2015 Dakar Rally Schedule | 37th Edition Details Unveiled2015 Dakar Rally Schedule

The official details of the 2015 Dakar Rally – nicknamed “The Odyssey” – were unveiled Wednesday during a presentation at the Gabriel Pavilion in Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees.

The 37th edition begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Jan. 4, 2015,  which is just over six weeks away. This year’s Dakar features 13 grueling stages and only one rest day halfway through. The 2015 Dakar Rally travels through Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, and ends Jan. 17, 2015, back in Buenos Aires

During the presentation, Étienne Lavigne, Dakar Race Director, said one of the predominant factors will be altitude. A few sections on the route stretch above nearly 2300 miles above sea level.

The 2015 Dakar Rally’s total length is 5,775 miles, with 2953 of those – over half – timed specials, making it over 300 miles longer than the 2014 Dakar.

New features will surely challenge the riders, including the two marathon stages, both set for the second week after the rest day in Chile.

Last year’s Dakar Rally, which which took riders 5427 miles in 13 stages through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, was won by Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma. This was Coma’s fourth Dakar title, and he took the overall victory after winning only three stages.

All together, 196 motorcycles began the 2014 Dakar Rally – rightly dubbed the world’s toughest rally – and only 78 finished.

The 2014 Dakar Rally also claimed three lives. During stage six, Belgium rider Eric Palante (Honda, 50-years old) was found dead. Two Argentina reporters also died when a car rolled on them in a ravine – 20-year-old Agustin Mina and 51-year-old Daniel Ambrosio.

2015 Dakar Rally Schedule (courtesy of Team HRC):

STAGE DAY FROM – TO TOTAL KM SPECIAL LIAISON
Stage 1 4 January Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz 838 175 663
Stage 2 5 January Villa Carlos Paz – San Juan 625 518 107
Stage 3 6 January San Juan – Chilecito 657 220 437
Stage 4 7 January Chilecito – Copiapó 909 315 594
Stage 5 8 January Copiapó – Antofagasta 697 458 239
Stage 6 9 January Antofagasta – Iquique 688 319 369
Rest day 10 January Iquique
Stage 7 11 January Iquique – Uyuni (*) 717 321 396
Stage 8 12 January Uyuni – Iquique 805 781 24
Stage 9 13 January Iquique – Calama 539 451 88
Stage 10 14 January Calama – Salta (*) 891 371 520
Stage 11 15 January Salta – Termas Río Hondo 512 351 161
Stage 12 16 January Termas Río Hondo – Rosario 1024 298 726
Stage 13 17 January Rosario – Buenos Aires 393 174 219