About the Race: How The Rally Works

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The Rally Aicha des Gazelles is a competition of strategy and skill rather than speed.

For nine days, 150 teams will struggle to reach a series of predefined checkpoints in the shortest distance possible. Based on their driving skills and the capabilities of their vehicle, they will choose to go over a mountain or around it; go through the dunes or avoid them.

Participants are randomly assigned to one of several courses and are given a “Road Book” with only the geographic coordinates of the day’s checkpoints. Using a compass and 100,000:1 scale maps, they evaluate their options and plot their route (no GPS or electronic navigational aids are allowed).

The competition begins at 06:00 every day, with successive groups of teams starting at two-minute intervals. Starts are staggered to prevent teams from following each other, which is strictly prohibited. Days are long, with an average of 10 to 13 hours off intense off-road driving.

At the end of each day, teams are ranked by calculating the total number of kilometres driven. If a team has to call for mechanical assistance while out on the course, there is a substantial penalty.

The winners are the team with the least total distance after adjustments for penalties.


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