The 2023 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will start on October 5 and will include 2 new first-time destinations, Fayed and Nuwebaa. The new route totals 2,900 km, includes 8 stages, and spans over 10 days, with one rest day planned in Egypt’s famous Luxor.
The new route will start from the Mediterranean’s largest seaport city; Alexandria then heads south by the edge of the Western Desert towards Minya. After spending the first night in Minya, the challenge will head further south to reach Luxor, the capital of ancient Egypt and the largest open-air museum in the world where the participants will enjoy a rest day for sightseeing in this magnificent destination.
From Luxor the participants will cross the Egyptian eastern desert – one of the most challenging deserts on the face of the planet due to its rock formation and high mountain range – heading east to reach Hurghada, then north to Fayed to enjoy these two beach destinations by the Red Sea.
From Fayed, the challenge will make its way into Sinai to make its first stop at the city of peace, Sharm El Sheikh and from there, the challenge will head north to the beautiful camping destinations, Nuwebaa where the participants will enjoy the night camping under the stars before heading west again to reach Ras Sudr, a small beach destination at the shores of the Red Sea and the kite surfing capital of Egypt.
The final leg of the season will then take place between Ras Sudr and Cairo to end the season in one of the most ancient places in Egypt and the world, under the Step Pyramid of Djoser in the Sakkara area.
Cross Egypt Challenge has been officially recognized as an official FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) adventure touring rally. The FIM is the global governing/sanctioning body of motorcycle sports worldwide and is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling events organized under its jurisdiction throughout the world.
Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the challenge said: “Cross Egypt Challenge was created to prove that Egypt is safe for tourism and for the past 12 years we have been sending assurance messages globally that it is safe to visit Egypt. It is an extreme pleasure to see that our efforts combined with those of other NGOs and the Egyptian Government resulted in Egypt topping the world’s tourist destinations in recent years.
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. The challenge is organized by Cross World Challenges, and the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan in partnership with both the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt.
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 series started in 2011 as an initiative to promote Egyptian Tourism 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 following seasons witnessed different challenging routes that varied in length. One thing that was common in all these routes that they combined the best Egypt has to offer.
Riders from the four corners of the globe fly yearly to Egypt to take part in Cross Egypt Challenge. The number of participants in the famous rally has increased over the years from 14 brave participants back in 2011 to a record breaking 75 participants from 14 different countries in 2015. To date, riders from over 50 countries participated in the previous seasons of the challenge.
ABOUT THE FIM
Founded in 1904, The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is the global governing/sanctioning body of motorcycle sports worldwide and is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling events organized under its jurisdiction throughout the world.
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