Joan Pedrero and the Pan America™ 1250 testing the limits of man and machine in the Moroccan desert training for the 2024 Africa Eco Race. United we Ride. The ultimate test for man and machine, 6000 km in the harshest of environments. The race, spanning from December 30, 2023, to January 14, 2024, will challenge participants to conquer over 6500 kilometers across two continents, offering a thrilling display of endurance and strategy. Harley-Davidson has accepted this challenge and with Joan Pedrero on board the Pan America we face that challenge head on. United we Ride.
Joan starts in second position. It's a mostly flat stage in terms of terrain, and the final result is good: Joan achieves 8th place.
STAGE 2 - Starting from Boudnib, the situation has become more complicated. The terrain was much more challenging and rugged, with dunes and rocky tracks. There have been several falls by different riders from other bikes. The Pan America and Joan have faced difficulties and struggled at some points, but still, they have maintained their overall position, dropping only one place to P9. Joan and the Harley team are at the camp, fine-tuning the Pan America again and preparing for the upcoming stages, which will become increasingly complex and tough.
Fort Chacal to Dakhla. It's a long but very fast stage, with sandy tracks prevailing. Joan and the team have had to be very mindful of fuel consumption, knowing when to ease off the speed to make it to the refuelling point. A rest day means the team is going through all the screws and bolts of the Pan America, getting it ready for the stages in Mauritania.
Challenging terrain, long stretches of soft sand with complex navigation and more dunes. Joan Pedrero and his Pan America 1250™ finished 16th; now 13th overall. Today has brought a fuel pump issue, probably due to the poor quality of the local fuel. Mechanics are disassembling and cleaning the pump to fully understand what happened. The standings are unclear after this.
Chami to Amodjar. 478km to reach Amodjar in the heart of Mauritania. Sandy dunes + high temperatures, make it a very tough stage. Joan experienced a tire blowout and had to act quickly to continue to the finish. Due to the penalty from the previous stage, he finished in 23rd position.
Stage 9: Amodjar. 466 km and one of the toughest stages for Joan and the Pan America. Around kilometer 160, Joan had a fall. Nevertheless, he managed to recover and reach the finish, a bit sore but content - one stage less until reaching Dakar. Despite the fall, Joan finishes in 9th position, once again reclaiming a spot in the top 10.
Stage 10: Chami - Akjoujt - a very tough stage; Joan Pedrero and other riders faced issues with the local fuel. The fuel pump started to fail, forcing Joan to reduce speed in order to complete the stage. Joan finishes in 14th position.
Stage 11: Akjoujt -Nuakchot. The last stage in Mauritania and the prelude to the grand finale in Dakar. Joan encounters numerous difficulties with the high dunes - getting stuck five times - but manages to maintain 14th position. The entire team is delighted, looking forward to celebrating tomorrow at the symbolic stage in Dakar, marking the end of this adventure.
The Africa Eco Race challenge - done. Joan Pedrero and the Pan America arrive safely at Lac Rose in Dakar. Excitement and celebration take centre stage as they have successfully completed the challenge to the very end. Joan's final position is 24th, although he and the entire team assert that reaching the finish line was the sole objective, making it a victory for them. Well done Joan! An epic adventure of man & Pan America.
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