Monday, January 18th, 2010
Four-time Dakar racer and former motocross champion Christophe Barriere-Varju arrived in San Carlos De Bolivar, Argentina, at the end of the Dakar Rally placed at No. 56 but glad just to have finished one of the most arduous Dakars yet seen.

Now all that remains is a "lap of honour" for the hugely supportive crowds on the 300km journey back to Buenos Aires where it began 15 days ago.

Some 500,000 people will line the route home. SBS journalist Jacob Black reports that Barriere-Varju rode with a photo of his close friend, who died just weeks ago, adorning his bike in front of the boxing kangaroo.

Said Christophe: "At the end you have got there and done the Dakar. You made it, and nothing can change that."

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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 rode the Dakar with memories of a close friend who recently passed away.


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