Dakar 2016: Quick Guide

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Dirt Buzz bring you this 2016 Dakar Quick Guide with stage details (including each day's distance), NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) U.S. television listings, how to follow the event on social media, and a brief history of the event. Bookmark this page as your Dakar 2016 event reference guide.

2016 Stages

Prologue – January 2nd
Buenos Aires to Rosario, Argentina
Stage distance: Short timed special section determines stage 1 starting order.

Stage 1 – January 3rd
Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 227km; Total: 632km

Stage 2 – January 4th
Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 450km; Total: 786km

Stage 3 – January 5th
Termas de Río Hondo to San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 314km; Total: 663km

Stage 4 – January 6th
San Salvador de Jujuy to San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 429km; Total: 629km

Stage 5 – January 7th
San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina to Uyuni, Bolivia
Stage distance: Special sections: 327km; Total: 642km

Stage 6 – January 8th
Uyuni to Uyuni, Bolivia
Stage distance: Special sections: 542km; Total: 723km

Stage 7 – January 9th
Uyuni, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 353km; Total: 793km

Rest Day – January 10th
Salta, Argentina

Stage 8 – January 11th
Salta to Belén, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 393km; Total: 766km

Stage 9 – January 12th
Belén to Belén, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 285km; Total: 436km

Stage 10 – January 13th
Belén to La Rioja, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 278km; Total: 561km

Stage 11 – January 14th
La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 431km; Total: 712km

Stage 12 – January 15th
San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 481km; Total: 931km

Stage 13 – January 16th
Villa Carlos Paz to Rosario, Argentina
Stage distance: Special sections: 180km; Total: 699km

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2016 U.S. Television Listings

Mon 1/4
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Tue 1/5
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Wed 1/6
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Thu 1/7
12:30AM-1:00AM – NBCSN
1:00AM-1:30AM – NBCSN
1:30AM-2:00AM – NBCSN
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Fri 1/8
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Sat 1/9
12:00AM-12:30AM ­– NBCSN
12:30AM-1:00AM – NBCSN
2:00AM-2:30AM – NBCSN
5:00PM-5:30PM – NBCSN
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Sun 1/10
6:00PM-6:30PM – NBCSN
6:30PM-7:00PM – NBCSN

Mon 1/11
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Tue 1/12
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Wed 1/13
1:00AM-1:30AM – NBCSN
1:30AM-2:00AM – NBCSN
2:00AM-2:30AM – NBCSN
2:30AM-3:00AM – NBCSN
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Thu 1/14
1:30AM-2:00AM – NBCSN
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Fri 1/15
12:00AM-12:30AM – NBCSN
12:30AM-1:00AM – NBCSN
1:00AM-1:30AM – NBCSN
1:30AM-2:00AM – NBCSN
2:00AM-2:30AM – NBCSN
2:30AM-3:00AM – NBCSN
12:00PM-12:30PM – NBCSN
5:30PM-6:00PM – NBCSN

Sat 1/16
12:00AM-12:30AM – NBCSN
12:30AM-1:00AM – NBCSN

More listings to follow when they become available.


Event History

Known as one of the most difficult stage races in the world, the Dakar Rally (or simply “Dakar”) was created by Thierry Sabine, who after being lost in the Libyan Desert during the 1977 Abidjan-Nice rally, promised himself that he would share the sands of North Africa with as many people as possible. He imagined “an extraordinary journey originating in Europe” that crossed the Mediterranean to Algiers and continued on to its final destination on the west coast of North Africa in Dakar, Senegal. On December 27th, 1978, Sabine’s Paris-Dakar became a reality when its first racers departed from Place du Trocadéro in Paris, France—not far from the Eiffel Tower.

Paris-Dakar quickly grabbed the world’s attention and established itself as the premiere motorcycle rally-raid event. Acceptance from motorcycle and car manufacturers alike helped legitimize the race; and the importance of a class win and/or event finish helped establish brand credibility. Dakar became a proving ground not only for man, but for machine. The event continued to grow during the 1980s, surviving the tragic loss of event founder Thierry Sabine and four others in a helicopter crash, and continued through the 90s and on into the current millennium.

The Dakar has not been without its challenges, as terrorist threats in North Africa became increasingly more of a challenge, to the point where the 2008 event was ultimately canceled in order to ensure the safety of race competitors; and because the French Foreign Affairs Ministry recommended the race not go into the country of Mauritania. Dakar in Africa may have been finished, but the event was not. Dakar simply reinvented itself and resurfaced in 2009 with a move to another continent altogether: South America. Staged in a new environment every bit as challenging and dramatic as Africa, Dakar in South America takes place in the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile; with competitors being challenged by the varied terrain of places such as the Atacama Desert, the Andes mountains, and the largest salt flat in the world—the Salar de Uyuni.

The Dakar is more than a test of a rider’s ability to ride a motorcycle; it is a test of navigation, mechanical and survival skills. Dakar is not just a motorcycle race; it is a challenge to the limits of the human capacity to endure suffering. One prologue, thirteen days of stages, one designated rest day; each stage anywhere from 271 to 578 miles in length (not including transfers) followed by bike maintenance and a bit of recovery sleep. Wake up and repeat. Wake up and repeat. This is the challenge a rider accepts when he/she decides to challenge themselves with the Dakar Rally.


Dakar Social Wall

Click on the image below to view the official Dakar Social Wall. Or you can also follow the hashtags #dakar2016 or #dakarrally on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

Click to View Dakar Social Wall

Click to View Dakar Social Wall


Other Ways to Follow Dakar:

Official Dakar Forum: HERE.

Download the free Dakar smartphone app for iOS or Android: HERE.

ADVRider.com Racing Forum: HERE.