Dakar Seduction

Cycle News Staff | January 30, 2017

Over 5500 miles of daunting terrain through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, in what is being called the toughest route since the event has moved to South America, pushed racers to the limit at the 2017 Dakar Rally, where intense conditions, injury, heartbreak, penalties and finally an upset victory spun another incredible tale of the toughest off-road race in the world.

Photographic recap from the 2017 Dakar Rally

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On top of the demands of the terrain, temperature extremes ranged from 115°F to below freezing, weather extremes resulted in one rider being struck by lightning, and peak altitudes reached over 16,500 feet (including an entire week over 10,000 feet). But throughout the two-week test of man and machine comes the striking beauty of the Dakar Rally, and stunning imagery we just can’t get enough of.

Enjoy some scenes from the 2017 Dakar Rally, amazing landscapes and dramatic moments that defined the 39th edition of the race. CN

Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec was on the attack, but suffered an unfortunate mechanical failure on stage 10. Brabec remains America’s hope for a victory in Dakar.
Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec was on the attack, but suffered an unfortunate mechanical failure on stage 10. Brabec remains America’s hope for a victory in Dakar.
Factory Yamaha rider Adrien Van Beveren carefully makes his way through the early morning mist and swampy terrain.
Factory Yamaha rider Adrien Van Beveren carefully makes his way through the early morning mist and swampy terrain.
Red Bull KTM’s Sam Sunderland came into the Dakar as “the most talented rally rider to have so far never finished a Dakar,” but with luck on his side, the Brit rode to a historic win.
Red Bull KTM’s Sam Sunderland came into the Dakar as “the most talented rally rider to have so far never finished a Dakar,” but with luck on his side, the Brit rode to a historic win.
Monster Energy Honda’s Joan Barreda is welcomed by passionate Bolivian fans. Despite winning four stages, Barreda couldn’t overcome a one-hour penalty levied on the entire HRC team, and had to settle for fifth place.
Monster Energy Honda’s Joan Barreda is welcomed by passionate Bolivian fans. Despite winning four stages, Barreda couldn’t overcome a one-hour penalty levied on the entire HRC team, and had to settle for fifth place.
Touted as the heavy favorite, KTM’s Toby Price came into the Dakar Rally with the target on his back, but suffered a big crash and a broken femur on stage 4.
Touted as the heavy favorite, KTM’s Toby Price came into the Dakar Rally with the target on his back, but suffered a big crash and a broken femur on stage 4.
Stefan Svitko of the Slovnaft Rally Team charges through stage 3 from Tucuman to Jujuy, Argentina. Svitko was the runner-up in 2016, but struggled this year.
Stefan Svitko of the Slovnaft Rally Team charges through stage 3 from Tucuman to Jujuy, Argentina. Svitko was the runner-up in 2016, but struggled this year.

 

Yamaha is an up-and-coming team in the Dakar Rally, fielding riders such as Xavier De Soultrait, who ran sixth for much of the race before running out of luck late in the race.
Yamaha is an up-and-coming team in the Dakar Rally, fielding riders such as Xavier De Soultrait, who ran sixth for much of the race before running out of luck late in the race.
After a disappointing DNF, defending champion Toby Price vows to be back.
After a disappointing DNF, defending champion Toby Price vows to be back.

 

Winner Sam Sunderland made his first Dakar Rally finish a good one.
Winner Sam Sunderland made his first Dakar Rally finish a good one.

 

Young rally fans give a thumbs up.
Young rally fans give a thumbs up.

 

All eyes were on HRC’s Joan Barreda, a favorite to win the Dakar.
All eyes were on HRC’s Joan Barreda, a favorite to win the Dakar.

 

A one-hour penalty was a tough pill to swallow for Paulo Goncalves, but the HRC team fought on.
A one-hour penalty was a tough pill to swallow for Paulo Goncalves, but the HRC team fought on.

 

Imagine trying to navigate from a roll chart through terrain like this.
Imagine trying to navigate from a roll chart through terrain like this.

 

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Pablo Quintanilla rounded out the top-10.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Pablo Quintanilla rounded out the top-10.

 

Pela Renet led the Rockstar Husky team with a seventh-place finish.
Pela Renet led the Rockstar Husky team with a seventh-place finish.
 Laia Sanz wasn’t the only female star to reach the finish… meet Anastasiya Nifontova of Russia of HT Husqvarna Rally Raid team.
Laia Sanz wasn’t the only female star to reach the finish… meet Anastasiya Nifontova of Russia of HT Husqvarna Rally Raid team.

 

 Helder Rodrigues congratulates his Factory Yamaha teammate Adrien Van Beveren after reaching the finish.
Helder Rodrigues congratulates his Factory Yamaha teammate Adrien Van Beveren after reaching the finish.

 

 A rising young star of the Factory Yamaha team, Adrien Van Beveren finished an impressive fourth.
A rising young star of the Factory Yamaha team, Adrien Van Beveren finished an impressive fourth.
From extreme heat and dust to thunderstorms and flooding, the Dakar had it all.
From extreme heat and dust to thunderstorms and flooding, the Dakar had it all.

 

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