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RALLYE AICHA DES GAZELLES International Off-Road Rally Celebrates 20th Anniversary Edition
Posted on 03.05.10 by camo

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ENCINITAS, California (January 8, 2010) - The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles is the only all women, off-road rally raid in the world. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary edition, the rally is a nine-day grueling test of driving skill and navigation across some of southern Morocco's most beautiful and challenging terrain. Over 120 teams from more than 35 countries are scheduled to complete in this off-road endeavor, with one team representing the United States.

The rally is unique whereby teams are not allowed technological assistance. In the absence of GPS, communications and service crews, teams must find the shortest distance between the checkpoints over nine days of competition with only the aid of traditional navigation - compass, outdated maps, and plotters. The event is an incredible test of endurance, patience, pace and teamwork, pushing competitors to their absolute limits.

The rally's timeline is broken down into three separate "events". First, the Ceremonial start for the competitors begins with "technical and administrative verifications," on March 13th in Sete, France. All trucks are evaluated at this time to make sure they fall under the races requirements of tech, …. Once teams make it through inspections the teams have two options on how to travel to Morocco - travel by water or drive to the start line. Next - The Competition itself. Nine-days of mandatory 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls, two nights camping outside the bivouac in the desert, and over 50 plus checkpoints you must hit. The final stage of the race is its completion. The teams have a ceremonial finish with awards and celebratory dinner in --.

The Gazelles Rally is more than just a race. In 2001, The Heart of Gazelles Association was established in collaboration with the Moroccan Government on projects that improve heath and welfare of the region. The Medical Caravan, The DARNA Orphanage, and just added this year the Ibeyd Nomad School.

The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles was founded in 1990 by Dominque Serra. The event is owned and produced by Maienga Communications, France. To learn more, log on to www.rallyaichadesgazelles.com.
 
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