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Pedaling for Pride: Omani Cyclist rides 1,000km to celebrate National Day

2 Dec 2023 Omani Cyclist rides 1,000km to celebrate National Day, promote tourism By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – In a display of national pride and endurance, 24-year-old Omran Marhoon Khamis al Mundhiri from Samail set off on an extraordinary cycling tour to commemorate the sultanate’s 53rd National Day. 

Covering over 1,000km, he cycled through several wilayats, including Izki, Nizwa, Adam, Manah, Haima, Muqshin, and Thumrait, before ending the tour in Salalah.

Mundhiri, who began his long-distance cycling odyssey in 2018, shared with Muscat Daily the details of this latest, most extensive trip. 

Setting off on November 22, he embarked on a rigorous schedule, cycling from 7am to 11pm every day, traversing distances between 120km and 150km. His route took him through Oman’s scenic landscapes, historical forts, bustling traditional markets and aflaj systems.

The purpose of Mundhiri’s adventure was twofold – to celebrate the National Day and to promote domestic tourism and sports, particularly cycling. 

His three-month preparations involved intense physical training and strategic planning, including cycling at different times of the day to adapt to varying conditions.

During the journey, Mundhiri faced significant challenges, including extreme weather variations and strong winds. But his resolve remained unshaken, driven by determination and the unwavering support of his family.

Looking ahead, Mundhiri aspires to undertake more of such tours to promote tourism and sports awareness among Omani youth, while emphasising the importance of community participation and addressing social issues. 

He is hopeful for financial backing to extend his cycling passion across the GCC states with the aim of spotlighting Oman’s tourism and cycling potential to a wider audience. 

In a message to the youth, he said, “Join official sports clubs and engage in sports the right way for a healthier, more connected community.”

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