A long way from home, my goal was to stretch myself, set new limits, and make the Bikingman Oman Sprint Race as hard and uncomfortable as possible by using what I had and then simplifying it, limiting my options and only taking what was needed.
Correct mind set.
Route steps/direction on paper – when you need it most technology will fail.
Basic first aid kit – a few plasters and swabs.
Rechargeable USB and solar power bank.
Rechargeable front light.
Rear red light.
9 x AAA Lithium batteries helmet headlamp.
USB charger and cables.
Mobile phone – only to be used for navigation and life threatening emergencies.
Reflective waist band.
Two spare tubes
Crowbar tyre lever
A few zip/cable ties
Money, passport and a paper copy of passport.
Sleeveless wind jammer
2 x one litre bottles.
10 x RaceFood Far bars.
Helmet, kit, gloves, socks, shoes and the Core CX109 bike and race entry sponsored by VSIBIKES.COM
Format: Sprint Race
Total Elevation: 9000M
Time Limit: 120 HOURS
Mandatory Checkpoints: 4
Reach Jebel Shams before sunset and leave immediately, Remain the top five.
Finish the race.
On February 27th 3:38 pm I crossed the finish line in 8th place, months later there are moments that have remained.
25/02/2018 2:50 am
No sleep - I have been awake since 4am on the day before. On the start line everyone already knows one another.
25/02/2018 5:33 pm
Achieving a goal, reaching Jebel Shams, reaching the checkpoint moments before sunset.
“Don’t stay here, you will be cold and miserable”
– Josh Ibbett
Fifteen minutes later, cold and sleepy, I contemplate staying at Jebel Shams for the night and sleep in freezing conditions or continue and sleep lower down where it is warmer, the encouraging words from Josh gets me unstuck and ready leave the comfort of the manned checkpoint.
26/02/2018 11:40 am
Sign in at the checkpoint, all that remember from this day is the red sunrise.
27/02/2018 just after mid night
Somewhere near Sur and i have been battling the sleep monster since passing the through electronic checkpoint one in Ad Dreez on the morning of 25/02/2018. Nodding off to often and drift into the traffic lane, I stop and sleep in Sur,
In total I slept for 6 hours and 30 minutes.
2 hours in Nizwa on the floor at a fuel station.
1 hour 30 minutes in Lizq at a bus stop
3 hours uninterrupted in Sur in a bed.
After leaving Sur a fully charged Garmin stops working, let the battery die or a hard reset to revive it, not wanting to lose the GPX course I left it as is, I was already on Route 17 and all I had to do is to remain on this stretch of road until reaching the turn off for Al Hajar and then use the directions I had written down on paper and google maps on my phone by pinpoint my location to navigate the town and get onto the gravel section before the finish.
27/02/2018 3:38 pm
Renewed, two out three goals achieved, finishing in 8th place, i'm pleased with the result as i have never gone under 3 days in a 1000 kilometer race. It has been an experience that has changed me completely, reshaped my mind and body, another reference point as to what is possible.
27/02/2018 3:50 pm
There is a desire to comeback, not to compete against others but to compete against myself. I have experienced real freedom, lived in the moment, grown as an individual and improved my health.