Conquering the tracks of the original Paris-Dakar after a life-changing accident.
Fourteen days of grueling battle against the shifting sands of Africa, 6,500 kilometers of rugged terrain, and the finish line in Dakar, Senegal – the Africa Eco Race has been dubbed “The Real Race to Dakar” since the original Paris-Dakar rally left for South America and, in recent years, Saudi Arabia. A challenging race from Monaco to Dakar, the AER’s motto is “Sur les traces de Thierry Sabine” (“Along the tracks of Thierry Sabine”) – a nostalgic nod to the very origins of the iconic Paris-Dakar.
As the Africa Eco Race gears up for its annual adrenaline-fueled adventure through the heart of Africa, one name stands out in the lineup – Vanessa Ruck, aka The Girl on a Bike. A seasoned off-road rider and a prominent figure in the adventure motorcycling world, Vanessa is set to take on the grueling race with a sense of purpose that goes beyond personal achievement.