The Atacama Desert On The Dakar Trail
Baja 1000 Darkcyd Racing Team has made two attempts at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and once for the Baja 500. A finishers pin has eluded the team. Perhaps 2012 will be our year.
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Darkcyd Rally Team: Day One POV CAM from Desert Warrior

Dakar Day One – The Short Version from Allan Karl on Vimeo.

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Dakar 2012 Highlights Video: Featuring Darkcycd

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Happy or Sad. Dakar Comes To An End. What’s next?

For the first time on this nearly 10,000km journey, the Darkcyd Racing Team rose at near sunrise and calmly and collectively packed camp and headed out of the Pisco Bivouac before the last of the cars and the trucks. I’m sure many on the team would confess relief, excitement and express jubilee as the end of this long trip was …

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The dunes are captivating, seductive and unforgiving. Ask anyone at Dakar 2012 in Peru

Dakar Dunes Up Close. Bistro Bivouac & Peruvian Rations.

I’m sure the last thing Raff and Bill wanted to do last night was to remove the transmission from the Desert Warrior. Sure, if we were still in the race and the clock was ticking, that’d be the norm. As spectators and assistance and mired in our ongoing challenges—remember, the T-5 Chevy 2500 has transmission problems of its own—but considering …

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The Dunes Fall Into the Pacific Ocean.

The Mystery of Nasca. The Madness of Dunes.

It’s a race to the finish. That is, who will finish. With the partial results floating in, the German x-Raid team of Mini Coopers and BMW’s are still holding strong with Peterhansel’s nearly 4 minute jump on teammate Coma in Arequipa, the Frenchman sits 22 minutes ahead of his teammate and more than 2 hours ahead of Robby Gordon who …

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Nail biting Dakar tension marks long wait in Arequipa

While the liaison or transit route for support vehicles and media was a whopping 400km, the competitors had much longer runs. The motorcyclists had perhaps one of their longest days to date at over 700km, whereas the cars and trucks had 598km and 552km respectively. Due to the length of the stage, A.S.O. set up a special service bivouac enroute …

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Darkcyd Racing tears up the liaison, making the best of the Dakar 2012 edition as one of few American competitors.

Eureka We’ve Made It To Arica — Knocking On Peru’s Door.

After two grueling and extremely long stages the racers looked a little road weary as we weaved around the usual line up of vehicles awaiting their launch time. Today Robb opted out of driving the Desert Warrior to Arica in favor of his first true ride in the Magic Mushroom. The Iquique to Arica Stage (10) runs 377km beginning with …

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The ever present showman and racing legend Robby Gordon is hot on the tail of Peterhansel making way for potentially the first US-racer to win a Dakar

Late Night In Iquique. The Bizzare in the Bivouac.

Desert Warrior Needs Springs. Robby Gordon Finishes First But Is Disqualified Nassar Al-Attiya Bows Out. Some purists might argue that the South American Dakar is nothing like the original African Dakar. I would argue that the African fans could never be as passionate and excited as the fans here in South America. And certainly I don’t think any of the …

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Antofagasta to Iquique — Twisting & Winding Up The Chilean Coast

As we continue our journey north toward Lima, the remaining racers continue to face rough desert terrain, sand and more dunes. While the temperatures are more moderate than we experienced in Argentina and Copiapó, the wind continues to wreak havoc and carrying with it biting sand. I thought it would be nearly impossible to beat the whipping winds we experienced …

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The Atacama Desert – On The Dakar Trail

The T-5 Chevy 2500 T-5 support vehicle isn’t doing so well. Raff is taking it well, but the frustration is evident in his demeanor and facial expressions, especially when the transmission won’t go into reverse, or when a simple downshift turns into a shutter and clunk. New parking strategies must be considered as the fickle and finicky transmission just isn’t …

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