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Hispania Rally 2020 kicks off – March 3-7 roadbook rally in Spain

Hispania Rally, Europe’s only roadbook desert rally, sees 180 riders facing 1500km, five stage race.


Europe’s only desert roadbook rally begins in Guadix, Spain this week. The five-day event, now in its third year, has attracted 180 competitors to Southern Spain to race 1500 kilometres with 1000km timed special stages exploring the Gorafe desert. 

Routes begin and end each day in the city of Guadix near Granada with the opening and closing podiums taking place under the impressive cathedral.

HISPANIA RALLY Guadix Cathedral 560

Dakar legend, Gerard Farres has been in charge of course and roadbook verification which this year are handed out each evening pre-coloured, just as in the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. 

With the majority of riders being amateur, this pre-painted roadbook levels the playing field and gives everyone the same experience of navigation on the course. 

Factory Sherco Rally Team rider, Lorenzo Santolino has been helping with a roadbook workshop for the amateur riders the day before the race. Pro riders to watch include Joan Pedrero, Mario Patrao and Sebastien Souday.

Hispania Rally event schedule:

Race days: March 3-7 from Guadix each day

Day 1: 214.4 km - 126.1km of special timed stage 

Day 2: 314.6 km - 210.9 special

Day 3: 298.5 km - 225.8 km of special

Day 4: 317.1 km - 225.8 km of special

Day 5: 209 km - 168 km of special


More information: HispaniaRally.org 

Photo Credit: Actionographers
Byline jp ISDE 2018 Enduro21
Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester