This cyclist will attempt to ride from Muscat to Salalah in 48 hours

This cyclist will attempt to ride from Muscat to Salalah in 48 hours

 British cycling champion and endurance athlete Jonathan Shubert is will attempt to cycle 1,300km from Oman's capital city of Muscat south to Salalah in 48 hours, a world record feat if successful.

The current record for this distance is 6 days.

Jonathan, who will make the attempt on February 1, is no stranger to endurance feats such as this.


Between March 2013 and March 2014, he embarked on an unassisted, 30,000 km circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle passing through 29 countries, three continents, which included all extremes of climate and terrain.

Only three weeks after completing his round the world expedition, Jonathan fulfilled another life dream: cycling an unparalleled 835 km in a single day to become the 2014 British 24-hour time trial champion.

After moving to the Middle East and an 18-month hiatus from the sport of cycling, Jonathan returned to British long-distance championships setting national records and medaling in both 12 and 24-hour championships.

Through this attempt, Jonathan will be supporting the "Lifting Hands International" — a non-government organisation who provides aid to Iraq's Yazidi community who remain without basic provisions.

Describing the motivation behind this challenge, Jonathan says: "After living and working in the Middle East, I feel compelled to do something to help people afflicted by the terrible conflicts that play out in this region of the world. As a former British 24-hour national cycling champion and round the world cyclist, it only seems appropriate that I support Lifting Hands International in the best way I know how — by riding my bicycle."

Ahead of his new world-record attempt, Jonathan will be featured on ub-cool TALKS where he will speak about his endurance cycling experience at 8:00 pm on February 5 at the UFC Gym in Muscat, Oman.


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Source: timesofoman


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