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Titan Desert 2018 | A 385-mile ride through the Moroccan desert

Titan Desert 2018 | A 385-mile ride through the Moroccan desert
A competitor reacts after crossing a sand dune during Stage 4 of the 13th edition of the Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race between Boumalne Dades and Merzouga in Morocco. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP/Getty Images)

The Titan Desert 2018 is a 385-mile mountain bike race that navigates between the Atlas Mountains and the Merzouga Dunes in the Sahara Desert. The race takes place over six days with 612 cyclists representing 22 nationalities.

A competitor rides his bike during the Stage 1 of the Titan Desert 2018 near Boumalne Dades in Morocco. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Competitors ride their bikes during the Stage 3 of the Titan Desert 2018 between Alnif and Rissani in Morocco. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Competitors ride their bikes during the Stage 3 of Titan Desert 2018 between Alnif and Rissani in Morocco. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Competitors push their bikes up a sand dune during Stage 4 of the Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Clockwise from top left: A competitor rides his bike during the Stage 1 of the Titan Desert 2018 near Boumalne Dades in Morocco. Competitors ride their bikes during the Stage 3 of the Titan Desert 2018 between Alnif and Rissani in Morocco. Competitors push their bikes up a sand dune during Stage 4 of the Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race. Competitors ride their bikes during the Stage 3 of Titan Desert 2018 between Alnif and Rissani in Morocco. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)

6 stages totaling 619km through the Moroccan desert

18,000 feet of elevation gain

A competitor rides his bike during the Stage 3 of the Titan Desert 2018 between Alnif and Rissani in Morocco. (Franke Fife / AFP / Getty Images)

612 cyclists representing 22 nationalities

More than 70 women participating

Spectators watch as competitors ride their bikes during Stage 4 of the Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
A competitor pushes his bike along a sand dune during Stage 4. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Competitors check their bikes at the bivouac after the end of the Stage 3. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Top, Spectators watch as competitors ride their bikes during Stage 4 of the Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race. Left, a competitor pushes his bike along a sand dune during Stage 4. Right, competitors check their bikes at the bivouac after the end of the Stage 3. (Frank Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
Competitors push their bikes along a sand dune during Stage 4 of the Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race between Boumalne Dades and Merzouga in Morocco. (Franke Fife / AFP / Getty Images)
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