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  • 8

    Tough but exhilerating biking in a fascinating landscape

    I was looking for an outdoor holiday that would give a close up view of a part of the world and a culture that was new to me, with some winter sun and not much sitting in a vehicle. This trip delivered on all counts. But better than that, it was extremely well organised and lots of fun!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling on desert singletrack with late afternoon sunlight throwing long shadows! Also, of course, reaching the top of the endless rocky climb on day 4 - didn't know I had it in me!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was a brilliant trip leader, very well organised, made sure the bikes were always well maintained, patched up our cuts and grazes, and kept us smiling and motivated despite early starts and tough riding conditions!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't plan to clip your feet in, the pistes are very rocky and it's wise to have the option to put a foot down.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If this is a "moderate" trip, I hate to think what a "challenging" one is like! Expect long days of cycling, very uneven surfaces, and a couple of very tough climbs. Don't be too put off though - you will be in beautiful surroundings and well looked after. Hotels are all comfortable and the food was good (though you'll eat a lot of tagine!).

  • 10

    Jebel Sahro Ride & Marrakech

    What an experience. An amazing holiday with amazing people. Liz, our leader, was exceptional in her organisation and understanding of the route.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the 2200m Tizi n'Tazzazert pass. Also in the middle of a desert plain experiencing complete silence. In Marrakech bartering down the price in the Souk was fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz Proctor was amazing in every area of the holiday and extremely knowledgeable of the area and local cumstoms and way of life. Our two drivers were also great fun and very helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm clothes as it gets cold quickly after dark

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    An awesome mountain biking experiences with varying terrain and technical difficulties, definitely not for those without some basic off road experience. If you enjoy rugged, boulder strewn tracks and fast downhill sandy runs then this is for you, you can't take your eye off the road for a second.......truley full on.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    managing to complete the optional 16km ascent to 2300m and not being wiped out by some of the tracks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Radu knows his sport, an excellant moutain biker willing to teach you the basics or give advice on improving your technique. He managed to get us all through safely and fitted in well with the group and took time out individually with all of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip is graded as "Moderate" ..........for this trip "moderate" means, have off road skills, physically fit and be prepared for a hard days ride.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are travelling outside the summer period bring extra layers for the night and early morning starts.

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    It was a great sporty holiday in a beautiful part of South Morroco and mostly off the beaten track.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I was in awe of some travellers' fitness and was pleased I pushed my physical limits a little and managed to cycle as much as I did (without any previous experience).  The scenery was truly stunning, from lush oases in the valleys, to the rugged hills, to the old villages, ksour and kasbahs.  I also really liked the fact that we were pretty much on our own, not surrounded by lots of tourists everywhere. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was brilliant.  She worked really hard organising our bikes, meals, travels all the time.   Very friendly and sociable, looked after us well.  The local team were great too, friendly and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I believe the rating for this trip should be moderate to challenging or require previous experience.  Some of the terrain and hills were really tough, for me at least since I had no previous experience.  I thought I was fit, but obviously not cyclying-fit! I still had a great time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Looking forward to my next Exodus adventure!  I think the trips are very well organised and highly recommend you.  Thanks for a great holiday.

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    A fantastic trip. Ordinarily I'm more likely to be found on a spinning bike than a mountain bike, so I'm quite fit. I have some experience of mountain biking upto red route standard. This trip was perfect for me, with enough to challenge my fitness with a couple of decent up hills , but without taking me to out of my comfort zone. The accommodation was basic, as was the food, but it was all authentic, adding to the overall experience. Great guides and a real mix of people all added to the enjoyment. Looking forward to my next cycling experience .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching all those who finished the 16 km climb cross the finishing line

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was fantastic. Taking the time to get to know all the group members and helping them to get the best out of their mountain bike experience .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have good padded shorts, well fitting sunglasses and a willingness to move just far enough out of your comfort zone and you will love this holiday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    An excellent cycling trip over differing trails; some rocky, some sandy and some bumpy with the occasional bit of tarmac.  Also with some challenging hill climbs and descents. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip was very well supported by three 4x4 vehicles and crew, with regular and timely snack and lunch breaks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz Proctor was an excellent tour leader.  She gave a great overview of the week ahead and each day explained what the daily trip entailed as well as giving updates along the way.  Sorted out any bike problems or punctures promptly.  Also made sure everyone was aware of the meal options and made sure everyone was catered for.  Full marks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some off road experience is necessary.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great way to see Morocco.

  • 10

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    Real time out of life.  You get to see some wonderful scenery, very different from our own.  You cycle hard, it is not an easy cycling holiday.  It is well lead by a very experienced Exodus professional.  \really good variety of scenery.  You think "desert" but the scenery is spectacular and changes day after day.  Wonderful photography opportunities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Riding to the top of the optional hill climb of 17K.  I was the oldest woman on the trip, and thought I would not be able to make it, but I did.  Thanks to support of everyone on the trip and particularly the leaders.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have been on quite a few Exodus trips and have experienced different leaders.  Liz Proctor is way ahead of the best.  She lets you have your freedom, but at the same time her authority is clear, and boundaries of safety are made apparent from early in the trip.  She led her team by example, always the one to forego her lunch when the need to do some technical work on the bikes took precedence.  She made the trip for the group because she was attentive to the group needs, the individual needs within the group, and always attended to the basics - the bikes themselves.  It was evident that her support team were right behind her.  Also, she knew the terrain like the back of her hand.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not an easy cycling holiday.  Moderate means moderate mountain biking, which is technically harder than moderate road cycling.  Give yourself time to acclimatise to the severity of the cycling.  But having done that, you are richly rewarded with the challenges of the trip, day on day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our particular trip was made enjoyable by the nature of the other travellers.  Nobody was there to race against the clock or be "the first" at anything.  Everyone participated and supported others.  I felt comfortable stopping to take photographs, something that was sometimes frowned upon on other trips.  I felt well supported by the Exodus team, with Liz Proctor as the Leader and firmly in charge.

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    An excellent, well organised trip in a fascinating landscape which that I would recommend to all with an adventurous outlook.  The riding is very technical in places and considerably harder than grading – moderate to challenging at least. To someone like me with little rough mountain biking experience, I suggest that some off road cycling experience really is needed - but don't be put off as the trip is amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through semi desert, green valleys, dusty mud brick villages and the kasbahs which seemed from a different world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz had an amazing ability to fix and maintain the bikes, as well as being one of the most organised leaders I have met. She was well supported by the rest of the cycling and back up team. The 4x4s were essential supply and support wagons as well as convenient lunch tables.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t hesitate – try it, but practice those steep hills first.   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As constructive comments, my knowledge of the country would have been improved by meeting some local guides. Perhaps using lunchtimes stops for an introduction to plants, villages and community, minerals, history, possibly even religion and politics, so the group could have a wider appreciation of the culture of Morocco.  I would be prepared to pay extra for such guides. Not sure whether the last day is best spent in Marrakesh - it is a long transfer to a place which is easily accessible by commercial flights. Would it be possible to have the return Ouarzazate flight and as the USP have night in, say, Berber tent ?  

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    A wonderful trip that enables you to see the real Morocco as you cycle through the small villages and towns as well as through some stunning scenery with both lunar-landscapes as well as lush date-palm groves along the river. There are some reasonably strenuous climbs, but with the support vehicles following, it is open to all. Our trip had ages 24 to mid 50s, with an average age around 45 (other trips will bound to be different) so will be challenging for older age groups depending on fitness whilst moderate to challenging in places for the younger age group. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling up desolate hill climbs only to be rewarded on the other side by a drop down into lush date-palm groves and cycling through the mud villages and past Kasbahs with children running out to say "bonjour".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz Procter and the support team were excellent. She clearly loves her job, had in depth knowledge of the area, pushed the stronger ones ahead whilst supporting the whole group. She has an incredible energy often getting up at the crack of dawn to ensure the bikes were in top condition and to ensure a timely departure.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The lanscape is varied, and how hard or easy it is often depends on the temperature and cyclist's age. We had 35 degree days and then dropped down to a cool and drizzly 16-17 degrees on certain mornings, so a full range of cycle kit is required. Beware of cycle clips which can be more hindrance that help given the often varied terrain. Hire bikes are very good and make it much much easier than bringing your own. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first cycling trip and mountain bike experience so have little to compare it to, but I loved it. You do need a reasonable level of fitness, but the 100% vehicle support ensures that help (or a lift!) is always on hand. Accommodation is varied, but all are comfortable with good food (Chez Jacob especially good) but water pressure, hot water can understandably be sporadic in remote locations (although it was not a major issue). I would highly recommend this trip which apparently is one of the longer running trips - testament to the group leaders and varied cycling landscape.  

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    Well organized, good leader (Liz Proctor), good support crew (especially Idi and Ali), good routes in a fantastic natural landscape, and luckily great weather. Simple, but adequate hotel rooms, interesting hotels and staff. The food was a bit same, same after a while, but entirely adequate and in keeping with the trips intentions. A master stroke having a final day to explore Marrakech. All in all the best activity holiday I have ever been on.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the 16km / 900m technical climb. Liz said that someone had done it in 1:13. He must have had his own bike and been on the same stuff that Lance uses is all that I can say.......

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz be a cool, cool gal.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Cycle some before hand

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nope, I think you guys have a trip that has some appeal for all ages and abilities, so long as the group knits reasonably well.

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    I would say that this trip is more challenging than moderate, you would need some off road mountain biking experience to really enjoy this. I do have some experience and I loved the routes - not the hills so much!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    some of the great downhills on the in the remote areas we travelled

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazingly fit, very attentive and helpful. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do some off road before you go on this trip- there is sand and rocky bits to cycle through. It does help to up your fitness a bit...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    enjoy- I felt really fit by the end of the week- this has lapsed quickly now I am back home again and being lazy. You really do get into the 'zone' after a few days...

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    The trip was well led and the logistics all worked except for the group flight with Royal Air Maroc which was delayed. Half the group lost a day at the start of the holiday stuck in Cassablanca. The trip should only be regarded as Moderate if you let the 4x4 take the strain on some of the harder days which is always possible. Conditions in mid October were hot (35 deg C +) but not too much of a problem so long as you drink loads (water, soft drinks and snacks always available from the support vehicles).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery is stunning. I never thought there could be so many shapes and colours (even occasional green) in a desert and mountain landscape. The riding terrain was varied and interesting from steep rocky pistes to level paths and tracks through the Palmeries and villages.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader Liz was excellent as were the local guide and drivers.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We travellled independantly with Easy Jet and a CTM coach from Marrakech to Ouazazate which was much more economical and as it turned out more reliable than the group flight. Stay on a few days at the end if you can.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hired bikes were in good condition and checked regularly during the trip. Take your own saddle if you prefer one slightly wider and softer than Trek standard issue.

  • 6

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    I spent a great week in Morocco however I think a lot of this is more to do with Morocco itself and the company of a fun mixed group that than any satisfaction with the cycling.   It was hard work!  Much harder than anticipated and was a fairly exhausting trip.   There was little time to enjoy the surrounding scenery when I spent every moment staring at the ground 2 meters in front of my front wheel.   I would only recommend this trip to people who already know they enjoy off roading and if you do...it’s fabulous.Exodus staff (both local and the guide) were great and the organisation of the trip was faultless.  There were a few bad reviews previously regarding the quality of the bikes but ours were excellent.    The number of punctures was very high but when you see the terrain this can only be expected.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final ride after a huge climb on the final day involved a steep descent then riding through glorious dessert plains.  This was a great end to the trip.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was a star! Misguidedly, prior to the trip I would have preferred to be led by a local guide which I thought would aid interaction with locals.   I am very pleased to say I was completely wrong and I don’t believe any guide would have worked harder or been so attentive the groups needs as Liz.  She was friendly, fun and knowledgeable – everything you could want in a guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book your flights independently.  The cost of an all in trip is c.£450 more than the land only option and it is very easy to make considerable savings (even when independently booking onto the exact same group flights).  That said, do NOT fly Royal Air Maroc.   We missed our connection by 40 minutes which meant a day spent in a hole of a hotel 30k from Casablanca.  A taxi cost EUR50 to look at the sights in Casablanca and ultimately the whole experience meant a loss of 1 day from the holiday.   Staff were rude, uninterested and I would advise you to avoid at all costs.The best option would be to fly return to Marrakech then get a bus to Quarzazte at the outset of the trip.    There would be no faffing around changing planes and the chances of your luggage arriving with you are much increased.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Understand that this is a mountain biking holiday and in my opinion the grading is very different to a road cycling trip.   I have previously ridden a moderate/challenging road trip in India and didn’t use the support bus once….this time I was a regular!   Of the 15 people on our trip I don’t recall one person believing the trip was accurately graded.   

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, cycling through the palmeries was a fabulous experience and one I would recommend to others. What I would say, however, is that this is not a beginner's guide to mountain biking. People should not come on this trip if they have never cycled off road before. The Exodus brochure would suggest that it is a good introduction to mountain biking, and that prior experience off road is not essential. In my opinion, this is not an accurate description of the trip.  Prior experience of off road cycling is important to make this trip as enjoyable as possible.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting remote villages and the amazingly beautiful scenery

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. She was sensitive to local people and treated them with respect and dignity. She was informative and always willing to help with bike repairs and maintenance. A very good group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you feel comfortable on a mountain bike before embarking on this trip. If you do - it will be well worth the effort.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The bikes were in very good condition and the accommodation was comfortable, very interesting and fun.

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    A fantastic trip. Well organised and run (both before and during the trip). A great leader with two spot-on support staff in the backup trucks. A great way to see Morocco (which I loved).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Top bananna.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip is described as moderate, and for a fit, experienced of-roader that is fair. However, if like me you tend to avoid skin-tight lycra these days and perhaps don't have much previous technical off-road experience then you can expect a couple of the climbs to fit into the 'challenging' category.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Tough but exhilerating biking in a fascinating landscape

    I was looking for an outdoor holiday that would give a close up view of a part of the world and a culture that was new to me, with some winter sun and not much sitting in a vehicle. This trip delivered on all counts. But better than that, it was extremely well organised and lots of fun!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling on desert singletrack with late afternoon sunlight throwing long shadows! Also, of course, reaching the top of the endless rocky climb on day 4 - didn't know I had it in me!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was a brilliant trip leader, very well organised, made sure the bikes were always well maintained, patched up our cuts and grazes, and kept us smiling and motivated despite early starts and tough riding conditions!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't plan to clip your feet in, the pistes are very rocky and it's wise to have the option to put a foot down.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If this is a "moderate" trip, I hate to think what a "challenging" one is like! Expect long days of cycling, very uneven surfaces, and a couple of very tough climbs. Don't be too put off though - you will be in beautiful surroundings and well looked after. Hotels are all comfortable and the food was good (though you'll eat a lot of tagine!).

  • 6

    JEBEL SAHRO RIDE & MARRAKECH

    A very well organised trip. Morocco is a fantastic place to visit by bike. The cycling is quite tough. As the terrain is constantly rocky it is quite technical.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing such amazing landscape. Making it to the top of the steepest mountains!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz is a brilliant leader. I felt really safe in her hands, and she gave some really good tips on the more tricky tracks. She was always smiling which got me to the top!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get some mountain bike experience before you go. The cycling is technical. I had no mountain bike experience and although I managed it, I found it really hard. Don't leave home without rehydration tablets and a camelbak water packs. It's HOT!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO & THE DRAA VALLEY

    A great tour, well organised and expertly lead.One of the only set of trip notes I have ever experienced that were up to date and accurate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I do not think there was one single inspirational moment - but many - all related to scenery mainly in the Draa Valley with the Atlas Mountains providing the perfect back drop. The sense of achievement in completing the difficult and long climbs is a personal milestone achievement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He very quickly assessed the experience levels of the group (both from a seasoned travellers point of view and cycling experience) and immediately taylored his dealings with the group accordingly

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can arrive a week or so early and see some of the rest of Morocco

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No - well done

  • 8

    JEBEL SAHRO & THE DRAA VALLEY CYCLING HOLIDAY

    This holiday by far exceeded my expectations; was not sure about Morroco as destination and worried about my lack of off road biking experience; but it was all a very pleasant experience.   

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The enjoyment of seeing the spectcular and magical scenery which makes you feel you are in a world very far away while on a bike; the perfect mixture of sports and rural tourism.   

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simply the best! Our leader was so positive, always with a smile on his face and full of energy and clearly loving his job, very helpful and knowledgable and for sure he added to the good atmosphere of the group. No holiday could go wrong with a leader like him.  10 points!  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to be cold at night and in the mornings so bring lots of warm clothes.  Not suited for wheat intolerants as lots of bread and cous cous and not much else to chose from.   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was all a very good experience, if any complaints maybe the day of the optional very tough ascent did not really fit into this B category as it was extremely hard, but a fun challenge nevertheless, but maybe not fair for the  peple waiting at the top so if not removed there should be 2 options so that all can enjoy a full day of great biking. The hotel in Agdz was below expecations, never been so cold in my life on a hard bed with no warm blankets. Brrr.  

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