Tour of Oman 2016 starts from February 16, 2016 and ends on February 21, 2016.
The race is listed as an HC (Hors Class) on the UCI Asia Tour and is open to the following Elite Men's categories:
In accordance with article 2.2.003 of the UCI regulations, the number of cyclists per team is restricted to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8.
The total amount of prize money for the 2012 Tour of Oman is €111,480 (c56,000 OMR) and split as follows:
The cyclists will reach up to 100 km/per hr down hill: Average 40-50 km/per hr on the flat; average 28-30 km/per hour up hill!
Each team will have a minimum of 5 cyclists and a maximum of 8.
The cyclists will reach up to 100 km/per hr down hill.
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 is critical. Knowing when to attempt to break away from the pack is therefore key and each rider will have to keep concentrate until the finish line.
The Tour of Oman will see 4 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 may take part in the young rider classification)
The bikes have 22 gears: Two plates in front and 11 in the back. Similar to a car, the cyclists will 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.
The bikes have 22 gears.
A cyclist can be disqualified by getting external assistance e.g. holding on to a vehicle while racing or by being pushed by a team mate.
If a cyclists crashes within 3 km of the finish line, they will receive the same result as the other riders who were with them at the time. As long as the rider was not injured, he is then allowed to continue to the next stage the following day.
In Oman, all the cyclists will be using "road/stage" bikes and will not switch to "team trial" bikes (which does happen in the Tour de France).
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.
Behind the scenes will be a support crew
Prize Money pot is 111,480 Euros (c.56,000 OMR) and includes 9,200 (c.5,000 OMR) Euros for the overall winner.