It wasn’t even a dream.
When most Dakar racers write these kind of things, it almost always includes the line, “it’s been my dream since I was a kid.” If I were to say that, it would be a blatant lie. The only knowledge I had of the Dakar until the age of 15 was a clip on an old Duke crash compilation, where an Audi Quattro imploded after hitting a small dune at full speed.
It’s just not a thing that happens to kids growing up in South Wales. Statistically, I was more likely to be a rockstar or captain of the British and Irish Lions than an international rally racer. But here I am, final preparations underway, and it all started with the motorbike in the picture below…
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November 1990 - born in Neath
1998 - first time riding a dirtbike, a friend’s LEM 50
December 2000 - first bike, a Scorpa 250 trials bike purchased by my Dad for Christmas
July 2006 - two week work placement with Simon Pavey at BMW Off Road Skills
April 2007 - started working part-time with ORS
June 2008 - first enduro bike, Gasgas EC200
August 2008 - first enduro
July 2014 - graduated Cardiff University with a masters in engineering
August 2014 - first international rally
April 2019 - qualified for Dakar by finishing Merzouga rally
7th in class, British rally championship 2014
39th, Serres Rally 2014, Greece
27th, Serres Rally 2015, Greece
2nd in class, Welsh Enduro Championship 2016
3rd in class, Welsh Enduro Championship 2017
33rd, Serres Rally 2017, Greece
4th in class, Welsh Enduro Championship 2018
33rd, Merzouga Rally 2019, Morocco
Total racing days started: 72.
Total finished: 72.