People Cycling Rides

Morocco; Atlas to Sahara.

This is a Approved Ride
Moderate
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
9/15/2021–10/1/2021
Start Location
Marrakesh
End Location
Casablanca
Cost (est.)
$3800 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$1140 (USD
Payment Due
7/30/2021
Tour Company
Spice Roads
Avg. Distance
47 mi / 76 km
Avg. Elevation
2474 ft / 754 m
Ride Description

OVERVIEW

Our tour kicks off leisurely with a sightseeing tour in the Medina Marrakesh to learn about the city's rich history and culture. Our first meeting  will be in Marrakesh on Wednesday September 15th, 2021 at a Riad (a large traditional house built around a courtyard, often converted into a hotel) in town.  Our welcome Happy Hour will be followed by our first group dinner. On Day 2 we will do the sightseeing tour to explore Marrakesh town.

The ride officially starts on Day 3 with a 2 hour drive to Ouarzazate, a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, leading us to Ait Benhaddou a UNESCO world heritage site. You'll enjoy this red mud-brick fortified village, frozen in time since the 11th century. The next days will be pure joy with ascents and descents. We then follow the mythic caravan trade route, passing through authentic villages along the way. Day 6 and 7 are abundant with chances to see some of the best landscapes the Morrocan desert has to offer.  We will explore Merzouga Dunes on 4X4, on foot, and on our bikes. The next 5 days are combined with 2 gentle rides allowing us some time to visit the traditional souks and valley before climbing to Ziz Gorges from the Hassan Eddakhil Dam, the Tizi N'talghamt pass, and Zad Col. We then have a free day to navigate the chaos in the charming town of Fes before getting back on bikes again; … (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Challenging
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours a made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

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