Around the Rally
La Poste: introducing the Quadeo
Night shift with the mechanics
There they have their own space and live to a different rhythm than the rest of the tent village. While the Gazelles are sound asleep, they are working by the light of powerful projectors.
Their kingdom is an open-air workshop...
A Gazelle without her SOLEIL SUCRE Vest? Unthinkable!
While every Gazelle is required to [...]
Eco-driving: un innovative concept at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles
Partner in diversity
Meet the Gazelles: Let's do it!
Result: our American Gazelles are currently in 10th place [after Leg 5] in 4WD/Truck class: a solid performance for their second Rallye!
Meet the Gazelles: a mother-daughter team
Patricia, the mother and navigator, rectifies: "Hmm... she didn't exactly ask me; she said 'You are coming!' "
They exchange a complicit smile. Clearly, this mother and daughter in their Isuzu D-Max number 116 (Emilie LEGOFF and Patricia LEGOFF - ITAFRAN) make a good team!
Total tank truck: providing fuel 24/24
The Rallye in the eyes of... Bruno Solo
Sylvia, Team 210
Meet the Gazelles: the support of 1200 women
Marie Blachère, founder of the bakery of the same name, has teamed up with Sandy Dalhery at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc to make Team 104 (Isuzu - NRJ Groupe - Ashinaga). For this manager of a business with 2000 employees including 1200 women, [...]
Kitchen and company
A Post Office in the middle of the desert
Backstage: working in the shadows
Among the Organizers of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, there are some who are rarely to be seen at the bivouac: the Radio Relay and Course Opener Teams [...]
The bivouac: Guided tour of a village in the middle of the desert
At the end of each leg, the Gazelles’ final destination is the bivouac. This may be in the same place they left it in the morning, when the leg has the form of a "looped route", or it may be several hundred kilometres away, when the day’s leg involves a straight route. The latter case includes the two 2-day Marathon legs.
The Rallye Control Centre - a real control tower
Active 24/24, the Rallye Control Centre (RCC) constantly surveys the competition's progress and directs [...]
The Rallye in the eyes of... a helicopter pilot
Sur le Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, il y a celles et ceux qui se déplacent en 4x4, en camion, en buggy, en RZR, en quad, en moto ou encore en Quadéo, véhicule [...]
Women@Renault Dacia Duster: generosity of spirit
Among the 6 Women@Renault Dacia Duster teams entered in the event, two extremely generous women are representing the Cléon factory (Haute-Normandie), manufacturer of Renault engines and gearboxes.
Céline is a night-shift machine operator. Dynamic, sporty and cheerful, she spends part of her free time working with the Red Cross and Banque alimentaire de Seine-Maritime [local food bank].
Her teammate, Ingrid, a production unit manager, shares the same convictions: she is also a Red Cross volunteer, as well as a first-aid officer with her local emergency services unit .
In short, the Gazelle spirit is perfectly embodied in this duo competing as Team 317.
Meet the Gazelles: The Problem Box
One look at the faces of Team 129 (Sylvie BOUET et Mélanie COURSON - SNAPA), met at the finish line of Leg 1 by Ranking Officials Jean and Teresa, is enough to see that those present are about to experience a moment to remember!
Backstage: handing over prohibited items
The two large metal cases next to the finish line contain thick padded envelopes, each identified by a team number. Every Gazelle places her prohibited equipment in her envelope at the end of the Prologue. These items will be returned to them after the last leg of the competition, in Foum Zguid.
Mobile phones make up the majority of the items collected. According to Louise Bergeron, Rallye sheriff, "There are a lot of them because most of the competitors have more than one. Personal phone, work phone, French phone, Moroccan phone… But overall, there are fewer than in previous years." A sign that the Gazelles are respecting the rules? Remember that the Rallye is based on traditional navigation using only basic tools and no outside help; smartphones or computers with GPS features are strictly forbidden. The teams in the lead will be systematically checked for compliance, and random searches will be carried out on the terrain.
Starting this evening, La Poste, Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc event partner, will take over as the Gazelles' link to the outside world. By 21:30, our two desert postal workers had already printed and distributed almost 1000 messages sent to the Gazelles by their friends and families, in less than 4 hours.
Focus: Buggy wonderland!
Meet the Gazelles: a well-prepared team
The two rookie Gazelles are feeling more than confident about confronting the sands of the Moroccan desert. Sandrine and Nelly spent several months prepping their massive orange truck, with the help of friends and family: fridge, compressor, shower... All of the essentials for optimal comfort. And our Gazelles are proud of it!
In making this dream a reality, a dream that began some fifteen years ago, our Gazelles have left nothing to chance. They even spent some time in Morocco to practice and prepare, and left feeling reassured about their upcoming aventure.
Meet the Gazelles: The pride of Portugal
Meet the Gazelles: Women of honour
Meet the Gazelles: Already in Gazelle mode
Meet the Gazelles: Gazelle Motivation
Meet the Gazelles: Evening Dress