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Ride Before You Die: 3 Cycling Trips Worth Traveling For

first_img The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Photo by zychIt could be said that hardcore adventure travelers suffer from a type of sickness — a psychosis, even. Adrenaline junkies seek to scare the hell out themselves on a regular basis. Mountain climbers need to scale ever-higher, ever-more-dangerous rock faces. Hardcore cyclists are always looking for the hardest, most punishing trails to ride. On that note, here are three of the world’s most bucket-list-worthy cycling trips to complete before you die.For Nature-Lovers: Trotternish Ridge on Scotland’s Isle of SkyePhoto by Zoltan GaborYou don’t really need another reason to visit Scotland, but, if you’re a cyclist, here’s one more. Beginning and ending at the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye, a 50-mile loop traverses some of the country’s most breathtaking landscape. The deceptively simple trek takes riders around the towering ridgeline that cuts the center of the Trotternish peninsula, passing two iconic landmarks: the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr (pictured above). In just a few hours, the scenery evolves from dark volcanic rock to idyllic pastures to the edge of the Atlantic. It isn’t Europe’s most difficult cycling trip, but it’s certainly one of the prettiest. There’s a reason Ridley Scott chose to film his otherworldly Prometheus here.For Endurance Riders: India’s Leh-Manali HighwayThe Ladakh region of northern India is one of the most vast, most rugged, most remote regions in the country. Set among the cloud-swept peaks of the Himalayas, the views (and the ride itself) are literally breathtaking. The Leh-Manali Highway crosses the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, a highly active geological area wrought with frequent tremors and, increasingly, earthquakes. For most of its near-300-mile stretch, the road is treacherous, bordering on impassable. It’s often ranked among the world’s deadliest roads. Chaotic weather, spotty or no pavement, brutal cold, sky-high altitude, and minimal civilization make for a difficult trip even in a car or truck. However, all of this attracts cyclists from around the world.For Masochists: Triple-Pass in the Italian Alps and the DolomitesPhoto by welcomiaSpanning the Dolomites and the Italian Alps are three of Europe’s most brutal and beautiful mountain passes. An impossibly long series of switchbacks climb the Mortirolo, the Gavia, and Stelvio (pictured above) passes near the border of Switzerland and Italy. It’s the sort of place that seems purpose-built for car commercials. Indeed, we ranked the Stelvio pass among our world’s best drives worth flying for. For anyone seeking a serious two-wheel challenge, there’s perhaps no better place anywhere on the continent. The Giro d’Italia (Italy’s Tour de France) first popularized the triple-pass route as a worthy cyclist destination in the mid-1900s. Adventurous bikers can start in the tiny Alpine village of Bormio in northern Italy. From there, all three passes are directly accessible. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Marrakech Cafe Shooting Ten Senior Officers of the Gendarmerie Arrested

Rabat – Seven months after a shooting in La Crème Cafe in Marrakech where two masked suspects killed a 26-year old man and injured two other individuals, the police have arrested 10 senior officers of the royal gendarmerie in several cities for their involvement in the activities of the international criminal network linked to the shooting. According to Al Massae, the investigating judge in charge of financial crimes in the Court of Appeals in Marrakech presided over  the 10 officials who report to the Royal Gendarmerie in Larache, Tangiers, Tangier Med, Tetouan, Agadir, Settat, and Marrakech. Placed in pre-trial detention, the ten face prosecution for corruption, disclosure of trade secrets and participation in international drug trafficking. The masked gunmen were targeting the cafe owner in the evening shooting, but they killed a medical student who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cafe owner allegedly received death threats before the incident.The shooting was an act of “settling scores” in connection with an international drug trafficking network. The statement added that the network is also involved in similar crimes in some European countries.The arrestat of the officials culminates a lengthy investigation. In the course of the investigation, police listened to more than 600 telephone conversations of 100 people alleged to have links to the shooting.According to the same source, the officials were actually reported by the drug trafficking network, whiche operates in Morocco from abroad.On the day after the November 2 shooting, Moroccan authorities made six arrests in connection with the shooting, in which one was killed and two were injured.The arrests took place in Casablanca. read more