After spending most of the previous day at the border we raced again today through the savannah of Senegal. The action was furious with only a single car getting into finish before the 6 hour limit.
Tomorrow we have scheduled a celebratory run around Lac Rose followed by awards ceremonies.
Feb 11, 2011
Stage 11 proved to be perhaps the deciding point in the race. Only 2 cars managed to get to the finish line within the time limit and few cars in the adventure class rolled in well after dark accompanied by rally support truck. While Ujezd Sv. Krize maintained their lead, Axo ran into technical problems and slipped in the standings. So in the...
Today we crossed the no-man´s land into Mauritania. We avoided setting off any mines and the total crossing took about 6 hours. Following the border formalities there was a short off road stage across the hard flat dessert around Nouadhibou including a short excursion to a spectacular shop wreck.
Tomorrow´s stage is difficult and long and...
After the yesterday's final ceremony for the Lite rally, we took this stage really easy. No competition, no points, no video, no results - just a relaxing trip along the Moroccan sea side. We all needed a break. Tomorrow the rally starts again at the full blast.
Stage 8 Laayoune to Dakhla
Feb 8, 2011
This was the final stage of the 'Lite' race. We followed the Atlantic Ocean across dunes, along ship wreck strewned beaches and through some of the most barren dessert we have encountered so far. Congratulations to Pauli, Tomas and Mark for winning their 'lite' race categories!
Today we are moving on the tarmac to a bivuoac just above the...
Post midnight update from a Beduin camp in Southern Morocco over satelite. We had a crash in the adventure category on the route to Sidi Ifni. The rider had fractured both wrist. Our medical staff reached him within 15 minutes and transported the rider to a private clinic in Agadir. He has been repatriated today and will recover...
Todays stage followed old Dakar Rally tracks from the red dunes of Merzuga to the river oasis of Zagora. The participants encountered sand, rock and fine powdery Fesh Fesh. As we write this everyone is resting in the camp. Unfortunately the Emu UTV is out of the race with a seised engine. Other than that everyone is in a good shape looking...
The race is in full swing now and the caravan has found its way to Merzouga. Our bivouac is in the midst of some of the highest dunes in Africa and we are sharing the piste with herds of camel. Tomorrow we are headed to Zagora following some race tracks used in the Paris Dakar Rally some 25 years ago.
We are posting updates over a satelite...
First stage was intended to be a short warm up run ending at the Port of Almeria following a ferry crossing to Morocco and a short transfer to camp in Saidia.
As it turns out nothing is exactly as expected in Africa: the custom officials scrutinized our documents for over two hours, several folks got lost en route to camp and one motorbike...
The teams are arriving in Almeria and technical inspections are almost complete.
We are eagerly awaiting team Mamut from Slovenia in next hour or so and once they are checked in and stickered up we are ready to get the Rally started. Tomorrow we have on the schedule a short prologue followed by a ferry sailing to Morocco and a short transfer...
to make the whole rally experience more enjoyable for you, our partner and member of organization IR2011 Loco For Motos have prepared an accommodation offer that covers the most of the Moroccan rally locations.
We believe you may appreciate that.
The inspections will be carried out on January 30 form 10AM to 9PM and January 31 from 5AM to 6AM .In Camping LA GAROFA ALMERIA N36 49.579 W2 31.002
Carretera Nacional 340A KM.435 04002 Almería www.lagarrofa.com tel 905 23 57 70 email@example.com . The technical inspection will be focused on the vehicle equipment (see bellow), document inspection will be focused on the necessary documents like traveling health insurance for Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, car insurance Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal (you can receive the car insurance for Mauritania and Senegal right on the technical inspections; the price for Mauritania is 55 euro for a car and 30 euro for a motorbike, the price for Senegal is 40 euro for a car and 25 euro for a motorbike).
We will also collect the filled and signed IR2011 Entry forms.
Every crew/vehicle that will pass the checks will be given a rally pass and a sticker with the starting number. The dimensions of the stickers are as follows:
- for Car: 55cm tall x 80cm wide(both front door sides)
- for Moto, Quad/Atv: 13,5cm tall x 25cm wide (both sides)
The vehicle equipment
The vehicles must be registered and equipped along with the international public-road rules. Every car and truck must be equipped with at least one fire extinguisher, rope, GPS navigation, first aid pack as well as the necessary service tool-kit and tools to release a car from sand. Motorbikes must be equipped at least with GPS navigation, and first-aid pack.
All participants must use personal protective equipment. Every vehicle must be in sufficient technical condition to participate in the rally event. All vehicles must also hold a sufficient water supply and communication device (like CB radio, satellite telephone, GSM telephone ...)
Start of the Intercontinental Rally 2011
The first briefing takes place at the starting site in Camping LA GAROFA Almeria, on January 30 at 9:15 PM
Start IR2011 is Jan 31 from 7AM in Camping LA GAROFA
On the Road
The Race category
Every crew shall run through a set of GPS points in a certain time limit. Any GPS points skipped or the time limit exceeded will be penalized. A stage itinerary (the stage map and GPS points) will be received by every crew on the briefing before the start. In case a crew will not start in particular time, it will be disqualified from the Race category. They can however move on to the Adventure, and carry on racing in this, more relaxed category.
For both stage and total results, the most important thing are the points achieved. Time is used just to break ties in total results. There is no tie-breaking in stage results.
Example: A stage is being assigned an 8 hour limit. One crew manages to go through all the control points in 7 hours, and the other crew in 8 hours. Both crews achieve the same amount of points, but the first crew is faster. In the stage results, the both crews get the same position. In total results, the faster crew gets better position.
This way it can happen that all the crews win one stage, however the total results will clearly assign particular positions to the crews due to the different times they achieved. Since the points achieved are the most important element, it can happen that a team with more points and longer time gets better total result.
These rules apply for all vehicle categories in The Race.
The Adventure category
Every crew shall run through a set of GPS points without any time limit. The absence of the time pressure ensures a more relaxed rally experience. Each crew must either come to the finish until set-up time, or they must contact the organizers before that time. In case the crew is late for the finish (set-up time) and they will not contact the organizers, the organizers will no longer trace the crew by the satellite device.
A crew may be disqualified from the whole event in case of a grave offense against the rules, unfair play, breaking the speed limit on public communications or behavior that harms the natural environment. Such a crew will be completely disqualified from the event and will not be allowed to continue.
Objection can be made no later than 2 hours after the crew has finished the particular stage. The director of the IR2011 will then judge upon the objection. In case of negative result, the crew that raised the objections is bound to pay a fee of 30 euro.
The first briefing takes place at the starting site in Almeria, on January 30 at 9:15PM.
Each briefing takes place in the evening before the particular stage. The participants will be given an itinerary for the stage together with GPS points. The time of the next briefing is a part of the itinerary. The main communication language during the briefing is English. After the briefing, it is possible to translate the contents of the itinerary to particular languages (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech ...).
The first stage itinerary will be given to the participants as a part of the IR2011 registration.
GPS Points loading service
For uploading the GPS points to Garmin navigation systems you can use LOCO FOR MOTOS service. LOCO FOR MOTOS charge 5 euro per daily load or 50 euro for all the loads throughout the Full Range event duration, or 35 euro for all the loads throughout the Lite event duration.
The starting positions
The starting positions are announced during the briefing.
Technical assistance by the IR2011 Organizing Team
In case of a major breakdown, when the crew cannot fix their own vehicle, and a help from the organizers is needed, the rescue party will be arranged by the organizing team, and the broken vehicle will be towed to the closest inhabited area for further reparation. The affected crew will be disqualified from the Race category. They can move on to The Adventure and carry on competing in this category.
In case the help is arranged by the participants registered in the other category, or by their own assistance car, the affected crew is not disqualified, but penalized only. In case the help is arranged by the participants registered in the same category, not even penalization will be executed. If the assistance is needed from the organizing team, the Race category will always be preferred to the Adventure.
Medical assistance 24/7 by the IR2011 Organizing Team
The organizing team comprises doctors as well as members who have been trained in providing medical assistance. They will be around all the time in case of any troubles.
In case of a grave injury or health problems of our participants, the organizing team will arrange the accordant medical aid or a transfer to the nearest medical facility.
Every participating crew must be equipped with their own GPS navigation device and maps (paper) of the area.
The organizing team will be equipped with both GSM and satellite telephone and CB radio. In case of need the participants are allowed using it.
Every vehicle (except for the service cars) will be provided with a SPOT tracking device. This device is designed to keep track of the exact vehicle’s location via a satellite. The SPOT device is also able to send particular preset messages, triggered by passing a GPS point or - in case of emergency - a preset text messages with a text message and the location data. Possession of this device is mandatory for all participating in the rally (except service cars) . Every participant will be given a web-link that will lead to his/her personal web-page, where his/her location/movement will be monitored. The link will be also accessible for public, so that the family members and friends can follow.
Every participant is fully responsible for his/her own border crossing. All the necessary valid documents (i.e. visa, vehicle documents, vaccination card ...) shall be at disposal.
Safety and Security Every participant is responsible for his/her own safety and security. Participants must understand the dangers associated with the rally and also understand that they participate at their own risk. Every participant is responsible for the damage they may cause to vehicles, humans, animals or property.
Every starting and finishing area is selected to be nearby a camp site or a hotel. The accommodation in Morocco is not a part of the registration price, and the participants will be accommodated on their own expenses.
In Mauritania and Senegal, the organizing team will arrange free accommodation in bivouac sites. However the participants can always arrange their own accommodation elsewhere on their own expenses.
Because there will be a video projector available, you may want to bring your personal DVD footages with you and present them to the other participants.
Every participant is responsible for his/her own food. The character of the Route lets the participants buy their food supplies every day.
Every participant must keep the international vaccination card, valid traveling and vehicle documents, as well as the traveling health insurance and the vehicle insurance (green card). The most of the European countries have free entrance to Morocco; however we recommend checking this fact at the Moroccan embassy in your country.
Ferry boat Almeria-Nador
Vessel Wisteria, Jan 31 at 10AM
The participants are supposed to ensure enough fuel to overcome the distances between the particular petrol stations on their own expenses. It usually means enough fuel to drive up to 250km for motto, quad and buggy and 600km for cars and trucks. All the routes are designed the way, that the distances between the petrol stations follow the above numbers. In case there will be no petrol station on the way, the organizing team will provide the smaller vehicles (Moto, Atv, Utv mostly) with the necessary petrol (on the participants’ expenses).
Official IR2011 Rally Pass
This card will is necessary to get access to the official IR2011 bivouac sites and other locations related to the rally.
The daily results and the Final Ceremony
The results will be announced daily, in the evening for both the main categories – the Race and the Adventure. The Race results will be held and announced separately for each vehicle subcategory (Car, Moto, and Quad/Atv). The Adventure results are held and announced together for all the categories. The daily stage results are common for both the rally classes (Lite, Full Range). In the end of each class the final ceremony will be arranged and the total results for the class will be announced. All the results will be regularly published on our web.
The journey back home
You can choose a few different ways to get back home:
- you can carry on through Africa and visit other African countries
- you can take the road straight back to Spain (it takes about 5 days)
- you can send your vehicle back in a container from Dakar and take a flight back
- you can send the vehicle back by RoRo , RoLo service and take a flight back home
The registration for Intercontinental Rally 2011 has been closed.
If you want to ask us about the chance of an after-deadline reservarion,
please contact us via our Contacts
Wanna help with visas for Senegal and Mauritania?
Nov 28, 2010
If you need us to help you arrange visas for Mauritania and Senegal, please send us the following documents:
- your passport
- 4x your picture (passport format)
- filled form (download it from our web)
- 240 EUR fee (it covers both Senegal and Mauritania)
The documents shall be sent so we receive them (as well as the fee) before Dec 7...
Since we have only a short time left to the start of IR2011, we put together a list of the most serious requirements, as well as some frequently asked points.
You can find it in the Articles section.
Our logo for download
Oct 31, 2010
We added two more sections to our menu - "Downloads" and "Video of The Day". In "Downloads" you can download particular files regarding the event. The video-page has been set for later, to put up the stage videos.