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Friday 11 November 2011

Three ShelterBox supporters take on the Dakar Rally
Three ShelterBox supporters take on the Dakar Rally
 
A group of British sportsmen are set to tackle the biggest, most dangerous and toughest motorsport event of them all - The Dakar Rally. Out of three hundred entrants for the 2012 Dakar Rally only three British riders were accepted to compete; Toby Younger, Jago Pickering and Stan Watts. The team are hoping to raise £60,000 for their three chosen charities, including ShelterBox.
 
Starting in Argentina, the Rally will see bikes, cars and trucks compete for 15 days, covering a staggering 9,000km, to reach the finish line in Peru. The vehicles have to be able to cope with roads, gravel tracks, mud, camel grass and sand dunes.  The physical and mental fitness required, especially for motorbike and quad riders, is huge. The timed special stages can be 8-10 hours a day of physical off road riding and at the end of the day there is still repairing, restocking and revitalising before the next 4 am start. 
 
UK rider, Toby Younger, says: ‘For me Dakar Rally is about the journey rather than the destination. Everyone I have met and the experiences I have had, and will have, are what this dream is about. I've been preparing for this since early 2008 and except for a few items of kit and bit more training, I feel quite prepared. With only 51 days to go until the start, I'm starting to get excited, but I'm sure the pre-race nerves will start to kick in closer to the time’.
 
As well as preparing for the Rally, the team have also been busy raising funds for their chosen charities: ‘When I first heard about ShelterBox I was hooked! Shelterbox is a fantastic concept and does what is says on the tin. It is so simple, yet so practical. It delivers real support at a point in time when survivors need it most. It is a charity that helps people retain their dignity and gives them hope while they get back on their feet’, says Toby. 
 
In the run up to the start of the rally, 1 January 2012, Team GB are holding two events in London:

18 NOVEMBER 2011  
DAKAR ‘LONDON RIDE OUT' 
All UK past and present Dakar trucks, motorcycles, cars and buggies are meeting at Twickenham Rugby Stadium at 8:30. They will then be riding in convoy through the city past all major landmarks like Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Lloyds, and The Houses of Parliament. They are expect support from fans joining them on their bikes throughout the day. The Dakar competitors will end the day promoting the Rally at Canada Square in Canary Wharf from 3:00, allowing the public to take pictures, talk to those involved and find out how to support the teams and their charities.
 
1 DECEMBER 2011 
CHARITY LAUNCH PARTY
Hosted by one of British comedies biggest names, Ross Noble, the team will be holding an evening of food, drink and music at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill. Includes stand-up comedy by Ross Noble, a presentation by the Dakar Team and a charity auction to raise funds for their three charities. The event kicks off at 7pm and tickets are available at www.dakarteamgb.com. 
 
To find out more about Team GB and the Dakar Rally visit www.dakarteamgb.com
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