Mountain bike race in Wakan Village today

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Tourism is organising a competitive sports event for mountain bikers in the region in collaboration with the international Red Bull called “Red Bull Titan of the Hill”, in Wakan Village today.
This mountain biking soft downhill and enduro event is expected to gather more than 200 racers. Registration is open through Red Bull’s website: www.redbull.com/titan
The participants will embark on an adventurous challenge ride through the stairs of village in an intertwined route, which is 1 km long. The participants will use specialized bikes for the sports.
In collaboration with the specialized entities, arrangements have been made to take competitors to the starting point at the top of the stairs in the village, as well as ensuring that all security and safety procedures are in place.
Also to ensure that participants, observers and visitors are experiencing a special event, the organisers of the event have provided a site for camping. Omani traditional activities like folklore and handicrafts showcasing will be associated with the challenge on Friday.
The local community in the village has shown a great cooperation and passion to host and organise such tourism event, in which the sustainability of the tourist destinations, the preservation of its components, and the added values are maintained. The event’s organisers and people in Wakan Village have joined the efforts to ensure the success of the event as it has received a large group of volunteers.
Wakan Village is located in the highest mountainous area in Wadi Mistal in the Wilayat Nakhl, which is in Al Batinah South Governorate. It is 150 km away from the capital of Muscat, and rises about 2,000 metres above the sea level. Accessing the village requires the use of SUVs, where the road passes by number of wadis to reach the village.
Wakan has a moderate and warm weather in summer and is cool in winter. There is a spread of agricultural terraces in the village, and many fruit trees could be found such as — pomegranate, grapes, apricots and others.
The village has some services and facilities that are located at its entrance. The Ministry of Tourism has constructed a corridor that is 1 km long. It consists of 750 stairs ascending to the top. It is surrounded by a protective fence, and has many services like — stop stations for viewers. These stations are in a form of towers, umbrellas and sitting areas.
Also, there is a centre for resting and provides an overlook to the village and the agricultural terraces for visitors.
The falaj which flows from the top of the village towards the agricultural terraces passes next to the stairs of the corridor. It is worth mentioning that, natural components were used to build this corridor.