HUMM Morocco 2015

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness - Morocco - 13-16 May, 2015

Horizons Unlimited Morocco Madness!

The HUMM is a unique three-day, off-road motorcycle orienteering/geo-caching event near Ifrane in the mid-Atlas mountains of Morocco. Test your map reading and navigation skills, find hidden secrets and enjoy the fabulous riding. The trails and roads are amazing, the scenery is breath-taking, and the people are wonderful - so come on down with your friends!

And for those of you who would like to bring along your non-riding spouse / significant other, Ifrane offers lots of activities nearby, from spa/massage to souq shopping and a large national park to explore!

If a picture is worth 1000 words, how much is a video worth?! Check out the HUMM 2015 event trailer, then read on!

Thanks to David Hodgson, Ashley Moule and Patrick Trahan for video clips!

What is it?

This is the 6th Annual Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) event. For 2015, we have moved from the Spanish Pyrenees to the Mid-Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It's now a full 3-days of riding, and the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-)

"The best day's riding ever!"
"Ranks among the top ten 'best fun' biking experiences!"

This event is presented in partnership with Patrick Trahan and Hana Ptackova of MotoAdventours, who laid out the checkpoints. The HUMM event map is in the mountains, and NO SAND is involved!

Patrick Trahan and Hana Ptackova laid out the HUMM Morocco course. Patrick Trahan and Hana Ptackova laid out the HUMM Morocco course.

There are TWO off-road classes for dual-sports or trail bikes (must be street legal):

1 - Dual-sport off-road, all bikes over 645cc with off-road pretensions

2 - Dual-sport off-road, all bikes under 645cc with off-road pretensions

Bikes need not be dedicated off-road specials but need to have a vague predilection for the dirt. So GS Adventure yes, Electric Glide in Blue, no. Knobbly tyres a plus but by no means essential.

An unusual vehicle choice!

An unusual vehicle choice!

Patrick Trahan finding a checkpoint at HUMM Morocco.

The trails have been heavily reconnoitered and tags have been affixed in stunning locations. Teams must record specific information from the tag.

Patrick Trahan points out a checkpoint on the HUMM Morocco 2015.

Each team gets the same map and a checkpoint booklet on Day 1. Each checkpoint gets its own page with a clear description of its location and a map reference. Crucially, the booklet is not a roadbook. No two teams ever take the same routes, there is no course as such. So you're never following a string of riders down the same dusty course!

Rider on HUMM course in Morocco.

After a full 3 days of riding, some folks dash back home whilst others spend a few more days visiting the checkpoints they didn’t get to during the event. In this way the HUMM is both a fun competition and a ready-to-go trail riding package.

Lots of great scenery in the mid-Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Event Schedule

13 May 2015

  • Arrive on site at the Perce Neige Hotel
  • Check in with event HQ. Room assignment. Check-in will be open from 12:00 to 17:00
  • Welcome drink before briefing
  • 18:00 - Event briefing and questions answered
  • 19:30 - Dinner


14 - 16 May 2015

  • Maps and Booklets with all the check points will be handed out to you at 08:00 on 14 May! You can ride from 08:00-18:00 on Day One if you want, or use some time planning your route and preparing your bike. There is loads of room to do your planning.
  • Start / Finish Riding Time: 08:00-18:00 every day.
  • The score sheets are collected after each day's ride, and the team scores are posted.
  • On 16 May at 18:00 the score sheets are collected for the final time, points totalled and the winners announced and trophies handed out at the HUMM Awards Dinner. A very congenial evening follows!

17 May 2015 - Transfer to airport or rest day before tour!
18 May 2015 - Start Off-road Tour with MotoAdventours!

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Optional Bike Rentals

Bikes will be available to rent from MotoAdventours.

KTM EXC 450 (2010-2012) or BMW F800 (2013-2014)

Price €475 Euro for 3 days (of event)

€160 Euro per extra day

Conditions:

Deposit €1500 Euro

Scratches don't matter but significant damage does.

Bike has to be checked with mechanic and parked at Parc Ferme every night, even on extra days.

Tires will be almost new.

Limited number of bikes available, so book early!

Bike Rental Reservation must be completed by October 2014.

To book with MotoAdventours.com, start here.

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Optional Tour after HUMM Morocco

May 18 -23nd, 2015

Description: Going south to discover the Sahara. Riding moderate off road piste and road. 70% will be on road and 30% off road. Possibility of activities in Dunes of Merzouga. Discover High Atlas and middle Atlas. Departure and return in Ifrane.

Morocco.

Day 1: Ifrane to Errachidia (approx 276km)

We will start from Ifrane and ride some of the HUMM piste but get on the road and descend toward the High Atlas. We will eat in Midelt where we will cross the High Atlas to go toward the Sahara. We will visit the Cirque de Jafar - not a circus but a mysterious rock formation. Finally we will descend to Errachidia, the last airport city before Algeria and the border of the Sahara.

Day 2: Errachidia to Merzouga (approx. 130km)

From Errachidia we will descend toward the Big Erg Chebbi, the highest dunes in Morocco. The sight of the big dunes is something you will never forget. The goal is to arrive for lunch so we can make an optional excursion around the dunes in the afternoon. To get to Merzouga, we will go on some Dakar piste - very dusty but very desert like. The afternoon will be optional, either a Camel trek in the dunes, a quad or buggy ride in the dunes (additional cost) or a ride on our bikes around the erg!

Day 3: Merzouga to Dades (approx. 265km)

After this day of desert, we will leave the desert behind and ride some piste in the morning where you will see some weird structures in the middle of nowhere, only accessible by off road bike or 4x4. We will then ride to Todra Gorge for lunch. These gorge are very unique in Morocco and astonishing. We will then ride toward the High Atlas and stay in Boulmane Dades.

Morocco.

Day 4: Dades to Ben al Gouidane (approx. 331km)

Today is crossing the High Atlas, leaving the desert behind. We will have a coffee on top of the famous road of the Dades Gorges - the second biggest gorge in Morocco. We will continue North on a beautiful piste in the high Atlas that will bring us to one of the highest passes in Morocco, the Imilchil pass. We will arrive at one of the most beautiful hotels in Morocco. It has an astonishing view of the lake and you will love the spacious suites. Also a SPA is available.

Day 5 Ben al Gouidane to Ifrane (approx. 300 km)

For the last day, we will head back to the middle Atlas - from the piste of the high Atlas back to the forest of the middle Atlas. We will stop at a few famous water sources. We will have a late lunch in Ifrane so we will be early. We will finish our tour with a group dinner.

Morocco.

Prices:

€1875 Euro GS800
€2025 Euro GS1200.

All Motoadventours bike are equipped with Touratech protection, Heideneau or Metzeler tires.

Included: bike rental, all accommodation, all meals, support vehicle, guide, water.

Not included: fuel, personal purchases, alcohol etc.

To book with MotoAdventours.com, start here.

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Ship your bike down

In progress! There will be a shipment from Europe - details to come!

Facilities for a Fantastic Event

Ifrane

HUMM Morocco 2015 is in Ifrane, at 1,700 meters in the Mid Atlas Mountains. Ifrane is one of the most beautiful places in Morocco, and was recently voted the second cleanest city in the world!

Things to do in Ifrane (for non-riders)

The Michlifen SPA. One of the best SPAs of Morocco. Everything is possible from normal Massage to Hamman and pools.

Michlifen Ifrane Spa.

Centre-ville. The newer part of the city. Here, you can find the center for tourism, the iconic Lion statue that many tourists like to take pictures next to, the lake and park, and a number of restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores.

Lion of Ifrane, from Wikipedia.

Marché. The marché or souq, open every day, is where the locals buy their supplies. Anything from books and electronics to meat and fruit can be bought here. There are also many restaurants of varying quality and price. Also traditional carpet and other souvenir can be negotiated here.

Source Vitel. A series of waterfalls, some of which are found inside the forests of Ifrane, others which you should take a taxi to.

Ifrane National Park. Covers 53,000 hectares and includes among its many natural wonders the famous cedarforest, the largest in the world.

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Accommodation

We have booked 2 hotels in Ifrane.

Perce Neige

Lonely Planet: "A pretty accommodation option situated about 200m southeast of the centre in garden surroundings. The rooms could be a bit bigger, but they're very comfortable and come with satellite TV and bathrooms.

Perce Neige Hotel front.

Perce Neige Hotel bedroom.

Some have a balcony, and those at the front can be a bit noisy. The licensed restaurant is a good dining option (set menus Dh150). The shop in the lobby sells paintings by local artists. Our independent authors have visited Hôtel Perce-Neige and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Ifrane." Read more.

Perce Neige hotel lobby.

Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel Ifrane is one of the oldest hotels in town, but is under renovation and should be nicely spruced up by the HUMM date!

Grand Hotel Ifrane.

Grand Hotel Ifrane.

 

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Rules of the HUMM:

  1. You must ride in a team of 2, to a maximum of 5 people, (minimum two bikes) so be sure to put together your team before registering as we need the names of all team members. If you cannot find someone to team with, go ahead and register for the event, note that you do not have a team partner, and we will match you with someone with a similar bike and riding skill level as best we can. Several past winners were matched up by us!
  2. Prizes will be awarded in two classes:
    • Under 645cc off-road
    • Over 645cc off-road

    Mixed off-road teams have the good and bad of each class to deal with, so can choose which class to be in.

  3. Two-up teams are ok, but there must be another bike in your team. We don't want solo bikes out alone. If we have enough two-up registrations we will have a two-up class. Sidecars, quads - two vehicles in a team!
  4. Team mates must ride together at all times! If you separate for any reason other than one bike is broken down and stopped or one rider is injured, and the other rider is going for help, you will be disqualified.
  5. No GPS allowed! You CAN carry a GPS or Smart phone for emergency use, but it will be SEALED in a black plastic bag, and if the bag is opened, you are disqualified. "Dumb" phones with no GPS capability will not be sealed, so you may wish to carry one for non-emergency use.
  6. Start / Finish Time: 08:00-18:00 every day. You must check out and check in. Late returns lose points - really late returns lose lots of points! All team members must return together.
  7. Each checkpoint has a points value in direct proportion to how far it is from the hotel, with a few points values tweaked for difficulty. The HUMM is all about spending three days navigating your way around the mountains visiting plaques and seeing as much great scenery as possible.
  8. Obtaining checkpoint info from another team is grounds for disqualification. In the event of a dispute or challenge, a digital photo of all team members at a checkpoint will be required to verify the team has been to the checkpoint.

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I've already registered - I just want to pay!

The HUMM Event Fee includes:

  • Three full days of superb riding in the mid-Atlas Mountains of Morocco!
  • Map (one for each team)
  • HUMM Event Book example page.

  • Event book (one for each team) - example pages:
  • HUMM Event Book example page.

  • Trophies for all members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each class where there are sufficient entries.
  • HUMM 2009 trophy.

    HUMM trophy

  • Certificate of completion for all finishers suitable for framing and mucho bragging rights!
  • HUMM Certificate of Completion - Example.

  • HUMM Support Package, to retrieve you and your bike in case of breakdown or accident out on a trail or on the road. This service is provided by MotoAdventours, using trained mechanics and medical technicians who can provide first aid and medical evacuation to the nearest suitable facility.
  • Bike recovery the hard way!

    Bike recovery the hard way!

  • The Support Package is INCLUDED in your entry fee, and includes:
    • SPOT tracking monitored by the support team
    • Recovery to the hotel, workshop facilities and tools at the hotel (consumables must be paid for, if used)
    • Medical Assistance - using MotoAdventours 4x4 vehicle and medical equipment, injured riders will be stabilised and recovered to the nearest suitable facility for medical care where feasible. Their bike will be recovered to the hotel should they be unable to ride.
    • Note: Bike retrieval cost can be very high, so we think that this is a very valuable service.
  • HUMM Commemorative synthetic riding t-shirt, €25 value and only available to participants.
  • Buffet style awards dinner on last night.
  • Welcome and end of day beer/soft drink.

HUMM 2015 PRICING

Includes Map and Event Book for each team; Certificate of Completion, Commemorative T-shirt and Support Package as above for each Rider and Pillion; Awards Dinner included for all attendees including Non-Riders. Accommodation and all other meals priced separately. Early bird pricing for registration fee only.

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Rider

Pillion

Non-Rider

15 Oct - 31 December 2014

€295

(save €80)

235

(save 65)

75

(save 20)

1 January - 31 March 2015

€375

€300

€95

1 April 2015 to close of registration

€450

€365

€115

NOTE: There is no 'On the Day' pricing - you must pre-register to enter! Space is strictly limited.



ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Accommodation is 'Half Board', that is Breakfast and Dinner are provided. Accommodation pricing (per person, double occupancy) is as follows.

Event accommodation package - 4 nights Half Board

 

€280

Single supplement - 4 nights

 

€80

Each additional night

 

€70

Single supplement - each additional night

 

€20

Important: Registration closes when we are FULL!

And yes, we will REMOVE the registration form and post a note when we're full and registration is closed.

HUMM Refund Policy


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Comments about the HUMM:

"Thanks for organising the HUMM. I had such a good time and made friendships which are set to last a long time."

"You are to be congratulated on creating and running such a brilliant and unique event. Surely ranks amongst the top ten 'best fun' biking experiences I've had the pleasure to be involved in."

"Beautiful scenery, good mix of easy/challenging terrain, aircon garage for bikes/spannering, great mix of people, well organised."

"We had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves, so from us a massive thank you, and we are looking forward to next year."

"We'll be back! I can't believe all the trails and how good they are - it's just amazing! WELL worth the trip down!"

Morocco 2015 Venue Location

Hotel Perce Neige
Hay Riad, Boulevard Mohamed VI
BP: 47 CP: 5300, Ifrane, Morocco

33°31'36 N 5°06'23 W


 

Ifrane is 66.8 km from Fes (nearest international airport), 423 km from Marrakech, in the Mid-Atlas Mountains.

Ifrane in the Mid-Atlas Mountains.

Getting there:

You can ride, or drive down in a van/whatever carrying your bikes, or fly to Fes and rent a car. Ferries run from UK to Santander and Bilbao, and from Barcelona to Morocco.

Information about the area

Ifrane (Wikipedia)

"Developed by the French during the protectorate era for their administration due to its Alpine climate, this Moroccan town has a remarkable European style, as if it were an Alpine village. Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer.

Animals to be found in the vicinity include the threatened Barbary Macaque. Among the local tree species are the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane.

Barbary Macaque.

The first permanent settlement of the area dates to the 16th century, when the Sharif of Sîdî 'Abd al-Salâm established his community in the Tizguit Valley, seven km downstream from the present town. By the mid-17th century the zâwiyah was well enough established to receive an extensive iqtâ' (land grant) from the 'Alâwî sultan Mûlây Rashîd b. Muhammad. While the founder's lineage was ethnically Arab, the inhabitants of the village today mostly speak Tamazight.

Ifrane is a colonial "hill station," and a "garden city." It is also an "imperial city," a mountain resort, a provincial administrative center, and a college town.

The resort function of the new town was consolidated with the building of a number of hotels. Ifrane's first flagship hotel was the Balima, which was demolished in the 1980s. The other main hotel was the Grand Hôtel, which has recently been refurbished.

A Royal Palace was also built for Sultan Muhammad b.Yûsuf. Ifrane is thus an "imperial" city in that it houses a palace and benefits from royal patronage."

Supported By

 Hana Ptackova and Patrick Trahan of MotoAdventours.

Patrick Trahan (Dakar racer) laid out the HUMM Morocco course, assisted by Hana Ptackova. Hana and Pat operate MotoAdventours, a well respected tour company running tours into Morocco and elsewhere. MotoAdventours are an official partner of BMW Motorrad.

MotoAdventours is also providing event support, and offering an optional tour to the desert after the event.

MotoAdventours.

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download a poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your bike club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in English in PDF format (600kb):

HUMM 2015 Poster - English.

Poster auf Deutsch im PDF-Format. Poster auf Deutsch im PDF-Format (600kb):

Poster auf Deutsch im PDF-Format.

Poster in French in PDF Format. Affiche en français au format PDF (600kb):

Affiche en français au format PDF.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."

Thanks! Danke! Merci!

HUMM Refund Policy

If you're unable to attend the HUMM, please let us know so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Please note: Facebook posts and HUBB private messages are very apt to get missed so don't rely on them! Please reply to your confirmation e-mail from us, so it gets to the right person!

Before 31 March 2015, we will refund all fees in full less a €25 fee for handling and PayPal charges.

AFTER 31 March 2015, there will be NO refunds unless we cancel. Substitutions will be allowed, but the substitute must register online, and comment that they are substituting for you, and you need to confirm it.

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