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Atlas Mountain Race 2022

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Atlas Mountain Race 2022

Collection by Silk Road Mountain Race

8

Tours

104:46 h

720 mi

54,275 ft

The second edition of the Atlas Mountain Race will follow a 1167 kilometre route through Morocco, with roughly 23,000 meters of climbing. It will take riders from Marrakech to Agadir, on the Atlantic Coast.We had big plans to make updates to the route this year, but, like almost everything else that happened in 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic had other ideas. The only major change compared with the first edition of the race is to move the finish a little further up the coast to Agadir, which is better equipped to deal with the number of riders taking part. Other than that, the exact location of CP2 will change, while CP3 will be hosted in Tafraoute. This is again to better cater to participants' needs as they move through the Checkpoints. The route winds its way through the remote mountain landscapes of the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountains. Riders will need to get a stamp in their brevet cards at each of the three staffed checkpoints at Telouet, Aguinane and Tafraoute before reaching the finish line in Agadir.The race takes place essentially entirely on unpaved roads where possible. It's rough, remote and beautiful, with every kilometre well earned. There will sometimes be great distances between resupply points and some walking will be required.Experiencing the incredible landscapes of the Moroccan Atlas as well as the warmth and hospitality of its people will surely be an experience that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who takes part.Find out more & sign up via atlasmountainrace.cc

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  • Atlas Mountain Race 2022 // 1. Marrakech to Telouet

    Difficult
    13:18
    78.3 mi
    5.9 mph
    10,325 ft
    6,000 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The race will again begin in Marrakech, at the Hotel Mogador Kasbah and Spa. this is the same location where registration will also take place. Located in the Southeast of the city, it will allow for a swift departure from Marrakech. We will have local police in place to calm traffic and escort riders

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  • Difficult
    11:23
    78.5 mi
    6.9 mph
    5,250 ft
    6,925 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    After leaving CP1 behind, riders will head east on a short section of tarmac before going off road again as they make their way through red earth villages near Anmiter. They’ll then head into the foothills of the Atlas and past Ouarzazate’s impressive solar power station. A man-made beacon that can be

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  • Difficult
    10:14
    62.1 mi
    6.1 mph
    4,725 ft
    6,000 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This next section is wild and remote, and stunningly beautiful. For SRMR veterans, there is even a river crossing! There will be some pushing to make it up to the summit of the plateau but once up there, it's well worth the effort. This old colonial piste, built atop a network of canyons is sure to be

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  • Difficult
    13:20
    87.9 mi
    6.6 mph
    6,175 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Past Afra, the going gets a bit easier in terms of elevation, with the route finding its way through a network of disjointed tracks among the hills. It's sandy at times but generally rideable. Eventually, riders will reach the waterfall at Tizgui and its permanent resident, Omar. He’ll certainly invite

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  • Difficult
    13:59
    106 mi
    7.6 mph
    5,750 ft
    6,325 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Taznakht is one of the bigger towns on route, there are guest houses and restaurants and shops; everything you’ll need to refresh before heading back out onto the piste. Riders will then continue west, taking detours to avoid the main road and find more unspoilt back country gravel tracks.

    

    They will then

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  • Difficult
    15:41
    108 mi
    6.9 mph
    6,925 ft
    6,850 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On their way out of Aguinane valley, riders will be treated to a short stretch of tarmac before heading off-road once more. The piste gets rough here and there will likely be some pushing required. Resupply is scarce, so be careful that you have enough to get through this section. It’s beautiful, but

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  • Difficult
    13:41
    95.7 mi
    7.0 mph
    8,000 ft
    8,800 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    After Issafen, riders head into another remote section, there is also very little resupply in this whole area. Do treat this section with caution and make sure you don’t get caught short with supplies. It will take longer than expected.

    

    When you do finally make it through, you’ll come out in the Ait Mansour

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  • Difficult
    13:11
    103 mi
    7.8 mph
    7,150 ft
    10,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After Tafraoute, riders will have some relatively long sections of tarmac that will speed things up, before being sent off on some pistes that have been paved with concrete. Again, the views are incredible and the roads you’ll follow themselves are as well. The landscape changes again and you’d be forgiven

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    720 mi
  • Duration
    104:46 h
  • Elevation
    54,275 ft

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