And so it begins, the 24th Edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. One of the more demanding events on the international calendar, this particular rally is made unique due to its all-female field of competitors. Held on the shifting sands and craggy landscapes of southern Morocco, the Rallye Aicha des Gazzelles consists of one prologue and six individual legs. The total length of the rally is just under 2,500 kilometers with teams only allowed map and compass for navigation. The winning team needn’t be the fastest, but the one which has traveled the least number of kilometers between checkpoints within a given time frame. Winning teams must have superb navigation and driving skills to pilot their vehicles along the most direct route possible, often through soft dunes, dry washes, and stony plains.
For 2014, only a handful of American teams will line up for their chance to win. Rachelle Croft and Rhonda Cahill, the two members of X Elles Racing from Montana, will be racing in their diesel powered 2010 Isuzu D Max LS. Fitted with an ARB Safari snorkel, Hancock tires, and Bilstein shocks, they’re well equipped for the demands that lay ahead. You can follow their progress at: www.teamxelles.com