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Short uprocessed 3-4 mins video from Day 4 - pls click here
4th and last stage was “only” approx. 75 km long to allow enough time for processing of results, ceremony and prize giving. Originally this stage was planned to start from village of Mazaree and take riders thru picturesque Wadi Daykah and Wadi Abyieen with beautiful rock formations and green pools and flowing water, all tightly squeezed by jagged Hajar mountains. However organizers decided to change the plan which was pity but indeed it would be logistical nightmare to transfer all circus – hence the stage was combination of first TT day (just in reverse) – single track and “rock garden” - and Arqi loop.
The pack torn apart already after initial 2 kilometers on steep climb full of loose sharp rocks – Rob Barel (overall leader) cycled it almost from beginning (video of his amazing style you can see on you tube), in 2/3 up the slope joined him other 4 leading riders. The rest of the field pushed their bikes fighting the incline.
My next position was “rock face” but there was such a huge difference in performance of riders between leaders and slow riders in the back – within 2-3 km they made advantage of another kilometer, that till I got there (even on motorbike) leaders already disappeared behind the horizon.
There was not much surprises on Arqi loop – the field just stretched, riders riding in small groups.
Unfortunately my motor bike (weapon of choice for todays single tracks) got some problems so I had to be picked up by trailer, but I still had time to trail the bike to start/finish area and catch leaders playing roadies games, swerving from one side of road to another like road sprinters already 5 kms before Finish. Finally in front formed group of 3 riders and winner of the last stage was decided in final sprint. Overall leader Rob Barel arrived just approx. half minute back, but it was more than enough to keep on top of GC.
Slowly more and more riders trickled in and here are few more pics from the track just few kms from Finish.
After all riders were in Finish the prize giving ceremony with presence of dignitaries from Oman Cycling Association was held, assuring organizers that “next year the event will be bigger and better”.