EDITION 2013

EXTREME CATEGORY WINNERS

Molist Joseph - Joseph Vilaregut (Spain) Toyota
Gerard Cobo – Marc Costa (Spain) Toyota
Roberto Locatelli - Luca Locatelli (Italy) Land Rover


CHRONICLE 5TH EDITION


From 12 to 21 October 2013
On Saturday 12 We meetr all the teams in the port of Marseille (France) to take the ferry to Tunisia. There are participants from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland, and preparations of all levels, from the most extreme to practically serial vehicles.
After 24 hour of maritime crossing, we disembarked on Sunday 13 Tunisia, and after customs formalities, we set off towards Douz, where we pass verifications....

STAGES

The output of Step 1, es on arena (and so it will be during the 5 stages), and just start, and promises that it will be a hotly contested issue. All teams go for the more ambitious strategies (everybody wants to win).

The Stage is long, with more than 90 miles of sand and dunes, but it is the first day, and no team wants to loosen.

As shown in the Organization, This 1st stage is designed to "acclimatise", but the truth is that the strategies of most teams, make it a tough stage. Although, The tour was fantastic, because it allowed us to enjoy some spectacular scenery and some amazing places like the Oasis of Ksar Ghuilane or abandoned fort in the middle of the dunes.

Arrival at Camp Garaat the GSAB was an ideal image: The camp assembled at the foot of a large of dunes, a large living room Dining (more than 100 people), showers, toilets, mechanical assistance area .... Even telephone coverage!!! ... A luxury .... all surrounded by dunes: An excellent scenario.

Today, all teams (except some Italian), We arrived in time, and we are all very close in score, which foresees a 5th edition of DESERT RAID hard fought.

In the briefing on arrival in Tunisia and we were warned that the level of each stage would be increased (every day more and better), and the truth is that it was fulfilled 100%.

This stage begins strong, with first laces pretty impressive dunes. The stage is largely Erg Er Retem, with the output of dunes.. and the goal also!

The feeling of opening your ruts, charting your own course, combining and adapting to possible strategies in spectacular surroundings,…. sensations are described which are impossible, but it must be lived. The trouble is that once you try it ... "You want more".

This day occurs abandoning one of the favorites (Dalom Motors, who was the champion of the previous edition).

On the other hand, the most junior teams, are taking the test pulse, and they are improving their driving techniques on sand marches forzadas.Fue a Leg 100% off road, that exceeded the expectations of all participants.

Arrival at Camp Organized (with every possible amenity .... in the desert: showers, toilets, dining room, electricity,... Beers) It was another special moment. Being able to share some spectacular sunsets over the dunes, in the company of a group of adventurers .... It is a unique experience. It's times like this when you realize how lucky we are.

Today it's "Marathon Stage" (stage 2 days). Tonight we have Camp Organized, and each team will camp for free at nightfall. The tours are spectacular today .... 100% off road!

There are several Italian teams that come first DESERT RAID, and are amazed with this test (as they have competed in other navigation tests 4x4 in Morocco,…. but this exceeds all expectations). The truth is that there are several teams, they are improving very fast, technical dune driving and navigation, and go climbing up the standings. The fight for the top spots is getting red.

The night of the 3rd Stage, each team camping where you want (between dunes .... of course), near the sacred mountain of Tinsouane.

Today cords were increasingly higher, with some breakneck descents. Strategies most teams are still very ambitious. All "want more".

In the DESERT RAID brings together the best drivers and specialists in navigation 4x4 desert truth, and it shows in the struggle between the leading positions: no let up and all the top teams in the classification, go for it.

Participants in category ADVENTURE (that group, accompanied by guidelines of the Organization), have time to enjoy the spectacular scenery offered by the Great Eastern Erg of Tunisia, with more than 18.000 square kilometers of sand and dunes . Those who come first to the DESERT RAID, Despite his many trips to Morocco, are amazed by the grandeur of the scenery, and the feeling of living a real challenge 100% off road. Is an adventure not Stop. Merely observing trucks Organization (to follow the same path of the category ADVENTURE), raising cords, and throwing for a few drops of myocardial, by the highest dunes, ... Is a unique show, one unique challenge.

Tonight, accompanied by a full moon, and in the desert, It was a reward for all adventurers who participate in DESERT RAID. Knowing that you are making a dream, a true adventure, away from any trace of civilization (tracks, roads, Hotels, hostels, stations, populations, ….) makes you feel very special.

We take the first light, to continue our festival dunes and navigation. And the truth is that today we need all possible daylight hours, for participants of EXTREM such as ADVENTURE.

On the one hand the Organization proposes that every day some routes are higher level (and warned us the first day), and secondly we tested how fast we are improving our driving skills in dunes ( It is normal, because every day we are driving over sand dunes!!). So each day we have more and more.

This stage was hard and amazing: cords of spectacular dunes, that when you see them listed on the doubt whether we can overcome, but after a while, you feel elated to take the descent down the other side ... until you see the following lace front that touches you overcome. A wonderful sense of madness that allows you to enjoy this special challenge.

The EXTREM category, follow their strategies, and do not stop even to eat, ADVENTURE ... but that's another thing: rode a few stops to eat in the middle of the dunes, which are worthy of the best known restaurant. The Adventure, is not incompatible with other pleasures.

Arrival at Target, It was another spectacular moment: An Organized Camp in the middle of the dunes, and the usual amenities: shower, bath, mechanical service, A great dinner, ... Cold beers,... All accompanied by a spectacular sunset, that was the delight of amateur photographers. A luxury.

On the one hand the Organization proposes that every day some routes are higher level (and warned us the first day), and secondly we tested how fast we are improving our driving skills in dunes ( It is normal, because every day we are driving over sand dunes!!). So each day we have more and more.

This stage was hard and amazing: cords of spectacular dunes, that when you see them listed on the doubt whether we can overcome, but after a while, you feel elated to take the descent down the other side ... until you see the following lace front that touches you overcome. A wonderful sense of madness that allows you to enjoy this special challenge.

The EXTREM category, follow their strategies, and do not stop even to eat, ADVENTURE ... but that's another thing: rode a few stops to eat in the middle of the dunes, which are worthy of the best known restaurant. The Adventure, is not incompatible with other pleasures.

Arrival at Target, It was another spectacular moment: An Organized Camp in the middle of the dunes, and the usual amenities: shower, bath, mechanical service, A great dinner, ... Cold beers,... All accompanied by a spectacular sunset, that was the delight of amateur photographers. A luxury.

In Category EXTREM there was a fight between Italian and Spanish, and the hard fight to the same line of Meta.

In Category ADVENTURE, and a continuous festival opening ruts in dunes (a is alturas, We know what worse, to think that this is ending,…. and we wait long, until the next edition of the DESERT RAID in October). But today we have a very pleasant surprise: one of the points indicated by the Organization, we have a reservoir of desert roses .... all ,forms, all sizes,... And of course .... amidst the dunes.

Arriving at Target, We have the most unpleasant time of the Raid: You have to re-inflate the wheels. The faces all reflect the mixture of joy lived adventure, and sad to know that it's over. In a few minutes we are in the hotel pool. Tomorrow we will not know the General Classification.

Saturday , is dedicated to make a tourist route, I we present some of the wonders of Tunisia: Chott el Jerid visited the: a salt lake with an area of ​​more than 70 km in a straight line, by which you ride with the same sense of doing on a lake completely frozen and covered with snow.

We also visited the Roman Circus The Jeem. Until you see, do not think I can be a big Roman circus and so well preserved. Wonderful.

The night, great hotel in Hammamet, resulted in awards ceremony, an emotional moment, where we could applaud the champions of this challenge 100% Off Road, but where all have the feeling to have won a special prize : have lived one of the most exclusive adventures that exist today.

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