2009年 05月 27日
噂に聞く南下ルート（カイロからアプシンベル方面を目指す）のようです。 初めて行くAbu Mingar というビバーク、そこからのStage4スタートは横一線に並んでのグランプリスタートで、32キロのループを2周してからゴールのバハリアを目指すのだとか。 ループではサイドバイサイドのモトクロスのようなバトルをビデオカメラが追うとのこと。
PRESS RELEASE #420 may 2009
Pharaons 2009: The Oasis Route
Seven legs for a total 2,870 km. 2,500 of which are selective sector. This is the route of the 2009 Pharaons Rally, scheduled from October 3rd to 11th. The show is secured on the 4th leg with a Grand Prix on a lined Start.
The route of the Pharaons Rally 2009 has taken shape between March and April. The scouts team of Jvd International has worked hard to find new and interesting areas over the line North-South followed this year. We could call it the Oasis route, the track 2009 will in fact touches the main “water points” of the Western Desert, going through Baharija, Dakhla, Abu Mingar and Sitra. Almost three thousand chilometres of race, shared in seven legs with few transfers as the Pharaons tradition tells. Great novelty for the next October edition is the “Grand Prix” organized at the Start of the fourth leg. A loop of 32 chilometres to run two times, with a lined start. First of all the bikes, then the cars will challenge side by side on the Abu Mingar plan, in order to win the prizes for the many categories: don’t miss out the show!
The 2009 route shows the whole variety of grounds typical of the Jvd International race, an on-going shift of landscapes and tracks difficult to find in other races. Here following a short outline of the seven legs starting on October 4th from the unique frame of the Giza Pyramids.
●Stage 1: Cairo – Baharija 414 km (60 transf + 329 PS + 25 transf)
A classic Pharaons stage to exit Cairo toward Baharija, after a transfer of sixty chilometres in order to leave the city. Ground is the usual one, mix of sand and stones, wavy and flowing. Already the first day we taste the dunes toward half leg, with a very soft stretch that could thrill those who think that the first day is only warming up.
●Stage 2: Baharija – Dakhla 438 km (4 transf + 387 PS + 47 transf)
Start at few chilometres from the bivouac, over a sandy ground and over the famous “passport ascent”. The ground changes to become mixed and rocky, then goes back over a real “sea of sand” at the very fast dune ranges which take us to the famous Tineida breathtaking descent. The second bivouac is in Dakhla.
●Stage 3: Dakhla – Abu Mingar 359 km (2,5 transf + 339 PS +17,5 transf)
Start as usual not too far from the bivouac, straight over sand and dunes. After a first touch with the asphalt (every leg the race route touches the asphalt quite many times) the ground becomes rocky and wavy with oued slanting and steps crossing. To find again the sand, toward North among beautiful landscapes and dunes ranges high and impressive. We then reach the Abu Mingar oasis, final destination of a stage definitely quite demanding.
●Stage 4 : Abu Mingar – Baharija : 435 km (320 PS + 115 transf)
Great news at the Pharaons 2009: the Egypt Grand Prize and two selective sectors all in one stage! In front of the bivouac there will be a real GP, first bikes and quads, then cars and trucks, with a start line for two 32 km loop each of the Abu Mingar plan. In front of the bivouac, the video cameras, the cameras, a motocross round, side by side, with a prize for the winners of the many categories. After again dunes up to descend from the plateau toward Farafra. A transfer to cross the White Desert is the prelude for the second selective sector, over sandy and flowing tracks which take to Baharija.
●Stage 5: Baharija – Sitra 388 km (4 transf + 382 PS + 2 transf)
We start skirting the Baharija oasis, grounds are quite varied with sand, rocks, it’s wavy, smooth, straight, winding. Then there is a very fast stretch before dipping into dunes which become increasingly higher and closer to each other, quite difficult to “understand” and… increasingly soft.
●Stage 6: Sitra – Baharija 433 km (431 PS + 2 transf)
From the start straight into the high dunes of Sitra, toward West. Passed the CP2 after a change of direction, we follow over a rocky ground for around hundred chilometres before finding again the magic sensation of pace over sand. Still hard ground to get back to Baharija oasis through a small maze of rocks.
●Stage 7: Baharija – Cairo 397 km (4 transf + 301 PS + 92 transf)
In order to close the twelfth edition of the Pharaons ICCR we start with a beautiful slalom among the rocks’ small hill, a real pleasure at driving, staying on a sandy ground, among outstanding landscapes. Before assistance, the last dunes’ ranges of this race, which are not the easiest ones! Then we find again the smooth tracks with many jumps up to the end of the selective sector. To get to the podium at the Pyramids, we only miss a transfer on asphalt for 90 chilometres.
For more info on dates, track and registration at the Pharaons 2009, visit our website www.jvd.it