"Experienced Gazelles (4 and 5 time competitors), mad about rugby and Bobby Lapointe, seek generous sponsors for new attempt to win the Rallye". This could easily have been an ad placed by Cath and Isabelle of Team 122.
While some are soaking up the sun at the back of the boat...
In the city, Christine and Delphine – Team 120 Greentech/Crédit Mutuel
– are, respectively, a Sales Administrator for L'Oréal and a Chemist. In the desert, they are "Koukie and Doukie
(the names of the characters they represent in a comic strip dedicated
to them), hyperactive gazelles at the wheel of a 29 year old Range
They work with the Paris real-time traffic information system, are sponsored by Coyote anti-radar, Mio GPS and G7 taxi and their vehicle is called "Navigo" (the name of the Ile de France transit pass): Ysabelle and Caroline – Team 189 should have no problem finding the CPs in the desert!
They are set up at the small bar tables at the front of the boat. Two
by two, hunched over obscure topographical maps, ruler in hand, a frown
on their faces. Busy with their holiday homework, the Gazelles are not
fooling around. To perform in the desert, they need to find their way
on paper first! Especially in light of the fact that binoculars, GPS
and telephones are prohibited...
It’s not easy to train together when one lives in Sicily and the other in France. But
friendship can work wonders! Patricia Naud-Cron and Nadia Fourno – Team
157 – Le Pari des Gazelles/Banque Populaire de Bourgogne have known
each other for years and are counting on their close complicity to get
them through the dunes. “I’ve driven my 4WD on Mount Etna!” exclaims Patti. “And I’ve been driving a 4WD for a long time!” adds Nadia. No lounging about for these two highly motivated Gazelles, who are afraid of nothing...