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January 17, 2014

Dakar Rally 2014

The 35th running of the race will come to and end tomorrow in Valparaiso, Chile. The competitors have traveled more than 8,000 km during their journey. They travel via motorcycle, quad bike, car, or truck over extreme terrain in three countries in South America. Competitors and support crews come from more than 50 countries to challenge their mechanical, driving, and orienteering skills. The race kicked off in Rosario, Argentina on Jan. 5. -- Lloyd Young ( 37 photos total )

Fans gather during the departure ceremony of the Dakar Rally 2014 in Rosario, Argentina, on Jan. 4. (Franck Fife/Reuters)

Yamaha rider Sergio Lafuente, of Uruguay, races across the dunes during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Calama and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 14. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Spaniard Pep Roca Vila, Dutch Peter Van Eerd and Spaniard Xavi Colome Roqueta in action during the sixth stage of the Rally Dakar between San Miguel de Tucuman and Salta, Argentina. (Nicolas Aguilera/EPA) #

French Bruno da Costa (center) and Xavier de Soultrait (right) compete during the ninth stage between Calama and Iquique localities, Chile. (Felipe Trueba/EPA) #

Boris Garafulic of Chile and co-pilot Gilles Picard of France drive their Mini through the dunes during the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Iquique and Antofagasta, Chile, on Jan. 15. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Steenbeek van Hendrik of the Netherlands naps inside his Dodge truck after finishing the eight stage of the Dakar Rally at the rally's camp in Calama, Chile, on Jan. 13. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Gerard List and Johannes Mooij from the Netherlands for Han Prodakar pose on the official podium in front of The National Flag Memorial (Monumento Nacional a la Bandera) during the 2014 Dakar Rally Previews on Jan. 4, in Rosario, Argentina. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #

KTM rider Marc Coma of Spain waves as he arrives at the end of the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Uyuni, Bolivia, on Jan. 12. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Argentine driver Orlando Terranova and co-driver Paulo Fiuza on Mini compete during the Stage 6 of the Dakar 2014 between Tucuman ad Salta, Argentina, on Jan. 10. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Dutch driver Bernhard Ten Brinke and co-driver French Mathieu Baumel on HRX compete during the Stage 6 of the Dakar 2014 between Tucuman ad Salta, Argentina, on Jan. 10. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Cyril Despres of France rides his Yamaha motorcycle during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Calama and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 14. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

A spectator helps Dutch driver Hans Stacey to move his truck from a dune during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 between the localities of Calama and Iquique, Chile. (Felipe Trueba/EPA) #

Medics give first aid to Suzuki rider Gilbert Escale of Spain after suffering an accident during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Chilecito and San MIguel de Tucuman, Argentina, on Jan. 9. (Jean-Paul Pleissier/Associated Press) #

Spanish rider Joan Barreda competes during the ninth stage of Dakar Rally 2014 between Calama and Iquique localities, Chile. (Felipe Trueba/EPA) #

Honda rider Paulo Goncalves of Portugal, right, reacts as he sees his motorcycle on fire during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Chilecito and Tucuman in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, on, Jan. 9. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Hummer's driver Robby Gordon of USA (left) passes next to Polish Minis driver Krzysztof Holowczyc and Russian co-driver Konstantin Zhiltsov during the 2014 Dakar Rally stage 9 between Calama and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 14. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Hans Stacey drives as Detlef Ruf and Bernard Der Kinderen of the Netherlands run for the truck for Iveco Team De Rooy 2014 after releasing it from the sand dune in stage 9 during Day 10 of the 2014 Dakar Rally on Jan. 14 in Iquique, Chile. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imagses) #

A Chilean policewoman, her face covered with dust, poses for a photo at the entrance of the Dakar Rally camp in Calama, Chile, on Jan. 13. The Dakar Rally will finish on Jan. 18 in Valparaiso, Chile. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

A tourist walks on top of an abandoned locomotive reading "Welcome Dakar 2014" in Uyuni, near the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, located in Bolivia near the crest of the Andes, some 3,650 meters above sea level, where competitors of the Dakar Rally are expected to arrive for the eight stage of the competition, on Jan. 11. Today, Jan. 12, riders of bikes and quads, the only ones in the competition allowed to cross into the country, will be competing in the Stage 8 between Uyuni and Calama in Chile. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

French rider Gilles Gard falls off his bike during the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 between the Argentinean localities of San Luis and San Rafael, on Jan. 6. (Felipe Trueba/EPA) #

Guilherme Spinelli and Youssef Haddad of Brazil for Mitsubishi Petrobras compete on Day 1 of the Dakar Rally on Jan. 5 in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, Argentina. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #

KTM rider Brett Cummings of South Africa races during the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities Uyuni, Bolivia and Calama, Chile in Kui, Bolivia, on Jan. 13. (Juan Karita/Associated Press) #

A competitor sleeps in the bivouac in Barreal after the Stage 3 of the Dakar 2014 between San Rafael and San Juan , Argentina, on Jan. 8. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Cezch rider David Pabiska powers his KTM near Dakar Organization Director Etienne Lavigne (center) and doctor David Delgado during the Stage 11 of the Dakar 2014 between Antofagasta and El Salvador, on Jan. 16. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mini driver Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar, left, and co-pilot Lucas Cruz of Spain, right, check a mechanical problem after hitting a rock during the eleventh stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Antofagasta and El Salvador, Chile, on Jan. 16. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Yamaha rider Cyril Despres of France rides his motorcycle during the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Iquique and Antofagasta, Chile, on Jan. 15. (credit) #

Driver Andrey Karginov and co-pilots Andrey Mokeev and Igor Devyatkin, all from Russia, ride their Kamaz truck up a dune during the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Iquique and Antofagasta, Chile, on Jan. 15. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

Hummer driver Robby Gordon and co-pilot Kellon Walch both of the Uniited States jump dunes during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Calama and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 14. (credit) #

A biker competes in the Dakar 2014 Stage 11 between Antofagasta and El Salvador, on Jan. 16. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Polish quad rider Rafal Sonik in action during the Dakar Rally 2014 sixth stage between San Miguel de Tucuman and Salta, Argentina, on Jan. 10. (Felipe Trueba/EPA) #

Stephane Hamard of France for KTM Reunion Rallye Raid competes in stage 8 during Day 9 of the 2014 Dakar Rally near the Salar de Uyuni or Uyuni Salt Flats on Jan. 13. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)) #

Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Buggy during the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Tucuman to Salta, on Jan. 10. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) #

A competitor in his vehicle, during the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 in the Atacama desert between Antofagasta and El Salvador, Chile, on Jan. 16. (Ariel Marinkovic/EPA) #

Dakar Rally director Etienne Lavigne (left) turns away from the cloud of dust kicked up as KTM rider Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa rides past him during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Chilecito to Tucuman, on Jan. 9. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) #

Poland's rider Kuba Przygonski powers his KTM during the Stage 11 of the Dakar 2014 between Antofagasta and El Salvador, on Jan. 16. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

Walter Nosiglia of Bolivia for Honda Mec Team competes in stage 9 during Day 10 of the 2014 Dakar Rally on Jan. 14 in Iquique, Chile. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #

French rider Erik Croquelois during the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally between Uyuni, Bolivia and Calama, Chile, on Jan. 13. The 2014 Dakar Rally takes place in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile from Jan. 4 through the 18th. (Felipe Trueba/EPA) #


 
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