SABRE is proud of our partnership with Kuros!TM, through which we've been able to help provide free pepper spray to women at high risk of sexual assault in developing nations. This year, we're excited to announce that the Kuros! team will join the 2017 Mongol Rally, traversing Europe and Asia. Follow them on their trip here.
Guest writer: Kuro Tawil, Kuros! founder.
The Mongol Rally: An Intercontinental car rally stretching over 10,000+ miles from Europe to Asia. Since 2004, teams have been barreling across both continents in the hopes of reaching Mongolia.
This July, our team "A Fighting Chance" will be undertaking the rally, and have been busy preparing a 2002 Nissan Micra for this year’s event—a right hand drive, stick shift car that meets the rally requirement of a 1000cc engine.
For this year’s Rally, our team is taking the “Southern Route,” going through the Middle East and Central Asia. After an initial check-point in Prague, we turn and head South through the Balkan states towards Istanbul, making our way across Turkey and into Iran - where we will pass through Tehran on our way into Turkmenistan. From there, we cross the vast Karakum Desert into Uzbekistan and make our way through Samarkand towards the infamous M41 which is informally known as the “Pamir Highway”—a winding road through the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of over 15,000 feet, making it the second highest altitude road in the world.
From there we make our way through the Wakhan Corridor along the border of Afghanistan and head north towards Bishkek—the capital of Kyrgyzstan and our midway point for the Rally. After a day of rest and car maintenance we continue north into Kazakstan, an expansive country at over 1,000,000 square miles that was the USSR’s testing grounds during the Cold War due to its remote and desolate landscape. After several days of crossing Kazakhstan we turn east again and cross into Russia briefly before making our way down into the steppes of Mongolia, the final and hardest stretch.