Ride The Sahara 4 Day Picture 1
Ride The Sahara 4 Day Picture 1

Next departure:  Please Call for Details

Best Time of Year: September to March

Max alt:  2260m

Dist:  390km

Min age:  18

Duration:  7

Ride the Sahara 4 Day Challenge

Bike Adventure

Imagine a land of snake charmers, fire eaters, camel herders, and desert and mountain nomads. A land where the mountains separate red sand desert from the mighty Sahara. And now imagine yourself riding out across this wonderful land, through bazaars, across mountains, through gorges and to the desert!!! A truly Adventurous Bike Journey - like none you have ever experienced.


Morocco is an incredible country that has it all, adventure, wild landscpes, fascinting people, and great and exotc food. And best of all, from the UK we can reach Morocco easily – flying directly into Marrakech Airport. From here it’s a few minutes to the Djema El Fna – the main square downtown, where all the fun and games begin. From Marrakech the Atlas Mountains rise up just a short taxi drive away. So all in all this is a perfect recipe for Adventure. Our bike journey will allow us to explore the high passes of the Atlas, and onwards down through the spectacular earthen Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, to the AntiAtlas Outpost of Ouarzazate. From Ouarzazate we shall head out into the wilds of the desert, via little known towns like Agdz and then on to Zagora and finally the dunes of Mhamid— the awesome Sahara Desert!

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly London to Marrakech—Explore Souks and Bazaars of Old City. Prepare bikes.

Day 2 - Drive to Taddert - part way up the Tizi N Tichka Pass, Cycle the Pass and then onto the movie set town of Ait Ben Haddou. Ride Distance Approx 60 miles, approx 600 metres climbing to the top of the Tizi N Tichka pass from Taddert. 

Day 3 - Bike to Agdz — beside the Draa Valley - a oasis village complete with exotic palm trees all around us. Ride Distance Approx 65 miles

Day 4 - Ride to Zagora. Continue via the amazing Draa Valley. Zagora is on the edge of the Sahara - and is a true desert outpost. Ride Distance Approx 60 miles

Day 5 - The Ride of a lifetime - from Zagora to Mhamid - to the dunes, and the desert proper - an unforgettable experience - distance = Approx 65 miles

Day 6 - Return Journey to Marrakech—across the wild and barren anti-Atlas—and then up and over the high mountain pass—the Tizi N Titchka
Evening meal in one of Marrakech’s old quarter good restaurants—and possibly time for a glass of wine or two, and a proper celebration.

Day 7 - Morning Chill Out—then return flight to UK.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

In Marrakech and where possible we shall be staying in comfortable interntional standard hotels (3-4 star) - whilst out on the road, we shall stay in simple guesthouses along our route - taking the most suitable options available to us.  

 

What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?

These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)

 

Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.

 

Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Adventure Café.

 

Included In Trip

Includes—Transfers from Marrakech Airport,

6 nights accommodation.

Experienced Cycle Leaders/Mechanic/First Aid Support.

Return journey from Mhamid.

Support Vehicles throughout bike adventure.

Water on board support vehicle.

 

Excluded From Trip

International Airfares - please ask if you require assistance with flights and we should be able to suggest well priced flights with good connections. Excludes transfers in UK to airport.

Lunches and dinners.

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike rack for rear pannier
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
Cable Ties*
Bell or Horn on your bike - Louder the better!
2 x Inner Tubes*
Brake Blocks*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Cleaning Rag*
Oil/Lube*
Spare parts for your bike (spokes, and other specialist parts for your bike)
Oil/Lube Brush (Toothbrush)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Helmet (compulsory)
Cycle Box / Case / Cardboard Box for Transportation (not the huge rigid boxes on point to point rides please!)
Parcel Tape if required to re-box your bike
Spare Tyre

Medikit
Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline
Insect Repellant, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc

Washkit
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Warm Clothing
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat

Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Long Sleeve T-Shirt - preferably white for hot sunny destinations
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Underwear
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Other
Camera, Memory Card
Toilet Roll, Spare Lace
Travel Documents
Visa's (if applicable)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Passport

Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone, Penknife
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Sleeping Bag / Silk Liner (please check this on a trip by trip basis - it may be required)

Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Specialist Medication (AntiMalaria)
Water Purification Kit, Immodium, Sewing Kit

Important
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure

 

Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk. Your leaders will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits, mechanical kit, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. You will have a number of support vehicles supporting this challenge.

 

Weather

In the high Atlas Mountains the weather and climate are very much influenced by height. The Atlas Mountains here are at their grandest with the highest point rising to 4,163m/13,655ft. Winter snowfall can be heavy and the highest areas are snow-covered well into the summer. Inland at lower levels the summers are very hot, while in winter and spring winds blowing off the mountains can cause some very chilly days. At medium altitudes the climate of Morocco is healthy and very pleasant around the year. Summers are hot but the humidity is quite low, while the winters are generally mild and sunny despite some spells of changeable weather. Many parts of Morocco see very little rainfall—hence the arid Sahara desert, the extremely dry Atlas and the portion of land between the Atlas and the Atlantic is also very dry. The North of the country shows some signs of agriculture—but still during the summer this is difficult!

 

Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events

 

 

Guide price

Price on Application

Difficulty
Info

 

This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location


Ride The Sahara 4 Day Picture 2
Ride The Sahara 4 Day Picture 2

Ride The Sahara 4 Day Picture 3
Ride The Sahara 4 Day Picture 3