Jamie Oliver finished this morning 06:53 in Sidi Ifni the road route. He needed 6 days and 21 hours. That makes an avereage of 307km per day.
Congratulation Jamie! Well done!
Francisco is the last rider aproiching Erg Chebbi, the biggest sand dunes in Morocco. He chnaged to the road route. Lamri and Irena are heading for extension 2 to the High Atlas while Peter and Kewin will skip extension 2.
On the piste Boudnip to Merzouga Lamri decided to take the exit to “Valée de Ziz”. Why he is currently off route. This is an option riders can choose but will result in a penalty.
Lamri and Irena arrived this afternoon at Boudnip and continued to Merzouga. A 160km Moroccan piste without any services. Francisco had mechanical problems and went by car back to Missour to solve it. The wheel was bent and the cassette not working anymore. He is meanwhile back on route.
Askan has only 90km left to the finish in Sidi Ifni. If everything goes well, he will finish the 2100km in less then 7 days.
photos: from Irenas setup in Boudnip, bike loaded with 6l of water
At day 3 Kevin got sick and went off route to stay at a hotel. He is back in this morning in 2nd position on the piste route. Irena is leading the piste route. Lamri and Peter went last night also off the route to stay in a hotel and are now on their way to checkpoint 2 the Ahouli mines.
Askan cycled on the road route already more then 1400km and has less then 700km to go. He could arrive at the finish in Sidi Ifni in 2 days.
Askan is leading on the road route and has already more then 800km cycled. He is in the Middle Atlas and will reach checkpoint 3 “Valée de Ziz” a palmtree oasis in the Sahara desert soon. Jamie is 160km behind Askan followed by James another 150km behind.
On the piste route are the distances between the 3 leading riders not that big. Peter is currently in lead, followed by Irena and Lamri about 10 minutes behind Irena. 20km behind Lamri is Kevin in 4th position followed by Francisco 60km behind.
Only 8 weeks until the start of the second edition of Morocco-BikeAdventure. You have to realize this is a really hard journey. Be prepered for anything, when Kai Edel was checking the route in February 2020, he came into severe sandstorm in the Sahara desert.
Donncha Cuttriss has a job to finish. 2019 he struggled with his tubeless setup in the Sahara desert and had to scratch. This time he will start at Irun for the Iberica Traversa and continue with the Morocco-BikeAdventure at Tangier.
finishing at: Sidi Ifni
what’s your experiences: Trans Am Bike Race, Race Across America (RAAM), Morocco-BikeAdventure, Race Around Ireland (RAI)
Have you ever been in the Sahara desert? Do you know the Rif mountains?
The Morocco-BikeAdventure piste route is definitely not for bikepacking beginners. Navigation skills are a must not to get lost. If you are used to cycling from petrol station to petrol station shop, this is not for you. It’s a real challenging adventure!
For the first time we offer the opportunity Irun Spain to Sidi Ifni Morocco, 2 races in one.
“Happy New Year! If interested in an incredible bikepacking adventure for 2021 I highly recommend the Morocco Bike Adventure on 9 October. Its a great adventure for anyone and also a serious test for any competitive racer who can hold it together physically and mentally for a few weeks, the time which it will take to finish the 3000 km of the optional long route. 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 meagre options for resupply in rural Morocco where on occasions you may only find a few packet of wafer biscuits and tins of tuna. Andi Buchs has put years of work into this race and has divised a route which is simply breathtaking. The best thing is that this event doesn’t attract too many entrants so participants can mostly enjoy the route and experience as if out there on her/his own. However, when you do meet another participant on the course its just beautiful.”