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Tour France and Spain off-road with a Dakar Rally veteran - August 22nd 2006

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    Details have just been announced of the World of BMW's latest off-road tour and for those with an adventurous streak, it could be the perfect autumn getaway.

    The week long trip through northern Spain and southern France takes in some of the most fantastic off-road trails in Europe and is a rare opportunity for the tour group to experience the usually out of bounds terrain that makes this area so exciting.

    However, it's not just the enthralling route that makes this off-road tour so special, the tour will be run to the highest standards by a specially qualified guide. In order to ensure the smoothest possible running of the tour, adventure motorcyclist Chris Evans has been brought in to organise it. Chris has been the UK Dakar Rally coordinator for ten years now and has been taking off-road tours to France for 17 years.

    If that's not enough, there are further Dakar aspects to this tour. BMW Off-Road Skills Chief Instructor and Dakar Rally Race veteran Simon Pavey will be joining the tour. Simon has now competed in the Dakar Rally six times and is a hugely experienced off-road rider.

    The route for the seven-day trip has been established by David Castera. David is the man responsible for setting the Dakar Rally route the past two years and he has been able to organise access to many routes that are normally out of bounds to the public. This unique tour could be your only chance to ride these trails.

    The tour departs from Plymouth on 18 October and after an overnight ferry to Santander the adventure really begins. The next five days will be spent exploring some fantastic off-road trails through Spain and France including the Bardenas desert, the Pyrenees and the Pays Basque region of France before the return sailing from Santander.

    This amazing adventure is open to anyone who has completed at least the Level One World of BMW Off-Road Skills course and because of the nature of the terrain is only available to riders of BMW's GS range of motorcycles or other large trail bikes. These must be fitted with tyres suitable for both off-road and tarmac riding.

    The BMW Dakar off-road ride through Spain and France costs 850 per person, and the price includes ferries, half-board accommodation in Paradors, a back-up vehicle and a guide. To book or for further details, please call 08000 131 282.