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. The full ascent will challenge the serious amateur or professional, plus the determined and passionate, and there are several routes to suit all abilities: 140 km, 104 km and 60 km.

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We have many excellent photos of the Etape which can be seen on Flickr. 2017 photos can be seen in the album, Marrakech Atlas Etape 2017.

Peloton leaving Marrakech

What the press say

“It might not be the first place you'd expect to find a sportive, but take your bike to Marrakech and discover one of the finest.”

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I have participated in MAE for the last 2 years and I can only describe it as one of the most thrilling experiences I have ever had.

Marouane Jaakik

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Cycle insurance!

We recommended that you take out insurance to cover yourself, and your bike before and during the MAE so you can enjoy your training and trip with peace-of-mind.

Bikmo specialise in cycle insurance for all types of rider, and cover includes riding in mass participation events worldwide as standard. Getting covered is straightforward, and includes 3rd party liability, accidental damage and theft plus lots more benefits.

We’ve secured 5% discount for all MAE riders. Just use the code ‘ATLAS’ at checkout to redeem the offer. You will also get a bundle of discounts for kit and nutrition with your policy. Furthermore, a donation of £10 will be made each year for three years with renewal of a policy.

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The purpose

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)