MUSCAT DAYQAH MUSCAT / MDM 240

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      MUSCAT DAYQAH MUSCAT / MDM 240

      A scenic route taking you from Muscat, to the Wadi Dayqah Dam and back. 

      This is a unique, non-competitive cycle challenge where cyclists have an opportunity to push their limits riding through stunning eastern part of Al Hajar Mountains which extend for 700 kilometers through UAE and Oman. The route follows the gap that separates  Amerat to Quriyat mountain series subdivision of Eastern Hajar called "Saih Hatat Cumintion"which makes it cyclable whilst surrounded by mountain peaks.

       

      Route:

      240 km route with 2300m of vertical gains is very diverse and combines all needs for road cyclists: starting at the sea level in Muscat, steady as well as rolling sections with a few punchy climbs, highest point at ~400m at the far corner of Arqi loop, return point at the Wadi Dayqa Dam, famous Quirat old road climb with 240m elevation gain and more including a quality tarmac surface throughout.

      140 km abridged route with 1800m of vertical gains starts and ends at the entry point of the Arqi loop (50km from the start of 240km route) and covers the most scenic part including Wadi Dayqah

      Cycle direction in the Arqi loop will be selected depending on the wind conditions with the two options illustrated on the below maps.

       

      Option A:

      Option B:

       

       

      Amination video below will help to full plan for ride. Key point to note about this ride its not only about distance you going to achieve there is also good level of elevation you going to achieve.

      - 240km group will do about 2300 m elevation gain,

      -140km group will do about 1800 m elevation gain.

      Start:

      • 240km group starts at 5:00 AM from Qurum Beach – see the map below

      (TBD)

       

      • 140km group starts at ~6:30 AM from the entry point to the Arqi loop – see the map below

      Instructions for the ride:

      • It is a social ride with a significant dimension in terms of distance and climbing. It is therefore important to keep moving at a solid steady pace with frequent, but not excessive stops, to be able to arrive back to Muscat at a reasonable time.
      • Riders can choose between 2 pace groups:
        • Performance: Expected average pace of 30-32 km/h assuming normal conditions
        • Ambience: Expected average of 27-29 km/h pace assuming normal conditions
      • Given the punchy climbs will reduce the average speed, it is expected that the Performance group would ride on average 32+km/h on the steady parts of the road and the Ambience group 30+km/h
      • 240 Performance Group will start from Muscat 2 minutes before 240 Ambience Group, both Groups will make a stop at 50km feed station where 140 Performance and 140 Ambience riders will join respective groups
      • Climbs and rolling parts will be at an individual pace with subsequent reassembly as indicated on the map
      • Faster rotation after ~2min in the front recommended for a steady pace
      • Those unsure of their performance can draft at the back throughout and conserve energy for the climbs
      • Those who will find themselves struggling with the Performance Group pace can drop off and join the Ambience riders
      • This is a group ride and for maximum safety, only standard road bikes are permitted to ride in group formation (i.e. no TT BIKES, E-BIKES, TRI BIKES/BARS)
      • Standard safety equipment required: helmet, front and rear lights

      To be worked further:

      • Starting location
      • Support level food, hydration, logistics, etc
      • Organization of the ride – multiple groups based on performance?
      • Logistics to/from the abridged 140 start/end
      • Closing event?
      • Cost?

       

      Amination video below will help to full plan for ride. Key point to note about this ride its not only about distance you going to achieve there is also good level of elevation you going to achieve.

      - 240km group will do about 2300 m elevation gain,

      -140km group will do about 1700 m elevation gain.


       Instructions for the ride:

      ▪ It is a social ride with a significant dimension in terms of distance and climbing, hence it is important to keep moving at a solid steady pace with frequent, but not excessive stops, to be able to arrive back to Muscat at a reasonable time.

      ▪ Expected average pace of 30-32 km/h on the steady parts of the road

      ▪ Climbs and rolling parts will be at individual pace with subsequent reassembly as indicated on the map

      ▪ Faster rotation after ~2min in the front recommended for a steady pace

      ▪ Those unsure of their performance can draft at the back throughout and conserve energy for the climbs

      Enjoy our last year ride video 


      Registration:

      Full name

      Residency

      Mobile number

      Registering for:

      • 240 Performance
      • 140 Performance
      • 240 Ambience
      • 140 Ambience




       


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