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— It was a long day for Gazelles who covered almost 190 kilometers during Friday’s second leg. Competitors left the bivouac in Mech Irdane at 6 a.m. and cars were still pouring into the bivouac, which moved just southeast of Erfoud, well after dark.

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Erfoud, Morocco
–After battling heavy snowstorms over the Atlas Mountains on Tuesday, competitors finally reached Erfoud, Morocco—the gateway to the Sahara Desert–to take the start line for the 25th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles on Wednesday afternoon.

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Excitement reaches new levels for the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles as 10 teams from the United States will compete in this year’s edition – slated March 20 – April 4.  The grueling off-road rally has gained the well-deserved reputation as the toughest all-women’s sporting event as competitors drive and navigate across southern Morocco’s challenging landscape with only a compass, set of outdated maps, a ruler, and their strength as a team.  A bucket list event, the field of American teams has doubled since 2014.

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – As the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, heads into round three this weekend, a new championship dynamic presents itself in the XC1 Pro ATV class. Adam McGill currently tops the championship standings heading into Saturday’s FMF Steele Creek GNCC and while it’s still early in the season, the pole position is something that McGill has not experienced since his rookie year in 2008.

SCORE-Baja-Sur-500-Logo-3-23-15RENO, Nev. — Southern gentleman Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., received the honor of drawing the first starting position for next month’s history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race in his No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck that will race in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks. The drawing was held Tuesday in Reno, Nev. where SCORE’s corporate headquarters is located.

Stacy and his protégé Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, finished third in January in the season-opening Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja, Mexico.

SCORE International, for over four decades known as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, is taking another giant step into the future as Round 2 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will mark the first time in its storied history that SCORE will present a race entirely in Baja California Sur, on the southern end of the Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.

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The ATV Safety Institute will provide free rider training for the second straight year during ATV Safety Week this spring. The ASI is again working with partners across America who will be volunteering to provide free ATV RiderCourses and other safety education June 6–14.

SCORE-Baja-Sur-500-Logo-3-23-15RENO, Nev. — SCORE International, for over four decades known as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, is taking another giant step into the future as Round 2 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will mark the first time in its storied history that SCORE will present a race entirely in Baja California Sur, on the southern end of the Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.

Following several years of negotiations and finalization of details with Mexican officials, SCORE, known as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 on April 15-19. The race will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.

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The 2015 racing season for the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA (ATVMX), officially got underway last week with the historic ATV Supercross (ATVSX) from Daytona. The race served as a landmark moment for the 30th anniversary of ATVMX, but more importantly provided a first look into what the championship battle will hold this spring and summer. The entire AMA Pro ATV field will travel to Middle Georgia this weekend for Round 1 action from Lizella’s Echeconnee MX and the Georgia National, presented by Kinsley Powersports, on Saturday, March 21.

National-Geographic-Logo-3-18-15National Geographic Maps, celebrating 100 years as one of the most trusted names in cartography, will make available hundreds of maps from its Trails Illustrated line through Avenza Systems Inc.’s popular, award-winning PDF Maps app. The addition of these maps, the most popular outdoor recreation maps in North America, augments the PDF Maps app digital map database by incorporating trail maps from a world-renowned source. It also increases National Geographic Maps’ reach within the mobile consumer market, giving more consumers than ever access to the Trails Illustrated line. Trail maps from many of America’s most popular national parks have already been uploaded to the app, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Zion and Great Smoky Mountains.

With many Ranger Districts throughout the country discontinuing visitor services, Avenza’s PDF Maps app provides an alternative for outdoor enthusiasts planning a trip in remote areas where Internet service is not always available to stream detailed map content. Using National Geographic’s line of detailed recreation maps, PDF Maps app users can purchase, download and save maps on GPS-enabled devices such as Android- and iOS-based phones and tablets. At their destination, park visitors can use the app to find and mark their location directly on the National Geographic map they’ve downloaded. They can take advantage of various interactive features, such as location tagging; dropping waypoints/pinpoints on points of interest; attaching images and notes; and tracking routes, distance and elevation — all while offline.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent out this note on OHV use on Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.

The National Park Service proposes to amend its special regulations for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area to require permits to operate motor vehicles off roads, designated areas and routes where motor vehicles may be used off roads, create management zones that would further manage this activity, and establish camping, operational, and vehicle requirements. These changes would allow off-road vehicle use for recreation while reducing associated impacts to resources. Unless authorized by special regulation, operating a motor vehicle off roads within areas of the National Park System is prohibited.

Comments must be received by May 4, 2015.

You may submit comments, identified by the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AD86, by any of the following methods: