Nestled in Morocco, the Atlas Mountain Range sets the stage for an unparalleled test of grit and determination—the Atlas Mountain Race. Covering 1,300 kilometers of untamed terrain, this bikepacking adventure challenges riders with rugged paths, steep climbs, and remote villages.
This isn’t just a race; it’s an intimate dance with the unpredictable. Cyclists navigate gravel, rocks, and demanding descents while embracing the stunning landscapes—the snow-capped Atlas peaks, serene valleys, and the rich hospitality of Berber communities.
More than a physical trial, it’s a journey of self-discovery amidst Morocco’s cultural tapestry. The Atlas Mountain Race isn’t for everyone, but for those who are crazy enough, it promises an experience that transcends mere competition—it’s an immersion into the spirit of the mountains of North Africa.
Dots to watch this year:
“It’s all about the bike”, or so they say!
We’ve had racers and riders at the Atlas Mountain Race since the first edition in 2020. Way back then we had several Purple Haze’s on the finish line, but nowadays it’s all Pasta Party, all day. This year all of the Sour bikes being used in the race are Pasta Party frames with personal builds. Of course, except Quinda, she’s out there on an extra special prototype!
What makes the AMR so unique?
- Diverse Terrain: Riders face a mix of rocky paths, gravel tracks, and steep inclines, demanding versatile cycling skills.
- Remote and Harsh Conditions: Passing through isolated areas, cyclists must be self-sufficient, facing unpredictable weather and limited resources.
- Varied Weather: Extreme temperature shifts from scorching valleys to freezing altitudes test riders’ endurance and gear.
- Distance and Altitude: Covering 1,300 kilometers with elevation changes adds physical strain and altitude-related difficulties.
- Cultural and Language Challenges: Navigating diverse regions with different languages and customs poses communication hurdles.
- Self-Supported Format: Carrying all supplies intensifies the challenge, requiring strategic planning and extra weight