Unfortunately, Bryce Menzies’ Dakar Rally was cut short yesterday, with a crash that left his vehicle in pieces. Bryce and co-driver Pete Mortensen walked away from the crash, but it marked an abrupt end to a year-plus of planning and training for the American hopefuls. Although the ultimate outcome is now known, the series “Bryce Menzies: The Next Stage” will continue to showcase his journey.
Bryce Menzies and co-driver Pete Mortensen arrive in Lima, Peru to prepare for the start of the Dakar Rally. First up is a shakedown ride in the brand new MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Bryce has to quickly adjust to the new car, which is two-wheel drive with 37-inch tires, unlike the car he raced in Silk Way Rally and Rally Morocco. After that the team has an unexpected issue at scrutineering, where the all vehicles and equipment must be checked and approved by the race organizers.
Bryce Menzies: The Next Stage
Widely known as the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally is a brutal two-week off-road race that spans thousands of miles through South America. American off-road racer Bryce Menzies, a veteran of some of the most grueling races in the United States and Mexico, including the Baja 1000, Baja 500 and Mint 400, had set his sights on competing in the 2017 edition of the race, but multiple injuries forced him to bow out. Physically healed and more mentally determined than ever, Menzies will make his way to the race start in Lima, Peru determined to capture in 2018 what eluded him in 2017. This five-part series will follow him throughout the 14 days of racing in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.