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Morocco & The Atlas Mountains Morocco The New Classic Cycling Mountain Range

The New Classic Cycling Mountain Range

The Atlas Mountains near Marrakesh are just waiting to be discovered. Surprisingly good road surfaces, amazing early & late season weather, a warm culture and some incredible climbs makes this a must ride destination. Get there before everyone else!

7 nights in hotels & riads.
All breakfast & dinners
Daily guided rides
Return airport transfers
Optional Extras Bike rental available (£139)
Morocco & The Atlas Mountains by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

This seven night trip with six guided rides is a great introduction to a new cycling region. We have fantastic local guides to show you the local culture and Sportive Breaks hosts 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!

Real Rider Reviews

Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

Ride Highlights

  • Ride somewhere NEW!

    Mile markers in Arabic & Berber, the sound of call to prayer, riding in the sun near snow capped peaks in February. Morocco is such an exotic change from Mallorca or Tenerife!

  • Finish in Marrakesh

    It's one of the world's most exotic cities. Marrakesh is full of stunning Riads, ancient markets and exotic food. We arrive here on day 5 and have a walking tour that evening . The last morning is free to explore the town.

  • Ride two 2,000m passes

    We go over 2,000m twice on roads built by the French between the wars. Great long climbs with hairpins and stunning views, this is early season climbing at it's best.

  • Trade the coffee stop for mint tea

    Soak up the local Berber culture. That means switch out the coffee for mint tea, the pasta for tangines.

  • Explore off the beaten path Morocoo

    Off the bike we have time to explore both Marrakesh & stunning Ait Ben Haddou. This ancient town is our base on night 3.

Meet the Team

Mohamed

Local Guide

Raised in the Atlas Mountains, Mohamed is the perfect guide for our rides in Morocco. He normally rides at the back of the group and over dinner he talks about life in Morocco and the cycling culture in the area.

Rob

Sportive Breaks Host

Rob is the Sportive Breaks host on this trip. A keen cyclist who harnessed his climbing in the flatlands of Holland, he now lives back in London and loves getting out to new places to ride. He will be driving one of the support vans, handing out bottles on the climbs and setting up feeds with a mix of gels & bars from the UK and exotic fruits.

Trip Summary

  • 7 Night Breaks
  • Dates available: Sun to Sun in Oct & Nov
  • Total distance: Avg 110km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 1,400m per day
  • Prices from £799 per person
Routes Details

Route Overview

Our 7 night Atlas Mountain break run Sunday to Sunday. We start with a short warm up ride from Marrakech to check the legs & the bike before heading into the Atlas on day three. From there all the rides are point to point, your luggage will be delivered to each hotel. We ride in small groups (typically 10-14 riders) with a ride guide and support vehicle.


Climbs at Morocco & The Atlas Mountains

Tizi N Test

A long snaking climb which you can see for miles. The gradients are mostly gentle as you climb almost 1,000m in the High Atlas. The road surface is good but narrow with gravel on either side of a good tarmac surface. An international climb with an attainable KOM - let's do it!

Ride Distance 30.3km
Elevation Gain 3%
KOM  1:13:00

Tizi n Tichka

A classic climb in the high Atlas. With over 1,000m of elevation this is a tough last climb on the road back to Marrakesh. The road surface is good and gradients are smooth. Settle in, find a rythmn and see you at the top!

Ride Distance 35.9km
Elevation Gain 3%
KOM  1hr09
Itinerary

Morocco & The Atlas Mountains Cycling Itinerary

Our Atlas Mountain breaks run Sunday to Sunday. This is a perfect mix of getting out and exploring the Atlas and having some time to discover Marrakech.

Itinerary

Day One Sunday

Marrakech

Arrival day. Fly into Marrakesh where our host will meet you for the transfer to the hotel. Today is a relaxed day where we will build your bikes, hang out by the pool and then all get together for our welcome dinner where your Sportive Breaks & local hosts will talk you through the plan for the week.

Day Two Monday

Marrakech

After a nice breakfast we roll out at 10am for a short 40km spin having lunch on Lake Takerkoust. Arriving back to the hotel in Marrakech just after 1pm, we then have a walking tour of the Medina at 4pm finishing with dinner in the main square in Marrakech.

Ride Distance 55 km.
Elevation Gain 450 m.

Day Three Tuesday

Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou

We start out Atlas adventure with a transfer to the bottom of Tizi n Tichka and on fresh legs tackle the highest climb of the trip. The gradients are 2-5% with no steep sections so it is easy to find a rhythm and spin to the top. From there we have a thrilling descent and then turn off onto the superbly quiet road all the way to our hotel in the ancient town of Ait Benhaddou.

Ride Distance 94 km.
Elevation Gain 1900 m.

Day Four Wednesday

Ait Benhaddou to Talouine

After yesterdays easy / flat day, today is rolling throughout. We roll out at 9am for a full day on the bike with a lunch stop and regular snacks at the feed stations. This is the most remote we go on the trip. You have the option to get in the van for the first 50km and make it a 100km day or take on the full 155km finishing in Talouine with a great 8km descent.

Ride Distance 155 km.
Elevation Gain 1250 m.

Day Five Thursday

Talouine to Tizi n Test

A classic climb for the day. We start with 70km of flat, quick riding and then turn onto the long climb of Tizi n Test. We finish at the top of the mountain and take in the incredible views for miles beneath us.

Ride Distance 103 km.
Elevation Gain 2072 m.

Day Six Friday

Tizi n Test to Asni

We start the day with a thrilling, long descent down Tizi n Test before hitting some incredible shorter climbs and rolling terrain before finishing in Asni.

Ride Distance 90 km.
Elevation Gain 1200 m.

Day Seven Saturday

Asni to Marrakech

Our final ride day, we ride over one last climb and have the option to add another 50km and ride up to the ski station of Oukaimeden, the toughest climb in the region. We then roll back into Marrakech triumphantly all together before our final dinner.

Ride Distance 88 km.
Elevation Gain 1800 m.

Day Eight Sunday

Marrakech

Departure day. We will run two transfers back to the airport.

Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Marrakesh (RAK).

Arrival

We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Marrakesh (RAK)
Arrive before 1pm for 1.30pm transfer

Departure

Our last morning is in Marrakesh so the return transfer is short and easy.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Marrakesh (RAK)
Depart after 12pm (transfer on Sunday at 10am)

Hotel

Riad Dar Al Amane

Derb Rahala Rd, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

  • Central Location
  • Lovely traditional Marrakesh Riad
About the Hotel

Our base in Marrakesh for the last night is Riad Dar Al Amane. Situated a 10 minute walk from the city centre, this traditional Riad has a central water feature, comfy communal areas and comfy rooms. The staff here work hard to make sure we all make the most of our time in this magical city.

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Packages are for 7 nights with 6 guided rides. Quiet roads, warm weather, exotic locations and fine company - this is a very different spring training trip! All packages include 7 nights half board, ride nutrition, airport transfers, daily guided rides and a Marrakesh walking tour.

7 Nights

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  
13 - 20th Oct 2019 2Ciels Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
20 - 27th Oct 2019 2Ciels Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
27th Oct - 3rd Nov 2019 2Ciels Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
3 - 10th Nov 2019 2Ciels Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
10 - 17th Nov 2019 2Ciels Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now

Morocco & The Atlas Mountains
Oct & Nov

7 nights

Single Room £999
Twin Room £799
  • 7 Nights Accommodation in a mix of riads, hotels & guesthouses.
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Daily guided rides (with local guide & two support vehicles)
  • Ride nutrition & hydration
  • Walking tour of Marrakesh
  • Return airport transfers from Marrakesh
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & mint tea stops and drinks with evening meal.

 
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