The technical reviews and the official start from Saint Cyprien, in the Pyrénées Orientales, are always a good moment under the beautiful winter sun and with a large crowd. This is a breath taking communion in between the competitors and the visitors who are passionate about the big African rallies, which remains today’s only one to start from France.


In the end, approximately 400 participants where présent at the administatrive checks and a bit less than 200 vehicles at the technical checks and security supplies. After a quite busy day, the Start was announced by Mr Thierry DEL POSO, mayor of St Cyprien on dock Arthur Rimbaud. The last chance of the year for the fans and spectators to applaud bikes, cars and trucks which will start there trip towards Motril in the south of Spain to board on the ferry boat for Morocco. The AFRICA ECO RACE® will arrive on the 31st in the morning. Will then start the 5407km route of which 2992km of sélective sectors.

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