Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

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shednormality
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Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby shednormality » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:02 am

Registration now open for this challenging event which takes place on Sunday 27 April, from Marrakech to Oukaimedan in the Atlas mountains. Climb from 495 metres to 2,642 metres in 70 kms and 140 kms in total. All proceeds to help educate girls from the rural Atlas. http://www.marrakech-atlas-etape.com/

“ Would I go back and ride the Marrakech Atlas Etape again? 100%. A great event, super-friendly and extremely well organized.” Mat Brett, road.cc

“ It is everything you can want as a cyclist, an off-the-beaten-track, adventurous challenge with great people in aid of a great cause. I really cannot recommend this event enough—truly exceptional.” James Tuffs

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Re: Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby Option Click » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:31 am

shednormality wrote:“ It is everything you can want as a cyclist, an off-the-beaten-track, adventurous challenge with great people in aid of a great cause. I really cannot recommend this event enough—truly exceptional.” James Tuffs


...this man rode it on a Brompton last year :shock: 8)
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Re: Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby passepartout » Tue Oct 22, 2013 18:30 pm

I rode this last year - great ride and wonderful organisation - a very worthwhile cause - i shall definitely be back for more...

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Re: Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby chopperswearrapha » Wed Oct 23, 2013 09:28 am

One of the great sportives in the world, this event will become a classic sportive in years to come... in short epic!!!

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Re: Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby caw35slr » Wed Oct 23, 2013 09:29 am

Recommended!

I've been to Morocco a number of times for road cycling trips, arranged through a local agency called Mountain Voyage, each one has culminated in an ascent to the ski station at Oukaimeden (known locally as Ouka). I missed the inaugural Marrakech Atlas Etape, but I'm booked to do it in 2014.

Morocco is a great place to visit and Marrakech is a rather special city. Not far away are the Atlas mountains, you soon get into spectacular rural/mountainous countryside which is probably at its best in April. It is usually warm rather than hot and the countryside is green and lush.

The climb to Ouka is as good a challenge as you'll find in the high mountains of Europe. A steady climb along the plain out of Marrakech, a rolling run up the Ourika Valley before turning right onto the Oukaimeden road. The final ramp is 28km up to 2650 metres or so.

It's probably worth spending a few days in/around Marrakech or up in one of mountain hotels (the Berber town of Imlil is a great place to stay, be it in a hiking lodge or the fabulous Kasbah du Toubkal). There is plenty to see and the tour operators can arrange cheap transport for you and your bikes if you want to explore (or tick-off) passes like the Tizi n'Test.

It's been a couple of years since I've been, but I rode my regular road bike with 28C tyres IIRC. Love the Brompton!

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Re: Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby sherer » Fri Nov 01, 2013 05:56 am

is it only €80 for this or do you have to raise a minimum sponsorship as well ? Might be interested in this work commitments willing

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Re: Second Marrakech Atlas Etape Registration

Postby caw35slr » Sat Nov 02, 2013 09:42 am

There's no sponsorship commitment.


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