Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cycling in Oman

Cycling has become the new trend with tourists for its numerous benefits. Popular as a
medium of sport, and transport, it has slowly made its way to being seen as a recreational
activity that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age. Cycling in Oman has been well-
liked by visitors and locals alike. In fact, there are active cycling clubs in Muscat that
have weekly cycling excursions. There is also the annual race called ‘Tour of Oman’
which is popular the world over.

Oman is a country that has a range of mountains in the North and South that are perfect
for bicycling and trekking. In addition to these, the country offers rough terrains, valleys,
limestone beds, and wadis that are best explored at the slow pace of a cycle. Even though,
the climate of the country can be a bit too hot in the summer, winters and season time are
perfect to set out on the bicycle. Most of the stunning scenery and friendly locals make
for an ideal ride through the cities. The roads are unsullied and the weather, crisp. What
else can one want?

The best way to get your hands on a mountain bike is through your travel agency. Travel
agents are aware of the best routes to take, rentals bicycle shops, rules to be followed, etc.
and can guide you well. While selecting a bike, keep in mind the comfort you will need.
Hence make sure that the bicycle suits your height, and the saddle or seat is comfortable
while riding. Safety is primary and so it is advisable to wear a helmet, learn hand signals,
and have a headlight in case you wish to travel at night.

Cycling brings a number of benefits with it. It is an optimal mode of transportation for
short distances, it is a great form of exercise, it is cheaper than hiring a car or using public
transport, it gives you the advantage of being flexible on your journey, it helps you enjoy
a site for as long as you want as the pace is slow, it is one of the most eco-friendly ways
to travel as no air pollution takes place, it is great on rough paths as well as good roads,
and it allows for easier parking.

Known as an efficient, and healthy mode of commute, cycling in Oman is a joy in itself.
Not only can you enjoy the scenery and fresh air, but also feel like you have blend into
the crowd of locals. Going around the city of Muscat on a cycle is awesome. The roads
are clean and directions are easy to follow. Moreover, it is fairly easy to go around on a
cycle where cars are not allowed. You can take pleasure in cycling around the tiny lanes
near the souks, or along the beach.

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