Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Dakar 2015, The Numbers That Matter

1: one 100% female crew: Frenchwomen Catherine Houlès and Sandrine Ridet.

1: For the 1st time, a drone will be available to the TV channels for images that are even more “inside” the race.

4: Marathon stages (cars, bikes/quads, trucks) without assistance and totally independent.

4: The number of titles to be won on the Dakar, in the bike, quad, car and truck categories.

11: Women registered for the Dakar in the car, bike and quad races, i.e. 3% of registered competitors.

11: The record for victories on the event, held by Stéphane Peterhansel with 6 titles on a bike and 5 in a car. Vladimir Chagin holds the record for victories in a single category, with 7 triumphs in a truck.

18: The age of the youngest rider at the start in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Jorge Lacunza registered in the bike category.

28: The number of countries visited by the Dakar since its creation.

30: The number of doctors present at the field hospital, to care for the riders, drivers and organisation teams.

46: The number of quad riders registered for the 2015 edition, which is a record.

53: The number of nationalities represented on the rally, 18% French, 14.8% Dutch, 12.2% Argentineans, 6.2% Spanish, 5.9% Chileans.

60: The number of secure zones for spectators along the routes of the special stages.

64: The number of trucks registered to take part in the rally.

73: In years, the age of the eldest driver on the rally, Japan’s Yoshimasa Sugawara, in a truck.

89: The number of first-time riders and drivers registered for the Dakar, i.e. 20.27% of the total.

138: The number of cars registered to participate in the rally.

164: The number of bikes registered to participate in the rally.

190: The number of countries in which the images of the Dakar will be broadcast via 70 TV channels.

210: The number of organisation vehicles used every day on the rally (40 cars, 11 helicopters, 55 trucks, etc.).

280: The number of journalists who will follow the entire rally, out of a total of 1,800 pass holders in total in the media (technicians, consultants, journalists covering part of the race, etc.).

414: Vehicles registered for the 2015 edition.

450: In cubic centimetres, the maximum engine power allowed for the bikes registered to take part in the rally.

500: Members of the organisation team at the rally’s service.

720: The number of competitors involved in the race: riders, drivers, co-pilots and mechanics.

1,200: The estimated total number of broadcasting hours of images from the Dakar on TV channels worldwide (based on 2013).

1978: On 26th December of that year, starter’s orders for the 1st edition, the Dakar 1979, were given.

2,300: The number of messages broadcast devoted to safety on 40 radio stations in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

3,000: People welcomed each day to the bivouac: competitors, organisers, sponsors and the media.

8,196: The amount of kilometres to be covered on the loop from Buenos-Aires and back with 3,788 kilometres of special stages for the trucks.

9,026: The amount of kilometres to be covered on the loop from Buenos-Aires and back with 4,505 kilometres of special stages for the cars.

9,203: The amount of kilometres to be covered on the loop from Buenos-Aires and back with 4,657 kilometres of special stages for the bikes.

22,000: The number of people mobilised for the safety of spectators and competitors.

80,000: The number of meals served at the bivouac during the rally.

176,000: The number of followers on the Dakar’s official Twitter account.

1 million: The number of fans on the Dakar’s official Facebook page, several days before the start of the rally.

3.9 million: The number of spectators recorded for the start, passage and finish of the Dakar in 2014, in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

4.8 million videos viewed in 2014.

7.2 millions: The number of unique visitors to the web site

1 billion: The number of TV viewers who viewed images of the Dakar in 2014

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