Tour of Oman 2019 starts on 16th February,
with 18 teams including Astana from Kazakhstan, whose Alexey Lutsenko won the race in 2018. This is the 10th anniversary of the Tour of Oman, and fans will be hoping for its 1st live TV coverage, though viewers will be disappointed that there isn’t an Oman team to cheer, so they will have to be content with relatively local teams Bahrain Team Merida and UAE Team Emirates.
As with the Tour of Britain this is a 2.HC event and its time to plan what you can watch. The teams are a mix of UCI World Teams and UCI Professional Continental Teams and the event should, therefore, be very competitive.
Starting at 11:30 from Al Sawadi Beach in Barka to Suhar Corniche this is the only day held in Oman’s weekend. Its an easy ride where speeds should average 40kmph along the 138.5km route and the winner should be finished about 14:50.
The 2nd day will run from the Royal Cavalry Oman in Seeb starting at 11:00 and finish in Al Bustan in Muscat by 15:00 after 158km.
This will be the longest ride and will start a bit earlier at 10:00 from Shatti Al Qurum and finish in Qurayyat for a ride of 192kms as this has some hills the speed will be slightly slower.
the riders will travel from the coast at Al Sifah to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre finishing after 14:15 covering 125km after a start at 11:00
Will be 152km through the most spectacular scenery starting at 11:00 from Samail, south of Muscat, and finish near the base of Oman’s Al Jabal Al Akhdar around 14:20
will again be from Al Mouj and finish as is traditional with a loop around Mutrah Corniche; overall this will cover 135km and start at 11:00 in Seeb and finish by 14:15 in Mutrah Corniche.
My other books on Oman include The Land of Frankincense in Dhofar, its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
The weather should be warm during the day (around 25-27c) and slightly chilly at night (down to around 16c before dawn) with sun / haze so its a great time to watch the event.