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!
Notes: This five-night trip with four guided rides is an excellent way to get acquainted with a new cycling region. We have fantastic local guides to show you around and an MLDT team to assist you with anything you require. From the moment you arrive in Marrakesh, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and a support vehicle. You will visit ancient towns, small mountain communities, and the magnificent city of Marrakesh. The real draw, however, is the world-class cycling on quiet mountain roads. We cross two 2,000-meter passes, both on incredible roads that are as good for cycling as any in the world. In 2023, come ride somewhere new.
Our 5-night Atlas Mountain getaway is available in January, October, and November. We arrive in Marrakesh on Tuesday and drive to the outskirts of the city before heading south to Tizi n Test. From there, we travel to the oasis town of Taliouine before returning to Marrakesh via another 2,000-meter pass. Each ride is slightly more than 100 kilometers long, and we ride for the majority of the day.
Morocco Cycling Itinerary
Our Atlas Mountain breaks run from Marrakech to Marrakech, arriving in time to set up bikes and departing late from Marrakech with four epic rides in between.
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 of Mt Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak at 4167m. We begin cycling down to Asni town and take a short break with the option of visiting the souk (local market). Then we ride to Ouirgane valley and the Tizi n'Test pass. The pass was constructed in the 1930s and is an incredible feat of engineering. The road is narrow at times, and riding a bike is the best way to see this incredible place with miles of sweeping views. We spend the night at the summit.
Ride Distance: 104 km.
Elevation Gain: 2089 m.
Day Three: Tizi n Test to Taliouine
We begin with a breathtaking descent from the Tizi n'Test pss to the Souss plain. We then take a left turn and ride across the Atlas Mountains to the oasis town of Taliouine. Today is a much flatter day in a beautiful, remote part of the country, with much less climbing than yesterday. We spend the night in Taliouine, an Oasis town. This is a lovely town known for its safron, one of the most expensive spices in the world.
Ride Distance: 109 km.
Elevation Gain: 853 m.
Day Four: Taliouine to Ouarzazate
Today is a rolling day after yesterday's easy / flat day. We leave at 9 a.m. for a full day on the bike, including a lunch break and regular snacks at the feed stations. This is the most remote location we will visit on the trip. We finish in the ancient town of Ouarzazate, where we will have an evening to explore. If you want to skip a section of the ride, our support vehicles are available throughout.
Ride Distance: 166 km.
Elevation Gain: 1961 m.
Day Five: Ouarzazate to Marrakesh
A classic final day of riding. We travel over Tizi n'Tichka, one of Northern Africa's great roads, climbing over 2,000 meters before descending into the lush valleys near Marrakesh. We arrive just outside of town and drive into town. Before dinner, we take a walking tour of Marrakesh through the market. A fitting conclusion to an epic four 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