Throughout February and March this year, Oman will play host to plenty world-class sporting action. Don’t miss out on seeing the world’s best athletes in action. Here’s what’s coming up…
BikingMan Oman (22 – 27 February)
This month, and for the third year in a row, Oman will host another epic BikingMan Oman ultracycling adventure race. Over 1,050 kilometres and 8,700 metres of elevation await the riders over a total of five days, as the route tracks its way through the Al Hajar Mountains (including the spectacular Al Jabal Shams pass), the Sharqiyah Sands desert, and along many sections of coastal road. “Start your season by joining the most epic unsupported ultracycling race in the Middle East, experiencing spectacular scenery and pleasant temperatures!” say the organisers. Oman Air is proud to once again support the event, which will see riders from over 20 countries taking part. Good luck to all the athletes.
Ironman Oman 70.3 (21 February)
Last year’s Ironman Oman 70.3 triathlon was a grand success for athletes and spectators – and Oman itself. The good news is that this world renowned endurance event will again return to Muscat with a 1.9 km swim off Shatti Al Qurum beach followed by a 90 km ride through Muscat and surrounding areas and a 21.1 km running course through Qurum National Park to the finish. Good luck to all of the athletes taking part!
Oman Open (27 February – 1 March)
The European Tour will tee off with the third edition of the prestigious Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf’s championship layout – where spectators can once again expect top-tier golf from some of the finest players in the world, as well as lots of off course family entertainment at the tournament’s Public Village.
Haute Route Oman (6 – 8 March)
Haute Route is a global series of multi-day cycling events which deliver a professional-style riding tour for amateur cyclists – with all the elements that make up the culture and experience of professional road racing. Now back for its second edition, the 2020 Haute Route Oman will feature demanding but absolutely spectacular climbs in the Al Hajar mountain range, including a long climb up Al Jabal Akhdar and a very steep ascent up Al Jabal Haat, followed by a time trial to complete 252 km of riding over the three-day event.
GC32 Racing Tour (25 – 29 March)
Top level, high speed, high adrenalin catamaran competition for pro and owner-driver teams is again on the menu for the GC32 Racing Tour season. As the 2019 season ended in Muscat, the good news is that it will again begin in Oman’s capital in 2020, with the first event taking place in late March in the waters just offshore of the Al Mouj Marina. The GC32 Racing Tour will then head off around the world to visit four more venues: Riva del Garda, Italy; Lagos, Portugal; Villasimius, Italy; and a to-be-announced venue for the final event in October.
BikingMan Oman: www.bikingman.com
Ironman Oman 70.3: www.ironman.com/im703-oman
Oman Open: www.golfoman.com
Haute Route Oman: www.hauteroute.org
GC32 Racing Tour: www.gc32racingtour.com
Images: © BikingMan Oman; Ironman Oman 70.3; Oman Open; Haute Route Oman; GC32 Racing Tour