DOHA: Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation will organize the National Road Cycling Championships on December 6 in Dukhan.
Each year the best Qatari cyclists compete in the tournament to be recognised as their country’s best and earn the right to wear the National Champion’s jersey for one year.
Online entries closes on Wednesday December 3 at 9:00 am.
Results will be officially logged with cycling’s governing body, UCI, which will give Qatar a recognition on the world stage.
Dukhan, with its elevated limestone formations, is easily the best location for road
cycling in Qatar.
The 25 km lap heading out of town into hilly oilfields to the northeast then returning along the windy seashore to the west, has plenty of interesting elements which makes the race demanding enough to separate the riders according to ability and discover the true champions.
The reigning champion Fawaz Al Shammri will not defend his title due to injury. This
leaves last year’s runner-up Marwan Al Jalham starting as favourite.
A bunch sprint finish is unlikely but road racing is a tactical as well as physical challenge and one can expect surprises.
In addition to the Qatari Championship, there are races for masters (aged over 40),
veterans (aged over 50) and expats.
Dr Mohamed Al Kuwari, President of QCTF said, "We at QCTF have been always very active with event organization. Most events target the whole cycling or triathlon community and each year we are welcoming new members to both of our sports. The Qatar Road National Champs are very important part of our events calendar. We are looking forward to see who are the best Qatari and Expats in the country."