The New Classic Cycling Mountain Range
The Atlas Mountains near Marrakesh are just waiting to be discovered. Surprisingly good road surfaces, amazing early season weather, a warm culture and some incredible climbs makes this a must ride destination. Get there before everyone else!
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!
Our 5 night Atlas Mountain break runs in January, October and November. Arriving on Tuesday we drive to outside Marrakesh and then head south to Tizi n Test. From there we head to the oasis town of Taliouine before heading back to Marrakesh over another 2,000m pass. Each ride is just over 100km and we ride for most of the day.
Morocco Cycling Itinerary
Our Atlas Mountain breaks run from Marrakech to Marrakech, We arrive on the airport in time to set bikes up and leave late from Marrakesh with four epic rides in the middle.
Day One: Imlil
Arrival day. Fly into Marrakesh where our host will meet you for the transfer to the Imlil valley where we spend the night. This is at the altitude of 1775m so we can quickly acclimatise to the altitude.
Day Two: Imlil to Tizi n’Test
Breakfast on the roof terrace with panoramic views on the Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa at 4167m of altitude. 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.
Ride Distance: 104 km.
Elevation Gain: 2089 m.
Day Three: Tizi n Test to Taliouine
We start with the descent off the Tizi n'Test pss to the Souss plain with incredible views. We then make a left turn to ride across the base of the Atlas towards the oasis town of Taliouine. Today is a much flatter day with a lot less climbing than yesterday in a pretty, remote part of the country. We spend the night in the Oasis town of Taliouine. This is a pretty town famed for it's safron, one of the world's most expensive spices.
Ride Distance: 109 km.
Elevation Gain: 853 m.
Day Four: Taliouine to Ouarzazate
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. We finish in the ancient town of Ouarzazate with an evening to explore the town. Our support vehicles are available throughout the ride if you want to skip a part of this ride.
Ride Distance: 166 km.
Elevation Gain: 1961 m.
Day Five: Ouarzazate to Marrakesh
A classic final day on the bike. We head over Tizi n'Tichka, one of the great roads in Northern Africa going over 2,000m before descending into the lush valleys closer to Marrakesh. We finish just outside the city and drive into town. In the evening we have a walking tour of Marrakesh before dinner by the market. A great end to an epic 4 days of riding in the Atlas.
Ride Distance: 145 km.
Elevation Gain: 1950 m.
Day Six: Marrakesh
Final morning at leisure to check out the markets of Marrakesh before we head back to the airport.
Amazing Cycling events 2022/2023
JAN - OCT - NOV - DEC