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Montrealer - Patrick Trahan finishes the Dakar

Montrealer Patrick Trahan has just joined an elite group of only six Canadians who've completed the Dakar Rally!

Lawrence Hacking, Guy Giroux, Eric Dubeau, Sean Price, and Bob Bergman being the others. Trahan finished 55th out of 88 finishers - 176 motorcyclists were on the competitors list at the start of the race. The 2010 running was Trahan's third attempt at it and the 31st running of the event.

The race is said to be one of the biggest challenges in motorsports - being on par with climbing Everest. It's a bit hard to make a comparison like that but covering some 9,000 km's, with the majority of that off-road, through rocks, sand dunes, difficult terrain, and sweltering heat over fourteen days it's very clear this race is among the toughest out there.

Trahan rode with Team Honda Europe and collected a lot of the $80,000 needed for him to compete in the Dakar this year. A big investment. There's no prize money for competing; just the glory that comes with having competed.

There were definitely some highs and lows during the race for Trahan. A low, or maybe a high, depending on your perspective would be surviving a crash at 120 km/hr with only bruises and some bike damage - he was able to continue on to finish the race! He decided to slow it down a little after that though.

For more details on Trahan's race from a personal perspective you may want to check out his personal Blog - DakarTrahan

Photo - courtesy Team Honda Europe


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