|Aicha des Gazelles: Emily Miller and Wendy Fisher gear up for Rally.|
The Dakar Rally just ended, but there's always another one to get ready for. Off-road racer Emily Miller, of Rod Hall Racing, Baja 1000 and Ironman fame, will be doing the 20th Anniversary Rally Aïcha des Gazelles in March with extreme-skier-and-navigator Wendy Fisher.
The Rally Aïcha has a few key differences to traditional races like the Dakar. In the manner of orienteering, drivers can't use GPS or pace notes; instead, navigators find their way with a compass and a 1:100,000-scale map. Like, the paper kind. And no binoculars or cell phones are allowed.
Stages aren't won on time, but by getting to the finish in the shortest driven distance compared to as-the-crow-flies. The race is carbon neutral. There is no prize money for winners; proceeds from the race go to support a team of doctors that care for locals throughout the year. Oh, and the race is for women only.
The race runs from March 13-27, and Team Miller Fisher will be one of more than 120 teams competing. Follow the jump for a video look at the race, and to Emily and Wendy and their Hummer H3, best of luck.
2010/01/26 | 15:25 CET | Editor: MR/HS/MILLER/FISCHER