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116 Reviews

  • Reviewed November 2011
    Anonymous

    ATLAS DESCENT

    A really interesting trip which has something for every type of cyclist, from rough trails to fast smooth tarmac.  The scenery is stunning and so varied.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz is a great leader.  I had 100% faith in her at all times.  She is very practical beng able to easily fix any problem with the bikes.  She was always checking the bikes, pre-empting any problems.  A great bonus is that she knows the trails inside out.  The leader could make or break a trip, and Liz certainly made the trip the great success it was.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry about anything as Exodus has done the trip so many times that everything is taken care of.  You need to be reasonably fit and not too timid for some of the trails.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A really good holiday.  I will certainly book another cycle trip with Exodus again.
  • Reviewed September 2011
    Anonymous

    MANALI TO LEH RIDE

    Our trip was reversed due to a land slip near Manali to give chance for the road to be repaired so we flew into Leh and cycled to Manali.  This is a classic trip along one of the worlds most awesome roads.  Not for the faint hearted - cycling days were long and the temperature varies from boiling hot to freezing and can change rapidly, and of course the altitude makes it feel that much harder, but a must do for anyone who loves cycling and is confident about their fitness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the worlds highest pass at 5600m and second highest pass at 5300m! Quite an achievement on a push bike! Also the 30 miles of downhill into Manali!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good, very professional with good organisational skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You do get cumulatively tired as the trip progresses - if your trip is reversed like ours was (I think Exodus were thinking of permanently reversing it which I think is a good idea as it means less overall climbing) don't burn yourself out on the first couple of days which involve the longest climbs at the highest altitude.Camps are generally by streams so there is the opportunity to wash when you get to camp.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This has to be one of the most awesome cycling trips I have done for the sheer scale, and the fabulous journey along one of the worlds highest motorable roads. It was especially good as whilst cycling you go from A to B with no mandatory road transfers so you get to cycle the whole way from Leh to Manali if you want to.  It was VERY well organised and catered for people going at different speeds with enough guides to cope with this so there was no pressure to hang back if you want to go fast or pressure to speed up if you want to go slower and stop to take photos etc.  You don't have to be a fitness fanatic, as long as you are confident about the long days on a bike, and have some basic off road skills as the roads are quite bad in places.  It is tough though - wake up tea whilst camping is at 6am, cycling at 7.30am, and then a long day, so don't expect lie ins or leisurely starts, and do expect to feel quite tired after this holiday.  It is fully supported however and there is an option to go on the bus at any stage.
  • Reviewed May 2011
    Anonymous

    ATLAS DESCENT

    Great trip, challenging rides and a fantastic way to see Moroocco!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the buzz of getting to the beach on the last day with everybody completing a very enjoyable trip without any major mishap and feeling that we had accomplished some great riding over some really challenging terrain. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A+. Gold Star.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get a reasonable level of fitness and offroad ability before you go. Just riding footpaths or fireroads back home may not be enough. You will enjoy the rides that bit more if you have some confidence in the corners and on very rocky surfaces. Get a rush by letting yourself go, but in as controlled way as possible, as nasty spills are possible. Learn how to fix your own punctures if you dont know already!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Research your flight options, but otherwise I think the trip offers great value for money and riding that cant be found in the UK. Cycling is a great way of seeing a country and avoiding the usual tourist traps, this trip certainly demonstrates that. 
  • Reviewed April 2011
    Anonymous

    ATLAS DESCENT

    A very well organised and run holiday which made the most out of everyday and at times tested even the most experienced riders.  It is also a unique way of seeing Morocco as you get to ride through some very isolated but spectacular areas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    there were many but the view from the gardens of the hotel overlooking the atlantic ocean was something I wont forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was the perfect guide for the job, friendly and very proactive. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice for anyone thinking of doing this trip is to train for it by doing some long distances rides.   You'll enjoy it more and there are some pretty challenging and demanding ascents.  Of course there is always the option of hitching a lift in the support vehicle but thats cheating! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do it! worth every penny.
  • Reviewed February 2011
    Anonymous

    ATLAS DESCENT

    One of the best short trips i have been on.Very well organised and run right from the start.Support crew took care of everything for you and nothing was a problem for them.Bikes were great and needed to be.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The people of morrocco very friendly and welcoming.Scenery in ther anti atlas mountains was stunning.Best of all was the amazing down hill runs and the routes taken across the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    What can i say about the trip leader except fantastic.Always had a smile on her face except at the top of the climbs when nobody was smiling,until the pain in your legs subsided.Despite having a total of over forty punctures for the week,there was never a grumble and liz just got on with job in hand.Every morning the bikes were checked over thoroughly,very reassuring considering the terrain we cycled over.Anyone who gets liz as a group leader will have a super holiday.Nuff said

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm,windproof layers for the early morning mountain top starts.We had three very cold starts and it takes maybe half an hour to get bikes set up for the day so you can be standing around for a while.
  • Reviewed February 2011
    Anonymous

    ATLAS DESCENT

    An excellent holiday.  A great mix of technical tracks, stunning views and chances to meet local people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Many memorable moments, including the evening stroll along the High Street at Tiznit, the High Atlas Views and some challenging rocky descents.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was very professional, hard working, friendly and helpful.  Everything we could have wanted in a group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I wish I had thought of taking a helmet cam!  Take some Euros.  The wind and evenings can be cool (In Feb) so take plenty of layers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have preferred shorter lunch and breaks allowing an earlier finish and a chance to look round.  However I know that would not have suited everyone.