From Marrakesh to the Sahara by bike: ancient cities, untouched routes and jaw-dropping views make Morocco a bucket list destination

Biking across Morocco showed me the bicycle’s power to expand horizons, challenge preconceptions and foster connections across cultures

Scenes from biking in Morocco
(Image credit: Andy Cochrane)

When you receive a text message that simply reads: “Want to go to Morocco?,” you say yes first and ask questions later. I believe my actual words were “uh F*** Yeah”.  

How the trip was made possible and how you can replicate it

Scenes from biking in Morocco

(Image credit: Andy Cochrane)

The purpose of this trip, media relations expert James Nixon explained, would be to go where few media trips have gone before, and, of course, to test some new product in the process. This intimate trip consisted of four journalists, a photographer, a brand ambassador, Nixon and a guide crew. The crucial local knowledge and logistics for this trip was handled by Collin Daulong, founder of bike touring company KC&E Adventures, and his team of local Berber guides and drivers. 

On the bike, the latest Hammerhead Karoo unit was our guide through the vast and ever changing landscapes while Fjallraven provided us with the apparel and bike bags necessary.  

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.