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Our tour starts from the 1000 year old city of Marrakech. A fascinating ride across the old Medina towards the mountain range of the High Atlas Mountains. Cycling on the flat Haouz plains, you will be quickly challenged by the imposing Atlas Mountain slopes, climbing Morocco’s highest roads. You will have the opportunity to discover Berber lush valleys and rugged high plateaus to discover the traditional local way of life, an authentic architecture and landscapes of a rare beauty.
This is an all inclusive 4 day road bike tour through beautiful Morocco. The tour starts in Marrakech and then heads through the majestic Atlas Mountains. we will ride anywhere from 20 to 30 kilometers a day which can be customized each day with your feedback to make sure it’s a road cycling adventure of a lifetime…
After breakfast at the hotel, short transfers take us into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and cross the Ourika valley, which is a regular challenge for local Marrakech road bikers. we reach the little villages of Adrar and the starting place of our uphill ride, this first day of biking is brilliant and starts with a steady 2 – 3 hour climb to Ski resort(2600m). along the way there are good views and an unmissable photo opportunity, Passing through a picturesque landscape, with several Berber villages, overnight in Oukaimeden.
Short transfers take us from Ouka to Imi n Lghar where we start bike, you will climbs steadily along the mountainside and genteelly gain altitude through some impressive views across the Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages. As we reach our highest point at the Tizi n’Tadmamt (1813m), you will have a more relaxed section following the contours of the mountain hillsides overlooking the superb views stretching towards the Haouz Plains far north. After Sidi Fares, we will enjoy an amazing downhill section to Asni overnight in Riad in Asni.
We head out on one of the most famous climbs in the Atlas, the Tizi-n-Test pass. We will set out after breakfast heading up 40 KM to the halfway point of Tinmel. This mountain top village is famous in Moroccan history as Tinmel was the cradle of the Berber Almohad Empire. This is the village from where the Almohad started their military campaigns against the rulers of Marrakech the Almoravids in the early 12th century. An ancient mosque still remains in Tinmel from that time and is now a UNESCO heritage site. From there on to the climb and a photo at the 2100 M peak 71 KM out from our start. A break at the café and then it is back down the way we came with views of the Ouirgane valley in front this time. Back to our hotel.
Our ultimate day will lead us to the heights of the superb Kik Plateau. After a good breakfast, we start cycling on the little road snaking up towards the shrine of Moulay Brahim. This is a holy place where a well-known Moroccan Sufi saint was buried. It’s a famous place that attracts a lot of pilgrims from all over Morocco. At the highest spot of the ride we will cross the magnificent limestone plateau with the often snow capped Toubkal peaks in the background. The ride across the terraces will be punctuated by few villages before we reach the western end of the Kik. From now on, it’s a long decent to reach the Takerkoust lake where our cycling adventure end. After packing our bikes, a short transfer will lead us to the exciting Marrakech and your Riad in the Medina of Marrakech at 5mn on foot from the main attractions: Jemaa El Fena Square, the souks, Bahia Palace…
What a fantastic road bike trip. Lovely country, great people, superb cycling all facilitated by a very professional and friendly set up that you provided. Many thanks to all your support staff.