Hired a very nice well maintained Giant Defy Advanced, unfortunately the shop was closed on agreed pick up, but they arranged for someone to come back and open, told that they would be open the next day until 6pm but again closed, after calling Farouk, he came back and also dropped me of at my hotel which was excellent as the hotel was a good 20 minute drive.
Nothing too much trouble and Farouk promised a very good deal for the inconvenience next time I am in Morocco and I intend to return and take him up on it!! :)
Rode the 45km from Marrakesh to the Atlas mountains to Ourika valley which is doable on a a road bike, however next time I will hire a taxi which was around 50 Dirham (£4.50) to the foothills and cycle from there, as the road to the mountains is a bit of a slog.
Once in the mountains it was stunning, lots of shops for food and water or lunch if you require, roads get worse in the mountains but no worse than the UK! I would recommend the carbon fibre bikes as they iron out most of the uneven surfaces.
Overall had a fantastic day.