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BIG TRAIL CHALLENGE
22 to 30 April 2017

We are pleased to present the 2017 edition of the Big Trail Challenge!

More than an adventure trip, the Big Trail Challenge is an experience of overcoming obstacles, friendship and discovery through Morocco, while crossing mountain and desert tracks and roads. Participation in the challenge is exclusively open to «trail» e «big/maxi trail» motorcycles over 600cc and off-road characteristics. The Big Trail Challenge is a totally "non-competitive" event.

With a route between Portugal and Morocco, the Big Trail Challenge allows you to participate in two distinct levels, in which the main objective is to enjoy good driving moments: the level 1, of low difficulty, destined for all those who want to initiate on African crossings and improve their basic off-road driving skills on mountain and desert trails and the intermediate level "level 2" for the more experienced who want to improve their all-round driving skills on the same type of tracks. Navigation during the challenge is accomplished using GPS (tracks and waypoints) with the support of a road-book.

We chose Morocco for this challenge because it is in this incredible Maghreb country that we can experience unique, enriching and authentic experiences in a mix of cultural and natural discovery, with exceptional conditions for driving off-road motorcycles.

In addition to the pleasures of motorcycle driving, one of the strengths of the challenge is the discovery of Morocco itself. We will go along the route to get to know - in an intense way - some of the most remote and beautiful places of this country and immerse ourselves in the vibrant Moroccan culture. In all of the village and city squares we can find storytellers and animal lovers, places where the popular culture of Morocco really thrives. We will be able to enjoy firsthand the magical and welcoming atmosphere provided by a people whose open and generous character will create a unique and enriched personal experience, full of emotions.

LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION

The Big Trail Challenge is a challenge designed to participate in moto trail and big trail over 600cc and off-road characteristics.

Travels that offer what we have for you are rare: a deep sensory experience, with the exploration and discovery of Morocco, a territory of incredible cultural, natural and landscape diversity; and an experience of discovering your motorbike outside the borders of the asphalt, so that you can live the pleasure of enjoying excellent driving moments.

To facilitate the choice of your level of participation from two defined difficulty levels, we have established a set of parameters that seek to facilitate the choice. Much of the layout set for the Big Trail Challenge is shared by both levels of participation. Only steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 will include some individual sections for 'level 1' and 'level 2'.

The definition of the profiles was based on the driving levels suggested by the main motorbike builders.

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LEVEL 1: BASE

'Basic' level of reduced difficulty. All those wishing to initiate on African crossings should be enrolled at this level so that they can simultaneously improve their basic off-road driving skills on mountain and desert tracks with very varied levels:

Asphalt: the percentage of asphalt will be obtained after track recognition *
Basic off-road - 80% of track layout
Intermediate off-road - 20% of track layout
Total kilometers: 3,400 km, to be confirmed after track recognition *
Driving hours per day 6-8

* Track recognition is performed approximately one month prior to the event to minimize errors related to terrain changes.

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LEVEL 2: INTERMEDIATE

LEVEL 2: INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate level of medium difficulty. All those who already have some off-road driving experience and who want to improve their off-road driving skills through challenging mountain and desert trails of varied levels should be enrolled at this level:

Asphalt: The percentage of asphalt will be obtained after track recognition *
Basic off-road - 50% of track layout
Intermediate off-road - 50% of track layout
Total kilometers: 3,345 km, to be confirmed after track recognition *
Driving hours per day 6-8

* Track recognition is performed approximately one month prior to the event to minimize errors related to terrain changes.

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OFF-ROAD PREPARATION FOR THE CHALLENGE

Off-road driving or training sessions, taught by the Challenge Technical Leader, may be organized within 60 days prior to the start of the Big Trail Challenge. The sessions will be between 2 to 4 hours long and will take place over the weekend. The dates of the sessions will be agreed with the organization, being carried out in groups of up to 6 people. Prices will communicated to all interested parties in a timely manner.

Following the example of the off-road driving sessions, a workshop on basic motorcycle inspection and maintenance techniques will be organized by a Big Trail Challenge partner entity. The prices and date of this workshop will be communicated opportunely to all interested parties.

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SAFETY

To carry out the Big Trail Challenge with maximum comfort and achieve the main goal of the challenge which is to end it in total safety, there is a set of accessories of compulsory use, very effective in case of an accident, in the prevention of injuries and in reducing the severity of injuries.

All participants must equip themselves with the following accessories, with an appropriate off-road design: Boots, trousers and windbreaker with protections (or protective vest), closed helmet and gloves.

Participants are required to sign a "Liability Waiver" regarding their participation, and submit to technical and documentary verifications. These checks will take place on the first day of the event, and all motorcycle participants will be required to have:

- Mandatory accessories (boots, pants and jacket with protections or protective vest, closed helmet and gloves);
- Valid driving license for the motorcycle;
- Motorcycle liability insurance and motorcycle assistance valid for Portugal, Spain and Morocco (with an MA extension on the insurance form);
- Motorcycle in good conditions of reliability;
- Trail, mixed or all-terrain tires in good condition.
- GPS navigation system (compatible with the use of GPX files);
- Registration;
- Front headlight and taillight working properly;
- Rear-view mirror, at least on the left-hand side;
- Holes repair kit for the type of tires used (tubeless or air chamber) being dispensed to those who wear “tires mousse”.

 
 
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Click on the map, in each of the stages, to know the main details of the route!
 
   
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The route for the 2017 edition of the Big Trail Challenge is characterized by the diversity of landscapes and respective pavement. Mountains, desert, dunes and oasis are in the "menu" of this challenge. Get ready for a sensory experience and a mix of emotions that will be unforgettable!

The kilometers traveled daily are indicative and subject to confirmation after the final recognition of the route.

Please check below in detail the program for each stage.

STAGE 1 - 22/04/2017
ÉVORA - TARIFA - TANGER - ASILAH
555 km

STAGE 2 - 23/04/2017
ASILAH - MEKNÉS - IFRANE - MIDELT
430 km

STAGE 3 - 24/04/2017
MIDELT - GOURRAMA - BOUDNIB- MERZOUGA
345 km

STAGE 4 - 25/04/2017
MERZOUGA - REMLIA - TRAFRAOUD SIDI ALI
200 km

STAGE 5 - 26/04/2017
TRAFRAOUD SIDI ALI - ZGUILMA - MHAMID
170 km

STAGE 6 - 27/04/2017
MHAMID - OÁSIS SACRÉE- LAC IRIKI - FOUM ZGUID
155 km

STAGE 7 - 28/04/2017
FOUM ZGUID - OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH
395 km

STAGE 8 - 29/04/2017
MARRAKECH - FORÊT DE MAÂMORA - ASILAH
560 km

STAGE 9 - 30/04/2017
ASILAH - TARIFA - ÉVORA
555 km

 
     
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The Big Trail Challenge is intended for participation in trail and big trail motorcycles, but other forms of participation are also allowed, especially for motorcycle riders companions (wives, children, friends, ...) on board the organization's 4x4 vehicles. We have 6 available positions for participation in these conditions.

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PARTICIPATION IN MOTORBIKE AT 'LEVEL 1' OR 'LEVEL 2'

» ENTRY NOW «

1.295€ / participant in motorbike

The price includes:

- Organization, logistics and assistance (tour leader * and technical leader **, mechanical assistance and paramedic assistance);
- Ferry-boat passage for pilot and motorbike «Tarifa / Tanger Ville / Tarifa»;
- Support vehicle (luggage transportation);
- 8 nights hotel accommodation (double or triple room);
- 9 lunches (packet of food and drinks delivered daily);
- 8 Restaurant dinners (drinks not included);
- 8 Breakfasts in hotel;
- Supply of GPS track with waypoints;
- Official Expedition T-Shirt;
- Online tracking of the trip for family and friends (SPOT GPS installed in the 4x4 vehicle of the tour leader);
- Photo reportage;
- Video reportage;

* Tour Leader: Member of the organization in charge of the general management of the challenge;
** Technical Leader: the challenge will be followed by a professional motorcycle rider, with all-terrain driving teaching skills who will support the participants with useful tips and technical tips during the daily briefing, and who will also give support to the participants directly in the course of the challenge stages.

The price does not include:

- Single room supplement: 200€ / person;
- Insurance: the subscription of a personal travel and assistance insurance (with repatriation coverage) is compulsory. The organization offers insurance for this purpose, as an optional subscription (price per pilot of 40€). If the participant decides to autonomously subscribe to his travel and assistance insurance, it must cover the use of 2-wheel motor vehicles in motorized land sports;
- Expenses with documentation;
- Meals not mentioned;
- Flights and transfers;
- Drinks at dinners;
- Fuel;
- Personal expenses;
- Tips.

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PARTICIPATION IN 4X4 VEHICLES OF THE ORGANIZATION

"This way of participation will only be guaranteed with a minimum of 3 enrollees"

» ENTRY NOW «

1.295€ / participant in 4x4

The price includes:

- Organization, logistics and assistance
- Place in 4x4 vehicle of the organization with fuel included;
- Ferry-boat passage «Tarifa / Tanger Ville / Tarifa»;
- Ongoing monitoring by «tour leader*»
- 8 nights hotel accommodation (double room);
- 9 lunches (packet of food and drinks delivered daily);
- 8 Restaurant dinners (drinks not included);
- 8 Breakfasts in hotel;
- Official Expedition T-Shirt;
- Online tracking of the trip for family and friends (SPOT GPS installed in the 4x4 vehicle of the tour leader);
- Photo reportage;
- Video reportage;
* Tour Leader: Member of the organization in charge of the general management of the challenge;

The price does not include:

- Single room supplement: 200€ / person;
- Insurance: the subscription of a personal travel and assistance insurance (with repatriation coverage) is compulsory. The organization offers insurance for this purpose, as an optional subscription (price per pilot of 40€). If the participant decides to autonomously subscribe to his travel and assistance insurance, it must cover the use of 4x4 motor vehicles in motorized land sports;
- Expenses with documentation;
- Meals not mentioned;
- Flights and transfers;
- Drinks at dinners;
- Fuel;
- Personal expenses;
- Tips.

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PARTICIPATION REGULATIONS

Regulations | General Participation Terms and Conditions

     
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Address:
Mundo de Aventuras - Travel & Expeditions
Rua de Diu, N.º 1C, 2º Esq.
2100-143 Coruche - Portugal

E-mail addresses:
info@bigtrailchallenge.pt
info@mundodeaventuras.pt

Main Telephones:
+351 934005110
+351 919817480
+351 917550311

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Nelson Filipe
General Manager
nelson@bigtrailchallenge.pt
+351 934005110
Pedro Pessoa
Public Relations
pedro@bigtrailchallenge.pt
+351 917550311
Carlos Palmeiro
Logistics, Marketing and Photography
carlos@bigtrailchallenge.pt
+351 919817480
     
     
Luís Agostinho
Logistics and Mechanical Assistance
Lezita Melo Simas
Logistics and Photo Report
Paulo Miranda
Technical Leader
     
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Mário Bock
Vídeo Report
Nuno Rocha
Medical Team (Doctor)
Bruno Rebelo
Medical Team (Nurse)
     
     
Rogério Lagarto
Technical and Logistical Support
 
     
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Big Trail Challenge, an event by Mundo de Aventuras - Travel & Expeditions
Lifetouris, Lda. NIF PT509993770 / RNAVT 3143
Rua de Diu, N.º 1C, 2º Esq., 2100-143 Coruche, Portugal
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