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To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle [Paperback]

Lawrence Hacking , Wil De Clercq
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April 1 2008

Recounting the three weeks of blood, sweat, and tears that make up a 7,000 mile journey from the glitzy streets of Paris to the hinterland of northwestern Africa, this incredible tale highlights the most arduous and notorious off-road motorsports event on the planet, the Paris-Dakar Rally. Since its inception in 1979, the rally has attracted more than 3,000 participants from all walks of life. Fully detailing what is considered by many to be one of the world's top five adventures, this book reveals amazing true tales of danger, from blinding sandstorms to endless vistas of towering dunes. Enduring these incredible hardships with perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, and sometimes tragedy, the adventurers profiled here truly embody the triumphs of the human spirit.


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"A must read for those impassioned by the rally."  —CMG Online


"[I] couldn't put it down until it was done. If you have even a  passing interest in the Dakar you should take a look at this book!"  —Canadian Motorcycle Racer


"A riders' perspective unavailable anywhere else in any other form."  —Motorcycle Mojo


"If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride this race as a privateer, this book is for you."  —Racer X Illustrated


"When Hacking gets cerebral about what he's doing, especially at gut-wrenching moments that test his mettle—bike crashes, mechanical problems that could take him out of the rally, becoming disoriented under the Saharan sun—his writing sings."  —Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Lawrence Hacking is a professional motorcycle racer who became the first Canadian to finish the Paris-Dakar Rally. He lives in Georgetown, Ontario. Wil De Clercq is a freelance writer whose connection to the outlaw biker world dates back to the 1960s. He lives in St. Catherines, Ontario.


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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book... April 30 2014
By Luma46
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a hands on experience book written by experienced motorcyclist and professional racer Lawrence Hacking. Provides excellent insight into the Paris Dakar Rally where demands on the rider are often much higher than demands on the machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration. April 17 2014
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I have other Dakar books that portray the race with factory support, an army of technicians, physiotherapists etc and unlimited $$$. That is the easy way...and mostly unrealistic for the most of us....("easy" and "Dakar" do not belong in the same sentence... but you know what I mean). This is the story of a common man who realized an uncommon accomplishment with his own wits and tenacity. Buy the book. Buy a copy as a gift to any son-daughter-niece-nephew who wants to, or is racing moto-cross. It will be an inspiration to them. It all started with a dream...and a garage...just like the garage you have beside your house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Feb. 19 2014
By John
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, interesting, exciting and fun to read. Lawrence does a great job of telling about his Dakar experience. A definite must read for all Dakar and motorcyclist enthusiasts.
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