Moving mountains & pushing limits:
The Atlas Mountain Race

The Atlas Mountain Race is an unsupported ultra-endurance cycling race that starts in Marrakesh, crosses the Moroccan Atlas Mountains before taking riders on to Essaouira.

Over 250 people took part in this year's edition of the race, and through 1300 kilometers with 21,140m of climbing, HUNT’s Cynthia Carson came out 1st for the Women and 15th overall, while fellow Beyond rider Justinas Leveika finally conquered his Atlas Mountain Race demons by taking the overall win on his third attempt. Catching up with Cynthia post-race, she shared some insights to have the multi-day race went for her.

Mountain range, horse riders, sunset, Manu's bike

The start was chaotic and last-minute feeling, but we headed up into the mountains. The first night was about pacing and keeping my own race going and not getting too excited about being with others.

I was in the top 10. I felt terrible on day one but kept pushing. It took me about 300K to warm up and then day two through five. After that point, I gained significant amount of time and distance on Nathalie [the second-place woman] and refocused my goals for a top 10 overall and to finish with 24 hours of the men’s winner.

I spent the rest of the race feeling pretty good taking advantage of the sites I stopped, and had tea with a shopkeeper on the last morning, and I fed a donkey from an apple, all in all, the race was a wonderful experience. The views were beautiful, and the people were amazing. Never had I had such nice hospitality than the people from Morocco. Winning the race was a cherry on top of a beautiful race. 

Cynthia at a checkpoint during AMR

For Justinas there was only one result that he would have been happy with after scratching from the lead in the 2022 edition and finishing second in 2023. He pushed the pace hard early on in the lead group. At the half way mark it was a two man race between Justinas and Namibian rider and ex Olympian Drikus Coetzee. At the final check point the two riders were within minutes of each other, however Justinas finally managed to eek out a winning margin in the final 100miles of the event.

"I’m so happy to have finally won the Atlas race. This was probably my last time racing the Atlas race so I really wanted to make it count and deliver the win I know I’m capable of"

Other HUNT Beyond riders in the event were Angus Young and his partner Megan Caesbow who finished as the second pair and HUNT Beyond Brand Manager Josh Ibbett who came home in 8th position. Marin De Saint Expurery was unfortunately forced to with draw with food poisoning picked up in the days leading up to the race.

All HUNT Beyond riders were testing soon-to-be-launched HUNT Proven Beyond Dynamo wheelsets.

View of a lake
February 21, 2024 — Jacob Rubio
Tags: Beyond