A five-day, 1,600-kilometer cross-country rally will take place in Mexico next week and finish Feb. 17 at Zicatela Beach.
The fifth Coast 2 Coast Rally 2023 will take racers in six categories through more than 100 locations, including Magical Towns in the states of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca from Feb. 12-17.
During a press conference held in Oaxaca city on Tuesday, rally route advisor Rodrigo Zárate López said that more than 150 participants from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the United States, South Africa and other countries are expected to join the rally, including pilots, co-pilots and technical teams.
Oaxaca tourism promotion director Carlos David Jacinto Ortiz said the state government is committed to meeting all the requirements for the event, including coordinating efforts along the rally’s route, guaranteeing everyone’s safety.
Participants will race motorcycles, quads, UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles) and 4x4s.
The rally, which begins at the Malecón de Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, has six different categories: Rally Pro; Rally 1, for off-road beginners; Rally Raid Experience, for those more interested in the route than in placing first; Maxi Rally, for dual purpose motorcycles, including a specially designed route; ATV/Quads, and UTV – SXS.
Zárate explained that all teams will be provided with a roadbook with landmarks and intersections marked to guide them along the route.
The first day of adventure includes a journey of 300 kilometers, from Veracruz to Jalcomulco. On the second day, participants will travel for another 400 kilometers from Jalcomulco to Tehuacán, Puebla, and and on the third day they will advance another 400 kilometers from Tehuacán to Oaxaca city.
On the fourth day, the route will cover another 400 kilometers from Oaxaca to San José del Pacífico, and on the last day of the race the drivers will travel 350 kilometers from San José to Puerto Escondido.
Registrations are still open at the event’s official website.
With reports by La Onda Oaxaca