Over the Atlas mountains: our Moroccan bikepacking adventure, cycling from Marrakech to the ancient fortified city that’s featured in Game of Thrones

Epic mountains, deserted gravel roads, an incredible 1,000 year-old trading outpost - plus a few mistakes to learn from...

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There is rarely a good time to be sick. Still, just before the peak of a 2,500m high gravel pass (and with the sun steadily setting behind the surrounding peaks) really is - we can confirm - quite far from ideal.

It also makes a pretty unorthodox grounds for a compliment, but a ride does need to have been already quite incredible up to that point for the first question to be: ‘how can I make sure I’ll be able to continue?’ rather than: ‘what’s the quickest way back home?’

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