2014 EDITION
 
  2014 Season Log

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - The pyramids, and the finish line

The ninth and final day of the challenge included  the longest ride in the season from Asuyt to Cairo. after 450 km of roads, their journey would come to an end under the great pyramids of Giza, the last standing wonder of the 7 wonders of the old world.

 

A celebration was held at the Pyramids, and riders received their certificates of completion announcing they have completed the longest and most challenging season of Cross Egypt Challenge to date.

 

After 2950 km throughout Egypt, 9 days, and numerous hours on motorcycles and scooters, the challenge was over. Mission accomplished.

 

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - One more leg to go

With only one more day to go, the riders rode more kilometers by the River Nile on their way to Assuyt, a first time destination in Cross Egypt Challenge history, and the Egyptian trade capital of ancient Egypt.

 

Nice and wide stretches of highway were making the road between Luxor and Aswan and once the riders reached their destination safe they were treated by staying in a floating hotel at the River Nile.

 

That night the riders gathered together after dinner for the farewell and feedback meeting of the season, and they have given their feedback to the organizers who collected all the input in order to create greater experience in the upcoming seasons.

 

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - riding towards history

From the beautiful city of Aswan, to the great city of Luxor was the route of the 7th day of the challenge.

 

Heading North and enjoying riding by the River Nile were the highlights of this leg. But once Luxor is reached, a great celebration was prepared for the adventurous riders in the arms of history in front of the great temple of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt most amazing temples that is engraved entirely inside a mountain.

 

That evening, the team had the chance enjoy a Sound and Light Show at Karnak temples. And some riders went to the market to shop or buy souvenirs.

 

Wednesday, October 19th, 2014 - Riding through the Nile Valley

The team set off from Abu Simbel back to Aswan again, and for the next few days, they will ride the entire River Nile valley starting from the very southern city of Egypt, Abu Simbel to Luxor, to Assuyt then to Cairo.

 

Upon arrival to Aswan, everyone enjoyed an traditional Egyptian sailing boat ride in the Nile where they enjoyed the most amazing sunset scenery anyone can view anywhere in the world.

 

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - South and south we go

On day five, the team rode to the furthest southern city of Egypt, where the magnificent Temple of Ramses II, The temple of Abu Simbel stands there to defend the southern borders of Egypt against any attacks from its neighbors or enemies.

 

The 285 km ride took only a portion of the day, but the extreme heat at this part of upper Egypt made everybody tired and exhausted. As soon the riders checked in their hotel overlooking Lake Nasser, everyone jumped in the pool, and later that night they enjoyed a fascinating sound and light show at the temple of Abu Simbel.

 

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - Crossing the Eastern desert

The team's next stop was the beautiful city of Aswan located by the River Nile.  But to get there, the team had to ride across the rough Egyptian Eastern Desert.

 

It was a challenging ride, as the roads were not in good shape due to the flood season, but after riding for 345 km, the team made it to Aswan where they were greeted by the Governor of Aswan upon arrival.

 

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - Down the coast

The riders started the day with the usual daily morning brief, then rode again down the Red Sea Coast to the amazing city of Marsa Alam, a great diving spot and one of Egypt's hidden treasures.

 

Thorough their route between El Gouna and Marsa Alam, the mayor of koseir city prepared a welcome reception to the riders on the highway as they passed his city, and it was a nice treat for the riders to enjoy a cold drink in the middle of the day's heat.

 

Another welcome reception was prepared for the riders as they entered their destination hotel in Marsa Alam with traditional Egyptian belly and tanoura dancers. It was quite a day for the riders and everyone enjoyed their afternoon diving or laying by the beach.

 

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 - Red Sea Riviera

On the second day, the riders rode through the coast of the Red Sea or what is called the Red Sea Riviera. This leg was only 275 km but a good part of the road was twisty with mountains on one side and the Red Sea cliffs on the other side.

 

Amid way around noon time, the riders enjoyed their first lunch meal prepared by CEC "Desert Chefs", Cross Egypt Challenge’s very own culinary team who for the next few days will prepare lunches for the riders and the crew in the middle of no where. A variety of meals are planned so the team enjoys different tastes and culture on the go.

 

In the early afternoon, the riders made it safe to El Gouna, a luxury resort town located by the Red Sea where they enjoyed their late afternoon around the pool and at the beach.

 

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - Three, Two, One, Go!

The first day of the 2014 season of Cross Egypt challenge started very early in the morning with a morning brief where the riders were given detailed information on the day’s route and what to expect.

 

With one of the longest legs of the challenge and a 380km to finish on the first day, the riders wasted no time to hit the road between Alexandria and Cairo en route to Sokhna. The riders arrived to Sokhna by sunset and called it an early night after dinner so they can get rested for the following days.

 

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 - Everyone is here!

The last few days witnessed many international participants arriving to both Cairo and Alexandria international airports to take place in the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge.

 

The team’s first meeting took place in Alexandria’s historic Cecil Hotel where Ahmad Elzoghby, the president of Cross Egypt Challenge welcomed the 60 participants to the fourth season of Cross Egypt Challenge. After a brief orientation session, Barb Piatkowski, a returning rider from Canada and a professional motorcycle instructorgave a safety awareness seminar.

 

The official riding gear was distributed to the team followed by a welcome lunch at Alexandria's high end Jungle restaurant.

 

After lunch, the riders headed to City Centre Alexandria to celebrate the official launch of Cross Egypt Challenge 2014. A huge celebration took place and was aired live on the Egyptian satellite channel OnTV. The event was attended by several dignitaries including the Governor of Alexandria, Miss Egypt 2014, and several other celebrities.

 

Late that night, the team headed back to Cecil hotel to get their last good night sleep before hitting the road around Egypt.

  2014 Route

 

The 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge began from the Mediterranean's largest coastal city, Alexandria then passed through the Capital - Cairo - en route to the Red Sea's resort Sokhna before it went South to visit the amazing resort cities of El Gouna and Marsa Alam on the Red Sea shore. The challenge then headed west to the Nile valley to visit Aswan and went south to visit the magnificent Abu Simbel temple on the southern borders of Egypt.

 

From Abu Simbel the riders headed back North again back to Aswan, then to the ancient city of Luxor, the world's largest open air museum city, and  the capital of Ancient Egypt before riding further North to Assiout then the final leg of of the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge took place between Assiout and Cairo to end this amazing season under the Great Pyramids of Giza,

 

With a carefully planned route ,the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge passed through many of Egypt's finest spots including modern cities, coastal resorts, historical sites, Egyptian Eastern and Egypt's Nile Valley. This was the longest and most challenging route to date and included a total distance of 2950 KM that was covered over the course of  9 days.


380 km Alexandria - Sokhna
275 km Sokhna - El Gouna
320 km El Gouna - Marsa Alam
345 km Marsa Alam - Aswan
285 KM Aswan - Abu Simbel
285 km Abu Simbel - Aswan
265 km Aswan - Luxor
365 km Luxor - Assiout
430 km Assiout - Cairo
2950 km TOTAL DISTANCE
  2014 Press Releases

November 1st, 2014: The Famous Alex Chacon and Omar Mansour are to ride in the 2014 season of “Cross Egypt Challenge” this November.  [ENGLISH]   [ARABIC]

 

August 12t, 2014: “Cross Egypt Challenge” returns this November for the fourth year in a bid to promote Egyptian Tourism.  [ENGLISH]   [ARABIC]

  Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - Route Change

Due to heavy road maintenance between the three major oasis in the Egyptian Western Desert, the route of the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge had a slight change. Two new wild destinations have been added to the existing route including the magnificent Abu Simbel Temple at the very southern boarder of Egypt and Assiout.

  Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - Fees update

The registration fees for the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge has been updated to reflect the current increase of fuel prices in Egypt. Fuel prices has witnessed a 40%-78% increase in Egypt in the past week which slightly affected the cost registration for Cross Egypt Challenge.

 

On the other hand, motorcycle rental fees for international participants has been decreased due to successful negotiations with our suppliers.

  Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - 2014 registration is open

Registration for the long anticipated 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge is now open. This season will run over the course of 9 days and will cover a 3000 km route that runs through some of Egypt's best destinations.

 

Interested riders around the globe are invited to register for the new challenging season through the following link: www.crossegyptchallenge.com/registration.html

 

Scooter and motorcycle rental option is available for international participants.

  Monday, February 24th, 2014 - BREAKING NEWS!

The technical team of Cross Egypt Challenge has announced earlier today that both motorcycles and scooters will be approved to participate in the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge. This is great news for motorcycle riders as until now Cross Egypt Challenge participation was limited only to scooters.

 

The motorcycle acceptance criteria and technical guidelines will be announced at the beginning of March 2014 when registration for the new season opens.

  Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - 2014 route is finalized

The new route for the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge was finalized.

 

The 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will begin from the Mediterranean's largest coastal city, Alexandria then pass through the Capital - Cairo - en route to the Red Sea's resort Sokhna before going South to visit the amazing resort cities of El Gouna and Marsa Alam on the Red Sea shore. The challenge will then head west to the Nile valley to visit Aswan and the ancient city of Luxor, the world's largest open air museum city, and  the capital of Ancient Egypt.

 

From Luxor the riders will head North 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 the final leg of the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge takes place between Bahareya Oasis and Cairo to end the new season under the Great Pyramids of Giza,

 

With a carefully planned route ,the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will pass through many of Egypt's finest spots including modern cities, coastal resorts, historical sites, Egyptian Eastern and Western deserts and Egypt's Nile Valley. This is the longest and most challenging route to date and includes a total distance of 3000 KM to be covered over the course of  9 days.

  Sunday, February 16h, 2014 - New route is explored

Cross Egypt Challenge technical team has conducted an exploration trip for parts of the suggested route for the 2014 season this past weekend to investigate the nature of roads and determine the suitability of different route options to be included in the 2014 route.

 

More than 1100 km were carefully investigated, and a final decision is currently being made on which roads will be most suitable for our new route. The route for the 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge looks very exciting.

  Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - A call for volunteers

Do you want to be part of Cross Egypt Challenge organizing team?

We are looking for energetic, driven, passionate volunteers to join our organizing team and be part of this great adventure rally series.

Apply now: http://www.crossegyptchallenge.com/volunteer

 
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