To get to the Atlas Mountain Race from the U.K., I could have flown. But where's the fun in that? Instead, I travelled overland by train and also took two ferries. From the U.K., I took the Brittany Ferries mini-cruise to Spain, and then covered the rest of the distance to Morocco overland by train and one last ferry.
Train travel is easy with a folding bike, but not so easy with a full-sized one like the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 mountain bike I had with me. Most of the trip I sat with it, squashed into the galley ends so I would never be more than a few inches away from my pride and joy. I mollycoddled it all the way to the Spanish port of Algeciras, where I then caught the final ferry across the sea to Morocco.
From there, feeling the strong African sun on my skin, I took the last two trains of the trip from Tangier to Marrakesh. I arrived with enough time to have a few days of rest before the race began.