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Namaqua African Rally: SA mini-Dakar

2013-11-29 13:35

TASTE OF DAKAR: Whether you have a need to compete or simply want to test your mettle off-road, the 2014 Namaqua African Rally will cater for riders of varying skill levels. Image: SUPPLIED

Calling all SA motorcycle and quad riders - The 2014 Namaqua African Rally promises to deliver SA’s “own Dakar” with three different categories spanning a four-day multi-stage event. Not an off-road racer? No problem, the rally caters for all riders.

The 2014 Namaqua African Rally, set to take place from April 25 to May 3 2014, claims riders will endure a mini-Dakar in the Western Cape.
The event will start and end and at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and competitors will race through Vredendal along the West Coast. 


The event will be a multi-stage rally and will cater for a variety of motorcycle riders who can enter three categories:

Competition category – Standard route for motorcycle and quad competitors in various classes.

Rally Raid – Riders will cover 350 or more kilometres a day over some of the same sections as competitors in the Competition category.

Adventure Tour – For riders who do not wish to race; will follow the race according to reference points supplied.

The Vredendal showgrounds will handle the bivouac from April 27 -  May 2 2014. Riders will return to the overnight bivouac after each of the four days’ racing and travel back to Cape Town on May 3 2013.

Organiser George Booker said: “This is going to be a spectacular event and we would like to see the enthusiastic South African dir- bike riders, be it competitors or the more adventurous riders, getting involved in our own Dakar Rally-type event.

“This is however not only about the race, but also about the Cape and the Western Cape Coast and all the communities who are to benefit from it.” 

“South Africa has produced many famous off-road motorcycle and quad riders who have represented the country on the world stage at the beginning of each year participating in the Dakar Rally. Many riders will however never get to the Dakar Rally and are now getting a chance to get a taste of the “Dakar’ and to compete in their own country while riders who are not competing, can get a chance to be part of the event.”

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