We often receive questions from riders around the globe wondering
about what should they pack, what the roads are like, and most important
what is the current political situation in Egypt.
We dedicate the following section to answer all these questions and
provide more information for any interested rider. If you do not find the
answers you are looking for here, please shoot us an email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer you
With all what we hear in the news about
the unrest in Egypt, is it safe to participate in Cross Egypt Challenge?
Unfortunately, the media always like to focus on action packed scenes and
ignore the facts that life goes as normal in the rest of the country.
Egypt is a nation of 90 million people, and while there might be unrest in
certain known locations throughout the country, life and the daily
routine for the average Egyptian are not affected. Egyptians still go to
work, go to school, go out, go shopping, and enjoy their lives.
Egypt is still a safe country to visit, and we at Cross Egypt Challenge
take every measure possible to ensure the safety of our riders. Our
route is very carefully planned to avoid any potential location of
unrest and there is continuous cooperation and communication between the
organizers and different Egyptian authorities to ensure a world class
What are the roads like in Cross Egypt
A. The roads throughout Cross Egypt Challenge route
vary in conditions. We ride on good roads, bad roads, and in very few
areas no roads at all. As we ride through remote areas, expect a lot of
new road constructions in certain parts of our route. From the feedback
we got from our riders in the past seasons, the worst the road
condition, the more fun it is to ride on.
Are motorcycles allowed in Cross Egypt
challenge or is it only for scooters?
A. Both motorcycles and scooters are allowed to
participate in Cross Egypt Challenge. Cross Egypt Challenge may have started as a
scooter rally but now it includes both motorcycles and scooters.
Does this mean scooters have to keep up with motorcycles during the ride and risk their safety?
A. Not at all, motorcycles and scooters are two different formations that follow different schedules. They both meet at lunch stops, certain fuel stops and arrive to each destination together.
What are the riding speeds during Cross Egypt Challenge?
A. For scooters, the average riding speed is 80 km/hour, while the maximum speed is 95 km/hour.
For motorcycles, the average riding speed is 100 km/hour and the maximum speed is 120 km/hour.
Maximum speeds are achieved only based on viable road conditions and is up to the ride leaders to determine.
What should I pack?
A. You should plan to pack lightly. Each rider is
allowed one piece of luggage at the size of a carry on (22" x 14" x 9"
or 56cm x 35cm x 23cm) plus an
additional backpack to carry on his/her motorcycle or scooter so plan accordingly. A
swimsuit and sun glasses are a must for any visit to Egypt weather we
get a chance to have a dip in the Mediterranean sea, the Red sea or at
the hotel swimming pool. Some warm clothing is advised as it tend to be
cold at night in desert areas.
Will we have enough time at each destination
A. Depending on the number of kilometers that we have
to ride in any given day, we usually arrive to our destinations in the
late afternoon, allowing few hours for the riders to wander around
town before it gets dark. Our partner travel agents offer optional
guided tours in each destination that you may want to book.
What safety gear should I be wearing?
A. A minimum of a full face helmet and safety gloves
are required for participation in Cross Egypt Challenge. Extra safety
gear such as protective pants or body armors are sytrongly recommended but not
required. If you desire to wear extra protective gear like body armor,
protective pants, or protective jackets, please do so under your
official vest (for motorcycles) or t-shirt (for scooters), as the vest or the tshirt must be the visible layer at all time
Are women allowed into Cross Egypt Challenge?
A. Absolutely. We have had wonderful women
participants in all the past seasons of Cross Egypt Challenge. Our organizing team
even include many amazing young women.
Do non-Muslim women have to cover their hair
during the challenge?
A. Nope, although Egypt is a Muslim country, but women
have the choice not to cover their hair.