The Famous Alex Chacon and Omar Mansour are to ride in the
2014 season of “Cross Egypt Challenge” this November.
November 1, 2014 - Alexandria.
Only two weeks left for Egypt’s one-of-a-kind motorcycle and
scooter rally to kick off from the coastal city of Alexandria.
This November, more than sixty international adventure riders are going
to participate in the fourth season of Cross Egypt Challenge. Throughout
their nine-day journey, riders will uncover the mysteries of Egypt,
experience a variety of terrains, and make lifetime friendships. The
Cross Egypt Challenge organizing committee is working round-the-clock to
insure the smooth progression of this year’s rally.
The fourth season of Cross Egypt Challenge will start on November 14,
2014 and will last for 9 days. The successful series will include a
different and challenging route this year. The 2014’s 2950km route will
start from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria with a huge launch event
planned to take place at City Centre Alexandria; then pass by Egypt's
capital, Cairo, make stops at Ain Sokhna, El Gouna, Marsa Alam before
crossing the Egyptian Eastern Desert towards Luxor and Aswan before
getting to the most southern attraction point in Egypt, the magnificent
temple of Abu Simbel. From there the riders will ride North through the
Nile Valley to visit Luxor and Assiyut before heading to the final
destination of the rally this season and ending the journey in Cairo
under the Great Pyramids of Giza.
This year the famous adventure rider Alex Chacon of Modern Motorcycle
Diaries and the Egyptian Voyager Omar Mansour are riding in Cross Egypt
Challenge. This season also includes riders from: USA, Australia,
Canada, United Kingdom, Peru, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, India,
Portugal and Egypt.
Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the challenge said: “It is
quite challenging to ride few thousands kilometers on motorcycles and
scooters in a challenging cross-country rally, especially if that
involves different terrains; cities, deserts, mountains and oases. This
year we are adding to the challenge and increasing the length of the
route to 2950 km and including new and beautiful Egyptian destinations.
The Cross Egypt Challenge is meant to bring global media attention to
Egypt and to confidently announce that Egypt is safe for tourism.”
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ABOUT CROSS EGYPT CHALLENGE
Cross Egypt Challenge is an international series of endurance
motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted throughout the most
challenging roads and tracks of Egypt, a breathtaking experience that is
equally fascinating for spectators and riders alike.
Cross Egypt Challenge is the only organized cross-country rally of its
kind in the entire region and combines the best of adventure travel and
extreme sport. Each season of the endurance rally introduces a new route
throughout the most famous spots of Egypt; a track that nobody ever
thought could be done on motorcycles or scooters. The rally is organized
by the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan with the cooperation of
the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt
and under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of tourism.
The series started in 2011 and the first season was a 9 days rally from
the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the North of Egypt to the temple
of Abu Simbel, on the southern borders of Egypt with a total distance of
over 1,700 km.
The 2012 season included a 2,400 km route starting from Egypt’s famous
capital and passing through the most exotic oases of the Egyptian
western desert before ending the season in the world’s largest open-air
museum, the city of Luxor.
The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge also witnessed a 2,400 km route
starting from Egypt’s famous coastal city Alexandria and passing through
the Egyptian Eastern and Western deserts before ending under the Great
Sphinx in Giza.
Last year participants from 15 different countries took part in Cross
Egypt Challenge. This year a larger number of international and Egyptian
participants have signed up for the daring challenge. Interested riders
who are up to the challenge can find guidelines for participation on the
Cross Egypt Challenge website: www.crossegyptchallenge.com
ABOUT ALEX CHACON
Alex Chacon is a popular motorcycle adventure rider on a Modern
Motorcycle Diaries around the world. He travels adventurously by
motorcycle in different countries capturing every unique experience on
video/web episodes/pictures to share with the world via his web page and
social media while raising money for charity.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas where he graduated with
Honors in Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition and Chemistry. Before beginning
his doctoral studies he embarked on conquering his lifelong dream of
traveling the world the most adventurously way possible by motorbike,
committed to documenting his adventures while raising awareness and
funds for charitable causes. Chacón has completed numerous trips in the
past, all to raise money for charity.
His most famous expedition took him around the world, where he travelled
145,000 miles, through 34 countries, on 5 different motorcycles. He
produced a stunning “Around the world in 360 Degrees” selfie film during
his expedition that went viral on the Internet and social media with
over 11 million views just in the past few months and still growing.
Alex’s travels and expeditions were featured in in ABC International
News, CBS News, Yahoo sports, YouTube Front page, in addition to
hundreds other publications, TV interviews and newspaper articles.
ABOUT OMAR MANSOUR
Born in 1973, Omar Mansour comes from a famous Bedouin tribe in the west
of Alexandria. Since his young age, he was passionate about motorcycle
By combining his two passions, he went on his first long journey around
Egypt in 1996 for three months.
In 2011 he took off on his first international journey, where he packed
his motorcycles and rode between Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece,
Italy and finished in France. A couple years later, he went back to his
finish line to complete his journey and include the rest of Europe.
In the following years he rode across the USA from North to South, west
to East and through Europe again. In 2007 he was the first Egyptian and
Arab person to complete a trans-African tour and ride across Africa on a
motorcycle. He started his journey from the most Southern pint in the
black continent (Cape Agulhas) in South Africa and rode all the way to
Egypt. A journey that took over three months and was conducted with a
message of unity for all African nations “One Africa”.
Omar still goes on long journeys around the world, and he does
motivational speaking at conferences and seminars. His travels were
featured in National TV, press articles, newspapers, blogs and websites.
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