DOHA: France’s Frederic Gombert won the 38.5km cycling race at the Fourth Al Adaid Desert Challenge here on Friday.
The race, which is recognised as XCP-Class 3 the by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), sport’s world governing body, consisted crossing seven sand dunes on the way to finish line.
The women’s elite category was won by Finland’s Pia Sundstedt, which was her fourth in a row, by completing the race in a time of 1:54:49 ahead of Qatar’s Tala Abujbara and Lebanon’s Marwa El Hage.
“The race was harder this year, but I have adapted well and the experience I have gained over the past two years made the difference today,” said Gombert, who completed the ace in in 1:34:52, less than a minute ahead of Iran’s Faraz Shokri and Serbia’s Alexander Roman.
A total of 530 participants from 51 countries took part in cycling and running races across the scenic areas of Khor Al Adaid, one of Qatar’s most beautiful natural area.
“I’m happy to win again, but this was definitely the toughest edition ever due to the windy and dry conditions. The organisation was once again excellent. The marking was clear all along the route and the support team was always close to the cyclists. The finish-line camp was wonderful, and we spent a beautiful day meeting with cyclists from all over the world,” said Sundstedt.
More than 300 participants took part in the multi-category cycling race, among them cyclists who travelled from countries like Great Britain, France, Australia, Italy, Ireland and Iran, specially to take part in the event.