Photos: Míla Štáfek
It is true that I do not have super memories for my last trip to Morocco because I suffered from a fractured in five places of my ankle and instep, but it was four years ago and the Atlas is a huge and beautiful mountain range which attracts me again. As a magnet with a new idea: what about combining bike packing and freeriding whilst crossing the Atlas mountains?
On the bikes you can go to places where the car can't and you can discover a new dimension of purebred freeriding in places where no one has ever ridden before you.
Pierre Alain Renfer is a 57-year-old biker from Switzerland, who has been working for more than thirty years as a professional guide. He has been operating in Morocco since 1992 and is actually a pathfinder who has introduced the country as one of the best MTB destinations. Currently he has been focusing primarily on e-bikes tours. Because he has an unrivalled physical condition, he has accepted my challenge and became my sparring partner for the crossing of the Atlas.
After several international freeride camps and several media trips, it's already my seventh visit to Morocco, so I know what I'm going to do but I have not yet been to the south side of the Atlas. The forecast is favourable, although at the summits of over 2,000 meter high mountains, it has been the most snow in the last few years and only main roads such as the Tichka pass are open.
At night, during looking for wood for fire, the headlamp grined to the swinging ... mouse? Mistake, no mouse! It was a spider with a diameter of 12 - 15 cm, jumping over the stones. Not a good feeling, but the big wild animals are still screaming, because our cameraman Marty is scared them by his night snoring.
Marrakech Bike Action / my big friend: Pierre Alain Renfer
Fotograf: Miloš Štáfek
Camera: Márty Smolík
A big thanks to my partners! Mercedes Benz, Mondraker, Funnmtb, Fox, BikeWorkX, MitasTyres, Box MTB, Poc, Acepac, Gshock, Dakine, Pinguinoutdors, RedBull.