Posted by Logan Watts
Similar in format to the Silk Road Mountain Race, the PEdALED Atlas Mountain Race is a new self-supported bikepacking event that starts in Marrakesh and crosses the Moroccan Atlas before taking riders through the dry Anti-Atlas and on to Sidi Rabat, a village south of Agadir on the Atlantic coast. The first edition of the race will follow a 1,145 kilometer route with roughly 20,000 meters of climbing. It follows gravel, singletrack and double track roads, and old colonial piste tracks that have long been forgotten.
The route winds its way through the remote mountain landscapes of the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountains, crossing paths with our own Route of Caravans, at times. Like the Silk Road Mountain Race, riders will need to get a stamp on their brevet cards at each of the three staffed checkpoints at Telouet, Aguinane, and Ait Mansour before reaching the finish line.
The race begins on February 15th, 2020 and registration is now open ($250 per rider). Participants may ride solo or in pairs. Organizers claim that 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 and sign up via atlasmountainrace.cc.