Eligibility

The Frontier Epic is open to professional and amateur mountain bikers. No qualification is required.

Participants must be at least 19 years old. Since its inception we have seen amateurs from all walks of life compete alongside decorated professionals, including Olympians and National Champions. 

You must ensure that you arrive at the Prologue start with the necessary fitness level to participate. 

Fitness Levels

It is every rider's responsibility to ensure that they arrive at the Prologue start with the necessary fitness level to participate. 

You are required to have a full medical checkup by your doctor before taking part. This includes supplying race organisers with the rider's medical history for the race doctors. This is essential for the planning and delivery of medical care at the event. 

Each rider must also sign a personal indemnity form before they are able to compete. 

Race Preparation

Most riders begin planning for a stage race like this months in advance. It is impossible to over-prepare.

Although a lot of planning goes into the physical training, nutrition strategy and preparation of your bike, mental preparation is just as important. Willpower is just as likely to get you through a tough stage as the latest and greatest carbon mountain bike. We suggest finding a veteran of mountain bike stage racing or previous finisher to help guide your preparation. 

Hints & Tips (pre-race)

  1. Agree upfront a training strategy and set achievable goals.
  2. You will need lots of sleep and rest and good nutrition the week before.
  3. Get the best riding shorts that you can afford and get used to them.
  4. Three sets of team kit should be sufficient.
  5. Get the best that you can afford.
  6. Buy early and don’t make any changes after December.
  7. Have your bike professionally set up.
  8. Ensure you schedule a full bike service at least three weeks before the race.
  9. Nothing should change after January.
  10. You will need spares.

Hints & Tips (during race)

  1. One day at a time.
  2. Start fresh and finish strong.
  3. Always hydrate and refuel at a feed station even if you feel you don't need to.
  4. Ride at your own pace. Pace yourself!
  5. Get to Stage 2 and then aim for Stage 4.
  6. Break long days down into sections.
  7. Know the cut off times and don’t get caught out.
  8. Get as much food into you at lunch (if you're back in time) and dinner. 
  9. Get to bed early. It's amazing how your body recovers overnight.
  10. Soak up the wonders of the Sultanate of Oman!
  11. Check out www.marathonmtb.com!

What to Pack

  1. Form of photo identification (ID/passport) - for race registration.
  2. Credit card for emergency expenses.
  3. Cable ties (these are always useful).
  4. Bio-degradable washing detergent.
  5. Personal toiletries (including high-factor sun cream, after-sun lotion and lip balm)
  6. Towel
  7. Casual clothes
  8. Mosquito repellent and anti-histamine.
  9. Ear plugs
  10. Laundry Bag
  11. Sleeping bag and sheet liner
  12. Torch
  13. Mobile phone & charger

The Basic Rules

  1. A rider that does not finish a stage within the allotted time is classified as a 'Did Not Finish' (DNF) for the full event, but can still take part in all remaining stages.
  2. A rider can vary his/her bike during the course of the event, but must start and finish each stage on the same bike.
  3. Technical or any other assistance can take place only at designated tech zones, unless provided by a fellow rider.
  4. Being towed by vehicles results in automatic disqualification! It has happened before!!

Rider FAQs

  1. Pick-up and drop-off to the airport after the event? YES. Free.
  2. How many nights of hospitality is provided in the package? THREE (23rd, 24th, 25th). Breakfast and lunch is served on the 26th (Final Day)
  3. Prizes? YES. Prize money for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and lots of other prizes too.
  4.  Viewing points for friends & family? We are working on that. 
  5. Hot? 24-30C daytime, 10-15C at night. These are only indicative! 
  6. Hotel, or only tent? There are lovely hotels nearby, but this is at the rider's expense.

Participant List

This will be provided here soon! You will know your opponent :)

Route Information

This will also be provided here soon. Mother Nature is laying down a serious challenge! We can guarantee you that.