Marrakech Atlas Etape Charity Bike Ride 2014
The annual Marrakech Atlas Etape Charity Bike Ride event in April is suitable for the serious amateur, professional as well as the passionate and determined cyclist. With 2 routes to choose from: 140km and 60km, the full ascent will challenge the serious amateur or even professional rider wishing to set a new record time, as well as passionate and determined cyclists who just wants to do this monster of a climb with the exhilaration of the descent.
60 KILOMETRE ROUTE Marrakech to the Ourika Valley.
30km out and 30km back. 365m of altitude gain:
This route leaves from the southern edge of Marrakech at 495m and heads south, following a very gentle gradient (averageof 1.25%) for 29Km to the start of the Ourika Valley at an altitude of 860m. Spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains should be seen throughout this gentle rise to the start of The Ourika Valley. The return is a fast gentle decent back to Marrakech. This route is achievable by almost anybody who has reasonable fitness and wants to be involved in this event.
140 KILOMETRE ROUTE Marrakech to Oukaïmeden.
70km out and 70km back. 2129m of altitude gain:
This route leaves from the southern edge of Marrakech at 495m and heads south, following a very gentle gradient (average 1.25%) for some 29km to the start of the Ourika valley at an altitude of 860m. Spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains should be seen throughout this gentle rise to the start of the Ourika Valley. The route then follows the Ourika valley for 11km to where the road branches out of the valley (975m)and the main climb to Oukaïmeden begins. The next 30km of the course will raise 1649m (average gradient 5.49%) to the ski station at 2,624m.
The physical and human scenery on this section of the course really is awe inspiring as the road snakes its way ever higher passing the villages and terraced fields of the Berbers of the High Atlas. The route back to Marrakech is almost all downhill and the views truly spectacular.
Marrakech Atlas Etape Sunday 27th April 2014
in aid of ‘Education For All’. For more information about their work, please visit their website