Day 2, L2 – Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016 departs through some varying treacherous conditions for the second leg of the journey. Part of the ongoing Coverage of the 26th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc – the all-woman, off-road rally raid that brings women between the ages of 18 and 65 from more than 30 different countries together in the Moroccan desert.
L2 – Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
The first leg of the competition provided some upsets, and 12 teams did not return to the base camp, sleeping in the desert. Weather would continue to be an issue for visibility, and organizers cautioned teams to be aware of the time and be strategic in returning to base, even if it meant sacrificing some of the check points.
L2 – Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016 is a new portion of the course. The first CP will be an easy one, reached by flat easy terrain, or maybe even a section of road. After that, the Gazelles will enter a completely different landscape of wide empty spaces alternating with rugged terrain and old mines. The mines add more difficulties for the navigators, as their old trails can look more appealing than the plotted course.
The halfway mark will cross the Ziz, a wide oued crisscrossed with treacherous cracks and crevices. Base camp advised the teams to follow the trail rather than drive straight across terrain where they could get badly stuck.
EXPERTS will begin in the sand, transitioning into a straight route with nothing that should cost them any extra distances if they are able to stay on-course with the haze of dusk that masks the landmarks.
EL BEÏDA / EL BEÏDA – Ideal distance 115 km – Estimated time 9:00 – 8 CPs
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