Dakar 2017, stage 9: Values above the competition


The Dakar 2017 has been immersed in a humanitarian crisis giant. Although in the first instance, some pilots were disgruntled by the cancellation of the queen stage of this Dakar, the reality of the region of Jujuy premium over the career. flash floods and landslides have led to a good number of injuries, fatalities and material damage, in particular, in the village of Volcano that has been razed to the ground by the mud. A natural disaster that has led to the Dakar focus all its efforts and resources on helping to the extent possible on local institutions.

In this aspect, ASO has been assigned all of the health resources and aerial means at his disposal with the objective of strengthening the tasks of rescue are underway in the area. A decision that does no more than demonstrate that on occasions there are values that are more important than the own competition, which of course has also been affected greatly by this tragedy. However, a part of the caravan of the Dakar has failed to reach Salta in time before the start of the journey towards Chilecito, where we will bring together the race.

With assists blocked, participants caught up in the alternative routes and without a clear pattern to follow, the dispute of the ninth stage was impossible. In fact, when the first members of the caravan of the Dakar set off from the bivouac of Salta way of Chilecito, there were still participants, vehicles assistance and also material logistics of the organization had not arrived to Salta because the alternative routes drawn by the ASO have also been affected by the floods and landslides. 211 of 233 participants managed to make our way to Chilecito in different groups.


all in all, the regrouping end of the race in Chilecito there is still nothing easy since the riders and the other vehicles have to travel more than 700 kilometres of link to reach the new bivouac in Chilecito. A route that should sail also the assistance vehicles and trucks organization, so that is not even insured the dispute of the tenth stage, that is contingent on all of these vehicles can reach Chilecito and organize all the logistics of the tenth special that goes on between Chilecito and the town of San Juan.

Given the situation that has crossed the race, many pilots wanted to convey their support to the affected by this natural disaster. Riders like Nani Roma, the brothers Colonel, the official drivers from Peugeot or team KH-7 Epsilon Team, Cristina GutiĆ©rrez or Isidre Esteve have expressed their support to all the inhabitants of the region. In this aspect, Nani Roma wrote: “it Is a pity that you can not held the stage, but in the end, this is just sport, the drama is the living of the affected population has lost their homes and belongings”.