|February 28, 2013: The Rally has flipped to its 2014 edition. The first,...|
|February 11, 2013: After 14 days of racing the Intercontinental Rally 2013...|
|February 8, 2013: The rally has moved to Senegal. Dakar is calling ...|
|February 4, 2013: We are crossing border to Mauritania today. Since the...|
|February 1, 2013: We are about a third of the way through this year's...|
|January 24, 2013: The new section, so called Stage Reports, will help you...|
|December 4, 2012: We have revealed the detailed route for the IR 2013...|
|November 11, 2012: Intercontinental Rally 2013 Pre-Start...|
|August 2, 2012: After scouting trips and lots of behind the scene work...||
|.: INTERCONTINENTAL RALLY 2014 NEWS :.
|Intercontinental Rally goes to its 4th edition.||Feb 28, 2013|
|The Rally has flipped to its 2014 edition. The first, and most economical round of reservations for our 2014 edition has opened. This first round will last till May 31. The rally is limited by 100 teams in total. We again provide a nice discount for the participants who hold their own Spot Tracker. Ferry tickets and bivouacs in Morocco,...|
|The Intercontinental Rally 2013 is over||Feb 11, 2013|
|After 14 days of racing the Intercontinental Rally 2013 is concluding with the award presentation. For our entire web and Facebook community we would like to congratulate all participants on their outstanding performance. Regardless of their position in the final standings, every pilot who reached the Lac Rose finish line has pushed the limits...|
| ||Feb 8, 2013|
|The rally has moved to Senegal. Dakar is calling ...|
| ||Feb 4, 2013|
|We are crossing border to Mauritania today. Since the border formalities will result in some delays it will give everyone the opportunity to relax and get focused on the next two stages. There is an universal truth which applies to racing to Dakar and that is that the Mauritania stages determine the winner. And the course this year will put...|
| ||Feb 1, 2013|
|We are about a third of the way through this year's rally and the interest and support expressed by the Facebook community has been amazing. We had around one thousand fans a few days ago and now we are well on our way to three times as much. Thank you, your support is very much appreciated.
Since most of you are new to here let us give you...
|We added a Stage Reports section to present our Rally||Jan 24, 2013|
|The new section, so called Stage Reports, will help you follow the rally from the start to the finish. Every stage will have its own page with all the pictures, videos, results, articles and the stage map gathered together.|
|The detailed route 2013 is up!||Dec 4, 2012|
|We have revealed the detailed route for the IR 2013 today. Check it out here.|
|Intercontinental Rally 2013 Pre-Start Information||Nov 11, 2012|
|Intercontinental Rally 2013 Pre-Start Information
The registration for the 2013 Intercontinental Rally will close on November 30th, 2012. No registration will be allowed after this date. The registrants and their personal data cannot be modified after this date so maximum attention should be given to filling out the registration form.
Inspections will take place in In Camping LA GAROFA ALMERIA N36 49.579 W2 31.002, Spain on January 27th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and January 28th from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. at a location to be disclosed one month prior to the start.
Every participating vehicle must be registered and equipped according to the international public-road rules and must be in sufficient technical condition to participate in the Intercontinental Rally (IR).
Cars and trucks must be equipped with at least one fire extinguisher, towrope, GPS navigation, first aid kit, tool kit as well as tools to extract the car from sand.
Motorbikes must be equipped with GPS navigation, and a first-aid kit. Basic tools and a tire repair kit are strongly recommended. Protective helmets are mandatory and must be worn at all times.
All vehicles (cars, trucks and motrobikes) must carry a sufficient water supply for at least 24 hours.
Every individual is responsible for his or her own documents. Every participant in the IR 2013 event must present the following documents:
Completed and signed entry forms. (Will be available on technical Inspections in Almeria)
○ Valid passport and entry visa (see below)
○ Yellow fever vaccination certificate
○ Medical insurance
○ International driver’s license
○ Vehicle registration and proof on insurance (green card)
The Lite rally only requires a visa for Morocco, the Full rally participants must obtain a visa for Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal. Visa requirements vary according to nationality; check ahead which requirements apply to your country of citizenship. Visas cannot be obtained at the border crossings.
Vehicle insurance for Mauritania and Senegal may be obtained at the time of document inspection or participants may also purchase car insurance at the border if they wish to do so. If purchased from the rally organization the fees are:
Mauritania 55€ car / 30€ motorcycle
Senegal 40€ car / 25€ motorcycle
All participants are required to obtain traveller medical insurance for the duration of the event. Potentially incurred medical costs are the responsibility of the affected participant. It is strongly recommended that medical insurance contains coverage for repatriation to the home country.
Visas for Mauritania and Senegal
The rally organizers offer assistance in obtaining the entry visa for Mauritania and Senegal. If you would like to obtain the visa this way you need to provide the following documents by December 5th, 2012:
○ Valid passport
○ 3 x passport size photographs
○ filled out application form (provided in attachment)
○ fees (260€ for both Senegal and Mauritania, 170€ Mauritania only)
The documents shall be send by registered mail to this address:
PO BOX 16
19011 Praha 9
!!! The documents must be received by December 5th, 2012 !!!
Transfer the visa applications fees to the following account:
Account : TNV limited
Bank name: Raiffeisenbank
IBAN code: CZ8555000000005170942001
SWIFT: RZBCCZPP Variable symbol / Remark: your name
!!! The fees must be received by December 5th, 2012 on TNV ltd account !!!
Please don't leave it for the last moment !!!!!
After the embassy issues the visas we will send your passport back to your registration address. You must let us know if you would like to use a different address. The passport will be sent by registered mail or by messenger service.
We cannot guarantee that the particular embassy will grant you visa. In case the embassy refuses granting you visa, the 260 EUR /170 EUR fee will not be refunded.
Please allow for sufficient time when mailing the documents. We must receive them by December 5th, otherwise we will not be able to obtain your visa.
Spot Tracker (tracker not need any special installation on motorcycle or car) www.findmespot.com
Race CAT vehicle (Adventure CAT option ) will be assigned a SPOT tracking device. This device is designed to keep track of the exact vehicle location via the GPS satellite network. The device is mandatory and must be active for the duration of each stage.
The organization team will monitor the transmitted location of every vehicle until all vehicles are accounted for at the bivouac. In case of emergency the current position will be communicated to the team on the ground and an appropriate response will be initiated. The data is also used to optimally position the support vehicles on the course. SPOTs are capable of sending 3 types of preprogrammed messages. Two of these are reserved for mechanical assistance and medical emergency requests. If participants are using their own SPOT device they must demonstrate that it is programmed according to the IR 2013 instructions at the inspections in Almeria.
Every participant in Race CAT (Adventure CAT option ) will be given a link to a personal web page associated with their assigned SPOT device. We encourage you to share this link with your friends and family so they can follow you on www.intercontinentalrally.com
The SPOT (Race CAT) device is the only method used by the org team to track race category participants. If you decided to use your own SPOT device and received a discount on the registration fees please send us your user name and password and we will configure your account to conform to our needs. We have to receive access to your SPOT account by January 15th, 2013. The configuration changes are mainly related to the settings for forwarding your tracking information. The SOS setting will not be modified.
If you are participating in the Adventure category you have the option to register your spot device the rally organization. This will allow you to contact the org in case of emergency. If you decided to use your own SPOT device please send us your user name and password and we will configure your account to conform to our needs. We have to receive access to your SPOT account by January 15th, 2013. The configuration changes are mainly related to the settings for forwarding your tracking information. The SOS setting will not be modified.
Ferry Almeria - Nador
This year the Intercontinental Rally entry fee includes the ferry crossing from Almeria to Nador. The personal information to purchase the ferry tickets must be finalized by November 30th, 2012. Once the tickets are purchased by the org they are non changeable and non refundable. The ferry passes will be provided to the participants during the technical inspections.
Accommodation for the duration of the rally is included in the entry fee. Each stage will finish near a campsite or a hotel. The location of next day’s accommodations will be disclosed at the daily briefing at least 24 hours in advance. Participants can always arrange, at their own expense, accommodation elsewhere. The precise information regarding the bivouac and hotel locations will be disclosed in December.
Food and meals are the responsibility of the participants. Most bivouac sites are selected near services, including restaurants and grocery stores.
Following briefings a video projector will be set up and IR 2013 participants are encouraged to bring their own motorsport related DVD’s to share.
Participants must ensure adequate fuel to overcome the distances between particular petrol stations along the route. This generally requires range up to 250km for motorcycles, quads and buggies and 600km for cars and trucks. The stages are designed with this fuel range in mind and gas stations along the route are marked on the itinerary. During remote stages that require extended range the organization team will provide petrol to motorcycles and quads at a predetermined location for a nominal fee. The fuel prices will be disclosed at the briefing based on local pricing.
The Team Trophy is awarded to the best team in the Full Race rally. Each team must have a minimum of 3 participants and can be a mix of several classes (bike, quad, car). The points earned by top 3 team members for each stage count towards the team total. The team with the most points at the end of the rally wins the trophy. The teams can be registered during the technical inspection.
A stage itinerary consisting of a stage map, list of GPS way points, control points with corresponding point values and petrol station location will be received by every crew following the evening briefing before each stage. It also lists the stage time limit, point deductions for arriving after the limit and contact information for the organizing team.
If a vehicle is not able to start at the assigned time, the team will be disqualified from the Race category. They can however move on to the Adventure Category, and carry on racing in this, more relaxed classification.
Some stages will be divided into several timed special sections connected by non-competitive transfer segments with a fixed time limit.
During the evening briefing prior to each stage the participants will receive the next day’s itinerary either in paper for or as Garmin Mapsource file (.gdb). Sample stage itinerary is attached.
Stage Control Card
Prior to the start of each stage every participant will receive a stage control card which is used for scoring the points earned during the stage. Each card provides a precise start time as well as a list of control points with the corresponding GPS coordinates. Upon reaching a control point the crew must note the time on the control card. At the finish of each stage the control cards will be collected and used to calculate the point total for the stage.
The control point information can be filled in immediately after completion of the stage provided that the exact time when the CP was reached was captured using a GPS receiver. This is particularly useful for motorcyclists as it minimizes the time required to document reaching control points.
The first briefing takes place at the inspection site in Almeria, on January 27 at 9:00 p.m. The Rally will start at the same location on Monday January 28th, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. The start order and time increments will be disclosed at the briefing.
On the Road
The Race category
Every crew shall run through a set of control points in a certain time limit. Reaching a control point will earn a predetermined number of points. If the team exceeds the stage time limit or is penalized due to rule transgression it will be deducted points. Standing in the race is calculated based on the earned points with cumulative time used as a tiebreaker.
The Team Trophy is awarded to the best team in the Full Race rally. Each team must have a minimum of 3 participants and can be a mix of several classes (bike, quad, car). The points earned by top 3 team members for each stage count towards the team total. The team with the most points at the end of the rally wins the trophy.
A stage has been assigned an 8 hour limit. Team A manages to go through all the control points in 7 hours, and team B in 8 hours. Both crews achieve the same amount of points, but the first crew is faster. In the stage results, both crews recieve the same position. In total results, the faster crew is ranked higher.
Based on this formula there can be multiple stage winners. The overall standings take into account the cumulative time to rank teams with the same point total.
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. The crews must arrive to the stage finish within a set time limit or they must contact the organizers before then. Failure to do so may result in the vehicle no longer being tracked in subsequent stages.
Penalties and Disqualification
A crew may be disqualified from the event under the following circumstances: a case of a grave offense against the rules, unfair play, dangerous or reckless driving on public roads or behavior that harms the natural environment. Disqualified participants will not be allowed to continue in the Rally.
Penalties are administered in the form of point deductions. Arriving to the stage finish after the time limit results in penalty points for each minute over the time limit based on a multiplier set for each stage during the briefing.
Penalty points will be issued by the race referee for breaking traffic laws on public roads and in locations disclosed during the briefings (villages, residential areas). The first transgression carries a 300 point penalty, second is 600 points and third results in an immediate disqualification from both categories.
Briefings take place in the evening typically at 9:00 p.m. and are conducted primarily in English. The organizers will attempt to answer questions and provide clarifications in other languages after the meeting. Briefings are mandatory and must be attended by at least one crewmember.
At the briefing, participants will receive a printed itinerary as well as a digital file for next day’s stage as well as the start card containing the precise start time for their vehicle.
The return journey
There are several options for returning vehicles back to Europe:
o Continue in travel through Africa and visit other African countries
o Coastal road back to Spain (approximately 5 days)
o Ship vehicles from Dakar inside a container and fly back home
o Ship vehicles on a “Roll on, roll off“ (RoRo) carrier and fly back home
The organizers of the IR 2013 reserve the right to modify the route, competition rules and travel arrangements as they see fit and necessary. All participants are required to accept and obey any changes announced by the organizers.
| ||Aug 2, 2012|
|After scouting trips and lots of behind the scene work we are able to introduce some wonderful changes to stages 5 and 6. The revised course keeps due south and avoids the busy and touristy Atlantic coast around Fort Bou Jerif. Instead we will follow the Draa valley and proceed inland through some of the most scenic and challenging terrain in...|
|Great award for the winners on Balkan Rally 2012 .||Jun 8, 2012|
|Great award for the winners !!!
As a result of collaboration and partnership between the organizers of the Intercontinental Rally and Balkan Rally, prices for winners in the "Balkan Rally 2012" are very great!
The Winners in the overall standings in the category Auto, Moto and ATV/Quad get free entry in the Intercontinental Rally 2013 !...
|Our 2012 triple DVD is up for purchase.||Mar 13, 2012|
|We would like to announce a triple DVD that commemorates the 2012 Intercontinental Rally event. It features our fresh new rally-movie, all the stage videos, and more than a thousand pictures - all that in high resolution. You can purchase it straight from this page.|
|Intercontinental Rally gets ready for the 2013 edition.||Mar 1, 2012|
|Intercontinental Rally site has flipped to the 2013 edition:
- Apart from the usual, the price also includes ferry tickets from Almeria to Morocco (for people and vehicles) as well as all the bivouac sites in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.
- The first registration round is to be opened till April 30 and as usual, it provides the most...
|Stage 14 (Dakar, Lac Rose)||Feb 12, 2012|
|The moment of glory (EN, FR, CZ)
The moment of glory has arrived when all the pain and suffering is forgotten and the sense of accomplishment starts to settle in. After more than 5000 km and 13 days of full on racing the Rally has reached the finish line on the shores of Lac Rose, stone throw distance from Dakar and the westmost point of...
|Stage 13 (St.Louis - Dakar)||Feb 12, 2012|
|Almost there (EN, FR, CZ)
As unreal as it feels at the moment we have reached our final destination! Lac Rose welcomed the Rally in all it's glory, glowing pink-purple in the afternoon sun. The penultimate stage featured sandy trails in the shadow of ancient baobab trees, through rural villages and bustling towns. The last 50 km was along a...
|Stage 12 (St.Louis - St.Louis)||Feb 11, 2012|
|Savannah (EN, CZ)
This stage provided an introduction to the navigational challenges of the Senegalese Savannah. Everyone exercised caution as we raced near many small villages with curious children and ignorant goats everywhere. The short liaison provided for a memorable outing, and as the moon rose over the bivouac the excitement of reaching...
|Stage 11 (Nouakchott - St.Louis)||Feb 20, 2012|
|Etape Nouakchott – Saint Louis (FR, CZ):
Le but principal de l’étape sera de passer la frontière sénégalo-mauritanienne. Il n’y a aura pas de chronométrage aujourd’hui bien qu’il y ait une partie TT d’une centaine de km.
De belles pistes ondulent sur les collines sablonneuses en parallèle de la nouvelle route qui amènera dans le futur les...
|Stage 10 (Nouakchott - Nouakchott)||Feb 10, 2012|
|Nouakchott (EN, FR, CZ)
Another improvised stage to replace the two stages originally planned for the Atar region. The stage was relatively straightforward on very fast pistes with a massive dune at the finish. Due to the long liaison the car teams decided to forego the stage and the bikes raced on their own. There was one notable departure on...
|Stage 9 (Nouadhibou - Nouakchott)||Feb 8, 2012|
|Sandstorm strikes (EN, FR, CZ)
After several days of high winds and blinding sandstorms forced us to forgo Atar and instead head to Nouakchott the special followed last year's course. To extend the range of the motorbikes to cover the 500km distance through some very remote coastal regions the rally team set up a refueling station around the...
|Stage 8 (Daklha - Nouadhibou)||Feb 6, 2012|
|Crossing the Mauritanian border (EN, FR)
A liaison stage to cross the Morocco-Mauritanian border. Thanks to advanced preparation by the organization, the border crossing went extremely smoothly, and everyone got across within an hour. The short drive across the mined no-man's land strip reminded everyone the importance of good way points as...
|Stage 7 (Layoune - Daklha )||Feb 6, 2012|
|Finally an easier stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Finally a stage with a shorter and easier off road section! The caravan proceeded on the blacktop south towards the city of Dakhla with a special section on flat, wind swept plains short distance from the bivouac. The easy terrain perhaps relaxed the concentration of one of the riders a little too much as...