EL FECHT / MHAMID - ideal distance 195 km – estimated minimum time 11:15 – Straight route

Little or no sand during this leg, which begins in a wide mountainous area intersected by valleys. Then the route crosses more open terrain with well-marked landscapes. The combination of pink sand and silver-grey rock is a real treat for the eyes.

After following a long wide track, and crossing an immense crater, the ground is carpeted with a fine layer of red sand, sprinkled over the Moroccan landscape from time to time by the wind from nearby Algeria, in a gesture of neighbourly friendliness.

Most teams should be able to find all of today’s CPs. In the middle of these wide plains, the best strategy is to stick to a perfectly straight course in order to minimize on kilometres.