CRISTINA GUTIÉRREZ HERRERO
Recent and happy winner of the Dakar 2024
Recent and happy winner of the Dakar 2024 in the Challenger category, Cristina Gutiérrez has achieved a great goal, to win this tough rally. A triumph that makes her the first Spanish woman to win this title and the second at the international level. She is only ahead of the German Jutta Kleinschmidt who won it in 2021.
She is a young woman, with a huge smile, a fragile appearance and a will of steel. A woman with a strong vocation who is not afraid of the danger she faces when, for example, she rides across the desert on four wheels. She is young, but with a long career that began when she got on a motorcycle at the age of six. From then until today, her life has passed between her studies – she is a dentist, working in the family clinic – and her successive advances as a pilot.
After that infantile motorcycle came a kart with which she acquired the skills she can now boast without false humility. The dates are revealing his passage through this noisy motorized world. There are so many successes in her career that, for the sake of brevity, we will summarize the most outstanding moments in our opinion.
Cristina made her debut in 2010, in Burgos, in the 4×4 category; five years later she was runner-up in the Spanish Off-Road Rally Championship; in 2016 she took part in the Sealine Cross- Country in Qatar, a participation that led to her jump to the Dakar; already in 2017 she breaks barriers and becomes the first Spaniard to complete the Dakar Rally, and in that same rally, but in 2021 she was winner – the second rider in the world – of a stage; also in 21 she is again the first woman to win the FIA Cross-Country World Cup. On the Dakar 2022, she made it to the podium after finishing third and then became Extreme E World Champion with her teammate Sébastian Loeb.
So step by step, with tenacity, audacity, intelligence, regularity, surpassing herself in each competition, she debuts 2024 winning the Dakar Challenge on a Taurus T3 with Pablo Moreno Huete as co-driver.
What’s next? We will see over the time, but there is one sure victory: women are capable of participating successfully and without losing their femininity in events that seemed destined for men. The road is open.
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