Race To Dakar

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Travel Documentary hosted by Charley Boorman published by Others in 2006 - English narration

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Race To Dakar is a documentary series following actor and keen motorcyclist Charley Boorman's entry into the 2006 Lisbon-Dakar Rally. One of Boorman's lifelong dreams had been to enter the Dakar Rally, the most dangerous race on earth. Over 10,000km from Portugal, through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal across treacherous terrain in extreme temperatures the Dakar Rally is just about as hard as it gets.

Boorman felt he had to do the rally and proposed the idea to Russ Malkin, one of the producers of Long Way Round, who liked the idea. Malkin was concerned that Boorman might not finish the rally should he enter alone, so Boorman approached Simon Pavey to see if he was interested in making the documentary and also training him. A third rider, Matt Hall, was chosen to film their participation and, if necessary, allow his bike to be used for parts if anything happened to Boorman's or Pavey's. They entered the rally riding BMW F650RR rally bikes.

During the Rally, Charley broke bones in both hands when he fell and tried to push his bike up and off his body. He rode on to the end of the stage and had to withdraw. Matt and Simon rode on, but Matt got stuck in the desert for two days and was eventually picked up by the camion balais sweeper truck.

Simon was able to finish the event, and the team were met at Dakar by their spouses and partners, as well as Ewan McGregor who flew out to congratulate them.

[edit] Episode 1

Charley Boorman attempts to fulfil his childhood dream of competing in the Dakar Rally, as he embarks on the most dangerous motorbike race in the world. Will he make it to the end?
He is not only faced with the challenging task of one of the toughest races in the world, he also has to find his team and get fit.

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As Charley Boorman intensifies his training regime, the rally team begins to feel the pressure. With the start of the race drawing closer, will they even make the start line in Lisbon?
After suffering a major set back, a broken collar bone in Dubai Charley has his work cut out getting his team to the rally start line.

[edit] Episode 3

The boys are off! Only minutes into the start of the race and Charley faces his first problem?petrol or lack of it!
After months of intensive training, Charley Boorman and his team finally begin the gruelling 15-day endurance race, the Dakar Rally. Will the boys make it to the ferry to Morocco?

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The boys roll off the ferry into Morocco to begin the first riding stage in Africa. As the team faces punishing terrain and low visibility, there are some major scares.

[edit] Episode 5

Simon and Matt are left devastated by the turn of events. The race begins to take its toll on the riders who are overcome with exhaustion and overwhelmed by the dunes. Charley has reached a real low and now wonders what his new role will be.

[edit] Episode 6

Simon and Matt make it to Nouakchott for day 8, the rest day. Here they are able to recuperate and reflect on their journey so far. Simon and Matt agree that if Matt starts to struggle in the sand, then Simon will have no other choice but to leave him. Meanwhile, tragic news strikes the rally.

[edit] Episode 7

Charley Boorman and his team see their epic journey across the Sahara desert come to an emotional end. Ewan McGregor joins the team at the finishing line to celebrate.

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[edit] Technical Specs

  • Episode Size (MB) . : 650 MB
  • Total Size (MB) ..... : 4541 MB
  • Duration .............. : 45 minutes
  • Video Codec ....... : XviD MPEG-4 codec
  • Resolution .......... : 720 x 416
  • Aspect Ratio ....... : 1.73:1
  • Video Bitrate ...... : 1798 KB/s
  • Framerate .......... : 25 FPS
  • Quality Factor ..... : 0.240 B/px
  • Audio Codec ....... : MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3)
  • Audio Bitrate ...... : 192 KB/s (CBR)
  • Channels ............ : 2 Ch
  • Sampling Rate .... : 44100 Hz
  • Ripped by ......... : Obelisk, released on Usenet

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