Austrians on a cycling expedition
who is a journalist by profession and a veteran of cycling expeditions,
said the experience he would gain through this outing would help him
to prepare for a major cycling expedition
which is scheduled to be held in Ellis Springs
to the north east of Australia from 6 August to 12 September this year.
Both Peter and Brigitte are of the opinion that Oman perhaps
offers the best possible conditions to train
for a major international cycling event
Austrian cyclist duo of Brigitte Nickl and Peter Kumhofer get ready
for the Oman 98 Desert Challenge at Wadi Hatat.
Pictures by Abdullah bin Ibrahim al Shuhi
Oman with its stunning contrasts and picture-book enchantment
has over the centuries been attracting adventure seekers from every
nook and corner of the world. The fascinating visuals that Oman offers
were a great temptation which none with a spirit for adventure could
resist and they invariably always came back to see more of the endless
nature's bounty. The latest to jump on to the bandwagon of adventure
seekers are the Austrian duo of Peter Kumhofer and Brigitte Nickl. They
have set off on an adventurous feat the likes of which no one has ever
attempted before in Oman.
duo (both cyclists) will pedal their way from Muscat (Wadi Hatat Shell
filling station) to Salalah via Sur along the coast road covering a
distance of approximately 1200km in 12 days time. The duo, who arrived
in Oman last Friday, said that they used the first couple of days to
acclimatise themselves to the weather conditions which they both described
as "quite hot". On what made them choose Oman in particular
for their cycling expedition, they said the weather and terrain were
the main criteria and aptly called it "Oman '98 Desert Biking Expedition.
to Peter, who is a journalist by profession and a veteran of cycling
expeditions, the experience he would gain through this outing would
help him to prepare for a major cycling expedition which is scheduled
to be held in Ellis Springs to the north-east of Australia from 6 August
to 12 September this year. Both Peter and Brigitte are of the opinion
that Oman perhaps offers the best possible conditions to train for a
major international cycling event.
who has already visited some of the Gulf states like Bahrain and Kuwait
said he was happy that his decision to go for Oman was the right one.
He said the friendliness of the local people and the highly cooperative
attitude of the Ministry of Information officials who have extended
all the basic facilities like a full-fledged road map of Oman, will
go a long way in making their biking expedition pass off smoothly.
by KLM as well as a computer firm, the duo are also ably assisted by
the First Secretary and Consul, Embassy of the Republic of Austria,
Robert Leu. Commenting on the Oman '98 Desert Biking Expedition, Leu
said he was happy that two of his countrymen have chosen Oman for this
unique cycling expedition. "I was informed by the Ministry of Information
about the arrival of the cyclists in Oman.
discussed the proposed route and the embassy was extending all help
by way of supplying kits and other essentials for the 12-day expedition."
He also expressed his delight that the Austrians have undertaken a cycling
expedition the likes of which have never been attempted before in the
history of Oman." We plan to reach Salalah in 12 days. We hope
to cover between 120-130km per day.
schedule involves camping outdoors,"said Brigitte who is also a
professional freelance photographer. Brigitte feels that as they are
accustomed to cycling 15,000-20,000 km every year they will not encounter
much difficulty in completing the expedition to Salalah.Admitting that
the weather is quite warm for pedalling long-distance, the duo said
that they will limit their cycling to 5-6 hours per day. " We will
be taking lot of fluids so as to prevent dehydration along with liberal
intakes of high-vitamin food and throughout the expedition we will be
camping outdoor on the beach as we are taking the coast road."
their return journey, the duo intend to travel by bus along the coast
road. The journey is meant to relax and soothe the nerves after the
gruelling, marathon cycling expedition. "It will also give us an
opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of this wonderful country
as ordinary tourists. We hope to come back to this wonderful land again
sometime in the very near future, not necessarily as cyclists. I hope
our experience here will in future encourage more and more cyclists
and adventure-seekers to come to this enchanting land."
infact, intends to write a book on his experiences in the Sultanate
during Oman '98 Desert Biking Expedition. "Right now I am looking
for a sponsor. Depending on how soon I can get one, I intend to seriously
go ahead with the book. Soon after the Australian cycling rally is over
I will get started with this book," he replied. Oman with its myriad
charms continues to draw countless adventure-seekers and tourists alike
as it has so much to offer by way of providing contrasting terrains
from the desert to the coast. Whether it is the cyclists or the awe-struck
tourists, the rush to see and feel Oman continues unabated.