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Pyramid Peak, amidst the gorges of the Anti-Atlas
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Raid Medlantic

£2,750.00

 

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean and back, using as much dirt as possible – the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats and half-way back – on dirt roads!

At a Glance

Duration: 16 Days

Riding Level: III (see FAQ’s)

Distances

Total: 2162mi/3479km

Tarmac: 1089mi/1753km

Piste: 1072mi/1726km  –  50%

Dates:

2019: November 11th – 30th

2020: February 14th – 29th

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Description

Short of entering a rally, there’s nothing out there that comes close to this adventure. Old Dakar pistes, sand, gravel, grit, rock slab, fesh-fesh, dry lake beds etc. Across the dunes of Erg’s Chegga and Cheggaga, through the gorges of the Middle Atlas for a blast along the beach at Plage Blanche – and that’s just the riding!

The idea behind this tour was to create an experience as close as possible to how we travel solo, on a short to medium length dirt road adventures. Carrying all our own kit – Motopacking style – we’ll shop in markets, draw water from wells, cook our own food and thereby be self-sufficient; allowing us flexibility in our itinerary on bivouac days. We’ll eat lunch in restaurants when possible and picnics out in the boonies when not.

We’re followed by a 4×4 with a local driver carrying our medic and medical kit, and shadowed by our support van* containing larger tools, spares and your individulal spares boxes*, which we’ll meet at each accommodation.

5 nights bivouac – 9 nights accommodation – 1 night on the return ferry

 

Who’s it for ?

Regular trail riders with the appropriate fuel range of 250km/155mi. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden in the sand before or find it rather daunting; there’s not a lot of opportunity to practice in the UK. The sandy stages build slowly on-tour, giving you a chance to get a feel for it before we get to the deep stuff, and there’s plenty of help and advice on-hand should you want it.

This tour is best suited to single-cylinder bikes due to the sand we encounter over the first few days. However, if your surname is Poskitt, Despres or Coma or you’re a man mountain and can muscle you multi-cylinder bike through such terrain then you are welcome. If you want to ride your multi-cylinder bike to/from Almeria then we’ll carry a pair of knobby tyres (supplied by you) to Almeria for you to fit prior to departure to Morocco.

 

*This tour includes transport from the UK to Almeria for 6 single-cylinder bikes. Max group sizes is 8 so contact us if you’d like to ride or transport your own bikes.

* Each rider is allocated a 45l spares box. It’s up to you to choose what you pack in here but you’ll want to include service items. Full details upon booking.

* The support van carries larger tools necessary for repairing crashed and broken bikes and a few generic spares that can be purchased if required. Full details upon booking.

Itinerary

Day 1: Almeria

Meet in hotel in Almeria, Spain and reunite yourself with your bike. Group dinner.

Day 2: Almeria to Selouanne

26mi /46km

Following breakfast we’ll have a briefing before heading down to the ferry and our 1200 sailing to Nador. Once disembarked the process of entering a foreign country with your own vehicle ensues. Get the right official and it’s a breeze; get the wrong one and it’ll test your patience. Either way it’s all part of the experience!

Day 3: Selouanne to Bivouac 1

Tarmac: 132mi / 213km   –   Piste: 68mi / 110km   –   Total: 200mi / 323km   –   Piste: 34%

It’s a steady ‘knobby friendly’ ride south to Debdou and the climb up to the Rekam Plateau. It’s easy going on a mix of dirt and gravel piste (unless its been raining!) with magnificent views of the snow capped middle-Atlas to the west. Did you remember your tent pegs?

Day 4: Bivouac 1 to Tissard Mine

Tarmac: 39mi / 63km   –   Piste: 124mi / 200km   –   Total: 163mi / 263km   –   Piste: 76%

An easy, undulating start to the day as we loose some altitude on the approach to Bni Tajite. After filling up with fuel, snacks and coffee we’ll turn SW over the rocky Col de Belkassen before the first of the sand begins as head towards Algeria. Great views abound from the El Korbine cliffs before we drop off the plateau to follow the ‘berm’ – the de facto border between Morocco and Algeria. It’s deep sand and date palm oases here on this old Dakar Rally piste.

Our accommodation for the next two nights sits right on the edge of the desert and a well used rally piste to Erg Chebbi.

Day 5: Erg Chebbi rideout

Approx 62mi / 100km   –   Mostly sand, dunes and piste

A chance to ditch our luggage, drop our tyre pressures, load up with water and head out into the dunes of Erg Chebbi for some unencumbered fun. Never ridden in the dunes before? No problem, we’ll have a briefing prior to heading out, share some riding tips and talk about how to stay safe out there. It’s a day of sweatin’ ‘n’ laughin’ (no g).

Day 6: Tissard Mine to Bivouac 2

Tarmac: 24mi / 38km   –   Piste: 185-277mi / 297km-446km  –   Total: 208-301mi / 335-484km   –   Piste: 89-92%

With two sections of tarmac totaling just 38km/24mi we’re in for a big day on the piste. There are some challenging sand sections early on, but once across the Oued Gheris and the shallow dunes beyond so the sand thins out as the landscape opens up. This is ‘Big Sky’ country.

Skirting the Algerian border once again, we commence a run of police checkposts as we cross the rugged Tafenna Basin and drop into Tagounite for fuel and supplies. The sand of Erg Chegga beckons but will we make it through there and onto the dry Lac Iriki before we pitch camp?

Day 7: Bivouac 2 to Tata

Tarmac: 52mi / 84km   –   Piste: 36-129mi / 58-207km   –   Total: 88-181mi / 42-291km   –   Piste: 41-71%

As drifting sands regularly covers the piste we rarely ride exactly the same route twice as we head due west towards a final police check post. The 84km/52mi of tarmac to Tata are a chance to give our chains some love. Will it be an early shower & a beer? – depends how far we rode yesterday!

Day 8: Tata to Tighmert

Tarmac: 129mi / 208km   –   Piste: 67mi / 108km   –   Total: 196mi / 316km   –   Piste: 34%

Leaving the open desert behind us, we head into the twisted strata of the anti-Atlas. Vertical gorge sides tower over us as we wend our way westwards, climbing a vertical kilometre to a ridge before plunging into the next gorge. Although ‘only’ 108km/67mi of piste today, every one of them will have you wishing you had eyes in the back of your head.

Day 9: Saturday – Tighmert to Ksar Tafnidilt

Tarmac: 52mi / 84km   –   Piste: 54mi / 87km   –   Total: 106mi / 171km   –   Piste: 51%

‘Atlantic Ocean Day’ – with 1829km/1136mi under our belts since leaving the Mediterranean, it’s time to hit the beach at Plage Blance. Aside from the odd fisherman and perhaps a beachcomber, we’re unlikely to meet anyone on this 28km/17mi of coastline.

The days timings are dictated by the tide times so be prepared to get up at silly O’Clock or limp in at dusk.

Day 10: Rest/Service Day

Own a DRZ and you can spend the day chillin’ by the pool wth a cold beer; own a KTM and you can change the oil and screw it back together.

Day 11: Ksar Tafnidilt – Bivouac 3

Tarmac: 91-97mi / 147-156km   –   Piste: 87-125mi / 140-201km   –   Total: 178-222mi / 287-357km   –   Piste: 49-56%

With bikes and bodies rested it’s an early start as we head eastwards into the far western end of the Jebel Bani. Following lunch in Assa – where we’ll also pick up camping supplies – we’ll return to the piste, and head NE on a little used route dotted with acacia trees.

Day 12: Tuesday – Bivouac 3 to Bivouac 4

Tarmac: 118-124mi / 190-199km   –   Piste: 87-125mi /140-201km   –   Total: 205-249mi /330-400km   –   Piste: 42-50%

By the time we fill up with fuel and supplies in Tata, most of the days tarmac will be behind us. Soon after, we’ll turn NE into a wide valley with views north to the anti-Atlas and south to Djebel Bani.

Day 13: Bivouac 4 to Amellago

Tarmac: 123mi / 198km   –   Piste: 96mi / 155km   –   Total: 219mi / 353km   –   Piste: 44%

Into the mountains as we cross the geographically distinct basalt massif that is the Djebel Sarhro. Our route takes us over the highest pass on this tour, the 2316m/7600ft Tizi n‘Tazazert before dropping into the famous Todra Gorge and it’s less famous (and less touristic) cousin, the Imiter Gorge.

With 1040km/646 miles and two nights in bivouacs between us and our last showers we’ll be ready for tonight’s accommodation set in a peaceful walled garden in the village of Amellago.

Day 14: Amellago to Bivouac 5

Tarmac: 133mi / 214km   –   Piste: 69mi / 111km   –   Total: 202mi / 325km   –   Piste: 34%

A second chance to ride through the Imiter gorge as we return west a short distance to pick-up the sometimes rough piste to the Tizi Tagounista for a spectacular view of the Amane Plain. The piste curls back on itself through a tunnel as it drops off the plateau and crosses the plain. Two more piste stages will see us return to Bni Tajite where we’ll rejoin our southbound route and return to our first nights bivouac.

Day 15: Bivouac 5 to Nador & ferry to Spain

Tarmac: 161mi / 259km   –   Piste: 68mi / 110km   –   Total: 229mi / 369km   –   Piste: 30%

It may be the final day but as per day one there’s still 110km/68mi of piste to go and you’ll be surprised how different everything looks in reverse.

With the scheduled ferry departure not until 2200, there’s time for dinner and souvenir shopping in Nador. Tagine anyone?

Day 16: Saturday – Arrive Spain

 Scheduled arrival time is 0700 so plenty of time to get changed and catch a flight home.

What's Included

Return transport for your motorcycle from Andover (UK) to Almeria (Spain).

Return ferry from Almeria (Spain) to Nador (Morocco) for bike and rider.

Bed & Breakfast accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – unless a single room has been booked.

7 evening meals in Morocco

Tour leader riding a suitable motorcycle.

Support vehicle carrying medical kit, tools and some spares including tyres.

Professional Medic

Use of 45 litre spares box for your spares/consumables

Excludes

Any travel costs associated with getting to the start/finish of the tour.

Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Motorcycle Insurance including compulsory 3rd Party motorcycle insurance (Green Card or buy at the border)

Breakdown recovery insurance

Fuel, oil, tyres, and any other motorcycle consumables or spare parts

Road tolls and traffic fines

Meals – except where stated

Drinks

Tips

Personal spending money

Food at bivouacs (evening meal & breakfast)

Anything else not stated as included

Useful Info

 
Documents

Passport – valid for at least 6 months.

Driving License

Registration document (Logbook/V5)

Motorcycle Insurance

Green card – if available from your insurer, otherwise available to buy at the border.

D16 Temporary Import document. We’ll explain how to do this online once you have booked.

Health

It’s a good idea to check the validity of your current vaccinations prior to coming on tour. The following websites should be useful in determining what vaccinations you need.

https://www.masta-travel-health.com/

https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

 
Local currency

The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). ATM’s are widely available.

 
Language

The official language is Modern Standard Arabic but most government and official business is conducted in French so dust of your old school books. – “Deux bières s’il vous plait”.

 
Weather

Once we get down to the desert it’ll be comfortably warm but leaving Nador and crossing the Rekam Plateau can be quite chilly, downright cold if it rains. By the middle of day two we should see temperatures around 20°C and increasing to the mid-20’s as we head further south. Desert nights can be cold so a 0°C rated sleeping bag is recommended.

2019 Booking Form

Raid MedLantic - 2019 - Booking Form

Please enter as much information as you can now (* required). You will be able to complete the form at a later date.

After submitting this form you will be returned to the Raid MedLantic page to make a payment.

If booking more than 3 months prior to the departure date, you will need to pay a deposit. If you are booking less than 3 months prior to the departure date, you will need to pay the full amount.  

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2020 Booking Form

Raid MedLantic - 2020 - Booking Form

Please enter as much information as you can now (* required). You will be able to complete the form at a later date.

After submitting this form you will be returned to the Raid MedLantic page to make a payment.

If booking more than 3 months prior to the departure date, you will need to pay a deposit. If you are booking less than 3 months prior to the departure date, you will need to pay the full amount.  

If you need any assistance please call us - 07462 729774

     
Password must be at least 7 characters long.
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How to book

Bookings can be made through the website, via email and even over the phone!

Payment Methods

 – Website

  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Debit/Credit Card
  • Cheque*

 – Phone

  • Direct Bank Transfer
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 – Email

  • Direct Bank Transfer
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*Cheque payments – Please phone us before making a payment by cheque. We are regularly out of the country and so it can take a while to process and confirm your payment.

To make a booking online…

1. From the page of your chosen tour, select the Booking form relevant to the tour you’d like to book.

 
 
 

 

2. Fill in as many details as you can (fields marked * are mandatory) and then click SUBMIT at the foot of the form.

– Submitting the Booking Form opens your account that you can access via our homepage. See ‘My Account’ below.

*All guests are required to read and agree to our Booking Terms & Conditions and Acknowledgement of Risk

3. After submitting the Booking Form you will be returned to your chosen tours page TO MAKE THE BOOKING

4. Select the date of your chosen tour.

5. Select a single room supplement if required.

6. Select Deposit or Full Amount and click ‘Book’

– If you’re booking a tour more than 3-months prior to departure then we require a deposit of 20% with the balance payable 8-weeks prior to the departure of the tour.

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– If you’re booking a tour less than 3-months prior to departure then we require the full amount paying at the time of booking.

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7. You will now be on the Checkout page where you can complete your billing details, select your payment method and place your order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. That’s it…you’re done! Now get in the shed and get your bike fettled!

 

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When you submit a Booking Form an account will be created for you. You can access your account via our homepage

This is where you’ll be able to add and edit all of your required personal information etc

You can make your balance payment via your account.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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