I love rally raid too! By Dave Chislet
This is my third rally raid. I started in October last year, I came with Rob Hughes and Mathias (from Offroad Portugal) for a weekend to learn road book and then rode the Tour of Portugal and now the R3 champs.
Once you’ve ridden rally raid you’ll love it, there’s varied terrain, long days, no ticker-tape,. Sure tthere’s the frustration of getting lost but this is outweighed by the feeling of achievement in finding your way. And you can ride at your own pace. And everyone is so friendly: the other riders, the organisation, the farmers, the locals – everyone loves it, they take motorsport to their heart.
I rode enduro a long time ago, then took ten years off, got back into it, but after watching Dakar for years I was attracted to this kind of a challenge. It suits our age, asking for concentration and skills. Going back to standard enduro I found its for the youngsters. For me, rally raid is it, I’m totally hooked.
We have a good team for this, too, sharing costs by putting six or seven bikes in a van to come over. Whoever drives the van will leave on a Wednesday, catching the overnight ferry, while the rest of us fly down on a Friday (from Bristol Airport) and fly back Monday. We all chip in on the van costs and the driver has his trip for free. To be honest once the bikes are down here everything else is so affordable, from accommodation to hire cars to food. It’s maximum enjoyment for the money!