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Pre-Challenge - The Route


The route combines a mixture of mountain trails, desert trials as well as coastal and open roads. The route will be approximately 400 km over a 5 day period.

I will be staying in a mixture of desert camps, motels, hotels. The challenge ends in Dubai on National Day (2nd December 2011), the 40 anniversary of the formation of United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Day / Date

Route Summary

Time and Distance

Accommodation

Route Description and Comments

DAY 0  - SUNDAY

       27.11.11

PRE CHALLENGE DAY

TBC – SOMEWHERE IN DUABI CLOSE TO A PICK UP POINT

After a full day at work, somehow I’ll be leaving Abu Dhabi and making my way to Dubai, so I can have a good night’s sleep and be ready for the 5 day challenge ahead!

(PICK UP POINT IN DUBAI TBC)


DAY 1 - MONDAY

28.11.11

Dubai - Hatta – Kalba

55KM

Overnight at Motel

An 8am start and after a short bus ride from Dubai to Alain, the challenge starts by cycling from Alain to Hatta mainly on a tarmac road.

At this point, there may be some boarder restrictions which may force a diversion on a small loop to Ghantoot, passing the Golden Tulip Hotel and Jazzeera Resort, where lunch will be served.

After a 1 hour food and comfort break, cycling will take me through the mountains of Kalba. Hopefully some very good picturesque photos will come out of this stretch of the challenge!

The day will end with an overnight stay in a motel.


DAY 2 - TUESDAY

29.11.11

Kalba - Fujairah - Khor Fakkan – Dibba

85 KM

(Approx 5 ˝ hrs)

Overnight at plantation camp.

Tuesday will see a lot of the Indian Ocean by cycling along a coast road to Dibba.

Following Dibba, the route will take me though Fujairah, Khor Fakkan, Al Aqah and Dadna, stopping a motel for lunch.

The days cycling will end with an overnight stay in a camp (in a tent).

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY

30.11.11

Dibba - Khor Fakkan - Al Ghail

75 KM

(Approx 6 hrs)

Overnight in tents near Al Ghail

From the tent, a 2 hour ride will take me to Tawyeen.

A mix of tarmac and off road cycling and mountain views will take me past many farms and mountains to Yaakel Alas.

Passing through a 500m mountain pass the route will lead me to a downhill section into Wadi Sana.

A tarmac road section of around 13 km will lead to some rough terrain in Wadi Sidr that then leads to Al Ghail.

DAY 4 -THURSDAY

01.12.11

Al Ghail – UAQ - Dhaid – Fossil Rock

65 KM

Overnight camping in the desert

A short distance on tarmac before entering the desert sandy trails leading to Falaj Al Mualla in UAQ.

After reaching this quiet town, the route lead through Dhaid and on to a desert camp near the Maleha Archaeological site (close to Fossil Rock)

DAY 5 - FRIDAY

02.12.11

Fossil Rock – Al Lisaili - Dubai

77 KM

TBC

SEE BELOW

From Fossil rock, the route will involve tarmac roads passing the farming town of Nazwa before finishing the morning on the Hatta road (Appox 44 KM).

A short transfer to The Sevens Club house for lunch will be followed by afternoon of riding through Al Lisaili to the end of the challenge ab Al Shams Desert Resort.

A short transfer back to Dubai for a Dinner and hopefully a well earned glass or two of an undisclosed beverage!

DAY 6 - SATURDAY

03.12.11

The CHALLENGE

CLOSING COMMENTS...

THE DAY AFTER THE CHALLENGE

THE END...

To be continued....

No hotel yet booked.... any hotels in Dubai interested in offering a recovering night and morning...please let me know!

0 KM

BACK HOME

(Abu Dhabi)

Back to the Capital, no not Dubai, Abu Dhabi!

The few weeks following this challenge will involve working hard (at work), collecting any outstanding sponsorship pledges and posting any updates to this challenge.

 Hopefully, I will have time to thank my sponsors and challenge supporters either in person or via email, before I go back to the UK for a week or so for Christmas!

If you do support me in this challenge, thank you on a very sincere level in advance...

“I hope this motivates others to undertake a challenge and do something to make a difference especially for children!”


NOTE: This route is pre-planned and may change for the following reasons: boarder regulations, unusual weather, wildlife movements and status of mountain trails (if the planners of this route deem it safer to change the route, please note it may change!


Safety is paramount, so there will be no compromise to safety on this trip!



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