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Guest Patrick Trahan

You might have heard of the Dakar Rally. Going on annually for more than thirty years and counting, it's one of the biggest off road motor races in the world - run over some of the toughest terrain on the planet. Two and a half weeks, nine thousand kilometers, and nearly four hundred teams - all competing in a punishing test of endurance and navigation.

Traditionally, the rally started in Europe, made its way through North and West Africa, and finished in Dakar, Senegal. But in 2008, the race was called off because of a terrorist threat. So, this year, the rally moved to South America. And it'll be there again next year - in January - running through Argentina and Chile.

Now, Dakar is arguably the toughest off road race in the world. Those who compete literally risk life and limb. Over the past thirty or so years, more than fifty people involved in the race have been killed, mostly in crashes. Something Patrick Trahan knows all about.

Back in 2000, Patrick became the first Canadian to do the Dakar Rally on a motorcycle. He lasted just three days before crashing. He participated again in 2001, and is back for this year's race as part of the Honda Dakar Rally Team.

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