ORGANIZATION AND SAFETY
THE EVENT ORGANIZER : MAÏENGA
Maïenga is an international sports event management agency founded in 1990.
Counting 20 employees, Maïenga’s purpose is to create and support innovative and unusual projects. Our team infuses its work with respect, responsibility and quality.
Building on its proven experience with the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, Maïenga now applies its savoir-faire to its other major events: the Bab el Raid, a challenge-based rally for 2WD vehicles; the Cap Fémina Aventure, a trail-based women’s solidarity rally; and the most recent addition, the Gazelles and Men Rally, an off-road rally based on the concept of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc but for men’s and mixed teams!
Our priority has always been to ensure the safety of everyone involved, participants and organizers alike, as well as to respect the local populations of our host country. We believe that quality is more important than quantity. For that reason, our events will not become huge mass-produced rally raids. We prefer to remain the best rather than the biggest.
Our website : maienga.com
The event begins in France with technical and administrative verifications for the European teams. These teams then make their way to Morocco, host country of the event right from the beginning, to join the teams from outside Europe.
The competition begins after a mandatory general briefing.
The organization is present in Morocco to support the competitors and ensure that the event runs smoothly. These include a Sporting Director, sheriffs, race marshals, ranking officers, medical staff, technical staff, drivers, photographers, cameramen, editors, producers, webmasters, photo indexers, mechanical engineers, mechanics, fuel attendants, cooks, serving staff, general labourers and more.
• 500 m2 mess tent, 3 press tents, 1 medical tent, 1 lounge area (bar), 4 shower/WC trucks,
• 12,000 meals served, 26,000 bottles of spring water, 70,000 litres of fuel, 20 tonnes of waste incinerated, 50 tonnes of material transported,
• 1 chartered ship and 4 chartered flights,
• A nomad post office is set up by Orange, allowing the Gazelles to communicate with the outside world (more than 25,000 emails printed every year).
Bivouac and logistics
The Rallye requires major logistics and an impressive infrastructure.
A little nomad village in true Moroccan style, the bivouac moves with the event. It hosts some 700 inhabitants every day, coming to life on the day of the prologue and never going back to sleep. Its objectives are threefold:
• To provide the participants with a peaceful haven, where they can rest and recuperate,
• To provide journalists with the best possible working conditions,
• To provide the organizers with the technical means to accomplish their mission.
A clean bivouac
The Rallye respects the areas it travels through, cleaning up and collecting all of the waste it produces and leaving a “clean bivouac” behind.
Sport and safety
Sporting management and security are two essential aspects of the Rallye. The Organizer dedicates considerable human and technical resources in order to meet its high safety standards.
A 12-member medical team—emergency doctors, nurses, osteopaths, several 4×4 medical vehicles and a helicopter—ensure maximal safety during the Rallye.
operations personnel working day and night (Sporting Director, sporting officials, assistance mechanics…). The latest technology is used for the management of The Rallye in order to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Communications et telecommunications
Several satellite and radio solutions are implemented in order to ensure communications at the Rallye and with the rest of the world (50 radios, 8 VHF relays, 40 satellite telephones).
With considerable technical resources, the mechanics area provides daily repairs and maintenance of all vehicles. 6 fuel attendants and 2 tank trucks provide fuel at the bivouac.
In 2001 the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles became the first off-road rally to use a satellite security system (IRITRACK).
This system makes it possible for the organisation to follow each team live by satellite, 24 hours a day, and to ensure optimal security during the competition.
- Iritrack has been tried and tested on rallies for many years,
- Iritrack has proven to be solid and reliable for information transmission,
- Teams are able to send medical and mechanical alerts, which are received by the organization,
- Teams can contact the organization directly.
With all of IRITRACK’s technical capabilities, the organisation is able to ensure the safety of all teams.
As technology has its limits, the organization provides a backup system to be used in the event of malfunction.
Each team is also given a second device : a SARSAT distress beacon, used in aviation, the navy and sporting events all over the world.
In addition, organizers on location assure the comfort and security of the participants throughout the Rallye. Search and rescue vehicles and two helicopters ensure the team’s’ safety out on the course.
SHARED MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE
40 mechanics are on location to check and repair the Gazelles’ vehicles.
Mechanical assistance is shared by all teams, both out on the course during competition legs and in the evening at the bivouac. This is one of the unique features of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. No other assistance team is authorized.
During the legs of the competition, in the event of a mechanical problem, any team may call for mechanical assistance, which will respond as quickly as possible. This assistance will cost the team in penalty points.
Every evening during the competition, a “bivouac mechanics workshop” takes charge of the vehicles. The team, along with the person in charge of the workshop, checks the vehicle for any necessary maintenance or repairs. No penalty points are applied for mechanical intervention at the bivouac.
Mechanical assistance is included in the registration fees.
REAL-TIME TEAM TRACKING
Creative and unique, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc was the first to offer Internet users the opportunity to follow the team of their choice live, thanks to the satellite positioning system installed in each vehicle.
Families, friends, fans and sponsors can experience the competition in real time by following the teams as they move across an interactive map. The rankings are posted on line every evening, keeping them up to date on how their favourite teams are doing.
This ability to follow the competition live is also a powerful tool for companies, allowing them to unite their employees around a dynamic project.
In addition, the organisation provides a space at the bivouac where teams can receive messages of encouragement from their families, partners and friends !