"Brutal! But the most amazing thing I've done in my life"
666kms in the legs through Morocco's vast mountains, valleys, craters, plains and dunes. As final riders continue to battle the last kilometers in the Merzouga dunes, an incredible sense of accomplishment prevails for those who managed to finish the RDM2019!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
We have a winner! At 11.20 local time, Jelle Hanseeuw and Frederick Decaesteker crossed the finish line in the dunes of Merzouga! Under a scorching sun the stage 6 and overall race winners of the Roc du Maroc 2019 left all competition behind! What a race!
A mere 65 kilometers stand between our paticipants and eternal fame and the Roc du Maroc 2019 trophy. But as always, the sting is in the tail. We are approaching the dunes, the temperature rises and the scenery becomes much more sandy than in previous days. The race takes us through a datepalm plantation and a white hot plain.
And then, at just 20 kilometers before the finnish line, they suddenly emerge out of nothing: the red dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. The last 3 kilometers before the finnish, it will be one last time dying for those who didnt deflate their tires at the beginning of this sea of sand. But then, after that last set of dunes, there he is: the Roc du Maroc finnishing arch. We can’t wait to see how many bikers will make it for this ultimate MTB goal this year!
Congratulations to all those who made it: you are men and women made out of steel! Respect!