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Marrakech Atlas Etape (Morocco)

27/04/2014 - Marrakech - Atlas mountains, Morocco - Charity Ride

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I first came to Morocco in the early 1970s, and instantly fell in love with this enigmatic country. I loved the exotic mix of cultures and the geographic extremes of high mountains, Atlantic coastline, sand dunes and snow-covered vistas. Above all I loved the people, their history and the way their colourful culture welcomes the visitor. A short time later I started running adventure holidays to Morocco in an old Land Rover. Now, some thirty-odd years later, I am just as enamoured with Morocco as I ever was.

From this first involvement with Morocco, Discover Ltd. was formed to run educational field study trips in France and Morocco. In 1990 Discover bought the ruined Kasbah du Toubkal, and in 1995 it opened its doors.

Being a keen cyclist, I've crossed the country on bike from the Mediterranean coast through the Rif mountains, on to Marrakech and then up into the High Atlas Mountains. From a cyclist's point of view the magnificent and varied terrain does not get much better.

With cycling coming of age in Morocco, and with Marrakech to Oukaïmeden as a classic ascent to rank with any of the classic climbs in the Tour de France, I believe the time for a classic cyclo-sportive in Morocco has arrived. To put the idea into action, I teamed up with Saif Kovach, of Argan Extreme Sports, and the Marrakech Atlas Étape was born.

As one of the founders of the charity Education For All, I have been involved in raising funds to help educate young girls in the Atlas mountains since 2007. While the Marrakech Atlas Étape is a challenging ride in one of the most beautiful regions of North Africa, the intention is that it will also generate income to help less fortunate members of the community--and what better charity to support than Education For All?

I hope you can join us in 2014 for the Marrakech Atlas Étape.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Route d' Ourika, Marrakech
Address Line 2 Route d' Ourika, Marrakech
Town Marrakech, Morocco
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Discover Ltd
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County Antrim

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