Due to the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this 8th edition of Morocco Sand Express will take place from May 9th to 14th, 2021.

4x4 Raid - Morocco Sand Express 2020

Let's go get the tyres spinning in Morocco!

 

It's countdown to the 8th edition of Morocco Sand Express. An appreciated opportunity to get  off-roading in the desert after a long confinement!

This year's edition was initially scheduled for early May, the organizers have finally chosen to hold the event at the end of October 2020.

"The climate is usually mild, the high temperatures are over and the cold November weather hasn't started yet. As you can see, the spirit of the rally remains the same, fun and conviviality remain at the centre of the action."

 

Don't miss out on this fun rally raid in Morocco, from October the 25th to 30th.

The course

"The Morocco Sand Express has gone back to its origins with a more nomadic route but at the same time paying attention to the distances to limit the kilometres for the assistance teams and provide them with easy access to hotels/bivouacs.

To facilitate the logistics the rally starts and finishes in the same place, M'Hamid. The course is a figure of 8 and as always technical. On the program for the Rally Raid category is sand and obviously the dunes and ergs of the region. Competitors in the "Safari" category will avoid the largest dunes."

(source: rallyemhamidexpress.fr)

Program

1 prologue and 5 stages.



Sunday October 25th

  • Administrative and technical checks at M’Hamid from 7 a.m.
  • 3 pm: 20 km prologue which will give the starting order for the first stage.
  • 6 pm: training in different navigation methods: reading a road-book, SatNav
  • 8 pm: Briefing

Monday October 26th 

  • 1st stage: M’hamid - Foum Zguid 240 kms.

Tuesday October 27th 

  • 2nd stage of 270 km, Foum Zguid - M’hamid.



Wednesday October 28th 

  • 3rd stage of 330 km, M’hamid - Merzouga.



Thursday October 29th 

  • 4th stage of 250 km, Merzouga - Tazzarine.



Friday October 30th 

  • 5th stage of 200 km, Tazzarine –M’hamid.
  • 7 pm Awards ceremony.

Categories

As previously there will be 2 courses, often identical, with a specific "safari" course which avoids large dunes, soft sand tricky passages.



  • The "safari" is intended for 2 or 4 wheel drive vehicles. It's for competitors who want a first experience in rally raid in a car or on a bike or simply for drivers inexperienced in crossing dunes.



  • The Rally raid is for 4x4s, buggies bikes, quads, SSVs, and trucks. It's for competitors looking for a challenge in the ergs of this wonderful region.

These two main categories will be further divided into 2 categories, "race" or "raid", the latter will take the same routes but it's not against the clock. Please note that bikes and quads will only be accepted in the RAID category.

Take a look at the 2019 edition

Find out more HERE.

(click here for more info : rallyemhamidexpress.fr)

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All the photos in this article were taken on authorized roads or tracks, private land, or during supervised competitions. Let's all do our part to preserve the environment!