THE CEC EXPERIENCE
Cross Egypt Challenge is a unique cross-country adventure rally on motorcycles and scooters and is one of those life-time memorable experiences for those who love adventure travel and extreme sport. Each new season encompasses a new track throughout some of the best sightseeing spots of Egypt and the world.
Cross Egypt Challenge is open for participants from around the world. Riders can register online by visiting the link: www.crossegyptchallenge.com/registration
Cross Egypt Challenge registration team reviews each participant application carefully to select those who meet its selection criteria. The registration team reserves the right to reject/refuse any participant’s entry in accordance with its own selection criteria.
- If a rider, the participant must be 18 years of age or older (15 years old for accompanying persons).
- If a rider, the participant must hold a valid motorcycle riding license or an international riding license with
- If a rider, the participants must have a minimum experience of 6 months riding motorcycles / scooters.
- The participant must have the physical ability to join Cross Egypt Challenge.
Pillion passengers are only allowed during Cross Egypt Challenge on big motorcycles with engine capacity of 1000cc or more.
The route of Cross Egypt Challenge can get very rough in certain areas, and this requires complete control of your vehicle. Having a pillion passenger on a smaller bike or a scooter will not give you the control required in such tricky and difficult situations. Your desired pillion can however join the challenge in our comfortable chase car.
We have few spots for accompanying persons in our chase cars. If you would like to bring your spouse or a friend who doesn’t ride, please fill out a separate application form for them. Accompanying persons do enjoy the challenge equally as riders. All accompanying persons must be 15 years of age or older.
The following set of documents must be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to complete your registration process. All documents must be clearly scanned in color and not taken with a phone camera.
Egyptian riders: National ID + Riding license + Motorcycle or scooter registration
International riders: Passport + International riding license (with motorcycle endorsement)
Egyptian accompanying person: National ID
International accompanying person: Passport
NOTE: For international participants, you passport expiry date must be at least six months from the date of your entry to Egypt.
A valid international riding license with motorcycle endorsement is mandatory for all international participants and a valid Egyptian motorcycle riding license is mandatory for all Egyptian participants.
In order to participate in Cross Egypt Challenge, participants are responsible to ensure their vehicles are in good shape and prepared for the challenge. All required service and inspection must be done before hand.
A technical inspection on all participating vehicles will be conducted one week before the challenge in Alexandria (for local vehicles) at the time you deliver your vehicle to Cross Egypt Challenges.
In order for your vehicle to pass the technical inspection of Cross Egypt Challenge it must:
- Be a 2 wheeled motorcycle or scooter (3 wheeled vehicles and quad bikes are not allowed).
- If a motorcycle, be 250 cc or above (motorcycles with engines less than 250 cc are not allowed).
- If a scooter, be 150 cc or above (scooters with engines less than 150 cc are not allowed).
- Be registered and holds valid and current license plates.
- Be clean of any branding stickers, any branding stickers will be removed at the technical inspection.
- Be in good condition, both mechanically and physically, scratched and broken vehicles may not pass the technical inspection.
Egyptian riders participating with their own motorcycles or scooters will be requested to deliver their vehicles and spare parts to Cross Egypt Challenge in Alexandria for final inspection and branding according one week before the challenge. The vehicles will be branded, and numbered, and kept in our safe warehouse to ensure they are not used or subject to any accident prior to the challenge. Riders will be able to collect their branded vehicles on the first day of the challenge.
We know it is difficult for international participants to ship their motorcycles or scooters to Egypt, therefore we are providing a motorcycle and scooter rental option for international participants. Please check the following link for available models and pricing: Motorcycle and scooter rental option.
The minimum safety gear required for Cross Egypt Challenge is:
For motorcycle riders: full face helmet, motorcycle safety jacket, and protective gloves.
For scooter riders: full face helmet, and protective gloves.
If you desire to wear extra protective gear like body armor, protective pants, or protective jackets, please do so under your official t-shirt, as the t-shirt must be the visible layer at all times.
For your helmet to be approved for participation in Cross Egypt Challenge, it must meet certain guidelines. all helmets will be inspected the prior night of the challenge and only helmets that meet the following guidelines will be approved:
- Be a full face street helmet (off-road and modular flip-up helmets are not allowed).
- Be a solid black color (mixed colored or colored helmets are not allowed).
- Be free of any branding except the original manufacturer stickers).
* Please note there is a helmet rental option available for both local and international participants. Click here to view rental rates.
If you are riding your own motorcycle or scooter, please be prepared with the the most basic and necessary spare parts for your adventure. Each participant is responsible for supplying his/her own spare parts. We will carry your spare parts in the chase trucks depending on their volume.
For rented motorcycles and scooters, most needed spare parts will be available during the challenge.
Cross Egypt Challenge provides fuel for all participants for the entire duration of the challenge. Fuel supply will be 92 octane. If your motorcycle or scooter requires higher octane, we advise that you get octane booster to mix with the supplied fuel.
Cross Egypt Challenge will be providing accommodation in one of the best hotel options in each destination, this ranges from 3 to 5 star hotels depending on the availability at each destination. All accommodation will be based on triple room occupancy.
There might be one night of camping during the challenge, the camping will be in small 2-person tents and sleeping bags or blankets will be supplied. Most basic camping facilities will be included.
Riders wishing to upgrade their accommodation from triple room occupancy to single or double occupancy, please click here for room upgrade prices.
For non-Egyptian riders, if you need to stay extra night(s) prior or post the challenge, our team will be happy to assist you with this request. Just send us an email at email@example.com and we will book you in our official hotels using our special rates.
Cross Egypt Challenge will provide 3 meals a day for the entire duration of the challenge. This starts with breakfast on day 2 (first riding day) of the challenge and ends with breakfast on day 10..
While breakfast and dinners will be mainly served at hotels, our own Desert Chefs will prepare very light lunches on the road and this will consist of basic canned food and biscuits depending on the availability at each destination.
Cross Egypt Challenge will hand each participant 3 long sleeve t-shirts to wear during the challenge, as well as 1 polo shirts to wear during night events or ceremonies. Wearing the official clothes is a must during the rides and official ceremonies. Be prepared that you might encounter cold weather during early starts and at nights, so prepare yourself with a light jacket or a sweater.
Do not forget your swimsuit, good sunglasses, a cap and one pair of comfortable shoes. As Egypt is a Muslim country we recommend conservative clothing choices for your trip across these remote regions.
TRAVELLING TO EGYPT
The following extended information will help you plan your cross Egypt Challenge experience
We have asked our travel partners to prepare a list of optional tours in the destinations we visit so interested riders get the chance to explore and learn more about those destinations.
Some destinations will not have optional tours, but rather some entertainment activities will be planned.
A list of optional tours will be sent you before the challenge for your choice. The optional tours list will also include pre and post challenge tours in Cairo and Alexandria so you can enjoy your time if you arrive early or plan to leave late.
Each participant is allowed a maximum of two pieces of luggage during the challenge: one small carry on (that will be stored in the chase cars with maximum dimensions of 22″ x 14″ x 9″ or 56cm x 35cm x 23cm) + 1 backpack that can be carried on your motorcycle or scooter.
You will receive your 4 t-shirts in your welcome kit, so plan for enough space to store them in your luggage.
With the exception of COVID-19 vaccination, no other vaccination is required. It is suggested that participants bring not only medications for likely gastrointestinal problems but also other prescription for personal use as local availability in remote areas is extremely limited.
Travel insurance is always an advantages when traveling abroad. It is highly advisable to obtain a medical and accident insurance with a medical evacuation option before you leave to Egypt. It is always advisable that your medical insurance covers COVID-19 situations.
Visa regulations to Egypt have changed recently, and while it was possible for certain nationalities to purchase a visa to Egypt upon arrival at the airport, we strongly advise that you contact the Egyptian embassy/consulate in your country for clear and recent instructions. To find your nearest Egyptian embassy, visit the following website: http://www.mfa.gov.eg
The official language of Cross Egypt Challenge is English and all communications will be in English.
The official language of Egypt is Arabic, but English is spoken and understood almost everywhere.
The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). 1 USD = 24.5 EGP. You can exchange USD to EGP from banks and exchange outlets in Major cities, however it is not easy to exchange EGP back to USD
The most widely accepted currencies to exchange to EGP are USD and EUR. Other currencies may be difficult to exchange. You can use your debit or credit cards to withdraw EGP from any ATM machines (please check with your bank about withdrawal charges). ATMs are widely available throughout Egypt and in major cities, but it may be difficult to find ATMs in remote areas, and smaller cities throughout our route.
During October, the climate is Mediterranean on the coast, desert like inland and very cold at night. So expect hot days and cold nights.