Ernst and Johan rode into Merzouga today’s morning. They are catching up with their scheduled plan fast and should reach the CP4 soon.
Maze changed his tactics and now making huge progress. He is only 60km behind Sofiane. Sandro has to make another 50km to the end of the 160km stretch with no services, no water, and no mobile network. We are expecting him to be in Merzouga today afternoon.
Radislav took his time at the checkpoint at Aouli mines. Had tea and a good time with the miners.
The adventure is in full swing! And the weather is perfect!
Roadies departed from Tangier yesterday morning and now both groups – roadies and piste route riders are spread across 200km along the route.
Soufiane was the first one to reach CP1 and is now leading the rest of the roadies.Sandro had some early mechanical issues almost instantly after the start, despite that he reached the CP1 in Chefchaouen as the first rider and he is untouchable since then.
Till is in 2nd position and only 50km behind Sandro. He is keeping strong even though still feeling unwell after overheating on day one.
The pair riders Ernst and Johan are now on a 246km and will camp by the lake. Good idea!
Today at 9 am the piste route riders started a 2300km adventure from Tangier which will go through the Rif and Atlas mountains and all the way to the Sahara desert. They will finish in Sidi Ifni at the Atlantic Ocean.
Good luck and stay safe!
Mex started 24 hours before his road route scheduled departure time together with piste route riders. However, he made an agreement with all the riders.
Grand Depart for the road route is tomorrow at 9 am sharp.
“It’s a great adventure for anyone and also a serious test for any competitive racer who can hold it together physically and mentally. The route combines a diverse range of incredible scenery and surfaces including shifting desert sands, rough piste, and gravel. Strategy, logistics, planning, adaptability, and resilience will be needed as riders will be seriously isolated with few and meager options for resupply in rural Morocco where on occasions you may only find a few packets of wafer biscuits and tins of tuna. The route is simply breathtaking” – Donncha Cuttriss