2020 piste route

The 2020 route starts again in Tangier. After leaving Tangier, it goes over the Rif mountains to the Middle Atlas, crosses the Sahara desert and heads over the Anti Atlas to the finish at Sidi Ifni, an old Spanish town with a harbor, beaches, restaurants and bars at the Atlantic Ocean.

The route of the Morocco Bike-Adventure brings you to rural places not many tourists see. It don’t follows petrol station shops and sometimes you have to spend the night under millions of stars.

Standard route: 1’900km and 20’000m vertical climbing

The first 390km are same as in the 2019 Morocco Bike-Adventure. Then the route goes with less climbing over the Middle Atlas to the Sahara desert. Two very big climbs in the Middle Atlas are bypassed more west and not part of the route in 2020. Trough the Anti Atlas the route heads to the finish Sidi Ifni at the Atlantic Ocean. On the longer stretches without resuply, the route uses empty paved roads, that brings riders easy forward. It changes between piste and paved road sections. You have options along the route, to change over to the road route.

Characteristic:
 – 500km / 27% piste (unpaved roads)
 – lowest route point: 0m
 – highest route point: 1803m
– recommended tire size: 47mm

To make it to the finisher party, an average of 127km per day must be cycled.

Extended route: 2’100km and 22’000m vertical climbing

Till Boudnip the same as the standard route. From Boudnip the route follows more pistes trough the Sahara, that have been part of the original Paris-Dakar rally.
Make your decission at Boudnip, if you prefer to continue with the standard route or the extended route. On the extended route you have options to change over to the standard or event the road route.

Characteristic:
 – 1040km / 50% piste (unpaved roads)
 – lowest route point: 0m
 – highest route point: 1881m
– recommended tire size: 50mm

To make it to the finisher party, an average of 140km per day must be cycled.

Ultimate route: 3’000km, 32’000m vertical climbing

This is the most challenging. The same route as the extended route, but an extension to the “Ahouli Mines” and another extension over Tizi-n’Ouano 2910m in the High Atlas make it challenging even for the best riders. Make your decission at the start of the extension to the Ahouli Mines. And if you run out of time after, skip the extension to the High Atlas.

Characteristic:
 – 1560km / 52% piste (unpaved roads)
 – lowest route point: 0m
 – highest route point: 2870m
– recommended tire size: 50mm

To make it to the finisher party, an average of 200km per day must be cycled.

Expect all kind of roads, it’s Morocco, it’s Africa. You will cycle trough canyons and climb over mountain passes 3000m above sea level. You will come along wild, dry stretches and oasis. What bike is the best? What tyre choice brings you to the finish?

Take a look to the photos made during the route scouting in October and November 2018 and 2019. > click here for the photo album
Check also the photos from the 1st Morocco Bike-Adventure in 2019.

A route book with informations about accomodations and shops that helps you to prepare your adventure, will be available for registered riders.