|24 Hours Greece: The "European Baja 1000" starts in end of November.|
The legendary "SCORE Baja 1000" just finished - with less participants than in the past years. The European "24 Hours of Greece" is not crossing the desert, but the landscape of Greece - in strictly 24 hours - and is "winning" participants year by year.
Not 24 hours in one round course - 24 hours in long-distance stages with 90 minutes break after each stage. This year the event is held from November 30th until December 1st in central Greece. Also the weather could be interesting: From mild temperatures and "high speed" in the valleys up to snow and ice in the hills or rain and mud ... participants should be prepared for everything, which makes the event especially surprising.
The line-up is interesting: Dakar- and Silk Way participant Raz Heyman and his crew from Israel, Hungarian professional Oliver Solyom, "Rally Albania"-organizer Edvin Kasimati, Dutch T2-expert Erno Lieshout, "Dakar-Lady" Zornitsa Todorova, the rally-organizers Todor Hristov (Bulgaria) and Roberto Musi (Italy), the bike-professionals Christian Pastori (Italy), David Peterson (Sweden) and Vasilis Boudros (Greece) are only some of the top-names.
Actually participants from 10 countries signed in one of the best 24-hours races in Europe - 14 bikes and quads, 47 cars - so 62 participants overall. A very respective number for an cheap but very well organized amateur-event. If you like to start, no problem, the entries are still open shortly until the start of the race.
The terrain consists of many types of gravel. From fast, wide roads up to difficult, mud paths and twisting mountain roads. From zero altitude up to 1500 meters, on the rocky mountains of Central Greece, well known from Acropolis Rally. During day and night, close to the biggest night in the area, that lasts for 14 hours.
"After requests from major participants in motorcycles, we decided that the motos and the ATVs will follow the “small” 320 kms Z2 route for SS2, instead of the big of 403 kms. This way the rest time during the second service will increase" the organization said after more and more bikes are interested in the event. For the bikes and quads the race is especially dangerous, because nearly 14 hours the drivers will ride througt the darkness.
For more informations please visit the official website at [ IHNILATIS4X4.GR ] or visit the official Facebook group [ HERE ]
2013/11/19 | 00:10 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS