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Atlas Descent

From £1029 for 8 days
Trip Overview
Over the years we've ridden every trail through the Anti Atlas Mountains in order to create the best off road cycling tour. This trip has everything from fast singletrack through palm trees, to ancient hairpinned muleteer’s routes and remote, rocky jeep tracks. As well as the amazing trails, there is epic scenery, delicious food and one of the warmest welcomes in North Africa. On this tour you will pass through areas untouched by mass tourism, but also get a chance to interact with local people and really experience the culture of some of the indigenous Berber people who populate this area.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Agadir.
Ends: End Agadir.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Cycling
Trip Code: EMMA
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Morocco
What's Included

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included

Transport

7 nights hotels 6 days cycling with full vehicle support

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    Ride remote and rugged mountain biking trails 

•    Immerse yourself in vast mountain scenery 

•    Stay in traditional Moroccan Riads

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 21st Sep 2019
Returning: 28th Sep 2019
£1,029pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Oct 2019
Returning: 19th Oct 2019
£1,179pp
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Limited Availability
2 spaces
Departing: 19th Oct 2019
Returning: 26th Oct 2019
£1,079pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th Nov 2019
Returning: 16th Nov 2019
£1,049pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 16th Nov 2019
Returning: 23rd Nov 2019
£1,049pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 28th Dec 2019
Returning: 4th Jan 2020
£1,049pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 22nd Feb 2020
Returning: 29th Feb 2020
£1,079pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 14th Mar 2020
Returning: 21st Mar 2020
£1,079pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 4th Apr 2020
Returning: 11th Apr 2020
£1,079pp
Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
The tour starts at our hotel in Agadir. Depending on arrival time you can go for a wander around the town, spend some time relaxing by the hotel pool or take a walk down to the beach which is just 5 minutes from the hotel.  The trip briefing will either take place this evening or on the morning of Day 2, depending on arrivals times of all clients. *Tulip Inn Oasis or similar – Agadir*
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Reviews
       
This is a great winter getaway for people with at least some off road mountain bike experience, most, but not all of the rough and technical sections can be avioded but there was nothing which was excessively technical. The scenery was impressive with a good variety of landscape to enjoy. Dont think this trip is all downhill, there are some demanding climbs. The leaders, Liz and Ranu were excellent, looking after everybody from skilled riders to the less experienced. Hotels were pretty good, food was adequate rather than good, apart from the lunches on trail which were always good, plenty of snacks and drinks always on hand. A quibble which didnt affect me personally was that some of the bikes were supplied with the brakes reversed, which is an accident waiting to happen, and unfortunately one of our group needed a trip to hospital for a clean up and a stitch after braking hard to avoid a child, unfortunately he was used to the brakes the UK way round and pressed hard on what he thought was the rear brake, and went over the bars as he pulled hard on front brake which was were the rear normally is ! Unfortunately the first time we saw the bikes was at the first trailhead so no time to swap and bleed the brakes. But overall it was an excellent trip with a large but lovely group of people, highly recommended, just check the bikes are set up properly.
       
Great trip with excellent leaders, stunning landscapes and challenging trails
       
A well-run trip - good organisation and helpful leaders and support crew. There is a variety of riding and dramatic scenery. A fair amount of uphill riding too, so fitness important. The technical descents are challenging. I have ridden mountain bikes for over 30 years and parts tested me. Some riders on the trip had limited experience off-road, so found it tricky. Weather was changeable - be prepared for anything!
       
This is a. Exodus classic which has evolved over the years . Consequently the quality of organisation and leadership by the experienced guides was first rate . We were unlucky with the weather but nevertheless had a good week with a modified itinerary thanks to the determination and local knowledge of our guides.
       
Second time on this trip and once again it was brill. Great riding, stunning scenery, amazing tour leaders and a good group of fellow riders.
       
Our week in Morocco was expertly led by Liz and Radu who were always there to help and sort out any issues. Despite the extreme weather (temperature ranged fro zero to +30 and there was lots of rain at times) and inability to ride some trails (good alternatives were always found) we had an extremely enjoyable week. The company was great as well - even more fun than on the road biking trips!!! The scenery was stunning with some great views. Goats really do climb trees!!! Some bits of advice: It does get cold and it does rain - so make sure to bring plenty of layers and head/ neck wear Bring shampoo as Hotels in Morocco don’t always provide it Some hotels are dry - you may not always be able to get a beer A great trip that I would recommend - even to a mountain bike virgin such as myself
       
Ditto other reviews--lots of fun double track and old roads, beautiful views, lots of camaraderie, many challenges. But I'd like to make others aware that I found some of the technical sections beyond my abilities. I realize that "technical" is a subjective term but I found the riding far more technical than I had expected. Luckily I was able to walk the shorter ultra-technical sections, which were either very steep with large, loose rocks and tight turns or short sections with rocks sticking up 6-8 inches. The others in my group (of ages ranging from 29 to 65) were able to ride these sections so I was definitely the weakest rider--the reviewer who said this is serious mountain biking nailed it. But I just suggest that if anyone is concerned about the difficulty of this tour they contact Exodus and ask detailed questions about the trails. I'm still very glad I went and but did have some days of pure terror mixed with incredible fun.
       
Forget about enjoying the scenery, there just isn't time. The mountains were stunning, but I couldn't observe a lot until the rest stops. The downhill biking was run at an incredible pace and probably surprised most of us at what we tackled and achieved. The Exodus guys were prepared to go at a pace with which we could all cope and that was amazingly fast. l think I'm still high on adrenaline. There was quite a range of biking confidence and styles but I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time. Radu and John couldn't have done a better job of looking after us, our welfare, our safety and the bikes. My only issue, and that of my fellow travellers, Exodus don't appear to do any more trips quite as good as this. Take you life in your hands, get on the bike and go for it, you won't regret it.
       
The last week of March 2018, I met with 10 other cyclists and 2 Exodus cyclists. Weather was great all week. Mountain biking was just that - real mountains, middle of nowhere, old rocky tracks; most just about capable of 4x4 - which is just as well as we had two Toyota Landcruisers as back up along with a transit minibus leapfrogging. Day 1 - Straight into a long and exciting descent - a real test of skill set - shale surface to huge rocks, all just about manageable by all of us. Excellent - Exodus guides and back up drivers Good - Hotels and food - as described in brochure/web - cleanliness with food handling a major factor throughout Excellent - choice of routes, camaraderie, bikes, excitement, social evenings, views and natural scenery. Excellent - leadership and cycling knowledge by both guides; both at the very top of MTB cycling but not bragging or showing off. Really mature characters. Climbing - yes there was plenty of uphill cycling - if you wanted to - there was always a choice of a back up vehicle if you didn’t fancy a particular climb. All aspects were clearly explained - the distance of the climb, the steepness and the choice of cycle or not. Never an issue at all. Other positives - evening meals, small cycle challenges (ride on the blue rocks, ride a single v steep rock) It was such great cycling that I’m going to return - not something I normally would consider. It was a truly exciting, seat of the pants, on the edge cycling experience. By the way - everyone was tucked up in bed before 2230 - happily worn out! Well done Rad and John. Stuart
       
Plenty of uphills in this Atlas Descent!!
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