Planes, trains and automobiles! In sha’Allah
The Mojo Trail Diaries were intended to show people how capable the modern trail bike has become – to encourage people to spread their wings and try something new, the bike and suspension won’t hold you back!… In the previous edits in the series we climbed hills, munros and mountains, hit jump spots, slippy and grippy singletrack and rocky scree fields. We’ve had Aaron Gwin, Fabien Barel, Steve Peat, Guy Martin and even web susperstar Danny Mackaskill! During the ‘England, Wales and Scotland’ edits we’ve subjected those boys to wind, rain, sleet, snow, fog and basically bikes and riders have always come up trumps. There is nothing we could throw at the modern trail bike that it could not do!
So where do we go now to show the riders who may be stuck in a rut a new way to get out of it?
Not Whistler! Let’s go to Africa? More specifically Morocco’s Atlas mountains!
Mark Weir, Fabien Barel and the Mojo van are already at the Trans Provence the week prior to our plan, ChrisP is riding around Spain on his touring motorcycle? So everyone’s already halfway there right?
Ferry strikes, unplanned Chunnel journeys, biblically wet weather in France and Spain, flights via Madrid, Nice and Casablanca, lost luggage and a final Mojo van dash from Malaga to Marrakech in a day via Algeciras/Tanger! What could go wrong?
The Mojo crew have taken Mark Weir and Fabien Barel to Morocco to explore the boundaries of the ‘Mojo Trail Diary’ philosophy. We have always been interested in pushing (sometimes literally!) the trail less travelled and taking the bikes back into the mountains, but for part 2 of the Morocco trip we really got into the backwaters of the Moroccan Atlas.
The lads learnt a lot about the ‘Rocc’ in Morocco (no comforting, deep loam berms here!) and about the best way to build a trail out here! It turns out that the mules have bedded in some of the most awesome trails in the mountains – they have put in awesome curves, switchbacks, steep pitches and off camber contouring sections seemingly without access to IMBA guidelines!
In the final part of Mojo Trail Diaries in Morocco, Fabien Barel, Mark Weir and crew take a break from freeride duties to tackle a proper mountain, the 3,600m Jbel Erdouz. Things don’t go to plan but they make it safely back down, through a super-steep boulder field littered with brush and thorns. Then it’s back to lower ground for some playtime before the gang return to Marrakesh, where Fabien has a run-in with some monkeys!
Source: Mark Weir