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Re: [RC] [RC] Endurance Racing in UAE - John Teeter

At 09:15 AM 2/20/2004, Beverly Gray wrote:
Riding in the UAE is a completely different endurance challenge. To be

Well said Bev. I also wanted to point out that the UAE is not alone in it's quest for the perfect 100 mile race.

The Bahrian Championships occured yesterday (guess steph should have ridden that camel to the south and covered that one as well...:(  But I noticed that the Presidents Cup was basically an UAE + invited guests affair. The Bahrain team (or Jordan or ...) were'nt there. + the invited guests weren't national teams, but rather selected winners of various events from around the world + friends etc.

My point -- just that endurance racing is not a USA.UAE centric thing. France, Australia, New Zealand, Itally, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, ... it's a big deal. Team Gold is not going to come easily for anyone and individual gold will, as we have seen, possibly require a 7.5 hr 160km ride.

Contemplate training for that in the mountains of Park City.....


(p.s. note that the Bahrain championship was a 120km (60mi) event with 4 holds with a 5:50 win time - contrast that to the 20 mule team 65 with 3 holds and a 6:38 win time and the fire mountain 50 (basically same terain) with a 4:09 win time) ((I know apples and carrots...)

=====from gulf news====

SHAIKH Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa claimed the title yesterday in the Bahrain International Open Endurance Championship sponsored by Batelco and held at the Endurance Village.

The championship was attended by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and honorary vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Faisal, riding Abouxer Aheer from the Al Talia Stables, completed the 120 kilometres course spread over five stages in five hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds. to claim the top prize BD3,500.

The first and second stages were of 30 kms each, the third was of 25 kms, the fourth 20 kms and the last stage was of 15 kms.  .... More

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