maggio 21, 2019 - Skoda

Nomads on bikes conquer the Sahara

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As April gave way to May, over 670 riders from 21 countries stood in the Moroccan desert. Those who reached the finish line of the last leg had covered more than 600 kilometres of punishing sand-and-stone terrain. And trust us – for those who reached the finish, that was an enormous feat. Over the course of the six-day race, 136 cyclists dropped out.

“The most powerful experience was easily having to find my way around the dunes in stage two. I really got bogged down there, and it took every last drop of strength to fight through the sand,” says Filip Adel, cycling in the colours of ŠKODA WeLoveCycling/Superior Velsbike, as he describes his take on the harshest part of the whole race.

“This race has no comparison. It’s totally different. The stages are a test of navigational skills. Very little of the track is marked and you just have to pass the mandatory checkpoints. Otherwise everyone is free to make up their own route. That’s what stands it apart. The Spanish were best prepared for the race. They really had done their groundwork and they have plenty of experience under their belts,” says Marek Rauchfuss, competing for the ŠKODA WeLoveCycling/Kross Bikeranch team, as he assesses the extreme race.