Race information:

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Riding in Wadi Degla:

  • The Wadi Degla area is a hilly desert area outside Cairo, Egypt, that has a trail system great for cross-country mountain biking . More information on mountain biking in the area can be found on the MTB Egypt website here
  • Want to get a quick idea about what riding in the Wadi Degla area is like? Watch this video.

Race format and race day agenda:

Race format:

This is a time-trial race based on an interval start format. Competitors will be starting 1-minute intervals (one minute lag between each racer and the next one).

What to do on race day:

- Get to the Wadi Degla entrance no later than 8:00 a.m. This would give us enough time to get our gear together, finish registration, and have the first racer out by 9:30
- Take your bike and gear and go up to the south plateau where the registration/start area will be set-up.
- Check-in with the volunteers (if you have already registered online, we will already have your information in our race roster), pay your racing fee, sign the participation waiver and get your racing number (which you will mount in front of your handlebar)
- Line-up at the start line and wait for your name/number to be called to start.
- When finishing, make sure the timing crew can clearly see your number plate. We will be using a race timing software plus manual back-up in order to ensure timing accuracy.

The race course:

With several different race course options that the wadi provides, we had to choose a course based on three basic criteria: relative ease of marking, safety and volunteer accessibility, and a good balance of endurance and technical difficulty.

As such, the best option was seen to be the 15 KM loop known as the "Corporate loop". This particular course satisfies the above criterea.

Race course
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Beginner riders will do one lap (15KM), advanced riders will do 2 (30 KM). We might include part of the ridge section for advanced riders (balcony) if we are able to mark it well. If we do this, advanced racers will be doing an additional 1KM per lap.

Start/Finish points will be on top of the Wadi's south plateau, after the initial short climb from the Wadi floor.

Elevation profiles:

Beginners class (1 lap):

Advanced class (2 laps):

Competition classes:

Open Men (one lap of the advanced loop)
Open Women (one lap of the advanced loop)
Open Beginners (one lap of the beginners loop)

International racers:

We have partnered with one of Egypt's leading travel companies to provide special rates for accomodation and transportation for participants from outside Egypt. Please get in touch with us for more information.


The weather is expected to be mildly cool. Your light early winter clothing should be adequate in addition to a windbreaker or jacket for extra pre and post-race warmth.

If you have arm and knee warmers it might be a good idea to bring them along.

Pre-rides scheduele:

Beginners: Friday, Dec. 4th at 8:00 a.m. (To be confirmed)
Advanced: Friday, Nov. 20 2009 at 7:30 a.m.