Donegal's Jason Black is nearing the end of his first ever self-supported ultra-cycling race in the Middle East - over 1,000km in hugely demanding conditions.
The race started in Muscat (capital city of Oman) and covers the Hajar Mountains, the spectacular Jebel Shams Pass, the Ash Sharqiyah Desert and Arabian Seaside Roads.
The end result is to arrive back in Muscat in under 120 hours.
At one stage he was in second place, but then slipped back to fourth.
Just before 10.00 pm Irish time, he posted the following message on social media:
"Boy oh boy oh boy it’s been some roller coaster - puncture #5 & stuck on the top of a mountain pass somewhere just outside Muscat Oman.clean out of tubes so fixed the slice in the tube with repair kit to then realize the nip of the value broke away leaving it useless.
You couldn’t write it.."
He is due to finish in the next few hours.
Earlier today he posted the following update:
You can get an idea of just how demanding it is from this video posted by Jason as well.
This is Jason’s first attempt at a solo un-supported race so it will be even more exciting to see how he will cope without the support of his usual back-up team.
Preparation is key for this race and clever packing of supplies is crucial to success. All food/hydration/medication/clothing etc needs to be carried on the bike or bought along the route where necessary.
Black, a family man based in Letterkenny, became the first person from Donegal to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2013.
Since then he has embarked on numerous extreme sports and taken part in several very demanding challenges.
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