Inaugural 2016 Rebelle Rally Launches Thursday, October 13th in Lake Tahoe
On Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe. More than 75 women from 19 states and four countries will become the first competitors to take part in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid. And our very own Jody DeVere will also be attending the event as media on behalf of AskPatty!
If you’ve ever seen our annual coverage of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, then you're already familiar with this type of racing event. The Rebelle Rally is not a race for speed but an event based on traditional compass, map, and roadbook navigation. GPS devices and cell phones will be sealed and prohibited from team use until the event concludes as navigators and drivers traverse the stunning Nevada and California terrain in stock four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. The route covers primarily land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and takes place on legal dirt roads, trails, and OHV areas. The participants will also travel through two National Parks.
The unique rally is a hybrid of sorts, combining traditional compass and map navigation with time, speed, and distance sections where the teams use roadbooks and must maintain average, safe speeds. However, the bulk of the challenge is finding hidden checkpoints in a difficulty rating system similar to ski or bike trails, with the highest score winning. Smart, careful driving coupled with the ability to plot latitude and longitude, triangulate using topographic maps and handheld compasses, and mastery of distance and heading are among the skills. For Emily Miller, Rebelle Rally founder, the concept and course was created with the intention of all levels being welcome, and tested.
“We have worked hard to build a challenge that is unique yet with familiar components and a solid platform for varying levels of driving and navigation experience,” stated Miller.
A diverse field of vehicles will take to the start on the first day of competition Saturday morning, October 14th, including both new and older models of Land Rovers, Mercedes, Jeeps, and Toyotas in the 4x4 class, and an interesting mix of the new Honda Ridgeline, Porsche Cayenne, and Jaguar F-PACE in the Crossover Class. Jeeps will make a strong presence in the first time event with 15 total ranging from a 1982 Scrambler to a 2016 Rubicon, and a notable showing will also be from Land Rover (6) and Toyota (6). The goal of the rally is to showcase the capabilities of manufacturer vehicles in people’s driveways, as well as the tenacity, teamwork, and capabilities of women off-road.
The competition portion will end in the desert near the California-Arizona border and wrap up on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with the final Awards Gala, where competitors will wash off the dirt and celebrate in style at the historic Del Mar Racetrack.
If you’d like to receive daily updates during the competition or follow the event online, visit www.rebellerally.com. The complete competitor roster will be updated and online October 14th. Nightly webcasts start October 15th at 8pm P.D.T. Viewers can also track the teams live beginning October 15th via: rebellerally.com/live.
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