Sounds a bit strange, but very true. Contestant number 192 in the grueling Dakar 2007 race is 55 year old Christian Dequidt, a French farmer.
So far, nothing special, nor ecological. But if you take into account that Dequidt's Yamaha motorcycle runs on bio-fuel (made out of beetroots), the engine oil is made out of coleslaw oil, the mud guards are made out of compressed corn, and his motorcycle suite is made out of natural, and pure, linen, then you'd need to accept that this is one ecological motorcycle.
I don't think it gets anymore ecological than this...
Everything has been grown/produced by Dequidt himself. It also means he'll need to resupply himself, since the Dakar organizers aren't going to supply him with this special fuel.
Dequidt, whose nick name is the "Peasant Rider", has been on the Dakar 3 times before (and 17 times in worlds' biggest motorcycle race, the Le Touquet beach enduro), but never finished.
This year he hopes to finish, and bring the world attention to the global fuel problem, and to bring more credibility to bio-fuels.
Personally, I hope he not only finishes, but finishes well. This kind of publicity is excellent. And who knows, maybe one day all Dakar vehicles will run on bio-fuels or electricity...now that would be an interesting race.