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Oman qualify for cycling world championship in Australia


Muscat: Oman national cycling team, youth and under-23 category has qualified to participate in the World Road Cycling Championships, which will be held in Australia at Wollongong city from September 18 to 25.

The Oman team qualified for the World Championships after the issuance of the list of candidates for the championship by the International Cycling Union.

Oman made it to the list based on the good results achieved by the team in 2021 by achieving second place in the Asian classification.

The Sultanate of Oman team also participated in the Nations Cup last March.

Omani riders also impressed during the current season.

Saeed al Rahbi, Mohammed al Wahaibi and Munther al Hasani were the top riders in the under-23 category, while Abdulaziz al Habsi excelled in the youth category.

The World Road Cycling Championships is an annual competition organised by the International

Federation of Cycling, since 1927 for men and since 1958 for women.

The championship in Australia features a track of 135 km for the youth category and 170 km for the under-23 category.

In each category, the competition gives a colourful shirt to the winner who carries it throughout the season. The cyclists who have mostly won a round in the world championships include Italy's Alfredo Penda, Belgium riders Eddie Merckx and Rick Steinbergen and Spanish rider Oscar Freire.

Behind the main race there are some competitions, which is the road against the clock for men and

women for a distance of 34 km, the road against the clock race for under 23 years for a distance of 29

km, and the road against the clock for young people for a distance of 29 km as well.

The championship also includes a road race against the clock relay, mixed teams for 28 km, men's 270 km road race, 170 km under-23 category road race, 164 km women's road race and 135 km youth road race.

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