The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is the only women-only off-road rally in the world.
Created in 1990, this unique event brings women between the ages of 18 and 65 from more than 30 different countries together in the Moroccan desert.
Since its inception, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles has been creating a new vision of automobile competition: no speed and no GPS, just old fashioned navigation, completely off-road: a return to the roots of Adventure.
The only requirement is determination. The women who take part in this rally—known as Gazelles—are of all ages, social backgrounds, nationalities and levels of off-road experience. Whether in a 4x4, Crossover, Quad, truck or motorbike, they all come to take part in a unique competition:
- whose competitors share the values of tolerance, solidarity and determination,
- that respects the host country and its people through the actions of the Rallye’s non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles.
- that cares about the environment: the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is the only motor rally in the world with ISO 14001 certification
While the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles marks a return to the roots of adventure, it is also on the cutting edge of technology, with a satellite tracking system for optimal safety.
A new vision for the world of motor sports!
We have been putting forward a new vision of motor sport for years, with the development of an event where the pleasure lies in driving without excessive speed, and where the goal of driving the shortest possible distance is in line with our environmental commitment...
"In losing their points of reference, the Gazelles discover their true values."
They have the freedom to choose their own route. In addition, the Rallye's concept is unique: "competitors must drive the shortest distance to win". Eco-driving is encouraged and rewarded.
The Gazelles have to reach the predefined check points along their course in the least number of kilometres, rather than in the least amount of time. They have the choice of driving around a mountain or crossing over it, driving through the dunes or avoiding them...
- Every day they receive a "Road Book" for the day’s course. This document contains only the geographic coordinates, headings and distances of the day’s checkpoints and finish line.
- Using a compass, a navigational plotter and maps, they plot their route and plan their itinerary.
One course, designed specifically for the capacities of Crossover vehicles, is reserved for Crossover Class.
The competition begins at 6 a.m., with successive starts every two minutes. An average day of competition is 10 to 13 hours long.
The rankings are obtained by calculating the extra kilometres driven (distance driven between check points minus crow flies distance) and penalty kilometres for any check points not reached.
The Rallye is completely off-road; its course is redesigned every year...
The values that we believe in and fight for every day are real.
They are not a marketing ploy providing us with advertising opportunities. They are the human reference for the Rallye, necessary to its success.
They allow us to remain focused and to bring together women who are similar to ourselves.
Every Gazelle, both amateur and professional alike, leaves this adventure forever changed after pushing herself to the limit, facing herself in an environment that is a far reach from her challenging daily life as a woman, and sharing a sense of solidarity with her teammate and the other Gazelles.
You need talent, determination, courage, solidarity and a sense of sharing to take part in our event. If this describes you, then you are ready to live up to our motto, "Sharing true values".