Jan 11, 2010

Dakar Annie "Tomb rally raider"

Swedish Dakar rally rider Annie Seel reports from the bivouac in Copiapo, Chile: 

"At km 131 the track split around some ruins, and joined again after. To avoid dust I cut from right track over to the left, across a small rise. Behind the rise a 5m deep tomb opened, 2x3 wide. I rode to slow to jump and to fast to stop. Put breakes on, slide bike to the left and abandon ship. I managed to jump to the left edge while bike tumbled down. I am lucky not to go down cause the walls were impossible to climb.

Stopped some riders to call for help. A helicopter came and I climbed down with a thin rope to check bike, it was ok. We tried to pull the bike, but no. They said I must wait for the organisation truck to come and help. Took a while but then Mr Etienne Lavigne, race director, arrived in a helicopter instead. Like a true hero he climbed down with a rope, tied my bike with the real tie roses, and instructed the pilot how to lift it. Now I could continue the race, saved by the angel from above. Only suffering from painful swollen hand and aching foot"

Stage 4 - Dakar Annie " A lot of pain" 
Stage 3 - Dakar Annie "Out of gas" 
Stage 2 - Dakar Annie "Perfect match"
Stage 1 - Dakar Annie "A great day on the special"