Timothy Martin and Deputy Ambassador Steve Hawley. They along with embassy staff provided Don with a lot of assistance after his crash in Dakar 2009.

Today, December 29, is scrutineering day for Dakar 2010. Don will be making his way through over 18 of the technical inspections by himself, if that’s not enough to stress him out we don’t know what is.

Speaking of stress, in conversations before departing Don admitted to being somewhat nervous about this years race. Its not last years crash, or the lack of time on his KTM 690 Rally bike that concerns him. It’s the dreaded sand and DUNES. Miles and miles of big, energy sapping, soul destroying dunes.

The inside scuttle on this years route, is that the organizers have tried to make it tougher than last years.

For one of the stages they are allowing the competitors 36 hours to finish!!. Can you image it. You’ve been beating your body up for days and now you have a stage that could take up to 36 hours to complete. Wow! I guess the organizers weren’t happy with a finish rate of 27.6% in 2009. They want to spend less on finishing medals this year.

Stay tuned, we will get links up to the Dakar tracking information soon and provide you with an e-mail address you can use to send Don your best wishes.

Its gonna be a good one.

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