|Aicha des Gezalles: Two iconic Cities host Opening Ceremonies for Aicha|
Five American teams departed on Friday for one of the toughest all-female sporting events in the world, the Rally [ AICHA DES GAZELLES ]. The grueling off-road driving and navigation event kicked-off in two iconic locations before transferring to Southern Morocco’s most beautiful, challenging and unpredictable terrain.
Concurrent with the record number of American women participating this year, the rally organizers have designated Casablanca as the host city and ceremonial start for 23 North American and Moroccan teams. The new 5-star beach resort Hotel Mazagan will host a welcome ceremony, press event and technical inspections.
Paris is the ceremonial start for European teams and will take place for the second year in a row at the famed Trocadéro Gardens across from the Eiffel Tower on Saturday the 16th.
127 teams from countries including France, Switzerland, Portugal, Slovakia, Belgium and Germany will gather together in the City of Lights for an official departure where their rally-prepped cars will line up amongst crowds of cheering supporters and global travelers. In true Gazelle style, both ceremonies will carry the rally’s tradition of elegance and French flair in elaborate opening events.
Rally Aicha des Gazelles 2013 schedule
Prologue: March 20th near Erfoud, Morocco
Official Start: March 21st El Bega, Morocco
Competition Dates: March 21st to 28th
Competition Finish - March 28th Foum-Zguid, Morocco
Closing Ceremonies: March 30th Essaouira, Morocco
2013/03/19 | 10:03 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/KUHN