June 20, 2013
Dakar 2013 kicks off with quads, bikes
The 34 edition of the Rally Dakar kicked off with the first bikes and quads from the beaches in Lima, Peru, in a competition that will also reach Argentina and end at Chile.
Chilean César Zumarán was the first one who left from the podium located at the Chorrillos beach, to cover 8,400 kilometres of desert along with other 459 vehicles, among bikes, quads, trucks and cars.
The bikes were the ones who left first before the eyes of hundreds of curious people gathered at the beach.
The fifth edition of the Rally Dakar in South America will cover a route by the Pacific Ocean, and counts with the presence of previous winner such as Stépahne Peterhansel, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz.
It will be formed by 14 stages to be held until January 19, and the podium will be presented the next day at the centre of the Chilean capital.
Peru will host five stages, Argentina four and Chile two, while other three will be in the frontiers.
This edition counts with a higher number of participants than the previous one (459 against 449).