Penvenan. The gazelles in training before the rally

Julie and Isabella.
Julie and Isabelle are going on an adventure from March 18 to April 2 between Erfoud and Essaouira. ©Hélène Mugnier

While the departure for the Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc rally looming for mid-March, Isabelle Amourette and Julie Delaunoy, of Penvenan, recently returned from a sailing course in Avignon where they trained to their delight.

“At the moment, we live rally, we eat rally, we sleep rally and, this weekend, we got to the heart of the matter with old cars” they announce with a smile.

Because this adventure which will take place from March 18 to April 2 between Erfoud and Essaouira, the two girlfriends have been dreaming about it for two years and building their project by finding sponsors, raising the necessary funds (€30,000) or choosing the vehicle, an Isuzu DM Max 2.5.

live their dream

I watched France 3 in the evening, the images of rallies in the desert and I said to myself oh yes, it looks so good, I would really like to do it.

Julie Delaunoy

So, motivated by the health crisis and the need to live their dream, Isabelle and Julie, owner of the Grand Hotel de Port-Blanc and administrative agent in mass distribution, registered for the 31and edition of the women’s rally and will wear bib number 187.

Old-fashioned navigation and orientation race with the help of a compass and a black and white map on which the pair will have to plot their route, the rally is not a speed test and no timing is not performed.

In addition, this adventure where it is a question of going from beacon to beacon by carrying out the shortest route meets the environmental standards Iso 14001 and leaves no pollution after the bivouacs.

Finally, the race is coupled with a genuine humanitarian project for the benefit of the Cœur de Gazelles association, which works in the fields of health, the environment, professional reintegration and education.

Guirec Welded godfather

Sponsored but also genuinely supported with enthusiasm by many local traders, friends, neighbors or colleagues who will experience the rally by proxy, the duo is also sponsored by Guirec Soudée. And if the girls who will be piloting in turn are equipped with pink helmets, they can already imagine what awaits them.

We are not leaving for a princess rally, we know that. We are going to discover each other during this race, we also know that we are going to argue, that there are going to be difficult times, that we are going to have to do some repairs ourselves, but we are going to get there, we are not no more idiots than men.

After handing over the car, a driving course in Spain, in the Bardenas desert, was on the schedule.

“It’s a great challenge that we are going to live there, conclude Isabelle and Julie, both mothers. An adventure that defends beautiful unifying values, female mutual aid or the taste for effort that we hope to give to our children. We leave with a spirit of fun and the hope of inspiring other women to leave and follow their dreams. »

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