Tour of Oman: Did you know?
Prize Money: OR56,000 (111,480 Euros ) and includes OR5,000 (9,200 Euros) for the overall winner.
Speed: Cyclists reach up to 100 km/per hr down hill. Average 40-50 km/per hr on the flat and average 28-30 km/per hour up hill.
Cyclist Number: Each team will have a minimum of five cyclists and a maximum of eight.
Jerseys: The Tour will see four different colour jerseys presented each day.
Red – Overall individual Ranking (ie fastest time)
Green – Overall points ranking
White – Best young cyclist ranking (only riders born on or after 1st January 1987)
Each stage is highly tactical. A team will try and ride together with the objective of protecting their top cyclist from the wind and ensuring no other team manages to let their riders break away from the main pack.
Most stages will end with a sprint to the line, so ensuring that the top sprinter is fresh enough for the last push of the day. Knowing when to attempt to break away from the pack is therefore key and each rider will have to keep concentrating until the finish line.
The bikes have 22 gears. Two plates in front and 11 in the back. Similar to a car, the cyclists move through the gears depending on whether they are going uphill, downhill or are on the flat.
Most, if not all the bicycles used on the Tour of Oman, will be made of carbon and will weigh around 7kg. Commonly known as road bikes, these bicycles have to meet several criteria: easy to handle, as the rider must be able to “brush” in the peloton (term for the main pack of cyclists in a race) to the nearest centimetre; light so as to facilitate the many climbs; rigid, so as to reach 100 km/h on steep descents; reliable and strong in order to cope with the rush of the sprinters for the finish line.
Behind the scenes will be a support crew whose job is do whatever is required in order to allow the riders to stay fully focused on their performance. Especially after long stages, the conditions have to be spot on to ensure their suffering stops the moment they leave the saddle. The management of recovery, the maintenance of their equipment, their diet, and the quality of the treatment they receive are all areas that need to be meticulously overseen by the logistics managers.