On Monday, November 27th, Richard McElroy completed the 1200km solo ride. Details of the completed route
as well as photos are displayed below.
Original Challenge: On 19th November, HMCRT's Richard McElroy (Goldie 2000-2002) will attempt to ride 1,200 km, solo, and unsupported, through the mountains and deserts of Oman from its capital, Muscat, to the ancient city of Salalah, close to the Yemeni border.
There is no record of this route having been attempted by an individual rider (the Oman Cycling Association confirms that an Australian duo completed the ride in 12 days in 1998).
Richard’s route will take him over the Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains)- defended by the SAS in 1959 for the Sultan of Oman from Communist rebels - before following the Gulf of Oman’s coast to the town of Sur.
He will then ride on unpaved tracks across the edge of the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter), first mapped by Wilfred Thesiger (Oxford boxing blue and SAS) in the late 1940s.
This route will take him along the Arabian Sea’s coast for 700km bringing him to the Dhofar region and the Qara Mountains which he must cross before arriving in Salalah, the reputed home of the Queen of Sheba.In keeping with the methods used by the original explorers of this region, he will live in the desert and will be entirely self sufficient, bringing all supplies with him other than water.