St. Bruno, Que. – Aldo Racing/KTM Canada rider Patrick Beaulé became the first Canadian to complete the grueling Dakar Rally on both a motorcycle and in a car on Saturday. The Quebec native rode a KTM 450 Rally Replica motorcycle to 62nd place out of 125 finishers, and 196 starters of the 2013 edition of the event. Beaulé also finished last year with fellow Canadian David Bensadoun in the car category.
Beaulé finished the event on the podium accompanied by his support crew from Rally Raid UK, his fellow Quebecois and head-mechanic JF Charlot, and his girlfriend of several years Frederique Saindon. On the finisher’s podium in front of thousands of spectators and a television audience, Beaulé surprised all by proposing marriage to Saindon. She accepted.
“I came here to the Dakar and meet my goal of finishing well and of establishing a Canadian record. Mission accomplished,” said Beaulé. “Along the way, there were of course many difficult moments, and they make you realize what the most important things are in life. Spending the rest of my life with Frede is one of them – I couldn’t think of a better time or place to ask her to marry me.”
Beaulé would like to acknowledge and thank his sponsors: Aldo Racing, KTM Canada, CTI Braces, Elka Suspension, Kutvek Graphics, Lachapelle Racing Products, LS2 Helmets, Overseas Express Consolidators and FlannyMedia.com.