- 200 riders
- 34 degrees heat
- 1 very large climb – 140k / 2624m
- 3 ‘fat dads’ who cycled down from England (!) – Of whom, Douglas jnr was the winner on the day
- 1 Brompton
- 6.8 miles – Strava underestimating the distance I covered hmmm
- 12,932 Nike Fuel Points of cycling
So the new blood this year were mainly younger and whippet thin. Particularly from a distance – which was the main view I had of them as they disappeared over the horizon.
Of the rest, shall we say determined amateurs, we struggled up via litres of water, liberal application of sun cream and ever increasing amount of cramp. The heat turned it in to a massive feat of endurance, broken briefly by the break-neck descent and then the 30k run in to Marrakech on melting tarmac into a hot, dry headwind.
Very, very hard – harder than in the cold, but all worthwhile once an ice-cold beer at the finish started to numb the pain.
Extremely well organised in the charming, understated way that made in so enjoyable last year and bought Chris and I back for more.
Great to meet Linda of Riad Linda, our host during our brief stay and the one reader of this blog! – a pleasure to share a drink at the finish.
Respect to Mike, Chris, Gareth and all the rest of the Education for All team for making it all happen.
Thanks to Argan Xtreme Sports for the Pepsi and Marlboro red in my hour of need!
And, finally, a massive thank you for all the support – we have raised enough money to support three girls for a year at the EFA houses.
Right, I need some sleep