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Dakar 2005 - 2 Jan

  Posted at 10:54:00 PM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

After sleeping in Granada, we decided the give the special stage a miss that was being held in Granada and head for the ferry port to see the riders off.

The ride to the coast was through the Sierra Navada mountains. Beautiful, but cold.... very cold !!! We froze trying to get there. We initially went to Gibraltar, but were told there to go to Algecira where the ferries were waiting.
Nick Plumb When we arrived on the autoroute from Gibraltar to Algecira we ended up behind Simon Pavey (#102) and Nick Plumb (dorsal 103).
Nick Plumb Both were riding like bats out of hell through the traffic of Algecira. Wasn't easy to keep up with our big side cases, but we did get there with them.
Claude Ambrosino Once the contestants arrived, they had to ride around a circuit so that the public could see them in full glory. This is number 200 (Claude Ambrosino).
Yannick Grezes And number 85 (Frenchman Yannick Grezes)
Rodolphe Sellier Number 83 (Frenchman Rodolphe Sellier) riding around.
Giovanni Sala And then one of the stars (number 14  -Italian Giovanni Sala) arrived and wheelied around the circuit
For this photo you can clearly see how cold the mountains were...

And with these photos ends our Dakar series. We had to turn back to Granada and the following day ride to Almeria to get desert tyres fitted (the KTM shop there had a rider in the Dakar as well, number 111 - Amos Garcia Cruz).  I had forgotten that the shop would be closed on Sunday, so we lost a day, which is too much to try to catch up with the race.

So hopefully next year will be better. Hope you enjoyed the photos... I know we did making them. It's a fantastic race, and if you ever have the chance, come over and see it.

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