Dear Runners, Cyclists , Accompanies and families.
VEOLIA Desert Challenge 2010 which has been held last weekend was the biggest challenge so far. Some 250 cyclists opened the weekend with the Friday noon family ride – accompanied by instructors, enjoying a refreshments tent halfway through the ride, and Expo and skills facilities at the final ride compound.
While hundreds of cyclists arrived at the camping and rest ground which has been located at the end of the route, Runners were preparing themselves to the moonlight night run – the PRO:SPORT DESERT.
Some 300 Runners set out to conquer the desert equipped with head lamps, while the event compound hosted a “Kabalat shabat” for bicycle riders, who enjoyed bar and catering services as well as cycling video clips which were projected all around.
At around 11 PM – the last runner crossed the finish line, and the event compound was preparing for a quiet night.
At 7 AM Saturday morning, the biggest mountain bike marathon in the country started , with approximately 1200 riders. First to launch was the quality competitive category – full marathon riders who rode the full 43 mile route in a perfect weather. 95 Riders took part of this section – another new record in the Desert challenge events.
15 minutes later – the second medium marathon category started their ride of 28.5 miles. This was the largest section, counting 700 cyclists which were parted to 4 separate launches. Last, but not least – was the colorful light marathon category who rode the distance of 14 miles.
Starting at the early morning hours the event turned into a big festival where riders and their families enjoyed a variety of rest areas, attractions, cycling shows, food and drinks and much more. This year – some of the challenge was routed through spectators – who watched and felt as part of the challenge themselves.
At noon – podium ceremonies started to take place, with real ceremonies as well as entertaining ones for the younger participants. More than 200 medals were handed out to competitors of 38 different competitive sections. Mr. Dov Litvinoff – Mayor of Tamar regional council, and Mr. Shaul Maoz – representative of VEOLIA, greeted the participants and invited them to take part of the coming Ein Gedi race. Despite some problems with time measuring and the installation of measurement chips, all Podiums finally ended, thus completing another huge and very successful sporting event at the regional county of Tamar.