Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gazelles hit Morocco - Women Off-Road.

"The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles has a magic formula. Like a rare perfume, the ingredients are secret and impossible to imitate." - Dominique Serra, Creator and General Director of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles

It is the only all-women off-road rally in the world. It is the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles and it takes place in Morocco. This is the 20th anniversary and looking at the rules you can understand that it is no Sunday drive. The rules say that the competitors are forbidden from using GPS, support teams, cell phones, and even modern maps. What can they use? - only maps from the 1950s and compasses to guide them! Keen navigation skills combined with strategic off-road driving are essential for the success of the participating Gazelles.

This year their are 110 teams from 14 countries and they will be racing all the way through to Essaouira, Morocco on Saturday, March 27th. Each team will have paid around 14,350 euros (about $19,500) to register embarked on the roughly 2,500-kilometer trek (about 1,550 miles) from Nejjakh to Foum-Zguid. The competitive part of the rally, which includes parts of the High Atlas mountains and the Sahara,

The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles was founded in 1990 by Dominque Serra and is managed by Maienga Communications, France. The event, held annually in Morocco, is the only all-women's rally raid in the world. The rally is also known for extensive humanitarian and environmental efforts and initiatives: Each day, rally crews disassemble team tents and clean up the site. Not one piece of garbage is left behind, not one tent peg is forgotten.

You can find out more at the official site: Rally Info

1 comment:

Discover Morocco said...

Camping is inexpensive and often quite informal and makeshift, advertised from season to season on roadside signs.