|Roses des Sables: Maia Hedon and Stephanie Didier winners of 11th Edition.|
They were 300 to take the start of this women only challenge in Ciboure (France). Then, after 5 days of racing in Morocco, the “roses” arrive to Ouarzazate, after completing more than 6000 km in the Northern Sahara.
The "Throphée Roses des Sables" is not a race like others. It is the only women race associated to solidarity towards Moroccan kids in need, but not only that, rules are different than other off road races. Here, the challenge is not timed, but measured by kilometers.
The "roses" must follow their road book with a compass and try to do the exact same track given by this information - if they are not on it, they lose points. The more kilometers out of the track, the less points they get!
The race lasted for five days and difficulties rise up by stage, to give all rookies the opportunity to get as far as possible. The first day on the tracks was to measure their driving skills, second and third for navigation and driving in the sand, and the last test, a marathon of 477 km divided in two days that required all skills learned the previous days.
As the organizer forbids riding at night, they stopped Thursday when the sun went down, and restarted at dawn to join Ouarzazate for the finish line. The "perfect" track contained near to 6000 km and the team to make it closest is Nº 92, Maia Hedon and Stephanie Didier, the winners of the 11th Edition of the Trophée Roses des Sables.
2011/10/26 | 12:40 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/URTUBIA