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Mount Pleasant man scores Top 50 finish in Dakar Rally

Petr Vlcek (WCIV)

A race of a lifetime.

That's how Petr Vlcek describes the last ten days in Peru, competing in the annual Dakar Rally.

Saturday, he was greeted at Charleston International Airport by family and friends upon returning from the offroad race in South America.

Vlcek rode his motorcycle 500 miles each day in tough weather conditions and over brutal terrain to finish in the top 50 out of hundreds of competitors on ATVs, motorcycles, cars and trucks.

Vlcek's overall place was 47th, matching his 2018 finish. It came with less toll on his body this year, though.

" Actually this time I feel pretty good, because I didn't get broken up like last year," Vlcek joked of a broken leg and shoulder he suffered in the 2018 race. "I don't have a sling or a broken leg, so it's good."

The 2019 race was Vlcek's third time competing in the Dakar Rally. He is the owner of Parrot Surf and Bike Shop in Mount Pleasant.

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