Extraordinary scenery and a challenge for all who start and finish, regardless of distance: 300km – 150km – 80km – 40km!
The 2020 Epic Desert Gravel Race is unlike most others with breathtaking scenery, and is open to professionals and amateurs.
Discovery and adventure in the heart of the Agafay desert and the wonders of the Atlas Mountains (the highest range in Northern Africa, rising up to over 4,000 metres), passing by the famous Plateau du Kik at the gates of Marrakesh!
Participants will face the desert, heat, the mountain, the distance (if you choose the 300km option) and live for three days in a bivouac in the middle of the desert.
In addition to the sporting program, the Epic Desert Rate will host the largest free mountain bike and gravel bike expo.
A Race to Suit All Riders
Professionals, amateurs, beginners… no matter your level of experience or fitness, the Epic Desert Race welcomes all. Whether you’re there to ride hard or a little slower and enjoy the scenery, the choice of four courses will make everyone happy. Each race is timed and the allocation of starting waves will be based on the sporting criteria provided during your registration.
Bring a Friend or Family Member
The Epic Desert Race is inclusive to families of riders and their friends; at the end of the day, recover and share your stories in front of a bonfire in the camp, we promise you these will be days you’ll never forget.
2020 Epic Desert Race Program
Come and enjoy the village and the many free activities that will be available for three days. From ages three to 99 there will be something for everyone, the opportunity to spend a friendly moment with friends or family.
Friday, March 20, 2020
- From 9:00 am: Opening of the exhibitor village and welcome of the cyclists.
- 10h00-18h00: Reception of the cyclists at the race village.
- 16h00: Briefing participants in the exhibitor’s village.
- 21h00: Closure of the exhibitor’s village for registration.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Start EPIC DESERT RACE 2020
- From 6:00 am: Opening of the race village and welcome of the cyclists.
- 7:00 am: EPIC departure 300km
- 8:00 am: EPIC departure 150km
- 9:00 am: departure EPIC 80km
- 10:00 am: departure EPIC 40km
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Inauguration – Award ceremony
- 2:00pm: Award ceremony
Traveling to Morocco
All visitors need a passport with a minimum validity of six months after the stay. There are several ways to reach Morocco, including by air into Marrakesh or by driving your own vehicle (with a ferry transfer from Almería, Algeciras).
Duration of Transfer:
Marrakech Airport to Epic Desert Race Village / Duration: 30 min.
Bicycles are transported (round trip) from your arrival at the airport to the bivouac village.
Accommodation / Food
The bivouacs are equipped with everything you need: toilets, showers, restaurants, medical service and khaimas with four beds for four people, equipped with mattresses, sheets, pillows and towels.
Meals during the race:
During the race, a varied diet rich in carbohydrates will be served. Vegetables, cereals, pasta, rice.
The Epic Desert Race is not reserved only for the participants, but also for the Accompanying Persons to be able to share this formidable adventure in a paradisiacal setting. The organization makes every effort to make the stay unforgettable and allow them to enjoy the beauty of the desert. We will make sure your whole family is having an equally good time with activities for everyone; mountain bike tours, camel rides, market tours of Marrakesh and much more.
Bike Packing Adventure Gravel – 5 Days
March 15-19, 2020
An unprecedented crossing between the Agafay desert and the High Atlas mountains! Participants will face the desert, mountains, the distance and life for four days on a bivouac.
The organization offers this unforgettable opportunity!
- Day 1: Personalised welcome at Marrakech-Ménara airport and transfer – free tour of the city is possible. Overnight at the hotel in the centre of Marrakech.
- Day 2: 90km. Night in traditional cottage.
- Day 3: 80km. Night in a bivouac.
- Day 4: 110km. Night in a bivouac.
- Day 5: 60km and Transfer to Marrakech.
Accommodation: Refuge – Bivouac, Hotels