Monday, January 18th, 2010
Team Rally Australia is nearing the end of the 10,000km race that is the Dakar Rally 2010; a race that included two crossing of the Andes mountains and hundreds of kilometres battling through the treacherous sand of the Atacama Desert.

To call it gruelling is simply not enough. Christophe Barriere-Varju’s strategy to take calculated risks while pushing his body and bike to the limit means he has survived in a race where a large number of the field has already been forced out by either injury or mechanical failure – or in a few cases disqualification.

Documentary maker Simon Lee reports that at the start of the final stage, Christophe was in high spirits, despite enduring an excruciating tear to his triceps only two days before.

“Watching the footage from the POV helmet camera, you see Christophe ploughing up a dune, falling below the top, the bike coming down on its side,” Simon writes in his blog. “You hear him shouting in exasperation. He quite literally screams as he tries to push the bike back up, his injured back causing him serious difficulty, his torn triceps thwarting his efforts.

“And this happens time and time again – bike hits the deck, Christophe struggles to right it, his panting in the helmet microphone bringing home just how much effort he is putting in.

“His calm, humorous demeanour makes it easy to overlook just how hard it is to complete even one special – let alone a special every day for fifteen days.

"When Christophe finally rode in, through the dust kicked up by a car in front of him, it was to successfully finish the penultimate stage of one very hard, very long race."

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Christophe Barriere-Varju has met and overcome many challenges and dreamed many dreams on the road to becoming one of the world’s leading off-road motorcycle racers. Born in France, raised in West Africa, and completing his education in California, Christophe started racing at the age of 14, winning legendary status around his hometown of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast for his aerial acrobatics, skills and speed on a motorcycle. He once competed before a crowd of 220,000 spectators (a world first) at the West African Motocross des Nations, which he won five times. The name “Barriere” is known all around West Africa. An inspiration to thousands of fans of all ages, Christophe is renowned for his impeccable riding techniques, and he has trained many riders in Africa, California and now an accredited motorcycle coach in Australia. He lives and trains at Port Stephens, NSW.
Simon Lee
P: +61401750069


Christophe Barriere-Varju is determined to finish this harrowing race and do Australia proud.


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