We decided to visit Marrakesh in Morocco and wanted to try and get some cycling in whilst we was there. The main concern was traffic and safety and this is something I researched before and I am writing this review to give you a first hand account of what it is really like to road bike in Marrakesh.

We decided to use a tour company to take us out and I found the choice was limited but we landed on http://www.argansports.com The company seemed to have a good reputation on trip advisor and they also sponsor/organise the yearly charity ride into the Atlas Mountains.

The tour 

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Giant Defy 3 used on the cycling trip in Marrakesh via Argansports

 

We went on the scorpion city tour and our guide was Mohammed. My partner fell shortly into the ride , but Mohammed was excellent and made sure everything was ok. I would like to add that the fall was nothing todo with the company but some local workmen. The ride out to scorpion city was a good pace and Mohammed kept on checking with us on the pace to ensure we was ok. As we got to scorpion city the bike that my partner was on had a problem with the rear derailleur. (Result of the fall) Mohammed promptly arranged a reserve bike to be brought to our location and made sure we was hydrated and looked after whilst waiting. He was so apologetic and kept talking with us about the UK and about the local area.

We then turned back around and headed back to Marrakesh after some photos. The ride back was fast paced but again Mohammed ensured the pace was good and we made stops to top up on water.

The roads 

Don’t be put off by the roads in Marrakesh. The roads we went on was excellent and I would say better than back home in the U.K. The majority of drivers give you distance and we didn’t have any issues. Felt safe 99% of the time. I think a lot of this was down to Mohammed and his guiding skills too. If you can ride roads in the UK then you can ride in Marrakesh. I was considering going out alone later if I had more time.

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Mohammed – our guide

Mohammed is a real credit to the company. He is knowledgable and very fit. You can see he loves what he does and his passion for this job and cycling makes sure his clients are treated well. He also spent time setting up my bike as I had my own pedals and equipment. Mohammed is a genuine honest guy and if you are lucky to get him you will have an excellent trip.

Giant Defy 3 outside a butchers in Marrakesh
Cycling in Marrakesh on a Giant Defy 3
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Cycling in Marrakesh with a giant defy 3 from Argansports
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Atlas mountain in the distance

 

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