THE 2020 EDITION REVEALED
 
Hello everyone,

I hope you and your loved ones are well.

A month ago, we presented our thoughts to you and discussed what led us to think differently about this 2020 edition. The current health circumstances forced us to make choices to protect the Moroccan people and the competitors by limiting contact and taking special measures.

The Rallye du Maroc’s mission is being nomadic in order to allow you to discover the Kingdom. So our initial plan, as announced in February, was to leave from Agadir. This objective has been postponed.

This year, the Rallye will be organized around an XXL bivouac near M’Hamid, south of Zagora.

If the nomadic character is assessed under the current circumstances, the Rallye du Maroc remains faithful to its DNA:
 
  • Be the most accessible international Rally Raid with FIA and FIM labels and categories designed for new adventurers, allowing them to progress at their own pace and means, alongside the best pilot and co-pilots in the world.
  • Prepare effectively for the Dakar, whether it is a short-term project or a long-term goal. The Rallye du Maroc benefits from the “Road to Dakar” Label, thus meeting the demanding criteria in terms of safety and sports organization that this implies.
  • Allow factory teams to prepare effectively for the Dakar.

So many guarantees of quality for all participants, whatever their level, without sacrificing conviviality and shared experiences. We tend to repeat ourselves by quoting this sentence from Thierry Sabine, but it’s true: “The Rally is a race for amateurs where professionals have their place”.

At a time when many countries are in deconfinement mode or in the process of being deconfined, I invite you to take advantage of this rediscovered freedom while remaining cautious and attentive to your well-being and that of others.

 
 

Best regards,
David Castera
 
 
Presentation of the Route 2020
 
We offer a route with a significant sand connotation. With three loops in the erg of Chegaga, in this edition the dunes will take pride of place but the route will remain especially varied thanks to two loops along the Draa Valley on alternating terrain for rapid and technical passages while avoiding rocky areas
 
These are the kilometers for this edition 2020:
 
 
Innovation and safety are at the heart of the Rallye
 
Our continuous concerns regarding safety are on the one hand that everyone should be concerned with safety, not only the organization but also the competitors and teams. On the other hand, sports, innovation and safety are complementary and not opposing principles, it is in this sense that we wish to move forward, as evidenced by the initiatives implemented in this 2020 edition.

In this context, bike competitors in the GP Rallye category will have a limited number of rear tires to complete the entire Rallye, mechanic intervention will be prohibited at the petrol refueling points, and finally, an audible alarm will announce all danger 2 and 3’s reported in the road book.

Bike/Quad air bag vest
 
Following the road versions, the Rally Raid versions are now available and operational. Different brands on the market offer solutions.

ODC is currently in discussions with these companies so that they are present at the start of the Rallye. This will be an opportunity to test products and configure them for use in the Rallye du Maroc. For your information, the bike/quad air bag vest will be mandatory at Dakar.

We will set up a pre-booking system, with no obligation for purchase, in partnership with the players concerned in order to organize the right timing and quality service.
 
 
The color road book
 
It is confirmed, all participants will have a color road book, which will be handed out the morning of each stage before the start of the special.

We tested this principle during the 2019 edition; it will now be systematic with 2 major benefits for all competitors.

First of all, putting navigation and fairness in competition at the heart of Rally Raid, all participants thus start on an equal footing.

The other advantage is to encourage drivers to increase their safety margin with a more cautious reading of the terrain by sacrificing a little at top speed, a strategy that always pays off in the classifications.

Electronic version or paper version? After careful consideration, taking the advice of the various players and due to the current situation, which has slowed production, the electronic version will only be available in certain categories; the others will use the paper version.

Starting in 2021, the electronic version will be the standard in the Rallye du Maroc as the benefits are numerous, especially for bikes, with a significant weight gain in the front (about 3.5 kg): increased precision, less fatigue, more security.
 
 
 
Label Road to Dakar
 
As announced to you in our previous newsletter, the Rallye du Maroc will be the only Rally event of the re-entry to profit from this label, taking into account its level of organization in sports planning as well as safety planning.

The main advantages for participants in the Rallye du Maroc:
  • For bikes: participation in the Rallye du Maroc 2020 validates your registration request for the Dakar 2021 in the bike category.
  • For competitors in the Afriquia Enduro Cup and the Open SSV Maroc Telecom categories who have never participated in the Dakar, the rookies: A €1,000 discount on bike and a €1,500 discount on SSV registrations for the Dakar 2021, plus a free entry for the 1st rookie in each of these 2 categories.
 
 
Rallye Program
 
September 27, 2020:
Closing of registrations.
 
October 9, 2020:
Administrative and technical checks.
 
From October 10 to 14, 2020:
Stages 1 to 5 of the Rallye du Maroc.
 
October 14 evening:
Official Awards Ceremony.
 
Logistics, turnkey services for easier access
 
To be ready on D-Day, preparing for a Rally is already the essential stage zero. ODC wishes to facilitate the logistics aspect, for all competitors and in particular amateurs, who do not necessarily benefit from a built-in structure to assist them.

This assistance is all the more important in the current situation where the objective is to limit contact as much as possible and to get to the Bivouac as quickly as possible.

Thus, ODC has anticipated several packages and offers of different turnkey services.
 
 
Malles Moto/Bike Trunks
 
For bikers who do not have assistance support via a team or a preparer, on request, the registration includes the management of 2 bike trunks in the bivouac with electrical supply.

We also offer a logistical turnkey solution for bike and trunk transportation from different collection points in European territory so that an unassisted biker can participate individually in the Rallye du Maroc, with only his personal return trip to plan:
 
  • The round trip rate for the collection point/Bivouac will soon be online.
  • Interested competitors must bring their bikes and trunks to the collection point of their choice on the given dates during the 3rd week of September, which will be specified later.
  • The collection points will be specified according to the requests we receive so that the distance between home and collection point is as short as possible.
  • As an example, points being considered are: Barcelona, Madrid, Bordeaux, Le Havre, Lyon, Strasbourg…
  • The return to the same collection points as the outward journey will be made during the last week of October, on the dates to be specified.
 
 
Moving of assistance vehicles
 
ODC has reserved a private ferry that will leave on the evening of October 6th from the port of Motril or Almeria in southern Spain to reach the port of Nador in Morocco. Several crossing dates can be scheduled depending on the number of requests received.

Again, the objective is to offer a turnkey solution from Europe to reach the Bivouac, located around 900 km north of M’Hamid, as quickly as possible, by limiting costs and by organizing stops in the service stations of our partner Afriquia, for breaks and supplies.

The price includes:
 
  • Round trip service for the vehicle.
  • Transportation of passengers in the cabin. We plan to provide 4 person cabins for 2 people in order to comply with the physical distance barrier measures in force at present.
  • As a reminder, the vehicle assistance package includes assistance with customs formalities if necessary. Obviously, it is up to the competitors and teams to have in their possession all the necessary documents and supporting documents in accordance with the regulations in force in the countries crossed.

Charter flights to Zagora and/or Ourzazate
 
ODC is currently studying the possibility of setting up one or more specially chartered flights for the Rallye, direct from Europe to Morocco with a departure on the morning of October 7 th for arrival around noon at the Bivouac, with a return flight on October 15th.

We will further inform you within a month with the prices and possibilities.
 
 
The Bivouac, a central and unique place to be
 
The very large bivouac will be a unique living space allowing the Rallye to be organized with the greatest possible autonomy while meeting the following requirements:
 
  • Security: limit exchanges with the outside world as much as possible.
  • Economic: the bivouac will meet all needs, technical (petrol stations for vehicles, physiotherapy for participants, etc.), accommodation and catering, miscellaneous purchases thanks to the establishment of a solidarity souk.
  • User-friendly: The whole caravan in one place with spaces sized to allow exchanges while keeping a physical distance.


The hashtag for this 2020 edition: #Stayatbivouac
 
 
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