Mongolian motorists Boldbaatar Damdinhorloo and Lhamaa Namchin are to take part at the 2013 Dakar Rally to be organized in Peru, Argentine and Chile, on January 5-20. They will be racing on motorcycles, running 600-700 kilometers on a daily basis, traversing over 8,500 kilometers in total. This is the first time that Mongolians are competing at this high profile, international, off-road race.
The Association of Mongolian Auto Masters is organizing a national event called “Dakar 2013 Master Cross” in Morin Davaa, Ulaanbaatar on December 9th, 2012 to support the two cyclists, who are going to attend the Dakar rally. In order to be able to participate in the event, these athletes must raise MNT 200 Million to pay for the expenses such as cost of motorcycles, participation fee and travels. All the revenue and funds collected from the Ulaanbaatar event will be used to help the two races to cover the related costs.
There will be 196 motorcyclists competing in the upcoming race in South America.
The Dakar Rally, formerly known as The Paris Dakar, is a 15-day challenge that takes drivers across some of the world’s most stunning deserts. Most of the races since its inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, and to Dakar, Senegal. The 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America. The race is open to amateur and professional entries. Amateurs typically make up about eighty percent. And, the race is often the culmination of their dreams and they come to take up the challenge with their motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks.
The rally attracts competitors of more than 50 nationalities, who are watched on television by over a billion viewers in 190 countries.