Originally Posted by LUDO
I was part of the CYCLE GEAR team Pit Crew when they brought Alain Olivier.
if it ran again, I know many Euros who would come and race it. David Casteu, Verhoeven for ex.
Several years after the rally, I was going through the old daily stage results that I had kept and saw the name...Fabrizio Meoni.
In 1995, I had no idea that he would become a Dakar champion. The international flavor of the of the event was super cool. I didn't see it myself, but my pit guy Jim Pilon swears he saw some of the competitors down on their knees and praying towards Mecca one morning. There were also a fair number of young Italian hotties as part of the Acerbis caravan.
Another distasteful moment was asking for water at one of the checkpoints, and being given sparkling soda water. I hate that stuff, and it was way worse when I was overheated and exhausted in the middle of the desert!