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Marrakech Atlas Etape

Marrakech Atlas Etape is an annual cyclosportive starting from the exotic city of Marrakech up to the ski-resort high in the Atlas Mountains and back down again. It is an inclusive event with no aggressive broom wagon and a choice of 4 routes: 140km, 104km, 84km and 60km. The full ascent will challenge the serious amateur or even professional rider, as well as passionate and determined cyclists who just wants to do this monster of a climb with the exhilaration of the descent.


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Starley Primal Team
The Starley Primal Pro Cycling Team prepare to tackle the monster.
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The start
The start of both the 60km and 140km routes.
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Onwards to Ourika
The first 30km leg to the roundabout at Ourika
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The slow climb uphill through the mist and cold
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Glorious sunshine and the chance to recharge batteries.
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Approximately 170 cyclists took part in the 2013 Marrakech Atlas Etape, aptly nicknamed the ‘Ouka Monster’, a cycling event like no other!

The base station and the various feed stations provided information and much-needed sustenance for riders throughout the event and later on in the day an excellent lunch provided by acclaimed chef Damien Durand was attended by many people…

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  • The quickest time to Oukaïmeden in 2013 was a little over 3¼ hours
  • The quickest time to Oukaïmeden and back to the finish was a little under 5½ hours
  • The Starley Primal Pro Cycling Team recently completed the ‘Ouka Monster’ in 2 hours 55 minutes. Can you beat that time?


“I feel that I am extremely privileged to have ridden in the first of, I hope, many of these rides. It is everything you can want as a cyclist, an off the beaten track, adventurous challenge with great people in aid of a great cause. Although it was a tad misty when we did it, the unspoilt—there I said it—scenery and mountain views are awe inspiring…”
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“…I sat in with the leading group and benefited from the tow being offered by a group of fast locals and quick foreigners as we headed out on the very gradual climb of the first 30km or so to feed station 1. By this time the rain had started and it was a little bleak. Filthy spray obscured my Oakleys but the dried fruits, nuts, bread and water were a welcome change from European feeds…”
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The purpose

The Marrakech Atlas Etape is organised for the benefit of Education For All, a Moroccan NGO. At present, few girls from rural communities in Morocco continue their education after primary school. College is not accessible to them for several reasons. To help tackle some of the issues, EFA are running boarding houses near secondary colleges, allowing some girls from rural families to continue their education.

To read more about Education For All, please download our small booklet (PDF)


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