Women in the history of Dakar

Mujeres en la historia del Dakar

We review the history of female motorcycle riders who have gone through the Dakar, the toughest rally in the world.

Recently it has signed an Dakar historic for the female motorcycle, where Laia Sanz has gone down in history as the highest ranked woman in general of a Dakar with a ninth place, why we believe this is the best time to review what has happened in the history of Dakar with female riders on two wheels.

A total of 32 women are those who have dared to cut dunes, cross deserts, climbing mountains and rivers bordering, part of the toughest rally in the world. 54 Finishes featuring 23 females who managed to reach the podium (see ranking at the end), 14 which were proclaimed as the best fémina. Many other tried and did not succeed, but which nevertheless detract our attention.

Until recently, not officially exist trophy females, but here is the will award, to be the best among them and because they almost always were women.

Martine de Cortanze (1979)

Martine Cortanze, Dakar 1979

1979 (1ª Edition): The Rally Dakar officially starts in December 1978, departing in Paris (France) toward the heart of Africa and ending in the beautiful Lac Rose in Dakar (Senegal). Surprisingly, the most successful edition in female participation in bikes, perhaps because of the novelty or perhaps by ignorance of the hardness test, but it is strange that in those times seven brave women, a total of 90 participants, decided to cross the desert on a motorcycle. The first seven women, all French, were, Martine Cortanze, Marie Ertaud, Pascale Gueurie, Christine Martin, Husband, Corinne Martine Koppenhague there Rénier. Of these, Martine Cortanze was the best being 11th on bikes and marking the first female record of history, Marie Ertaud (20ª) and Pascale Gueurie with a 27th place, who leave the Dakar to return three years later, but cars, become the first three women to finish the Dakar. Christine Martin, Husband, Corinne Martine Koppenhague there Rénier, did not reach goal. The latter two were also passed to all four wheels.

1980 (2ª Edition): The list of female pilots I was reduced to four, where returned to participate 90 motorcycles. Ventured again, Christine Martin, who after seeing abandoned in the first edition, finished the first of the women with a 20th place, Marie Ertaud and Martine Cortanze, less fortunate this time, since they had to leave. To them it joined Nicole Maitrot, was, beside Christine Martin, the only ending, climbing the podium 23rd.

Christine Martin, Dakar 1981

Christine Martin, Dakar 1981

1981 (3ª Edition): The thing turned encourage six registered in 106 participants. It was a good year for females. They finished more than half of the participants and also, Christine Martin, with a 10th place, improving registration Martine Cortanze in 1979 and he became the best positioned women in general far, besides more titles possessed female, of. De Cortanze it had to settle for being second in its latest edition, marking 19th position, after three participations, was passed cars. The seguió Ertaud (26ª) and Maitrot (29ª). The debutantes, Marie-Claude Laredo and Patricia De Keiser, had no luck. De Emperor did not return to try again.

Nicole Maitrot, Dakar 1982

Nicole Maitrot, Dakar 1982

1982 (4Edition): Four were the bravest of the 129 registrants. Those experienced, Nicole Maitrot, who with a 14th place, was proclaimed for the first time and better fémina Marie Ertaud (24ª) were the only women who overcame great sandstorm that made up 40 pilots were lost. Christine Martin and newcomer Véronique Anquetil, they did not succeed.

Marie Ertaud, Dakar 1983

Marie Ertaud, Dakar 1983

1983 (5Edition): 132 motorcycles, six of them piloted by women. Marie Ertaud, who had played all editions, far, Best fémina was proclaimed a 15th position, followed by Nicole Maitrot was 20th. Christine Martin, Marie-Claude Laredo, Véronique Anquetil and newcomer Nicole Bass not finished. That year many stopped participating, Maitrot, Laredo and Martin, who went to the car holds the record for best absolute fémina on bikes for many years throughout history Dakar and the female being more editions disputed by Ertaud, who also retired this year, being coupled to Maitrot women with more completed editions, four.

Veronique Anquetil, Dakar 1984

Veronique Anquetil, Dakar 1984

1984 (6ª Edition): Two female pilots 114 participants. Were only two, but one, Véronique Anquetil, he became the star of the edition to get a 4th place at the end stages 5 and 6 (were linked), getting into history as the highest ranked woman in a stage. He finished 15th and was better fémina, since Nicole Bass failed to finish.

1985 (7Edition): Four women between 135 motorcycles. Disastrous year for the type of motorcycle, single ended 25, but more disastrous was for the women. There is no Veronique Anquetil, not Nicole Bass, not Corinne Koppenhague, who returned to try again, or debutante Anne-Marie Lecomte (was his only), They managed to reach the Lac Rose.

1986 (8ª Edition): Again Anquetil and Basses female representatives were a total of 131 motorcycles. Another year without female presence in the final podium.

1987 (9ª Edition): 154 motorcycles, again Anquetil and Basses they tried unsuccessfully. Anquetil, to see their intentions frustrated again, decided not to participate.

1988 (10ª Edition): Between 183 Participants are three new additions, the Italian Patrizia Wolf and German Patricia Schek and Jutta Kleinschmidt, in addition to Nicole Basses. None ended.

Patrizia Wolf, Dakar 1989

Patrick Wolf, Dakar 1989

1989 (11ª Edition): Only Nicole Basses and Patricia Wolf they dared to fight 155 motorcycles registered. Wolf He finished 32nd and got the win in the women's category, since Basses not finished, both closed their step in the Dakar. Basses persists in history as Woman more editions has played, seven as the least editions has ended, six.

1990 (12ª Edition): One only female, 136 participants. Patricia Schek He tried again and this time, luckiest, consiguió acabar 45ª y conquistar la categoría de féminas.

Patricia Schek, Dakar 1990

Patricia Schek

1991 (13ªEdición): Again Schek I was alone before 112 more drivers. 42nd position with a female getting his second trophy equaling Christine Martin.

1992 (14ª Edition): 98 motorcycles and two females. Following the success of Patricka Schek, Jutta Kleinschmidt he sat up to give excitement to the women. It was a Dakar intense, in which both pilots had a good battle. Finally it was Kleinschmidt who won by a single square, 23ª, on the 24th position Schek and getting his first victory in the women's category. Schek he left to devote himself to his children.

1993 (15ª Edition): Editing with less enrollment in the history of Dakar, 46 motorcycles, among which it was Jutta Kleinschmidt. Only 12 Motorcycle reached goal, Jutta Kleinschmidt he failed.

Jutta Kleinschmidt, Dakar 1992

Jutta Kleinschmidt

1994 (16ª Edition): Kleinschmidt He returned to stay ahead of the representation of females to 95 pilots. He finished 22nd, improving his best position and equating to Christine Martin and Patricia Schek in achieving victories female, of. He left the mode of motorcycles and passed cars, which would make history.

1995 (17ª Edition): It was the first year without female presence.

1996 (18ª Edition): Another German, Andrea Mayer proved luck crossing the desert with 95 bikes more. Mayer finished 45th clinching the first female trophy.


Andrea Mayer

1997 (19ª Edition): Andrea Mayer fought against 125 motorcycles, no luck.

1998 (20ª Edition): Again Mayer the only female of 173 participants. Nor did it

1999 (21ª Edition): With a total of 161 participants, persists Andrea Mayer, who with a 32nd place adds to Christine Martin, Patricia Schek and Jutta Kleinschmidt in women's titles, of.

Elisabete Jacinto, Dakar 2000

Elisabete Jacinto, Dakar 2000

2000 (22ª Edition): Between 200 motorcycles, found two females. Andrea Mayer and newcomer Elisabete Hyacinth, who with a 49th place, was imposed on Mayer (53ª), snatching the possibility of women with more wins in the female category.

2001 (23ª Edition): 133 participants, Hyacinth and Mayer turned to see the faces, but this time Mayer he was crushing, got to be 30th and proclaim absolute best fémina a total of three wins in the women. Hyacinth was 56th and decided to switch to cars.

2002 (24ª Edition): 167 motorcycles, three females. The debutantes, Mary Sandell (was his only) 50ª, Swedish Annie Seel was 54th and veteran Andrea Mayer who got his best result, 23ª, and he went to the car category Nicole equaling Bassot in disputed issues, seven, y siendo la que más títulos femeninos había conseguido hasta el momento, four.

2003 (25ª Edition): Another year target for the female category.

2004 (26ª Edition): Until today, was the last year that has not consisted no female.

Ludivine Puy, Dakar 2005

Ludivine Puy, Dakar 2005

2005 (27ª Edition): The presence of women returning to Dakar after two years. Three female pilots and 230 registrants. The first Enduro World Champion Female, Ludivine Puy was the winner of the women with a 97th place. For the first time two Spanish embarked on an adventure through the desert, Protection Ausina who with 102nd position recorded in history as the first Spanish rider to finish. The other Spanish was Alicia Martínez, who was not so lucky as his compatriot and did not play any race more.


Patricia Watson-Miller, Dakar 2006

2006 (28ª Edition): Women and Dakar turned to reconcile. Five females and 232 Motorcycle total. Following the success of Protection Ausina, Pink Rosemary were encouraged to participate, but neither they, and French Ludivine Puy They managed to finish. Patricia Century, after fourteen years, I tried again, this time with her married name Patricia Watson-Miller. He got his third female trophy with a 67th place. The beginner Mirjam Pol the "Gesina Maria Pol" was 80th.

2007 (29ª Edition): Female full boom, six out of a total of 231 pilots. The victory went to Ludivine Puy (44ª), who finished its passage through the Dakar, followed by Mirjam Pol (49ª). The feat of Patricia Watson-Miller in 2006 led to Annie Seel (94ª) also return to scene. Anne Charlotte Tilliette, who is listed as the youngest driver to participate, he finished 127th career and did not play any more. Watson-Miller definitely also said goodbye, being 86th, As Amparo Ausina, that same year also failed to finish.

2008 (30ª Edition): After the threat of Al Qaeda and responding to the strong recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs not to go to Mauritania, the 30th edition of Dakar was canceled.

Mirjam Pol, Dakar 2009

Mirjam Pol, Dakar 2009

2009 (31ª Edition): First, the Dakar leave Africa and takes place in South America. 217 registrants, three of them women. Mirjam Pol, getting his first win in the category of females being 53rd. Annie Seel was 76th and the newly released Cristina Mier I had to leave.


Annie Seel, Dakar 2010

2010 (32ª Edition): 151 motorcycles, cinco mujeres. Después de tres ediciones, Annie Seel he would be awarded the trophy at the end of 45th female. There were two debutantes, Silvia Giannetti that would end in 67th position and Tamsin Jones who only participated in that edition, ended 87th. Christina Meier that managed to finish his only Dakar climbing the podium in 85th place and Mirjam Pol I had to leave

2011 (33ª Edition): Registered again five out of a total of 170 participantes.2011 involved the forceful arrival of Laia Sanz who imposed on the rest being 39th. Pol (66º), Giannetti (79º), Seel (83º) and Meier (abandonment) took leave of Dakar. Seel years He went down in history as women with more completed editions, with a total of five. Newcomer Jennifer Morgan not finished, nor is involved in any other Dakar.

2012 (34ª Edition): 178 motorcycles. The presence of women looked represented by two Spanish, Laia Sanz, which was repeated again and 39th victory in the women's category and Rosa Romero they came to try their luck without finding.

Laia Sanz

Laia Sanz

2013 (35ª Edition): 183 pilots, two of them are female. Laia Sanz Best fémina for the third consecutive year is proclaimed with a 93rd place. Josefina Gardulski not managed to reach goal.

2014 (36ª Edition): 174 motorcycles. The female category was a duel between Laia Sanz, returning to overcome being 16th and Rosa Romero which once again saw truncated dream finish.

2015 (37ª Edition): 168 motorcycles. The historic year for the women. Laia Sanz enters the story how highest ranked woman obtaining a ninth place, beating, after 34 years register marked by Christine Martin (10ª). Also proclaimed as the absolute best fémina women with five trophies. Was also about to break the record of Veronique Anquetil, who finished fourth in a stage, Broad did fifth. Rosa Romero, after four editions, had first to be 52nd.

Laia Sanz

Laia Sanz

Great Women who dared to try in which is the toughest race in the world.


In Pink, those that got beat on occasion in the female category (the year in which they were best representative fémina his best result)

1. Laia Sanz 9th (2015) 13. Ludivine Puy 44ª (2007)
2. Christine Martin 10ª (1981) 14. Annie Seel 45ª (2010)
3. Martine Cortanze 11ª (1979) 15. Elisabete Jacinto 49th (2000)
4. Nicole Maitrot 14ª (1982) 16. Mirjam Pol “Gesina Maria” 49ª (2007)
5. Marie Ertaud 15ª (1983) 17. Maria Sandell 50ª (2002)
6. Veronique Anquetil 15ª (1984) 18. Rosa Romero 52nd (2015)
7. Jutta Kleinschmidt 22ª (1994) 19. Silvia Giannetti 67th (2010)
8. Nicole Bass 23ª (1984) 20. Christina Meier 85ª (2010)
9. Andrea Mayer 23ª (2002) 21. Tasmin Jones 87ª (2010)
10. Patricia Century “Watson-Miller” 24ª (1992) 22. Amparo Ausina 102nd (2005)
11. Pascale Gueurie 27ª (1979) 23. Anne-Charlotte Tilliette 127ª (2007)
12. Patrick Wolf 32nd (1989)

Female Motorcycle

Source:; Dakar retrospective 1979-2014

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