The Route for the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia Is Finalized

Dakar 2020

There are 12 Stages

The Dakar Rally is one of the toughest and most insane races in the whole world. However, lately, the race has had a hard time finding a home. Last year, we reported that the race would go to Saudi Arabia. I had mixed feelings about this choice for several reasons. But my thoughts don’t account for a hill of beans in the world of the Dakar Rally, so here we are. The Dakar 2020 route has been finalized. 

The route will start in Jeddah. Then it will go through Al Waja, Neom, Al Ula, Ha’il, and pause in Riyadh. Then it’s on to Wadi Al-Dawasir, Haradh, Shubayth, and end in Qiddiyah. A couple of the spots listed will be hit more than once on the route if I’m reading the map right.

Overall, the race will cover nearly 5,000 miles. The first half of the race is a maze of tracks and the second half will be the big desert landscapes and dunes that many people will expect and want to see. According to MoreBikes, 2020 comes with some changes. There are new road books that will be distributed right before the start of the timed sector and something called a Super Marathon stage where riders get only 10 minutes to work on their bikes. Regardless of what you think of the location or the race, you can’t deny it should be an amazing thing to watch.