“That was harder than an Ironman 70.3” is how one competitor described Friday’s sixth running of the Al Adaid Desert Challenge. A view matched by Abderrahim Ghayour, the Moroccan who…Read More
Dear outdoor activity and adventure seekers, we are happy to announce that Al Adaid Desert Challenge is back! We have all been faced with the covid-19 restrictions and, as hard…Read More
Highlights from the 2020 event.
The Al Adaid Desert Challenge is a big highlight and the most challenging cycling event on Qatar’s off road cycling calendar. For the fourth year in a row, the race is also part of the International Cycling Union calendar. Marked as UCI C3 Cross Country point to point race, it will cover 42 km of astonishing desert track from Sealine to one of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders, the ‘Inland Sea’ or Khor Al Adaid.
This is the third year, since we added a desert running race to the event. 30 km is shorter, but much longer in time and more difficult then cycling event. It will be a proper endurance test for all running enthusiasts.
A UNESCO recognized natural reserve with its own ecosystem, this is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert. Inaccessible by road, this tranquil expanse of water can only be reached by crossing the rolling dunes. Rider will have to cross over eight of them and runners five to reach the finish line. Besides the gruelling sand dunes, there are several sandy patches on the flat parts which makes the race even more challenging. Don’t be fooled by the length of the race, every sand dune, each patch of sand takes out something from you. To be competitive, you have to be extremely fit, have a good bike with optimum setup, choose the best path and sometimes also be lucky.
We wish good luck and lots of fun to all participants!
- 636 Participants
- 100+ Crew members
- 56 Nations
Liters of water
- 534 Finishers
- 15 Winners