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February 10, 2023



The return of many desert challenges

Dear outdoor adventure seekers, we are pleased to announce that the Al Adaid Desert Challenge is back! We have all been faced with the restrictions of the Corona virus and it has been difficult to schedule a…

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Al Udeid Desert Challenge proves to be the longest, toughest and largest in the history of the region so far!

Exceptional performance by Frederic Jomper (France), Pia Sunstedt (Finland) and Axel Duffer (Germany) Abdullah Al-Khater champion of the Qatar National Competition topped the Al-Udeid Desert Challenge, which is the largest mountain bike event…

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Find out what you can expect during the challenge


Al Udeid Desert Challenge is the most prominent and challenging off-road racing event in Qatar. The race will be - for the first time in Qatar - part of the UCI's calendar. Classified as a third-class point-to-point cross-country race, the race covers 40 kilometers of enchanting desert roads, starting from the Sealine area, all the way to one of the amazing natural wonders, the “Inland Sea” or the Khor Al Udayd area.

As a UNESCO-recognised nature reserve with a special ecosystem, it is one of the few places in the world where the sea cuts into the heart of the desert. Since it is not accessible by land, this calm stretch of water is only accessible by traversing rolling dunes. The contestants will have to cross more than six of them to reach the finish line. Besides the uphill sand dunes, there are many sandy areas on the flat sections which makes the race more challenging and exciting. Don't let the race distance fool you, every dune and every patch of sand takes a bit of effort out of you. And to be able to compete, you have to be very fit, with a good bike and excellent equipment, choose the best track and luck can be on your side.

We wish good luck and lots of fun and enjoyment to all participants!!!


Let the challenge begin !


Now is the time to reserve your spot in the Al Udeid Desert Challenge
, a third-class mountain bike race with the classification of the International Cycling Union


Statistics 2020

  • 636 subscribers
  • 100+ Team members
  • 56 Countries
  • 5000 The amount of water distributed in liters
  • 534 Race passers
  • 15 The winners

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