Cross Egypt Challenge 2016 - an epic ride of 3000 km in 10 days

Cross Egypt Challenge 2016

WHAT? Cross Egypt Challenge 2016
WHEN? 20th October,2016
WHERE? Egypt

The sixth season of the famous rally, 'Cross Egypt Challenge' 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 comprise 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 that 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.

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.”

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.

Riders from the four corners of the globe fly yearly to Egypt to take part in Cross Egypt Challenge.

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Edited by- Debjani Hazarika