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The most challenging race on the planet? Dakar Rally is a good bet

Searing heat. Sandstorms. Wild animals. Booby traps. Even a sniper or two. What's all the fuss about the Dakar Rally, the most dangerous race in the world? Ask Robby Gordon.

Originally Published: December 28, 2007
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Racers are a very territorial people. They believe their series is the best, their cars are the fastest, and their schedule is the most challenging -- and they are never more passionate than when it comes to defending their centerpiece race.

Ask one simple question -- What's the most difficult race in the world? -- and watch them circle the wagons. In Europe, they'll point to the Monaco Grand Prix or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In America, it'll be one of the 500s, Daytona or ...

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