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Wednesday 01 Jan 2020

Atlas Cycling tour 2020

Morocco, Marrakech

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-- This event has taken place 1064 days ago --

​Ride NotesThis five night trip with four guided rides is a great introduction to a new cycling region. We have fantastic local guides to show you the local culture and MLDT team to help you with anything you need. From your arrival in Marrakesh you will have an English speaking guide with you the whole time and a support vehicle. You will see ancient towns, small mountain communities and explore the great city of Marrakesh. But the real draw is the world class cycling over quiet roads in the mountains. We go over two passes above 2,000m, both incredible roads that are as good for cycling as anywhere in the world. Come ride somewhere new in 2019!


Stage One:
From Imlil to Tizi n Test
Ride Distance: 104km
Elevation Gain: 2089m
​We start cycling down to Asni town and take a short break with a possibility to visit the souk (local market). We then ride towards Ouirgane valley and head to Tizi n'Test pass. The pass was built in the 1930s and is an amazing feat of engineering. The road is narrow at times and by bike is the best way to see this incredible place with sweeping views for miles. We spend the night near the top.
Stage Two:
From Tizi n Test to Taliouine
Ride Distance: 109km
Elevation Gain: 853m
A much easier day than day 1. After the long descent off Tizi n Test we turn left onto a long straight section, perfect for some chainganging. This is a remote part of the Atlas and the Sportive Breaks train with 2 support vans on the back looks quite the picture cutting through the desert!
Stage Three:
From Taliouine to Ouarzazate
Ride Distance: 166km
Elevation Gain: 1961m
A rolling day in the remote Atlas. Almost exactly 100 miles of glorious quiet roads on nice tarmac. The majority of the climbing is in the first half of the ride and then we mostly descend down to the stunning town of Ouarzazate.
Stage Four:
From Ouarzazate to Ait Ourir (drive to Marrakesh)
Ride Distance: 145km
Elevation Gain: 1950m
We save the best ride to last. Breakfast in Ouarzazate, dinner in Marrakesh and two great cols to climb including Tizi n Tichka which goes over 2,000m. We leave the lunar landscape of the Atlas to the lush valleys closer to Marrakesh. A varied day and one of the best rides you will find.
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