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22 European cyclists take on 2,000km challenge to Salalah

22 European cyclists take on two,000km challenge to Salalah

Named Foster Clark’s LifeCycle Challenge 2018 – Arabian Knights, the cycling trek is element of the Europe’s most gruelling endurance occasion – LifeCycle, a cycling journey that covers an typical of two,000km in ten days.

The occasion is held annually in October. Among the cyclists are 19 males and 3 females hailing from Malta, Albania, Kenya, Latvia, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

On Monday, the cyclists set off at five.30am from Abu Dhabi to ride roughly 200km to Al Ain in 40°C heat. The 20th annual cycle challenge will more than subsequent handful of days see cyclists travel from Al Ain to Dhank, Nizwa and Al Wasil. From Al Wasil they will cycle for 3 days via the desert till they attain Shalim Wa Juzor and arrive in Salalah on the tenth day.

Malta-primarily based LifeCycle Challenge has grown given that it very first began in 1999 as a individual mission for founder Alan Curry to attract focus to the plight of sufferers suffering from renal failure in Malta and attract the focus of cyclists and sportspeople the planet more than.

According to Curry, the challenge this year is a difficult 1.

“Our biggest challenges, as always, are the distance, cycling every day for ten days, and the basic accommodation in night camps, in addition to the daunting prospects of extreme heat, humidity and mountainous terrain. Thanks to Foster Clark and their distributors in the Gulf region, we have planned the route and all the logistics together.”

After months of lengthy arduous coaching, the team of cyclists flew for the UAE on September 28. On September 30, they cycled about the Yas Island Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi in 41°C heat as element of a promotional occasion.

“It is now that the reality of the journey ahead starts to sink in. After the very first day some are realising just how momentous this challenge truly is, although other people are obtaining excited for the journey ahead. One factor is for certain nonetheless, everybody cycling has been functioning tough to raise awareness, sponsorships and their physical fitness to be up to the challenge.

“Only time will tell just how many will make it to Salalah still on their bikes. They will have to battle extreme heat and harsh climbs through the desert. It will be a true test of their resolve and their belief in the cause but their determination is sure to see them through,” wrote the team on its weblog.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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