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Paul Carlyle

I'm 40, live in Portobello (Edinburgh, Scotland) and make my living as an Intellectual Property lawyer. In recent years I've lived in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and London so I'm not totally an east coaster.

I'm originally from South Lanarkshire which is one of those parts of Scotland where petrol seems to run in the veins. I'm not sure my parents encouraged me into this nonsense but my father is a definite petrol head (he chased me around the Nurburgring on his Honda VFR a couple of years ago and I couldn't shake him).

Apart from motorcycles (which take up a lot of my life when I'm not working) I've tried my hand at music and learning to fly - neither particularly successful. If I can do the Dakar - frankly anyone can


In 2006 and 2007 I entered the Agadir Rally with Mike Robertson and Mike Shepherd (Dakar finisher 2009).

Click here for the report on the 2006 adventure and click here for our return  in 2007.


Mike Robertson

Mike has raced the Enduro D'Agadir twice and lined up with Paul at the start of the Tuareg Rallye 2011 on a Husquevarna. Mike was intending to race in the Tuareg in 2008 but a very unpleasant accident in training forced him to pull out - see picture below. After various other mishaps and a lot of training Mike hit his first "proper" desert rally at the 2011 Tuareg.

It's safe to say Mike found it tough and at one point spent four hours trapped in a sand bowl in the Erg Chebbi dunes. But he has the Rally "bug" and is signed up for Tuareg 2012.

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