Bike-Dreams : Paris-Dakar
 
Paris-Dakar
 


Paris-Dakar

 

   
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Paris, France
Dakar, Senegal

France, Andorra, Spain, Morocco,
Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal

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12 days : Le Puy, Carcassonne, Lleida,
Cuenca, Granada, Fès, Gorges du Todra,
Marrakech, Sidi Ifni, Dakhla, Nouakchott,
St. Louis
 
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7.200 km
118 km
60.000 meters
980 meters
 
4.500 miles
74 miles
197.000 feet
3.230 feet
 
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99% paved

Sunday September 5th, 2021
Tuesday November 16th, 2021

Campings, bush camps and 13 hotel nights

€ 7.600,-
€ 500,- for early registration

 
Description

The first Paris-Dakar started in 1979. By car as you probably know. During the next decennia this rally grew into a world-class event without equal. In the course of years loads of people have been attracted to accomplish this journey mostly on motorized vehicles. We offer you the possibility to experience this extraordinary dream on your bike. You will taste the sweetness of completing this wonderful ride on a bicycle.

Out of Paris we will follow peaceful roads to show you the most beautiful places of France. Via the mountain Princedom of Andorra in the Pyrenees we drop down in the rough inner lands of Spain to continue further south. The fast ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar gains you access to the immense African continent. Morocco offers fascinating cities of former Kings, valleys of dates, oasis and the rugged landscape of the Atlas Mountains. The journey continues by traversing the Sahara via the Atlantic Route, where we will experience the emptiness of Mauritania and sleep below breath-taking starry skies. The finish lies in the most western point of Africa, Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Paris-Dakar is a journey through different cultures, sceneries and climates. You cycle from the catwalk in Paris to the little huts below baobab trees in Senegal. Rolling hills, burning sun, spectacular down hills, winds blowing from all directions, roads with potholes, pouring rain, tarmac like silk, freezing temperatures in the night and forties in the desert, challenging mountains and everlasting flats.

The start of the 4th edition of "Paris-Dakar" is September 5th, 2021 at the base of the Eiffel Tower. More than ten weeks later, on November 16th, 2021 you arrive after 7.200 kilometres (4.500 miles) with a great feeling of satisfaction in Dakar.

Paris-Dakar is more than just a "normal" bike ride. It's a combination of the physical challenge, the appreciation of the natural beauty, the view of the cultural inheritance and above all a mental freedom. Next to that, the bike journey is open for cyclists from all around the world to create an exceptional atmosphere, during as well as after the bike ride.