LifeCycle Challenge


Day 9: The end in sight!

With only two days left the cyclists finally make their way to indoor accommodation as a well deserved break from camping on the desert floor. While all who have experienced this challenge will tell you that there is little in this world as majestic as the sights that have been seen at Foster Clark’s LifeCycle Challenge campsites, indoor accommodation in a challenge as tough as this one is a welcomed reprieve.

However 220km once again stand between the cyclists and their next accommodation. They set out on this task at 05:30am invigorated by the fact that now, only two days cycling stands between those that remain and their final destination, Salalah. Besides the significant distance that needs to be covered, cyclists must also climb some steep uphills, with the first of the day being an 8% incline. Now the temperatures have lowered to low 30 Degrees Celsius So while the promise of indoor accommodation and the finish line so close offers encouragement, the mental and physical strain that will be put on the cyclists today is no less than before. In fact, after all these athletes have faced, it is surely sheer determination that is keeping them going now. The uphills that started the day became descents towards the end, allowing cyclists to pick up the pace, some even reporting speeds of up to 80 km/hr.

After a long, hard journey they cyclists begin to enter their accommodation after at least 13 hours of cycling, once again panting, sweating and covered in sand. Every Foster Clark’s Lifecycle challenge is an immense test on those who take it on, on this year has been no different. Our cyclists have never faced such heat and very few  have traversed desert landscapes before. The cyclists morale is high as they look to tomorrow, their final day of cycling!

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