JLR Off-Road Training in conjunction with Danny LaPorte, Jimmy Lewis and Chris Blais brings you the Pahrump To Dakar Rally Experience. This three day event will give participants a chance to learn from and hang out with America’s three top placing motorcycle racers in the iconic Paris to Dakar rally. The inaugural event will take place April 7,8,9 2017 and be based out of Pahrump, Nevada with a limited number of participants.
Participants can choose to start with an intensive one-day mapbook style rally navigation training taught by three-time Dakar stage winner Jimmy Lewis on Friday. Then the fun starts for everyone on Saturday morning with a basic introduction to navigation course followed a fun route for all participants to a secret bivouac in the desert. You’ll ride, drive and learn with LaPorte, Lewis and Blais plus a few more special guests to be announced later. The routes will be provided on mapbooks from Rally Navigator (www.rallynavigatgor.com) in different formats as well as the availability of GPS tracks for “cheaters”. You’ll only need an odometer and a compass–there are even apps available for your phone (we suggest Rally Blitz) that will do all of this for you. Motorcycle riders will need a mapbook holder. Vehicles need to have 80 miles of fuel range.
Saturday evening participants will gather for a catered meal, more stories, a few games and presentations about the Dakar past and present. Motorcycle riders will have some small supplies transported (airplane box) and then we’ll camp in the dirt just like the old days. Bring your tent and sleeping bag! Furthermore Rally Fans can choose to join and camp with the event Saturday afternoon and evening for presentations, good food and bench racing at a private secluded location.
Sunday will have participants navigating another stage which will take them to the dunes. Here we will have some lessons in sand riding and driving as well as some short training stages to navigate. Then participants will have the option of a group ride/drive back to Pahrump or depart from the dunes.
There will be plenty of time to learn and socialize with racers and other rally fans. The event is designed to be friendly to all ability levels with easy access to meeting points and camping areas. Event sponsors will be announced soon and we expect to have give-away items to participants and raffle items to raise money for land use groups. Entry forms will be available in late February.
Two-day Pahrump to Dakar Participant 2 or 4 wheel: $375
Includces: Training, Mapbooks, GPS downloads, Meals (bag lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, bag lunch), Camping, “airplane box” transport for motos, dune flag, Fuel transport and event T-shirt.
Support Person: $225
Includes: Meals (bag lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, bag lunch), Camping, Support Road Book and event T-shirt
Rally Fan Pass: $100
Includes: Saturday Dinner, Camping, Breakfast, event T-Shirt
Three Day Pahrump to Dakar Participant: $775 (limited to 10 participants)
Same as two-day but with additional Friday Training including lunch and training supplies. Participants will have a longer Saturday navigation stage as well.
Entries will open mid-February. To get on the email list to be notified early and guarantee a spot at the event email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday’s Navigation Course Details:
This course will give an insight that goes far beyond, “here is a mapbook and here are your crayons” training. It revolves around the understanding of where you are, where you are going and how to get there with the instructions you have been given. Designed around a learning experience that gives you the skill set to build your own system of navigation and process information while riding or driving at a high level. Additionally Jimmy will explain the craft of navigating while racing which is much more than following pictures, other riders or even learning a few french phrases. “I was never the fastest guy but I could navigate. I learned by racing with the best and taught myself even more when I realized how important navigation was to success in rallies. I can work with a rider on riding technique for a year and not make them 20-minutes faster in riding on a day. One day of navigation training can save a rider 20-minutes easy. Some simple skills can pay those kinds of dividends while others are lost,” states Jimmy.
There will be classroom time and practical drills with the vehicle. Participants will need an odometer and compass (CAP heading) display and a mapbook holder if on a motorcycle.