Dakar 2011 is officially underway, and American Jonah Street called earlier with his latest update. There wasn’t much excitement today, aside from a delay to the start of the first stage of the race. Tomorrow’s stage begins early—4:20 a.m. for the first bike; Street is scheduled to depart at 4:34. Bikes will be released at two-minute intervals. Here’s what Street had to say:
“I need to keep this update short because I have to get up at 4 a.m. for an early start.
“The day went well. They delayed us for a long time this morning. I waited in my hotel room for four hours. I’m pretty sure the delay was done on purpose just to throw us into a mess right from the start. Dakar isn’t easy.
“The stage itself was pretty basic. We just cruised down the road and took it easy. A lot of people came out to watch, which was really cool.
“Tomorrow, we race. The plan is to wake up early and get going. Talk to you tomorrow night after Stage 2.”
For a preview of Stage 2 and to follow the competitors’ rankings along the waypoints, log on to: http://gaps.dakar.com/2011/dakar/stage-01/aso/ukie.php
Stay tuned for more daily updates, photos and videos from Jonah Street straight from the streets, bivouacs and tracks of the 2011 Dakar.
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