JOURNEY TO DAKAR
David Thomas has raced on two wheels his whole life. Starting with Mountain Biking, then on to Enduro Riding. Over the last thirty years he has seen much success, winning numerous championships.
His competitiveness in extreme sports runs in his family. His father, Paul Thomas is an acclaimed Enduro Champion winning the Western Cape trophy on many occasions. His late brother, Justin Thomas, was a successful Western Cape Surf Champion and Motocross Enduro rider.
The Thomas brothers, whilst in their late 20’s, were training together to fulfil their dream to take on the Dakar. They were the perfect team: bike enthusiasts, talented, fit, young, both full of dreams and goals! David would ride, whilst his brother would be part of the support crew. When his elder brother died in a tragic car accident in 2003, David vowed to complete the Dakar in his memory.
January 2nd – 14th
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South African entrepreneur and amateur motorcycle competitor, David Thomas, will be making his lifelong dream a reality by taking on the longest and toughest off-road rally in the world, THE DAKAR RALLY.
He is Competitive, Determined, Focused, with only one goal in mind: to finish the Dakar safely.
DAKAR 2017 is DAVID’S very first Dakar Rally. He will be riding a Husqvarna 450 Rally Bike, supported by his HT Rally team.
The race will take competitors through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina scaling altitudes of almost 4000m above sea level, through deserts and mountain ranges that will literally take their breath away travelling 9000 kilometres in 2 weeks!
David’s Racing CV
ENDURO MOTORCYCLE RACING
1991: Moved to mountain bike racing and started competing in Downhill Racing
1992: Won the SA Downhill Championship and qualified to represent South Africa at the Grundig World Downhill Championship in Quebec (Canada)
1993: Won A Class 3 Hour Enduro Race Ranked 18th in the world at the Downhill Championship in France
1994 – 2007: Won 9x Enduro Motorcycle Championships in the Western Cape
Roof of Africa
5 x Time completed (extreme enduro race in Lesotho)
Best Roof of Africa result: 6th overall
1999: Set a new record by winning 8 out of 8 enduro races and took the overall championship
2009: Absa Cape Epic (MTB Race)
2008 – 2011: Starts training for long distance rallies
2014: Red Bull Romaniacs (5 day extreme enduro in Romania)
2016: Qualified to the DAKAR 2017 by riding 2 international races alongside professional factory riders:
ABU-DHABI CHALLENGE 10th overall
MERZOUGA RALLY 18th overall
Countdown to Dakar 2017
COUNTDOWN TO DAKAR 2017