Once upon a time… the story of Cyril Despres

With the fifth victory in the Dakar Cyril Depres ranks among the top rally drivers of all time and as one of the greatest drivers ever. Some say it is the natural successor of Stéphane Peterhansel and his exploits are useful for the extraordinary athlete and man who lies under that helmet often covered by sand or mud. A professional of the highest level and unique sample that in recent years in thirteen participations in the Dakar has conquered 5 WINS, 5 second place finishes and two thirds.
Nevertheless Despres Dakar but a rider who has not only embarked in almost every rally, often won, But even extreme enduro events (victorious in two editions of Erzbergrodeo).

Cyril was born on 24 January 1974 in Fontainbleau, the nfanza is serene without any fan of two wheels can send you “the mark of the dowel” until her parents moved to Nemours and befriends Couturier Pascal, trial sample. In 13 When his peers to receive the traditional communion crosses, chains and bracelets so dear to the Catholic tradition, He can receive envelopes with money totalling about 4000 Franks (600 Euro) that immediately will mutate in a Fantic Moto Trial 80, that bike that is now exposed in the living room of the House where he lives with his family. With Pascal begins with the most demanding disciplines facing an Enduro from the physical point of view, requiring prcisione, Constance, skill, patience and strength.
His passion led him to work as a mechanic in a garage in Paris and the evening finished working hours preparing the bike that uses in its first enduro races. The debut came in 1998 in a national competition in Plomin and immediately WINS! A victory that galvanizes and immediately takes him to dream of the race that will give lots of emotions, the Dakar.
In 2000 with the support of his friend Michel Gau the Dakar project becomes concrete in the mind and in the will, the problem are the sponsors and budget. Sometimes more than the money need some ideas so with Michel after studying merchandising actions typical of Dakar decides to buy bottles of Bordeaux, Saint Chinian and Chablis and label them with the route of the Dakar.

“We needed 80 000 francs each. Thanks to year-end holidays, and especially considering it was the new year of the new Millennium, selling the bottles to friends and companies we managed to raise the funds to go. “

Unable to sign up and leave for the first Dakar in his life with a Honda 400 XR “I got the first taste of the thrill of open spaces in the desert. What a revelation”. A revelation accompanied by an incredible result, 16th overall and 2nd in its class.

Love for Africa is now shot, continue with what was left of the wine and with the support of some sponsors joined the Rally of Tunisia and scores first podium finishing in third place. Official teams notice him and in 2001 the call comes from BMW, It is now a factory rider.
In 2001 ends 12th of Dakar, scoring his first stage victory. The same year it according to Gilles Lalay Classic and won the UAE Desert Challenge in Dubai. The following year repeating the success in Dubai, wins the Rally de La Pampas and the Erzberg in which private Honda puts lined up all the squadron KTM. This feat led him to make a deal with the House that will give all the most important achievements, the KTM.
In 2003 the Dakar special won three and finished second, WINS again in Dubai and at the Erzberg, and with a second place finish in the Rally of Tunisia and won the Rally of Morocco won the World Rally Championship.

In 2004 Despite the four stage wins concludes the Dakar in third place, He won again the Optic 2000 (Rally of Tunisia), and the Red Bull Romaniacs in Romania, is third in the Rally of Morocco and according to Baja in Spain in Aragón.
In 2005 first victory of the Dakar “That day will remain engraved in my memory forever. Win the world's toughest race, and podium surrounded by crowds Senegal -. Wow, that's a great feeling “.
The victory and subsequent months are a mix of emotions and moods because in a few months he lost teammates, friends and teachers who had taught him so much: Sainct Richard a few months earlier and Fabrizio Meoni died in the eleventh stage of the Dakar rally that had seen him triumph. Fabrizio was that after the death of Sainct died in the previous rally turned to Cheryl telling him that the best way to pay tribute to teammate was bringing a KTM to cross before the finish in Dakar.
With similar events that would upset anyone manages to surpass those days and 2006 ends according to Dakar with four stage wins and going to the podium in other Rally.

In 2007 back to her the Dakar, starting the relay which will last until 2013 She wanted him and Coma alternating victories. In that same year wins Red Bull Romaniacs and conquer several second places in Baja races and rally.
Geopolitical issues on African soil to cancel the Edition of 2008 and in this year will win the UAE Dubai Desert Challenge Rally and the Rally of Sardinia, In addition to the usual second places that alternates from year to year with victories.
With a new location at Dakar, South American land takes a second place behind than usual Marc Coma, wins the Rally of Morocco, of Tunisia and the Red Bull Los Andes, will be as per the UAE Desert Challange and third in the Rally of Morocco and the Red Bull Romaniacs. Will win this year, his second World Rally Championship.

Prepares from nth avventuare world champion in South American land but a few months before departure from the official team KTM decides to withdraw’Edition 2010 following the decision of the organizers to restrict participation to a maximum displacement of 450 CC. “with Red Bull KTM's help we have formed our team”. It was an incredible ride, he dominated the race from third day till the end, winning with a absolute supremacy in his third Dakar. In the same year he won the Rally of Morocco and Kenny Enduro, one extreme Enduro race, proving once again his ability to deal with extreme situations.
In 2011 is according to the Dakar, at Red Bull Los Andes and at the Rally of Sardinia, winning the Rally Dos Sertoes.
We arrive to the years of double success already: 2012 (where he also won the Rally of Morocco and Desafio Litoral Argentina) and 2013.

Today in 39 years to reach that only a victory in the Dakar Depres myth that is Pethersanel and just over 4 stage wins for eguaglliarne the primacy (33 Petheransel and 29 He).
A pilot in his class, in his navigation skills and determination in facing extreme challenges is an example of how there are people who have a gift and are able to maximize it. His, to ride the bike in extreme conditions, He assisted and fed with a professionalism its only of the greatest athletes and sportsmen ever.

A man who still hasn't forgotten the passion of African origins and the magic of the Earth. That land in which today often travels to continue that activity conceived and built by his late teammate Mahroof. For those who want to delve into its history on its website You can buy his book its businesses that goes aggiiunto the fifth seal, with this purchase you can also help the cause that Fabrizio wished to his.
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