- Date: from 1st to 3rd May 2019.
- Time: 6:00 am – 7:30 pm.
- Location: Imlil, Atlas Mountains.
- Entry Fee: 550 €.
Atlas2Sea Mountain Bike challenge and tour 2019 ( Atlas Mountains to Essaouira)
This will be one of the most exciting and picturesque paired mountain biking events of the year. You will enter with a partner of your choice and share this awesome adventure from start to end. Morocco and Marrakech are world tourist destination and now you can discover this beauty first hand as you mountain bike and explore beautiful Morocco from the majestic Atlas Mountains to the beautiful historical sea port of Essaouira.
The Atlas2Sea has been designed to suit everyone who has ridden a mountain bike. Our mission is to allow everyone to enjoy the challenge from beginning to end so there will options throughout the challenge to take the easier route. The slightly tougher options will follow mule tracks through winding village paths while the more sedate can ride the jeep tracks and roads running parallel to the slightly more challenging route. Most of the challenge is gently dropping down towards the coast so no major mountain climbs! If you are not racing, chill and enjoy the journey, you have all day and it is guaranteed to be your best experience ever!
Starting from the charming Berber village of Imlil at the base of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain! You will ride with your partner below majestic snow-clad mountain peaks, winding through Berber villages, streams and semi desert areas with fields filled with spring flowers and bright red poppies.
The end of Day 1 you will be camping on the banks of a lake, where you will find a comfortable Tent village with hot showers and tasty Moroccan cuisine varying from Couscous to tagines all to be enjoyed with likeminded people below Africa’s starry skies.
Day Two starts bright and early and takes you through the rocky Agafay desert, between beautiful hills and mountains down to the plains of Chichaoua to our second nights’ camp in Ahdil.
Day Three is the rewarding day as you leave Ahdil on a paved road all the way down to Essaouira. You will arrive at the finish on the beautiful long white beaches of Essaouira the hidden gem of tourism in Morocco. You will have plenty of time to explore the scenic old harbour town and try out the many restaurants and shop in the Medina. Why not stay a night or two in one of the many Riads spread throughout the Medina? (see detailed tour itinerary)
If you complete the course in 2019 you will have first choice of competing in 2020. Once 2019 riders have had a chance to register then the field will be open to the public until we reach the cutoff entry of 1,000 riders. 2021 will follow the same format with a cutoff of 1,000 riders!
Entry fee: 550 €
- All meals (from diner of 30th April to lunch of 3rd May).
- 3 nights accommodation (Camps, Berber houses etc…) with hot shower
- Assistance for bike repare & cleaning.
- Mid-Ride Snack & bottled water.
- Transportation from Marrakech to Imlil valley & from Essaouira to Marrakech.
- Assistance with 4×4
- Ambulances in case of emergency.
Services not include:
- Bike hire: from 25 € / day.
- Soft drinks.