A quick tour of the bivouac
The bivouacs are always set up the same way so that the Gazelles and organizers can easily find their way around after each move.
The restaurant tent, which has been expanded this year to allow for physical distancing, is where the Gazelles can work on their maps, listen to the briefing, but above all, enjoy sumptuous meals.
Other installations are arranged in a square in front of the restaurant tent. The participants can, if necessary, visit the medical tent, where they will find a team of doctors and physiotherapists at their disposal. For this anniversary year, there are also two hairdressers at the bivouac to take care of the Gazelles’ hair, which suffers from the sun and sand: a much-appreciated moment of relaxation and pampering.
The Gazelles can pick up the emails sent by their fans and loved ones in the Mail tent. This is often an emotional moment when they get back from the leg, and tears are often shed. Don’t hesitate to send them a message of encouragement! This is also where they can watch Gazelle TV videos showing the highlights of each leg.
In addition to the Afriquia media tent, which welcomes journalists from around the world, trailers house the photo, web, audiovisual and computer teams who are providing live coverage of this anniversary edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc. Over by the start/finish line are the ranking offices, Rally Headquarters and the Sidi Ali water truck: essential stops for the Gazelles before and after each leg.
A bar is set up in the middle of the bivouac, where the Gazelles can relax and enjoy a mild evening in good company.
Sleeping areas are marked out at either end of the bivouac, beyond which there are trailers with washroom facilities (showers, sinks and toilets). Finally, the mechanics area, the closed vehicle park and the Afriquia fuel station are a few hundred metres away.
Humour and connection
If setting up and taking down the bivouac is a well-oiled operation today, it is thanks to the experience, drive and pervasive good humour of all the people who make the bivouac what it is today. Bernard remembers a time when the bivouac changed places every day: a lot has been learned since then. Today he is in charge of setting up and coordinating this mini village with the Franco-Moroccan team. What drives him? “The pleasure of working with the Moroccans, the joy of being reunited with old friends and the country”. The motivations for returning, year after year, to work at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc seem to have a common denominator: human connection.