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Cyclist rides 1,000km to promote tourism

26 Jan 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

To promote tourist sites and the importance of sports, cyclist Faisal al Battashi, 25, from the wilayat of Mudhaibi in North Sharqiyah, has pedalled through several wilayats covering a distance of close to 1,000km in the process.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Battashi said, “The trip started on January 10 and covered the wilayats of Ma’abella, Muscat, Fanja, Samail, Izki, Nizwa, Bahla, Ibri, Yanqul, Quriyat, Sohar, Liwa, Shinas, Musandam, Saham, Suwaiq, Rustaq and Barka before ending in Ma’abella on January 22.”

Battashi started long-distance cycling in 2018 and has been on four trips covering various governorates so far. “However, the latest this month was the longest. I cycled from 7am to 6pm every day, covering distances of 80km to 100km daily. I visited popular tourist sites  – forts, castles, old markets and aflaj.”

The tourists sites he visited include Falaj al Khatmeen, Bait al Marah Castle, Shinas Fort, Bahla Fort, Ibri Fort, Liwa Fort, Khasab Fort, Kmzar Fort, Bakha Fort, Saham Fort and Al Hazm Fort.

Battashi prepared for two months before setting off on the trip. “I worked on my fitness level and cycled at different times in the day. I cycled for four hours daily during the preparations.” While on the trip, he carried along safety equipment, a tent, water, beverages and canned food.

“Cold, strong winds were the biggest challenge I faced during my trip. I used to take breaks to eat sandwiches and drink water to hydrate myself during the trip. It was tough but I was determined to complete the trip,” he said, adding that such activities need financial support

While he will continue to embark on such trips to promote domestic tourism, he is also keen to raise awareness on beach cleanliness. “Such activities are helpful for social causes. I urge Omani youngsters to take part in such voluntary campaigns for the betterment of society.”

Battashi is also planning a cycle trip across the GCC states to promote tourism and cycling in Oman.

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