Check out what happened during Day 1 of the 2015 Trans Hajar Mountain Bike Race. James Reid (RSA), from Team RECM, has a 1 minute 40 second advantage over his nearest competitors going in to day 2 of the multi-day stage race. Eszter Dosa from Hungary has a 2 minute lead over last year's female winner Hannele Steyn (RSA).
2015 Stage 2
South African Team RECM rider, James Reid, extended his lead over his nearest rival to 1 minute 48 seconds on day 2 of the newly UCI classified Trans Hajar Mountain Bike race in Oman. The stage ended with a tense sprint finish between Reid and his fellow countryman Max Knox. With only one second separating them at the line, Knox, racing for the Dubai based team Revolution Cycles, now moves up to second place in the Open Male classification.
In the Open Female Category, Great Britain’s Catherine Williamson won the day’s racing ahead of yesterday’s winner Eszter Dosa (HUN). Williamson has now moved into the overall lead, just four seconds ahead of Dosa.
2015 Stage 3
The challenging conditions and terrain tripped up even the most experienced riders on the third day of the Trans Hajar Mountain Bike stage race in Oman. South African Team RECM rider, James Reid, now has three consecutive stage wins to his name, but today’s victory was far from easy after he broke a wheel spoke on the first descent of the stage. Team TIB Insurance rider, Andrew Hill (RSA), tried to take advantage of Reid’s misfortune, but a wandering goat put a stop to what might have been. Hill’s collision ended with a broken front wheel and an early retirement, leaving Kevin Evans (RSA) and his compatriot Max Knox (RSA) to battle it out for second place - there is currently only 1 second separating them in the overall classification of this UCI classified stage race. Previous Cape Epic winner, Catherine Williamson (GBR), followed yesterday’s stunning performance with another stage win. She now leads the Open Female Category by a staggering 14 minutes 31 seconds, ahead of Hungarian Champion Eszter Dosa (HUN).
2015 Stage 4
The penultimate day of the UCI classified Trans Hajar Mountain Bike Race produced a new stage winner, South African rider Renay Groustra. Groustra has been gaining form throughout the Oman based stage race, finishing in the top ten every day, even after puncturing on day three. Today, Groustra made a break with Team RECM rider and current Trans Hajar race leader, James Reid (RSA), on the descent of Arabia’s highest peak, Jebel Shams (3,028m). The pair held their lead over the final climb of the stage and with Reid unable to respond to Groustra’s sprint for the line, Groustra took a well-deserved victory. James Reid (RSA) goes into the last day of the Trans Hajar Mountain Bike Race as the overall leader, 13 minutes 19 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and fellow countryman Max Knox (RSA). British rider and overall leader of the Trans Hajar female category, Catherine Williamson, continued to set her own pace during today’s stage, extending her time advantage to a formidable 25 minutes 55 seconds over Hungarian Champion Eszter Dosa (HUN).
2015 Final Stage
Having spent five days in the saddle covering an all-new 400-kilometre route and tackling 10,000 metres of climbing, South African Team RECM rider, James Reid, has won the 2015 Trans Hajar Mountain Bike Race by a massive 12 minutes 58 seconds. It was an all South African podium at the end of the multi-day stage race with James Reid’s fellow countrymen Max Knox (RSA) and Kevin Evans (RSA) rounding out the top three. Knox and Evans had been battling for second place throughout the race, but it was Knox who managed to take his 1-second advantage going in to the final stage and stretch it out to 1 minute 6 seconds as he crossed the finish line. British rider and Former Cape Epic winner, Catherine Williamson (GBR), added another title to her name winning the Overall Female Category by a staggering 33 minutes 55 seconds ahead of Hungarian Champion Eszter Dosa (HUN).