Off-road Racing's Toughest WomenJennifer Rails (December 2012)
are some very talented and daring women whose names you may not have
heard. These are remarkable motorcyclists, ATV riders, and rally
drivers who have all made significant accomplishments and contributions to
off-road racing. They participate in various off-road competitions,
including the toughest off-road race of them all - the Dakar Rally.
Check them out below, and be sure to visit their websites and show
your support. Annie Seel –
Annie Seel raced the 2002
Dakar and completed the race with a broken hand. In 2007 she finished
a respectable 94th overall, even with a bit of mechanical trouble. An
avid motorcycle enthusiast since the age of 16, she has participated in
countless rallies around the world including the Baja 1000. Check out
and see her many accomplishments.
Andrea Mayer –
An accomplished motorcyclist and rally
car driver, Andrea has competed in the 2002 Dakar on a BMW and grabbed an
astounding 23rd overall. Here are some links with even more
interesting information about this talented racer.
Mitsubishi 04 Team Hechlingen, June 2001 Andrea Mayer' Touring Company
Emmanuelle Jannon –
This 29 year old Christian Dior
website manager has been riding since the age of 5. At one point she was the
only woman that is participating in the quad category in the Dakar event and her
goal was to become the first woman to complete the Dakar on a quad. Hopefully
she will continue to participate in Dakar in years to come. Emmanuelle Jannon - Dakar 2006
Ludivine Puy –
What a cool name, and an accomplished
enduro racer in her native country of France. This French Policewoman
is only 22 years old and was part of the Euromaster team in the Dakar Rally.
Unfortunately during one year of the Dakar, she had a very bad crash and broke
her leg and pelvis while trying to avoid hitting a village child.
Maryline Lamcelin and Marie-Christine Paré –
women made up the first ever Canadian Bombardier Women Team in 2002. Each on
their own ATV, they attempted the Dakar. Patsy Quick –
Another true off-road racer, 2006 was her year at the Dakar. After three
previous attempts at the Dakar with no success, Patsy became the first British
woman to finish the Dakar. She has a team called Team Desert
. Maria Sandell –
Became the first woman to
complete the Dakar Rally on a motorcycle in 2002. Patricia
A member of the Rally Raid UK, Patricia finished the
2006 Dakar in 84th place. She is an experienced motorcyclist and has competed in
a large variety of enduros.