General News: Changing Seasons Doorstep Gravel Challenge
Gravel Union On
12 October 2021
Walking through the souk in Marrakech is a sensory experience like no other. First time visitors often walk around eyes wide open and mouths agape. There is an initial shock of entering the medieval atmosphere - smoke fills the air, stall holders try to entice you to viewing their wares and small boys riding clapped-out bikes weave between your legs.
Head south, out of the city, and the squat, flat-roofed villages found in the mountains don’t appear to have changed for centuries. One of the joys in exploring a country by gravel bike is that you can enter villages where the tourist buses don’t reach. You can thread your way along centuries-old urban singletrack, smell what the Berber women are preparing for dinner and really feel part of the landscape and culture that makes Morocco so special.
The Jebel Sahro region of Morocco is blessed with thousands of kms of off-road trails. Trails that link villages together, allow goods to be transported to market or children to walk to school, are highways in this part of Morocco, yet are the Holy Grail to gravel riders. The trails here vary from vehicle width French colonial-era pistes to smooth, fast, ribbons of singletrack to rockier donkey trails linking together the tiny mountain villages.
So, do you fancy heading out to Morocco in search of gravel riding adventure? Then you’re in the right place!
Courtesy of our friends at Thomson Bike Tours, we’ve got a pair of tickets on their Moroccan Gravel trip for Spring 2022 worth an incredible £6000/€7000/US$8000 to give away. To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, you need to enter our Changing Seasons Doorstep Challenge.
The way the challenge works is very simple:
- Fill in the details at the bottom of this page to enter the competition
- We’ll send you a link to download the Changing Seasons Doorstep Challenge brevet card
- Create your own route which takes in at least six of the nine commonly found gravel features shown on the brevet card
- Ride the route sometime between the 29th October and the 31st October and take a photograph of yourself at your chosen six locations
- Submit your ridden route, complete with images, via komoot
- If you would like to enter the photo competition – submit your images to Instagram with the hashtag #changingseasonschallenge
We will pick one lucky winner at random from all the correctly submitted entries. The winner will receive a pair of tickets for Thomson Bike Tour’s Moroccan Gravel trip. As well as the star prize, we’re going to offer a runner-up prize of a PRO Bike Travel Case and a selection of PRO Discover Team on-bike bags worth nearly £800/€1000/US$1200.
We’re also running a photo competition on Instagram and have 5 x komoot premium packages (valid for 12 months and worth £50/€60/US$70) and 10 x komoot World Packs (worth £25/€30/US$35) to give away to lucky winners. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to submit an image of your ride and tag it with the hashtags - #gravelunion and #changingseasonschallenge. Winners will be selected by our judging panel and we’re looking for images that ‘wow’ us, make us laugh or make us want to pack our bags and head out to Morocco on a gravel riding adventure. You can find all the T&Cs for the event here.
We’re going to feature the highlights of the event in a story on the Gravel Union website and will also be following the winner’s journey out to Morocco for the gravel riding adventure of a lifetime.
To register for the competition, please complete the form below.