Dukhan Climbers Race

THE RACE IS NOW FULL

Dukhan provides Qatar’s only hilly road racing terrain and riders look forward to the change of scenery and challenges this brings. In this race we even manage a KOM style hill top finish! The course is deceptively straight forward. Using wide open roads and some climbs to split things up, we plan for an easy restart to bunch racing in 2021/22.

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT COVID-19 REGULATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS FOR THIS EVENT. ONLY VACCINATED, RECOVERED OR PCR/RAPID ANTIGEN TESTED PARTICIPANTS ALLOWED.

Entry

  • Full price 100 QAR
  • QCTF members 75 QAR
  • Late entry (if available) 130 QAR
  • On-line registration in advance only. Entries close 8am Thursday 14th October.

Registration

Race information

Location

Dukhan Town Centre

  • From Dukhan Highway take first exit signed ‘Dukhan’
  • Race HQ is easily located in the centre of town, next to McDonalds

Timetable

05:45 – 6:45 Sign on at event
06:55 Mandatory race briefing – all races
07:00 A Race start
07:03 B Race start
07:06 C Race start
07:09 D Race start

Women’s categories will be assigned to one of these races or have their own start depending on the number of entrants

Facilities

  • Toilets & Supermarket
  • First aid and ambulance provided by QCF and Qatar Red Crescent
  • Rasen mechanic

Races and grades

Bunch races are conducted in ability based grades. You are free to choose whichever ability category suits your level of fitness however it is expected that anyone in who earned a top three C grade placing in any race in the 2019-20 season or a top six league placing in C grade will race in B or A grade in 2020-21. Any rider who averaged 36kph or higher in the Ashghal Time Trial Series or Jock Hughson handicap should enter A or B. The organiser reserves the right to place any competitor in a race which is deemed appropriate, based on all known results and other performance data.

A RACE

  • Average speed of winner 39-41 kph

B RACE

  • Average speed 36-38 kph

C RACE

  • Average speed 33-35 kph

D RACE

  • Average speed 30-32 kph

Route

The race leaves Dukhan with a neutralised zone until the start of the Umm Baab highway.

  1. Head south until the Fahahill Main exit where the route leaves the highway, passes through 2 roundabouts to u-turn north again.
  2. DO NOT CUT ANY ROUNDABOUTS
  3. On arrival at Dukhan the u-turn is repeated.
  4. The finish is around 7km south of Dukhan after completing the number of laps for your race category:
  • A Race – 3 laps – 81 KM
  • B Race – 3 Laps – 81 KM
  • C Race – 2 Laps – 52 KM
  • D race – 2 Laps – 52 KM
  • Garmin course

The course will be signed but not marshaled. Roads are typically quiet but not closed to traffic. This area often has other fluoro signage for the oil field. Be careful to only follow QCF signs.
​Follow road rules.

Rules & Eligibilty

  1. The races are open to anyone. It is not necessary to have a Qatar ID or be resident in Qatar.
  2. No race licence is required
  3. This race is for road bikes only. TT and triathlon bikes are not allowed and clip-on aerobars must be removed.
  4. FOLLOW THE COURSE – Marshals and signs are there to help but it’s your responsibility to follow the course. Typically, races follow the road rules. That means staying in the right lane and taking roundabouts anti-clockwise, unless otherwise indicated by signage or race briefing.
  5. YOUR BIKE MUST BE SAFE – Your race will be over before it starts if you show up with a bike equipped with aerobars (of course they are allowed for time trials!) or unplugged bar ends. Where there is a bike check, the official will also be looking at brakes, headset and tire wear.
  6. RIDE SAFELY RESPECTING OTHERS – Riding deemed to be the direct, indirect or even just potential cause of an accident may see you pulled from the race. Unnecessary braking, riding without care or forceful physical contact are all dangerous. If you lack experience of riding in a group, you really must practice before joining a race.
  7. WEAR A HELMET
  8. DON’T JOIN ANOTHER RACE – In multi lap races such as criteriums you may not gain advantage by joining riders who did not start at the same time as you. In any race, if you are dropped, you may join riders from other grades but may not play an active part in their race e.g. be lead rider, close down breaks etc.
  9. DON’T GAIN ADVANTAGE FROM A VEHICLE – Drafting a passing truck, police or support vehicle is clearly cheating. Should you stop for a mechanical problem, support vehicles are allowed to return you to the back of the race. But they are not allowed to give draft assistance if you have been dropped and you are not allowed to ride in the vehicle.
  10. LITTERING – Really? You can get a DQ for throwing a gel wrapper? Yes. Police support and use of many venues depends on leaving the course clean. Littering is taken very seriously.
  11. DON’T RIDE WITH HEADPHONES – You need your full attention on the race and awareness of what is happening around you. You must not use a phone, listen to music, use headphones or be distracted by any other device while riding.
  12. LISTEN TO THE RACE BRIEFING – Race briefings emphasise the important safety points on the course. Nine times out of ten they repeat stuff you already read in the race information but sometimes there are last minute changes that are vital to know about. If they are about safety or course changes you could easily find yourself with a DQ. If English isn’t your first language, study the race information, read the rule book, listen to the briefing extra carefully and ask if you don’t understand. Not knowing is no excuse.

Awards

Our thanks to Rasen Adventure Shop who continue to support the cycling community. They will provide vouchers for first 3 places in each grade. Complete results are available on the results section of this site as soon as possible after the race.

Safety

Notices

Corona virus regulations & precautions

ONLY VACCINATED, RECOVERED OR PCR/RAPID ANTIGEN TESTED PARTICIPANTS ALLOWED according to latest MoPH regulations on race day.

The rules to follow are already well known:

  • Wear a mask – at all times before the start and after the finish of your race when within the event site or less than 2m separation cannot be maintained from others
  • Keep 1.5m minimum distance from others
  • Ehteraz will be checked and temperature taken

Do not attend the event if you have had contact with an infected person within the previous 7 days, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. If in doubt, please act in a way which ensures the safety of participants. The possibility of holding cycling races and events is in your hands!

Emergency contact and support

Andrej Filip 33417990

Call this number to arrange mechanical support or medical assistance. Each race will have a dedicated support car following the main bunch (but not those dropped from it). Spare wheels (11 speed Shimano) are available on a first come, first served basis to keep you in the race. If you need assistance to return to the start, the ‘broom wagon’ will follow the last rider in the race.

Abandoning the race

Please ensure that you inform a race official if abandoning the race. Doing so means no time is wasted looking for you and we know that everyone is safe. Remember to return your timing chip and number.

Registration

THE RACE IS NOW FULL