To promote Egyptian tourism, the sixth season of the
famous “Cross Egypt Challenge” rally is set to start
on October 20th with a route totaling
2,700 km throughout Egypt.
September 1, 2016 – Alexandria, Egypt.
5 years have passed since the start of Egypt’s one-of-a-kind
motorcycle and scooter rally, Cross Egypt Challenge. This October, the
sixth season of the famous rally will take place in a continuous effort
to promote tourism and to prove that Egypt is safe for travels.
The 2016 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will start on October 20th and
will last for 10 days. The new season includes 9 stages that compromise
a total distance of 2,700 km, one of the longest routes in the history
of the challenge.
The challenge will begin from the Mediterranean's largest seaport city,
Alexandria then head south to the capital Cairo en route to ride the
Nile Valley and the Egyptian western desert to Minya on the shore of the
River Nile then to Kharga Oasis on the edge of the great sand sea of the
North African Sahara.
The challenge will then head east to 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 further south to the fascinating city of
Aswan, the gate of Egypt's water reserve, then head further east to
cross the Egyptian eastern desert, one of the most difficult deserts on
the surface of the planet due to its rock formations and chain of
mountains to reach the shores of the Red Sea and stop at the beautiful
diving city of Marsa Alam where they will camp by the sea.
From Marsa Alam, the challenge will head back north by the Red Sea
Riviera to make two last stops in Hurghada and Ain Sokhna before the
last stage of the 2016 season of Cross Egypt Challenge takes place
between Ain Sokhna and Cairo to end the new season in the most sacred
place in Egypt, under the Great Pyramids of Giza.
This year the world traveler Stefan Hauser from Germany and his wife
Annette Hauser will be joining Cross Egypt Challenge as part of their
world tour that started back in 2014. Stefan and Annette are touring the
world in their Mercedes G class which will be the only allowed
automobile in Cross Egypt Challenge. They have been on the road for 730
days, and Egypt will be the 39th destination in their adventure. This
season also includes riders from: USA, Australia, United Kingdom, India,
Denmark, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Egypt.
Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the challenge said:
“Tourism to Egypt has been affected in the past few years, and our
mission is to prove that Egypt is still a safe place to visit. It is
amazing to see all these adventure riders flying to Egypt yearly to take
place in this unique and exciting rally and we want them to share their
experience with the world.”
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ABOUT CROSS EGYPT CHALLENGE
Cross Egypt Challenge is an international series of endurance
motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted throughout the most
challenging roads and tracks of Egypt, a breathtaking experience that is
equally fascinating for spectators and riders alike.
Cross Egypt Challenge is the only organized cross-country rally of its
kind in the entire region and combines the best of adventure travel and
extreme sport. Each season of the endurance rally introduces a new route
throughout the most famous spots of Egypt; a track that nobody ever
thought could be done on motorcycles or scooters. The rally is organized
by the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan with the cooperation of
the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt
and under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of tourism.
The series started in 2011 and the first season was a 9-days rally from
the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the north of Egypt to the temple
of Abu Simbel, on the southern borders of Egypt with a total distance of
over 1,700 km.
The 2012 season included a 2,400 km route starting from Egypt’s famous
capital and passing through the most exotic oases of the Egyptian
western desert before ending the season in the world’s largest open air
museum, the city of Luxor.
The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge also witnessed a 2,400 km route
starting from Egypt’s famous coastal city Alexandria and passing through
the Egyptian eastern and western deserts before ending the season under
the Great Sphinx in Giza.
The 2014 season was the longest to date with a route of 3,000 km
starting from Alexandria and going down the shores of the Red Sea coast
before crossing the Egyptian Eastern desert to ride the Nile Valley
heading back north to end the season under the great Pyramids of Giza.
The 2015 season included a very special route in celebration of the
fifth season of the challenge that started from Alexandria and went
south along the shores of the Red Sea Riviera to Luxor where the fifth
season celebration took place, then crossed the Eastern desert to Marsa
Alam before heading back north to end the season under the great
Pyramids of Giza.
Riders from the four corners of the globe fly yearly to Egypt to take
part in Cross Egypt Challenge. To date, riders from over 28 countries
participated in the previous seasons of the challenge.
ABOUT STEFAN AND ANETTE HAUSER
A German Engineer, a father and a business owner for 15 years, Stefan
Hauser and his wife Annette Hauser have decided to tour the world when
they sold their own business back in 2013. Both 45 years old at the
time, they though this would be the best time to start their adventure
after sending their only child to college.
In 2014 they took off from their home town in Germany and have been
touring the world in their diesel powered Mercedes G Class SUV ever
since. 730 days, 75,000 km, and 38 countries later, they are set to
arrive to Egypt this October 2016 to take part in Cross Egypt Challenge
before they continue their journey to return to Germany by the end of
Stafan and Annette Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/mybeastgoeseast (content is in German).
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