THE EXCURSION OF IKKISS IS AN UNFORGETTABLE RIDE IN THE HIGH ATLAS, A CONCENTRATE OF EMOTIONS, EFFORT AND PURE BEAUTY.
A short trail but maximum thrills! 26 km of varied trails, paths between technical and faster tracks, high altitude desert and green valleys.
The Excursion of Ikkiss is primarily a starting madness in the ark, gathered jumble European trailers and local competitors eager to do battle with a land they know on the fingertips. Invariably, Moroccans go at full speed on the Oukaïmeden the plate towards the Tizi Addi, first pass the test flirting with 3000 m altitude. Yet it is better to be careful because this proves challenging first ascent, altitude playing full-on physical effort.
This first difficulty swallowing, a fun downhill 5 km to the village of Tacheddirt. Under the eyes and applause of the people, you leave the village to follow a rather rolling single bypassing the Adrar do Oukaïmeden. You encounter throughout this journey, hamlets where children smile at you, women are much more heavy bundles of wood that your Camelbag and walnut trees offer a saving shade.
The hilly trail takes you up Amssakrou, only fueling station of the course, but before the final ascent to the formidable Tizi Oukaïmeden.
The trail crosses a straightened suddenly and crushed red earth from the sun. Soon the bright green silhouettes of thuriferous junipers emerge above you. The climb is steep, leg pull, but the look does not tire to embrace the landscape of sumptuousness which completes breathtaking.
After 8 km climb, you finally pass by Moroccan flags red and green, prepared in Tizi Oukaïmeden. Then you see the village of TAU. A final ultra enjoyable descent allows you to reach the finish. Tip: savor every second and every stride!
*If you choose to take the sticks, it’s for the whole duration of the race.
Full equipment will be checked on the course and / or arriving for the first 3 in each event and randomly for other riders. Failure will result in a penalty.
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