DOHA: The Khor Al Adaid region will once again provide a spectacular setting for the Al Adaid Desert Challenge, which will offer the participants the spectacular desert and sea views of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonder.
This year's competition, which will be held here on Friday, will feature more than 500 cyclists and runners will take part.
Cyclists will follow a 38.5km route and will need to cross seven sand dunes on their way to the finish line, while runners will cover a distance of 26.7 km crossing four sand dunes in the process.
“We have completed our preparations to organize another successful edition of Al Adaid Desert Challenge. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners the event will see a record number of participants and offer a total prize money that puts it among the top events of this category all around the world,” said Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Al Adaid Desert Challenge Managing Director.
The cycling race already established itself as one of the toughest off-road mountain bike races in the region. It’s a UCI Class-3 event and it also serves as the final stage of the Qatar National MTB Cross- Country Championship.
This year’s edition will be the biggest ever in the history of the event in terms of number of participants and total prize money.
“Al Adaid Desert Challenge is an amazing event. Cycling enthusiasts are always keen on being a part of it. The event is counting as The Qatar National Cross Country Championships, with biggest number of Qatari nationals on start line and for first time also Qatari women,” said Thani Al Zaraa, Deputy Secertary General of Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation.
Two kids’ races at the finish line camp will offer youngsters a chance to get their first taste of mountain biking and provide an ideal family atmosphere.
Kids aged 7-11 years old can take part in a short race around the finish line camp, while those aged 12-15 years old can compete in a 5 km race on a specially- designed route.