The competition is fierce and the stakes are high, with some of the world’s top cyclists vying for pole position at the eighth edition of the Tour of Oman, which started on Tuesday (February 14).
This year’s competition will see 144 cyclists competing over a challenging 885 kilometre course – which includes steep mountain climbs.
The starting point for the event was at Al Sawadi beach, and the cyclists will be covering the race across six competitive stages.
In the first stage, the riders covered a total of 176.5kms that ended at Naseem Garden. The riders then proceeded to take the twisty routes through Mussanah, Muladdah and Misfah. They will finally move on to Al Rustaq, Wadi Bani Awf, and then loop back through Nakhal, Al Taww and Halban to reach the finish line.
The Chairman of Muscat Municipality, Mohsin bin Mohammed bin Ali al Shaikh, said: “Year after year, since it first started in 2010, the Tour of Oman has grown to become a major race in the Middle East and a pivotal event where competitors go head-to-head to grab a prestigious win.”
Tour committee member Salim bin Mubarak al Hasani was also quoted as saying that the level of competition this year was at an all-time high, with previous stage winners of the Tour of France and Tour of Spain among some of the star cyclists competing in this year’s race.
The Tour of Oman will come to a close on the Sunday (February 19).