Cross Egypt Challenge motorcycle rally kicks off Nov. 14
Cross Egypt Challenge competitors in earlier race - Photo courtesy of Cross Egypt Challenge Facebook Page
By RANY MOSTAFA

CAIRO: The Cross Egypt Challenge (CEC), the annual 3,000-kilometer motorcycle and scooter rally, will run through Egypt from Nov. 14-22, according to a statement on the CEC website.

“For the fourth year in a row, the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) will organize the event in a bid to attract more tourists to Egypt, support alternative sports in Egypt and revive the country’s main source of income,” Ahmed Shoukry, the chairman of the International Tourism Sector at the General Authority for Tourism, told The Cairo Post Friday.

The rally will start from Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria and pass through Cairo and on to the Red Sea resorts of Ain Sukhna, Gouna and Marsa Alam, according to the CEC website.

On Nov. 17, the event will cross the Eastern Desert to Upper Egypt’s governorate of Luxor then to Aswan and Abu Simbel at the very southern border of Egypt. It will then move northward through the Nile Valley through Assiut Governorate before finishing at the foot of the Giza Pyramids on Nov. 22.

“This is the longest and most challenging route to date and includes a total distance of 2,950 kilometers to be covered over the course of nine days,” according to a statement on the CEC website.

The event is open to all riders of motorbikes and scooters from all over the world. Competitors from over 22 countries are expected to participate.

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