TORONTO, Ont. and SAN JUAN DE PIRQUE, Chile – Ever wonder what it would be like to brave the rigors of Dakar? David Mills wants you to know.
The author has just released "Zero to Sixty - A Dakar Adventure" to give other riders a taste of the famous off-road challenge.
In 2012 Mills joined a Chilean team competing in the legendary Dakar Rallyin South America. He first discovered the Dakar during a three-month motorcycle tour of South America. Two years later he turned 60, and as an embedded member of a Chilean Dakar team he said he was granted unprecedented access to the event.
IMAGE: Author David Mills at the finish line of the 2012 Dakar Rally. (Press image courtesy CNW Group/David Mills)
For three weeks he lived with the tight-knit Dakar community as they battled brutal conditions in the long-distance off-road competition, racing 9,000 km across unmarked mountain valleys and shifting desert sands in Argentina, Chile and Peru.
Here’s how he describes his book:
“Join David as he traverses the driest deserts on the planet, visits lush wine regions, gets lost on mountain passes, encounters earthquakes and landslides, endures temperatures ranging from over 40°C to minus 6°C in one day, and is flattened by altitude sickness at over 15,500 ft. The vehicles and their brilliant mechanics, the race and its storied history, and the entrepreneurs and millionaires who make the Dakar the most famous off-road race in the world are all here—as are an international band of elite athletes and wacko eccentrics who insist on living on the edge of disaster just to see if they can finish the world's deadliest sporting event. And why do they do it? The answer, Mills discovers, is because we are human, driven by our common DNA to take risks that make us better.”