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The Mummy - Merzouga


19 October  -   66  -   250
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14:02
Brutal!
"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!
12:20
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!
07:32
Final stage!
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!

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15:19
And the last two cross the finish line! Roc du Maroc, where you meet yourself in the desert and dozens new friendships are forged! 💪🏻👏🏻 @yvesliesenborghs @peterhellemans

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14:33
NEWS OF THE DAY: STAGE 6

It ain't over till the fat lady sings!

With a start at the Mummy in the direction of Merzouga, riders got a predominantly flat and 63 km
short ride to conclude the stage race. It could be a "Champs Elysées" ride with time for photos and
champagne, but the truth was that the race was open from the start.
The leaders in the GC and winners of four of the five stages wanted to shine and make a prestige
race in which they could once again show their supremacy of the past week. They had secretly
explored the first kilometres in the morning and from the first slightly upgoing part after 3 km, Jelle
Hanseeuw and Frederik Decaesteker made an attack and finished 10 minutes ahead of all the rest.
The last two kilometers ran through the tough and high sand dunes of Ergchebbi, which were
extremely loose and heavy due to the drought of the past weeks. Most of those dunes had to be

taken on foot by the many participants, but the salvation was near and everyone could enjoy a
refreshment on the terrace or in the swimming pool of the hotel right next to the finish.
Pascal De Kort and Johnny Goetschalckx scored their best result of the week with a second place
with which they once again confirmed their superiority in the grandmaster category.
The final winners in the Masters category Michael Ossieur and Stefaan Vaes finished the race
together with teammate Arne Van den Wijngaert more than 11 minutes behind the winners. Michiel
Van Aelbroeck and Bart Seynaeve finally finished in fourth place at 14 minutes to take second
overall.
This brings a beautiful week with two tough opening stages, a super nice ride through the Sahro
mountains and two flat but mentally tough stages through the sand plains and dunes towards the
arrival point in Merzouga to an end. In total 169 riders of the 175 participants who started on
Monday in Ouarzazate finished the stage race which was much more than the previous editions.


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13:49
"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!

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12:30
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!

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10:39
And we are off for the 6th and final stage of the Roc du Maroc! Our riders left from the top of the Mummy crater and now it's a final 63km to the dunes of Merzouga! 💪🏻

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