Rallye Aicha des Gazelles – Worlds Toughest?

By AR on Feb 22, 2012

As fans of Axial, you may well know that we love adventures… and especially with our participation within the RECON Crawlers G6 Adventure Challenges. Thus, in the spirit of Adventure Challenges of all kinds, I came across an event that is at the very root of “hardcore adventure” and I place this event atop of the pile next to the likes of Dakar, Baja 1000, King Of Hammers, etc.

The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles is limited to the use of a tried & true, old-school paper-maps and sighting compass’s as the only tools allowed for navigation! Yes, the same old tools of navigation we all learned to use in Boy Scouts. BUT, the big major factor difference in this multi-day event itself.. it is an ALL-GIRLS race! Or “Gazelles” as they are called on the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles site.

The Gazelles have to reach the predefined check points along their course in the least number of kilometres, rather than in the least amount of time. They may choose to drive around a mountain or to cross over it, to drive through the dunes or to avoid them…

They are provided with a “Road Book” for the day’s course. This extremely succinct document contains only the geographic coordinates, headings and distances of the day’s check points and finish line. With the help of a compass and a 1:100,000 scale map, they plot their route and plan their itinerary. One course, designed specifically for the capacities of Crossover vehicles, is reserved for the exclusive use of this type of vehicle.

Dividing the vehicles among different courses makes it harder for them to follow each other, which is strictly prohibited during the competition.
The competition begins at dawn, with successive starts by the minute. An average day of competition is 10 to 13 hours long.

The rankings are obtained by calculating the extra kilometres driven (distance driven between check points minus distance as the crow flies) and penalty kilometres for any check points not reached.
The winning team is that with the least number of kilometres.

Check out this video preview:

How To Use A Map & Compass – just incase you forgot:


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