2013 EDITION
 
  2013 Season Log

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 - Cairo, Here We Come!

The ninth and final day of the journey included a short ride from Ain Sokhna to Cairo. Their journey would come to an end at the foot of the Great Sphinx. With their heads held high, the riders entered the capital surrounded by their friends and loved ones. As they disembarked their vehicles for the final time, their scooters read 2400 km. The challenge was over. Mission accomplished.

 

Friday, November 15th, 2013 - Along the Coast

On the eighth leg of the journey, the riders were taken aback by the beauty of the coast of the Red Sea. The sharp twists and turns of the road brought dream-like images of mountains, crystalline waters and azure skies.

 

After a six hour ride, they reached their destination: the resort city of Ain Sokhna, the stop before the last. There, they were greeted by the representative of the Governor of Suez. For their last night together, the riders were the stars of the official Cross Egypt Challenge photo-shoot.

 

Thursday, November 13th, 2013 - Towards the Nile

The riders made an early start on their final day in the desert. They headed towards the city of Luxor where they were greeted by the Governor at the Karnak temples. They were given an exclusive tour of the world’s largest open air museum.

 

Their ride was closely followed by national media stations which also conducted interviews with many of the riders. That evening, the team had the chance enjoy a Sound and Light Show at Karnak temples.

 

Wednesday, October 17th, 2013 - The inners

The team set off from Farafra on Wednesday morning heading to Dakhla Oasis, known colloquially as the inner oasis. Their journey on that day was again through vast sand dunes.

 

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - Camping

On day five, the Cross Egypt Challenge team rode to Kharga Oasis, which was to be their last desert stop. Upon arrival, they were greeted by the Governor of the New Valley Governorate and a traditional celebration was held in their honor. This included “wahati” music and dancing. After some fun, the team was on the road again towards Baris, a small oasis in the outskirts of Kharga where the team camped out for the night.

 

Monday, November 11th, 2013 - More Desert

The team’s next stop was Dakhla Oasis (or the inner oasis) which lies about 275 km away from Farafra. There, they visited the ruins of the fortified Islamic town of Al Qasr which was built in the 12th century.

 

This was a favorite destination for almost all the riders as they could relax, do some shopping, and enjoy the desert atmosphere.

 

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 - Black and White Desert

The riders got up early to absorb the serenity of the Western Desert. After a quick breakfast and meeting, the riders made their way towards Farafra Oasis in the New Valley Governorate. Along the way, they gazed at Farafra’s exceptional White Desert which gets its color from chalk rock formations.

 

They were transferred into a whole new world as they drew nearer to the Black Desert. But Farafra had more surprises in store, after reaching their hotel; they left for a revitalizing dip in the Oasis’s natural hot springs.

 

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 - Off to the Desert

On their second day, the team made an early start to cover 365 km to Bahariya Oasis, one of the longest rides in the challenge. There isn’t a single rest house nor a gas station along this road.

 

Nevertheless, the organizing team had arranged for special gas tankers to provide fuel for scooters, while the riders enjoyed traditional Egyptian meals prepared by the “Desert Chefs”, Cross Egypt Challenge’s very own culinary team. However, nothing could be done to prevent Mother Nature’s surprises; intense rain and fog slowed the team down.

 

Through perseverance, the riders made it safe and sound to their hotel where they relaxed and enjoyed a unique Bedouin meal. Those who were still up for an adventure were given a tour of the Oasis and the neighboring mountain.

 

Friday, November 8th, 2013 - Three, Two, One, Go!

Early Friday morning, the riders gathered in the garage to receive their scooters. They were given detailed information on the day’s route and what to expect.

 

The start line for Cross Egypt Challenge 2013 was in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the symbol of modern and ancient Egypt. Fans, friends, and family gathered to say farewell to riders and wish them good luck on the tough road ahead.

 

A long caravan of scooters, motorbikes, and four-by-fours buzzed through the city’s Corniche as the team, accompanied by other local motorcycle and scooter clubs, made their way to the Citadel of Qaitbay. After a photo-shoot in front of the great citadel, the riders headed to Alexandria City Center to celebrate the official launch of Cross Egypt Challenge.

 

This event was attended by several dignitaries including the UN Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Qabeel. In the afternoon, the team headed south towards Cairo, making an overnight stop at the residential and industrial city of 6th of October.

 

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - The Countdown Begins

As participants began to flock to Egypt’s second largest city, the organizing team was busy fine tuning the smallest details to ensure the smooth progression of the following nine days.

 

The team’s first meeting took place in Alexandria’s historic Cecil Hotel where Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the challenge welcomed participants to the third season of Cross Egypt Challenge. After a brief orientation session, Barb Piatkowski, one of riders of this year’s team and a professional motorcycle instructor from Canada gave a safety awareness seminar.

 

The official riding gear was distributed to the team followed by an evening tour of Alexandria. Spirits were high as zero hour drew near.

  2013 Route

 

The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge began from the Mediterranean's largest coastal city, Alexandria then headed toward Egypt's capital, Cairo before it went South West to explore some of the  most fascinating oasis of the Egyptian Sahara (desert). A total number of 4 oasis were explored on route before arriving to the world's largest open air museum city, Luxor, the capital of Ancient Egypt.

 

From Luxor the riders headed east to the coastal cities of Hurghada and Sokha, both lying on the shores of the Red Sea, then the final leg of the 2013 season took place between Sokhna and Cairo to end a great season under the Great Pyramids of Giza,

 

With a carefully planned route ,the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge passed through many of Egypt's finest spots. That was the most challenging season to date and include a total distance of 2400 KM to that was covered over the course of  9 days.


225 km Alexandria - Cairo
365 km Cairo - Bahareya Oasis
185 km Bahareya Oasis - Farafra Oasis
275 km Farafra Oasis - Dakhla Oasis
225 KM Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis
350 km Kharga Oasis - Luxor
290 km Luxor - Hurghada
330 km Hurghada - Sokhna
155 km Sokhna - Cairo
2400 km TOTAL DISTANCE
  2013 Press Releases

November 23rd, 2013: The third season of Cross Egypt Challenge takes the country by storm.  [ENGLISH]   [ARABIC]

 

October 1st, 2013: The countdown begins for Cross Egypt Challenge 2013.  [ENGLISH]   [ARABIC]

 

March 15th, 2013: A new season of Cross Egypt Challenge is announced amid political reform in the country in a bid to promote Egyptian tourism.  [ENGLISH]   [ARABIC]

  Sunday, August 11th, 2013 - Official video trailer is out

Cross Egypt Challenge official video trailer is out. The new video trailer highlights what Cross Egypt Challenge scooter rally is about as it shows different parts of the ultimate experience and the roads taken, it also highlights the amount of preparation that take place during each season.

 

You can watch the 3 minutes video trailer at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CK9Xtl7SUg

  Saturday, June 15th, 2013 - Important Update

We have modified the acceptance criteria of participating scooters with regards to engine size.

Scooters with engines up to 800 cc are now allowed to participate in the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge.

To view the guidelines for participating scooters click on the following link: http://www.crossegyptchallenge.com/information.html

  Friday, March 15th, 2013 - Registration is open

Registration for the long anticipated 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge is now open. A limited number of riders will be invited to the new season. Interested riders around the globe are invited to register for the new challenging season through the following link: www.crossegyptchallenge.com/registration.html

 

The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge includes a carefully planned route that passes through many of Egypt finest spots.

  Friday, February 15th, 2013 - New route is planned

The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will begin from the Mediterranean's largest coastal city, Alexandria then heads toward Egypt's capital, Cairo before going South West to explore some of the  most fascinating oasis of the Egyptian Sahara (desert). A total number of 4 oasis will be explored on route before arriving to the world's largest open air museum city, Luxor, the capital of Ancient Egypt.

From Luxor the riders will head east to the coastal cities of Hurghada and Sokha, both lying on the shores of the Red Sea, then the final leg of the 2013 season will take place between Sokhna and Cairo to end the new season under the Great Pyramids of Giza,

 

With a carefully planned route ,the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will pass through many of Egypt's finest spots. This is the most challenging to date and include a total distance of 2400 KM to be covered over the course of  9 days.

  Friday, February 1st, 2013 - A call for volunteers

A call for volunteers to help with the overall organization of the 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge.

 

If you are an energetic person and have experience in any of the following areas: organization, design, social media, media? then we want you. Sign up to join and be part of this amazing adventure

 

Volunteer registration: http://www.crossegyptchallenge.com/volunteer

 
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