Taking in some of the best mountain bike terrain Oman has to offer with a course that takes on the mighty Hajar Mountains south of Muscat, arguably the Middle East's most physically challenging MTB stage race will be back for the 10th year. Approximately 300km of fierce off-road terrain await those who dare. Based on the 2017 Frontier Epic, and the Trans Hajar races before that, the 2020 race will be truly memorable for all. This is a massive endurance challenge, the best possible preparation for the World Series, starting only 3 weeks later in Cape Town!! Try it if you dare.
This MTB race is extremely challenging, with many, many epic climbs right from the start lines. However, there is plenty of fun too in Oman. The scenery from the top of those climbs is mesmerizing, the beach at Yiti is stunningly tranquil and unspoiled, the long narrow and winding rock canyons and tree-lined wadis are serene, mountain bike heaven.
6 amazing nights in Oman. 4 long days of MTB endurance testing. Over 300kms across mountain bike single-track, jeep trails, across the Hajar Mountain range, through old townships and along beaches. Over 7,000m of climbing. This will be one truly awesome test of character and a lifetime achievement for many.
You can now register early for this great MTB race in Oman. Early-bird discounts will be offered as follows:
1st March - 30th April 2019: 33% discount
1st May - 30th June 2019: 20% discount
1st July - 31st August: 10% discount
30th December: Registration closes!
All-inclusive Hotel Package - USD 2,000
6 nights in a top-class hotel in Oman, with leisure facilities, amazing views, restaurants and bars. This MTB package includes airport pick-up & drop-off for you and your mountain bike, bedroom, breakfast, lunch and dinner...and access to all the resort facilities.
All-inclusive Camping Package - USD 1,200
5 nights in the MTB race village campsite in the grounds of an Oman resort, and again with access to the gym, spa, outdoor pools, and the 5* restaurants and bars. This package also includes airport pick-up & drop-off for you and your mountain bike, breakfast, lunch and dinner, a 2-person tent with pillow, mattress and sleeping bag...and access to all the resort facilities.
Race-Only Package - USD 500
Riders can race and go home in the evening, but you will also be able to avail of the resorts facilities on race day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
A 40km individual MTB time trial on Day 1 of this stage race. It is a race against the clock over 'relatively' flat mountain bike terrain (only 720m of climbing, with 20% sections thrown in!) and will be used to get the legs warmed up...and of course to determine which rider wears the leader's jersey on Day 2 - a very scenic Oman adventure, with some beautiful beach thrown in! No need for a fatbike though..won't be stopping there long.
Based on Day 1's performances, the field will be separated into groups, with time-delayed starts. At over 90km of mountain bike trails and a challenging 1,200m of elevation gain, this is one of the most diverse MTB routes in Oman. One or two lovely climbs, followed by winding wadis and then an awesome spin down to the coast where refreshments will be waiting by the beach. For those not at the top of the field, use this as a perfect photo moment and a great opportunity to soak up some idyllic scenery.
It's not over 'til it's over. This final push for home takes place over 90km of mountain bike terrain and believe it or not, there is still over 1,500m of elevation gain between you and your medal. Dig in, grind, take control of the voice in your head...and you'll get there. Soak up the atmosphere and magical landscape that surrounds you one final time. Because when you turn that final corner you will be greeted by one of Oman's most beautiful beaches, and a well-earned dip in the sea to celebrate crossing that final finishing line! MTB heaven.
The final route has not yet been finalised