Have you ever heard of the Rallye Aïcha Des Gazelles? Probably not and that’s unfortunate because it’s a truly special event, but don’t feel too bad (after I made you feel bad). I only discovered its existence a few months ago through preparation for an interview with Emme Hall, who’s the driver half of the Indiana Joans. She officially became a Gazelle by participating in the race in 2013. We chatted for My Life at Speed before she headed to Africa for this year’s race. I was determined to follow their progress and try to tell as many people as possible about this event.
The Rallye Aïcha Des Gazelles is a multi-day off road race in the Moroccan Sahara with only female competitors. That’s right, it’s a race made by a woman, for women. Unlike legendary races like the Dakar rally, the fastest don’t always win because their main goal is to take routes that log the shortest distances between checkpoints. To further benefit the Moroccan people, the Coeur des Gazelles provide health services for remote villages along the way. It’s all very interesting and you can find out what it’s really like to be a Gazelle in my interview with Emme and co-driver, Sabrina Howells and how we can help them go back in 2015: http://mylifeatspeed.com/racing-in-morocco-with-the-indiana-joans/.