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Dakar 2010 - Ask Christophe

15 December 2009 | 9:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

With only a couple of weeks to the 2010 Dakar Rally, competitors are putting the last touches on their preparation.

Christophe Barriere-Varju will compete in his fourth Dakar Rally - the most for an Australian competitor [CBV Photo]

Christophe Barriere-Varju will compete in his fourth Dakar Rally - the most for an Australian competitor [CBV Photo]

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Crossing the line

17 January 2009 | 0:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

The first and last few days of any race are probably the hardest emotionally.


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Behind the Scenes: Motorcycle equipment

16 January 2009 | 0:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

During the administrative checks at the start of the event we are given several pieces of equipment to fit on our motorcycles. There is a GPS and an Iritrack in one unit, a Sentinel, and an emergency beacon.


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Behind the Scenes: Bivouac Facilities

15 January 2009 | 0:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

Competitors have access to a number of facilities during the event.


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Behind the Scenes: Road Book preparation

14 January 2009 | 0:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

An important part of everyday racing is the preparation of your road book.


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My race is over

13 January 2009 | 8:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

My race is over. 50km before the end of Stage 8, I went wide into a right hand turn and entered a gutter full of boulder rocks. I managed to slow down but I had to take my left hand off from the handlebar to avoid it being crushed against the rocks.


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Time for my Angels to come back

11 January 2009 | 10:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

Christophe Barrier-Varju, Team Rally Australia rider, gives a first-hand description of what it has been like competing on the first seven stages of Dakar 2009.


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Admin and Technical Checks - What a day!

01 January 2009 | 22:00 - By Christophe Barriere-Varju

Christophe Barriere-Varju and Team Rally Australia mechanic Steven Clarke complete their final checks before setting off on the 2009 Dakar Rally.


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About this Blog

Christophe Barriere-Varju is riding for Team Rally Australia in Dakar 2010. Follow Christophe's story and feel the emotion and inspiration through his blogs for SBS during his South American adventure.

Christophe Barriere-Varju Christophe Barriere-Varju is one of the world's leading off-road motorcycle racers.
He competed in the 2006 and 2007 Dakar Rallies, and is set to take the challenge once again in 2010. Christophe also runs a charity foundation called Dreams Do Come True, which helps others - especially disadvantaged children, achieve their goals. Born in France, raised in West Africa, and completing his education in California, Christophe now resides Down Under and is a rider for Team Rally Australia.

 
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