Six BTT stages in Morocco, with a lot of desert and a bit of mountain. We are refering to the Titan Desert, that has celebrated 10 years recently.
Titan Desert was born on 2006 as a BTT-alternative to Paris-Dakar. The organizers wanted to create an event as tough as Paris-Dakar for BTT lovers, creating a race that more than a race is an opportunity for the participants to test their limits and overcome themselves.
Despite what it may seem, Titan Desert is open to anybody that wants to participate, and there’s no need to be a professional cylcer. However, it’s necessary to be in good physical fitness and be aware of the challenge that you are about to face: you will be cycling in the desert, with really high temperatures and in really hard conditions. At some points, you will even need to pick up your bike and start walking with it in your hand, as the sand makes impossible to continue pedalling.
The Titan Desert’s itinerary changes every year
Along it’s 6 stages, we can visit many places in Morocco such as the village of Merzouga in the desert, Rissani (a city in a pal grove) or a mountain stage in the Morrocan-Swiss Alps (Ifrane) that was part of the Titan Desert in the last edition of the race. The total distance of the race changes every year, but it stands around the 650 kilometres divided in 6 stages.
Thanks to the hard work of more that 100 people that are part of Titan Desert’s staff, plus all the doctors, physioterapists and mechanics that will accompany you in every stage, you will have the chance to rest and relax inside of the haimas that you will find set everyday after the race. The organization stress the importance of a good environment in the camp, and they put a lot of effort in creating a good atmosphere for the all the contestants that will live together for 6 days in the desert.
It may seem that, due to its size, the Titan Desert could damage the areas where it takes place during this 6 days, nothing further from the truth, and the organization has a team of people in charge of cleaning and recycling of the rubbish generated after every stage.
Titan Desert will test your capacity, effort and your limits, so being mentally preparerd is as important as being in a good shape.
On 2014, Antonio Lledó was the first person with diabetes in finishing the Titan Deser, showing that with diabetes is possible.
Security is one of the main concerns for the organizers of Titan Desert, an the participants will be provided with a geolocation device so that their position is always controled. Furthermore, the organization is aware of how important it is to increase the safety of the participants with a Safesport ID bracelets that will contain their personal data.
Titan Desert’s next edition will take place from the 30th of April to the 5th of May of 2017 and you can follow the last news about the race at their website as well as their Facebook and Twitter profiles. For more videos as the one displayed before, you can visit their Youtube profile.