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.

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

From logistics, freight, physical, mental and emotional preparation, and all the last minute things!

Feel free to ask any question about anything of our SBS correspondent and Dakar 2010 competitor, Christophe Barriere-Varju from Team Rally Australia, as he heads to South America on Christmas Day.

For his fourth participation in the Dakar Rally (the most participations by an Australian), Christophe will attempt the feat as a privateer without assistance or a mechanic - just like the good old days of crossing the Sahara desert in Africa.

Please join me and SBS in becoming part of the adventure for the second edition of the 9,000km Dakar Rally in South America.

Both Argentina and Chile will celebrate 200 years of independence in 2010 and millions of motorsport enthusiasts will wave each competitor 'Buena Suerte' across these two magnificent countries.

This year the race will see a record of Australians participating in the event, four on motorcycles and one competitor in the car category.

Make sure to cheer for all of us as we cross the driest desert on earth, the Atacama Desert!

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Click here for more of Christophe Barriere-Varju's Dakar Dreams.

:: SBS ONE will show daily highlights of Dakar 2010, every night at 6:00pm AEDT from January 3 to 17. Or stay online at www.sbs.com.au/dakar for video extras, all the latest news, and expert blogs.

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14 Sep 2010 15:56 AEST

Paul Sriss

From: Sydney

Luck be with you!

Make sure you watch Man vs. Wild before your adventure... He can save your life!!! BTW, red clothing goes faster... true story!

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10 May 2010 10:20 AEST

Nina

From: Melbourne

Go the French Kangaroo

Christophe, I was thinking to use Green and Gold for the 'Territory' column ;-))))))))))))) Let your body be your tool and let the bike follow .... BEST of Luck.

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06 Jan 2010 14:37 AEST

Rod Richardson

From: Gold Coast, Qld Aus

Dakar

You do your adopted country proud. Good luck during the rest of the rally.

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02 Jan 2010 10:15 AEST

Craig Boyle

From: Sydney, Australia

Go Christophe

Hi Christophe, Well done in getting to the start of the Dakar. I know just how difficult it is to even get there. I think this is really your year. So again well done and see you back at Buenos Aires on the 17th.

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23 Dec 2009 21:14 AEST

CBV

From: Corlette

Angels

Thank you Rodney, Merci Dean! Yes back to the basic, i may need the angels to look after the body and the mechanic, but deep inside I am certain all will be fine. I learned a lot in 2009 and 2010 will be good. Rodney, we will see you at the start in 2010? c'mon :) let me know if i can help in any way...

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23 Dec 2009 10:50 AEST

Dean A

From: Sydney

Bon Voyage

Heres good luck on your exciting journey , as you have gone back to basics I guess luck may be needed at some times. Safe travelling and hope you have great success

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22 Dec 2009 17:52 AEST

Rodney

From: Melbourne Aust

Safe riding

Hey hope you have a good ride. You must be over the moon having a ride in the biggest event in the world. It's something guy's like me would love to do. Best of luck and stay safe. will follow your progress closely.

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21 Dec 2009 21:49 AEST

CBV

From: Corlette

Nerves & Tools :)

Thanks Troy! ...well...kangaroos cannot walk backward, especially the "Boxing Kangaroo", so we will have another go in 2010. Fortunately not enough free time to feel nervous, just trying to think of all the little bits that could go wrong and planning ahead for them. Also trying to visualise each day as I will have to race and do my own mechanic this year without assistance. Jody, thanks for the tools, the very light chain breaker is already packed away, and hopefully i will not have to replace the mousse with a tube and use the small gas bottle LOL

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20 Dec 2009 8:29 AEST

Jody

From: Newcastle

Have Fun

Glad to have met you the other day and i hope the tools i sold you get you across the desert. Will be keeping an eye out for the kangaroo on the tele!

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20 Dec 2009 1:04 AEST

Troy

From: Australia

Good Luck

The bike looks good with the Boxing Kangaroo! I envy you and the challenge that your about to take on. How are the nerves now? All the best to you and all the other riders and drivers in the green and gold in this years race. I can't wait til Jan.

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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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