Muscat resident Shubert cycles to Salalah within 48 hours

Muscat - 

Muscat resident and a British champion, Jonathan Shubert, has announced the setting of a new record for cycling from Muscat to Salalah, covering over 1,300km, within 48 hours. Shubert achieved the feat in the early hours of Tuesday, after starting the race from Muscat on Sunday morning.

Shubert had set his eyes on the most challenging feat of physical endurance to date, cycling through day and night over 1,300km from Muscat to Salalah, to support ‘Lifting Hands International’, a non-government organisation that supports Iraq’s Yazidi community.

Shubert took one day, 23 hours and 21 minutes to achieve the feat as he arrived in Salalah at around 5am on Tuesday. The previous record for this distance was six days.

Shubert had to brave heat as well the dangers of driving in the night on highways. During the day, temperature went up to 32°C causing sun stroke and pain in abdomen. He used stocking down his back with ice to cool him down, as well as hydration tablets to overcome sick feeling.

During the journey, he had to remove the helmet once in a while to cool his head. The long, dark night posed its own risks, with the danger of colliding with camels, speeding cars, or trucks on unlit part of highways.

Between March 2013 and March 2014, he embarked on an unassisted, 30,000km circumnavigation of the globe passing through 29 countries, three continents, which included all extremes of climate and terrain.

Only three weeks after completing his round the world expedition, Shubert fulfilled another life dream: Cycling an unparalleled 835km in a day to become the 2014 British 24hr time trial champion.

After moving to the Middle East and an 18-month hiatus from cycling, Shubert returned to British long-distance championships setting national records and medaling in both 12 and 24hr championships.

Shubert embarked on the Muscat-Salalah challenge to support ‘Lifting Hands International’. “After living and working in the Middle East, I feel compelled to do something to help people afflicted by terrible conflicts that play out in this region. As a former British 24hr national cycling champion and round the world cyclist, it only seems appropriate that I support Lifting Hands International in the best way I know how - by riding.”

Someone who has been into cycling from early childhood, Shubert has another big adventure planned in his head. “I have begun toying with the idea of cycling back to the UK from Oman, passing through the Arab-speaking world.”

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