Rally Raid De Himalaya – Race To The Top Of The World

Those inclined to clocking miles and consuming distances on two wheels all have their favourite roads and destinations. Not all are equal or comparable. One biker’s ecstasy is another biker’s raging madness, deserving of a straitjacket, shackles and life-time commitment to a asylum and the keys thrown away.

One way to get started on a ride is to speak to your biking brethren. Prodding and daring by what the rest of the population terms friends and copious amounts of alcohol are part of the brew for some ill-advised adventures. Justification for such foolishness or bravado demands showmanship, so if it is going to be done, you might as well do it like it has never been done and stake a claim to your pioneering glory or lunatic credentials.

If you’re riding cross country, why not attempt to beat the clock and ride your glorious derrière into the league of the the Iron Butt Association – the world’s toughest riders?

If the pavement’s too flat for you and you like to roll in the sand, why not try the Baja 1000 or Paris-Dakar Rally?

If riding at normal elevations isn’t stretching your lungs or imagination, why not race to the top of the world in the Rally Raid De Himalaya?

Ah! A veritable cocktail for biker psychosis. No unpronounceable pharmaceuticals for us, just unadulterated masochistic adventure, thank you very much.

With this year’s Dakar Rally cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1979, due to fears of terrorist attacks and reprisals, the Raid De Himalaya sounds like a good way not to lay waste participants’ preparations. Medical opinion too strongly advocates it is dangerous for loons to stay off their medication.

The Rally Raid De Himalaya dosage appears suitable. Covering 1366 miles in 7 days and featuring dry, desolate deserts, freezing chills, precipitous plunges, inevitable crashes, and heavily manned military outposts and elevations high enough to send heads spinning, stomachs churning and reversing the journey of imbibed sustenance, the Rally Raid De Himalaya sounds like the Dakar rally redux. Someone else put the two races in perspective: “the Dakar is the equivalent of doing the Raid de Himalaya in a Mumbai cab, backwards and blind folded.”

Read more about the Rally Raid De Himalaya in Bike Magazine’s March 2007 issue. Pages scanned and uploaded for your viewing pleasure/treatment @ Bike Rally Raid De Himalaya Article

Excerpt from Bike, March 2007 by Damon I’Anson:

A seven-day race (with bike and car classes) covering 1366 miles of the world’s most challenging roads and trails. A third of the distance consists of closed-road time trials, the rest time-limited ‘transport’ stages. There is a maximum permitted lateness (MPL) limit: exceed this and disqualification looms. Each year only around one-third of the field completes the super-tough first day.Even if they keep going, competitors may snap under the mental strain of trying to race with a rock face on one side and a 1000-ft plus drop into a raging river on the other, especially 12 hours into the day, after nearly a week’s racing and little sleep.

The course varies in altitude from around 1000m to more than 5000m (which it exceeds six times). This can mean altitude sickness – dizziness, poor decision making, shortness of breath, dehydration, and a tangible loss of physical performance from oxygen-starved muscles. In October, it’s also cold enough to put hypothermia on the menu. There will be river crossings, landslides, ice and possibly snow. Freshly fallen boulders will randomly plonk themselves in the road. In the high-altitude deserts there is sand, in other places mud, bare rock, shale and, just sometimes, tarmac.”

Wow! When can I go?


~ by Biking Nomad on 2 February, 2008.

3 Responses to “Rally Raid De Himalaya – Race To The Top Of The World”

  1. Thats interesting. I wanto take part in this relly???

  2. i m intrested in bullet ralley in hilley areas …….will u tell me how to particepate it

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