Never mind the classic European cycling climbs of the Alps and the Pyrenees, there are plenty of other mountainous areas to get stuck in to before the summer months.
After the triumph of the first Marrakech Atlas Etape in 2013, registration is now open for cyclists who wish to join in 2014.
Cycling seems to be all the rage in Morocco and the Marrakech Atlas Etape is one of the toughest challenges. The full route is an eye-watering 140km but there are other options too. There’s also a 60km option, with just 360m of climbing.
It’s inevitable that 2014 will prove just as popular as last year given that the route not only provides participants with a truly memorable experience, but also raises vital funds for the worthy charity Education For All (EFA).
This Moroccan-based charity, which was founded in 2007, helps to educate under-privileged young girls in the Atlas Mountains.
Their motto is “We may not individually be able to change the world but we can help to make a difference to a person’s life and indirectly many more.”
The event will take place on Sunday 27 April 2014. You can find out more or register here: www.marrakech-atlas-etape.com