The third annual Cross Egypt Challenge Scooter Rally will start on November 8, 2013 and will last for 9 days. The successful series will include a fascinating and challenging route of 2400 km which will start from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria; pass by Egypt’s capital, Cairo, make stops at the Western Desert Oases of Bahareya, Farafra, Dakhla, and Kharga, then heads east towards Luxor, Hurghada, and Sokhna before ending the journey in Cairo under the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Cross Egypt Challenge is a series of endurance scooter rallies conducted throughout the most challenging roads and tracks in Egypt, a breathtaking challenge that is equally fascinating for spectators and riders alike Cross Egypt Challenge combines the best of adventure traveling and extreme sport.
The series started in 2011 and the first season was a 9 day ride from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the North of Egypt to the temple of Abu Simbel, on the southern borders of Egypt with a total distance of over 1700 km. In a bid to promote tourism and travel to Egypt, a team of daring Egyptian riders set out the Cross Egypt Challenge to promote tourism and to prove that Egypt is safe.
The 2012 season witnessed a 2400 km route starting from Egypt’s famous capital and passing through the most exotic oases of the EgyptianWesternDesert, ending the season in the world’s largest open air museum, the city of Luxor.
Last year participants from 11 different countries took part in Cross Egypt Challenge. This year a larger number of international and Egyptian participants are expected to sign up for the daring challenge. Interested riders who are up to the challenge can find guidelines for participation on the Cross Egypt Challenge website: www.crossegyptchallenge.com
Talking to MOBILE WORLD, Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the challenge said: “It is quite challenging to ride 2400 kilometers on scooters, especially if that involves different terrains; cities, deserts, oasis, etc… The Cross Egypt Challenge is meant to bring global media attention to Egypt and to confidently announce that Egypt is safe for tourism.”
Cross Egypt Challenge is a unique cross country rally on scooters. It is the ultimate challenge for those who love adventure travel and extreme sport. The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge encompasses a very rough and long track throughout few of the best sightseeing spots of Egypt and the world.
The management has modified the acceptance criteria of participating scooters with regards to engine size. Scooters with engines up to 800cc are now allowed to participate in the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge. Registration for the long anticipated 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge is now open. A limited number of riders will be invited to the new season. Interested riders around the globe are invited to register for the new challenging season. We would also welcome the riders from Pakistan, Ahmad Elzoghby added.
The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge includes a carefully planned route that passes through many of Egypt finest spots. The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will begin from the Mediterranean’s largest coastal city, Alexandria then heads toward Egypt’s capital, Cairo before going South West to explore some of the most fascinating oasis of the Egyptian Sahara (desert). A total number of 4 oases will be explored on route before arriving to the world’s largest open air museum city, Luxor, the capital of Ancient Egypt.
From Luxor the riders will head east to the coastal cities of Hurghada and Sokha, both lying on the shores of the Red Sea, and then the final leg of the 2013 season will take place between Sokhna and Cairo to end the new season under the Great Pyramids of Giza. With a carefully planned route, the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will pass through many of Egypt’s finest spots. This is the most challenging to date and include a total distance of 2400 KM to be covered over the course of 9 days.
The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge is open for a very limited number of participants from around the world. Participants can register online by visiting the link: www.crossegyptchallenge.com/registration.html
PARTICIPANT SELECTION PROCESS
As the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge is open for a limited number of registrants, the organizing committee reviews each participant application very carefully to select those who meet its selection criteria. The organizing committee reserves its right to reject/refuse any participant’s entry in accordance with its own selection criteria.
- At the time of registration any participant must be 18 years of age or older.
- The participant must hold a valid motorcycle riding license or an international riding license.
- The participants must have a minimum experience of 6 months riding motorcycles/ scooters.
- The participant must have the physical ability to join Cross Egypt Challenge.
Local participants: Scanned copies of ID + Riding license + Personal photo + Scooter registration
International Participants: Scanned copies of Passport + International riding license + Personal photo
For international participants, your passport: expiry date must be at least six months from the date of your entry to Egypt. Most European citizens do not need entry visa, replaced by a stamp you can buy directly at the airport upon arrival. It is advised to double check with the Egyptian Embassy/Consulate of your country.
A valid Egyptian motorcycle riding license is mandatory for all Egyptian participants and a valid international riding license with motorcycle classification is mandatory for all international participants.
In order to participate in Cross Egypt Challenge, participants are responsible to ensure that their scooters are in good shape and prepared for the challenge. All required service and inspection must be done before hand. The management will inspect all scooters the night of the event, and it has the right to refuse any scooter that doesn’t qualify mechanically to the challenge. In order for your scooter to pass the technical inspection of Cross Egypt Challenge it must:
- Be a 2 wheeled scooter (3 wheeled scooters are not allowed).
- Be 800 cc or less (scooters with engines more than 800 cc are not allowed).
- Be registered and holds valid and current license plates.
- Be clean of any branding stickers, any branding stickers will be removed at the technical inspection.
- Be in good condition, both mechanically and physically, scratched and broken scooters may not pass the technical inspection.
- Motorcycles are not allowed in Cross Egypt Challenge.
- There is a scooter rental option available for international participants.
Pillion passengers are not allowed in Cross Egypt Challenge. The route of Cross Egypt Challenge can get very rough at certain points, and this requires complete control of your scooters. Having a pillion passenger behind you will not get the control needed in such tricky and difficult parts.
The minimum safety gear required for Cross Egypt Challenge is a full face helmet and protective gloves. If you desire to wear extra protective gear like body armor, protective pants, or protective jackets, please do so under your official t-shirt, as the t-shirt must be the visible layer at all times.
For your helmet to be approved for participation in Cross Egypt Challenge, it must meet certain guidelines. All helmets will be inspected the prior night of the challenge and only helmets that meet the following guidelines will be approved:
- Be a full face helmet street helmet (off-road helmets are not allowed).
- Be a solid black color (mixed colored or colored helmets will not be allowed).
- Be free of any branding except the original manufacturer stickers.
Cross Egypt Challenge organizing team will hand each participant 4 long sleeve t-shirts to wear during the challenge, as well as 2 polo shirts to wear during night events or ceremonies. Wearing the official clothes is a must during the rides and official ceremonies. Be prepared that you might encounter cold weather during early starts and at nights, so prepare yourself with a light jacket or a sweater. Do not forget your swimsuit, good sunglasses, a cap and one pair of comfortable shoes. As Egypt is a Muslim country they recommend conservative clothing choices for the trip across these remote regions.
Each participant is allowed a maximum of two pieces of luggage during the rally: one small carry on (that will be stored in the chase cars) + 1 backpack that can be carried on the scooter. You will receive your 6 t-shirts in your welcome kit, so plan for enough space to store them in your luggage.
No vaccination is required. It is suggested that participants bring not only medications for likely gastrointestinal problems but also other prescription for personal use as local availability in remote areas is extremely limited.
The official language of Cross Egypt Challenge is English and all communication will be in English. The official language of Egypt is Arabic, but English is spoken and understood almost everywhere.
Local currency is the Egyptian Pound. Exchange rates are around 0.15 USD and 0.11 Euro. There is no limitation to import foreign currency and it is easy to change in all banks.
During November, the climate is Mediterranean on the coast, desert like inland and very cold at night. So expect hot days and cold nights.
You are invited to join the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge and enjoy a challenging 9 days of pure riding fun. To ensure the best possible event conditions, only a limited number of participants from around the world are invited to participate in the Cross Egypt Challenge, so please make sure you answer every question in the application form, as your answers will be the main selection criteria.
The participant must agree to pay the registration fees within one week of the acceptance notification. Last date for filing of registration forms is fixed as 15th August 2013.
- Registrations fees for the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge are: LE 6,900 per person for Egyptians/ USD 1,500 per person for Non-Egyptians.
- Scooter rental fees for Non-Egyptian participants are: USD 300 for the entire duration of the challenge.
THESE FEES INCLUDE:
- Accommodation for 9 nights in hotels.
- All meals during the challenge including welcome and farewell dinners.
- Personal accident insurance for the duration of the challenge.
- 1 pair new gloves for the participant’s use during the challenge.
- 2 branded polo shirts + 4 branded long sleeve t-shirts for each participant to wear during the challenge.
- Refueling during the entire challenge.
- Oil changes during the challenge.
- Scooter maintenance during the challenge.
- Road tolls (where applicable).
- Cost of army/military and special permits for the entire route.
- Airport pickup from Cairo airport (for Non-Egyptians).
-Published on page# 14 to 17 July-2013 edition of MOBILE WORLD Magazine