Bike and Run Adventure Racing on a Budget Part 2

December 2005, a barmy evening camped by the sea saw Gerard Fusil going over the gathered teams from France, Oman, UK, RĂ©union, Austria, Holland, and Australia. Most of the teams had arrived in the morning so had very little time to prepare. Support vehicles were shared by two teams, so competitors spent the night going over maps and packing gear into the vehicles by torchlight.

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The following day at dawn a convoy of vehicles brought the team to the start line in a nearby Wadi. The first day included a section of running along goat tracks. This proved to be decisive as the Australian and one local Omani team got lost allowing a French team to build an unassailable lead.

Later in the week, Gerard Fusil ended up mapping out the course with a 17k twisting climb from the sea to 1500 metres and also a section of canyoning.

Gerard Fusil had arranged camping in a number of scenic areas, with the stages starting in the early morning most teams would finish around mid-day.

The terrain in Oman is varied from beautiful oasis to harsh rocky hillsides and of course seas of sandiness where the teams finished the race. Gerard Fusil held the prize giving in Muscat the winners being a husband and wife team Wilsa Sport Helly Hansen from France. The Australians came in second place, a Local Omani team came in third.

Teams came from tons of different backgrounds, Adventure racers, tri-athletes, marathon runners, mountain bikers; the final count saw adventure racers however leading the way.

Virtually all teams adopted the general tactic of leapfrogging, however, there were at least a couple of incidents when teams missed the bike, including one on the long climb for an all-female team. They required an extra 4k to be covered to collect the bike!

The Inaugural race proved to be a success and now Gerald Fusil has announced the second race of the series which will return to a different area of Oman at the end of November.