Atlas Grand Tour 2019:
My partner and I visited Morocco for a road cycling tour, booked via Just Events Ltd. Lahcen and his team organised the trip locally, making sure that all the logistics were sorted and catering for our every need. This meant that bags were in the right place at the right time, all meals were provided in a timely fashion, and that a van was never far away if the hills became too steep. Overall, the service was A+++; I cannot fault the service and i would not hesitate to return. We had a wonderful week's cycling!
To cycle in Morocco is not only to discover the mountainous artery through this magnificent country, the Atlas Range, but also some of the culturally important hubs along the way. These may be great historic cities like Marrakech or Fes, or smaller but no less significant Berber villages and desert oases. Morocco’s beauty is like a multi-tiered cake, in fact. With the snowy mountains on top, the Sahara in the middle and the Atlantic coast forming another fabulous, frothy flavour. Sprinkled all over with multi-cultural influences and natural wonders from giant sand dunes to canyons such as Todra or Dades.
The history of cycling infrastructure starts from shortly after the bike boom of the 1880s when the first short stretches of dedicated bicycle infrastructure were built, through to the rise of the automobile from the mid-20th century onward and the concomitant decline of cycling as a means of transport, to cycling's comeback from the 1970s onward.
There have been a lot of studies on the safety of all types of bikeways. Proponents say that segregation of cyclists from fast or frequent motorized traffic is necessary to provide a safe and welcoming cycling environment. Opponents point out the increased risk from various types of infrastructure including shared use paths.
This article is an outline of the activity of cycling. For an outline about bicycles themselves, see the outline of bicycles.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to cycling:
Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, or for sport. Persons engaged in cycling are cyclists or bicyclists. Apart from ordinary two-wheeled bicycles, cycling also includes riding unicycles, tricycles, quadricycles, and other similar human-powered vehicles (HPVs).
Cycling infrastructure being placed in Chicago, Illinois.
Signposted green way, bordering on a Gracchus in Northern, Germany
Cyclists use a segregated cut through of a busy interchange in London at rush hour.
Cycling infrastructure refers to all infrastructure which may be used by cyclists. This includes the same network of roads and streets used by motorists, except those roads from which cyclists have been banned (e.g., many freeways/motorways), plus additional bike ways that are not available to motor vehicles, such as bike paths, bike lanes, cycle tracks and, where permitted, sidewalks, plus amenities like bike racks for parking and specialized traffic signs and signals. Cycling modal share is strongly associated with the size of local cycling infrastructure.
This Fietspad or Bicycle Path is in the Netherlands safely linking housing with decent street lights.
The manner in which the public road network is designed, built and managed can have a significant effect on the utility and safety of cycling. The cycling network may be able to provide the users with direct, convenient routes minimizing unnecessary delay and effort in reaching their destinations. Settlements with a dense road network of interconnected streets tend to be viable utility cycling environments.
Road cycling is the most widespread form of cycling. It includes recreational, racing, and utility cycling. Road cyclists are generally expected to obey the same rules and laws as other vehicle drivers or riders and may also be vehicular cyclists.
Road cycling is an activity most commonly performed on a bicycle. Road cycling in its modern form was invented in Germany on Aug 12, 1817. There are many types of bicycles that are used on the roads including BMX, recumbents, racing, touring and utility bicycles.
Dedicated road bicycles have drop handlebars and multiple gears, although there are single and fixed gear varieties. Road bikes also use narrow, high-pressure tires to decrease rolling resistance, and tend to be somewhat lighter than other types of bicycle. The drop handlebars are often positioned lower than the saddle in order to put the rider in a more aerodynamic position. In an effort to become more aerodynamic, some riders have begun using aero bars. Who and when aero bars, where invented, is unclear but they seem to date back to the early 1980s. The lightweight and aerodynamics of a road bike allow this type of bicycle to be the second most efficient self-powered means of transportation, behind only recumbent bicycles due to the latter's higher aerodynamic efficiency.
Mountain bikes fitted with slick or semi-slick are also popular for commuters. Though less efficient, the upright riding position allows the cyclist a better view of traffic, and they can also be readily fitted with mudguards, cargo racks and other accessories. Mountain bikes are usually ridden on unpaved roads and tracks but they are not to be confused with cyclocross bikes.
A hybrid form of road cycling has been gaining solid ground lately called Cyclo-cross. Cyclo-cross (sometimes CCX, CX, cyclocross) is bicycling off-road and not to be confused with mountain biking. Cross bikes are nearly identical to a traditional road bike except for its wheels. Cyclo-cross bikes have tread on their tires for the purpose of riding on unpaved roads and rough trails.
In the context of utility cycling, road cycling fulfils various purposes including commuting and also cycle-based businesses (e.g., bicycle messengering and cycle rickshaws) and leisure.
Common courtesy when road biking is to obey the same rules and laws as other vehicles. Being observant and attentive while riding on a road with traffic is very important. Due to the aerodynamics of a road bike, bikers alongside the road may be hard to see by passing motorists. To appear more noticeable, wearing bright and reflective colours will reduce the chance of an accident.
Road racing is a highly publicized and viewed sport in almost every country in the world. The extraordinary efficiency of the bicycle makes it a very popular item for recreational fun, transport, or in racing. It is performed on roads and pathways but mainly is restricted to concrete or pavement.
7 Days Cycling breaks in Morocco
Adventure cycling in Morocco which is start from the red city to great Imlil valley across the Kik Plteau exploring Berber culture there night in the heart of the High Atlas Mountain, next day the group will heading over to Tizi n’Test an over view on the Souss-Massa-Drâa night on the top.
In the morning start a big downhill with the really amazing view on the valleys of Souss, keep cycling to have lunch under the special and popular tree in the world (Argan tree), keep cycling & discovering more culture, meet the locals and have a night in Taliouine the city of Saafran in Morocco.... the next day we will cycling head to the Tichka pass...
End of the tour and back to Marrakech.
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