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In Pictures: Navigating the desert in the Dakar Rally

Updated : 2020-01-16 10:17:59

Dakar Rally, formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, was created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977. Until 2008, the rallies raced across Africa, but threats in Mauritania led organizers to cancel that year's event and move it to South America. It has now shifted to Saudi Arabia. The race started on January 5 with 560 drivers and co-drivers, some on motorbikes, others in cars or in trucks. Only 41 are taking part in the Original category.

Driver Giniel De Villers, of South Africa, and co-driver Alex Haro, of Spain, race their Toyota during stage seven of the Dakar Rally between Riyadh and Wadi Al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Driver Giniel De Villers, of South Africa, and co-driver Alex Haro, of Spain, race their Toyota during stage seven of the Dakar Rally between Riyadh and Wadi Al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, the race was created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977. Until 2008, the rallies raced across Africa, but threats in Mauritania led organizers to cancel that year's event and move it to South America. It has now shifted to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, the race was created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977. Until 2008, the rallies raced across Africa, but threats in Mauritania led organizers to cancel that year's event and move it to South America. It has now shifted to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Over two weeks, the competitors speed through breathtaking landscapes and end each night at the bivouac, the heart of the race and a landscape of camping tents with clothes hanging from dismantled vehicles, co-pilots checking the road book while eating dinner, staffers playing pétanque, and pilots queuing for a hopefully not-so-cold shower. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Over two weeks, the competitors speed through breathtaking landscapes and end each night at the bivouac, the heart of the race and a landscape of camping tents with clothes hanging from dismantled vehicles, co-pilots checking the road book while eating dinner, staffers playing pétanque, and pilots queuing for a hopefully not-so-cold shower. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Today's Dakar Rally is a well-oiled machine with millions of followers on social media and thousands of hours broadcast in more than 100 countries.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Today's Dakar Rally is a well-oiled machine with millions of followers on social media and thousands of hours broadcast in more than 100 countries.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Driver Peter Van Merksteijn, of Netherlands, foreground, and co-driver Michael Orr, of Great Britain, after crashing their Toyota during stage nine of the Dakar Rally between Wadi Al Dawasir and Haradth, Saudi Arabia.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Driver Peter Van Merksteijn, of Netherlands, foreground, and co-driver Michael Orr, of Great Britain, after crashing their Toyota during stage nine of the Dakar Rally between Wadi Al Dawasir and Haradth, Saudi Arabia.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An overview of the Dakar rally bivouac in Al Ula, in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, the race was created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An overview of the Dakar rally bivouac in Al Ula, in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, the race was created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Sara Garcia of Spain checks her Yamaha motorbike, next to his partner Javier Vega of Spain at the Dakar rally
Sara Garcia of Spain checks her Yamaha motorbike, next to his partner Javier Vega of Spain at the Dakar rally "park ferme" in Wadi Al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
The race started on January 5 with 560 drivers and co-drivers, some on motorbikes, others in cars or in trucks. Only 41 are taking part in the Original category. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
The race started on January 5 with 560 drivers and co-drivers, some on motorbikes, others in cars or in trucks. Only 41 are taking part in the Original category. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Dakar pilots and medics gather around a bonfire after stage seven of the Dakar Rally in Wadi Al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Dakar pilots and medics gather around a bonfire after stage seven of the Dakar Rally in Wadi Al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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