Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Greatest Distance on Motorcycle in 24 Hours: world
record set by Omar Al Mamari
MUSCAT, Sultanate of Oman -- Omar
Al Mamari, 36, drove on his Honda CBR 1100 bike from the
Oman Automobile Association premises in Muscat to the city
of Salalah which is 1031 kms south (640.634 miles) and returned
back the same way averaging a speed of 94.1 km and covering
a total of 2062 kms ( 1281.267 Miles) in 24 hours-setting
the world record for the Greatest
Distance on Motorcycle in 24 Hours (individual).
Photo: Al Mamari, an IT Administrator
by profession aged 36 also is the founder President of the
Oman Bikes Club. (enlarge
His experience in Biking spans across
18 years and he has achieved a special place among the biking
community in Oman.
Al Mamari says: "I would like
to dedicate this achievement to our Nation and to His Majesty
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said who is the inspiration behind my record
He has accomplished the feat in the
most grueling desert summer time by completing 2062 kilometers
travelling on national highway to Salalah from Muscat at temperatures
ranging from 42 to 48 degrees.
The previous world record for the
Distance on Motorcycle in 24 hours was set by Eduardo
Vergara Schaffner (Uraguay) who covered 1,508.89 km (937.58
miles) by motorcycle in a 24 hour period from 2-3 November
2002,in Colonia, Uraguay.
The road to Salalah is almost a deserted
highway but with a lot of potholes and patches to be maneuvered.
It took just 2 hours to reach Adam which was
the first stop 223 kms away, the next stopping point was Hyma
which is 541 kms midway between the cities Muscat and Salalah.
A couple of more stops were made at the small townships of
Al Ghftayn and the hilly Thumrayt before reaching the picturesque
city of Salalah.
All along the way in almost all the Al-Maha petrol
stations, the people cheered him and wished him the best.
There were in total 9 stops which add upto 126 minutes of
break, each one around15 minutes duration and was made primarily
for filling petrol.
It took exactly 11 Hours and Forty minutes for
Al Mamari to reach Salalah, and soon after a quick fill and
refreshment, started the drive back to Muscat .
Al Mamari:"At this juncture
I wish to thank the Oman Automobile Association, 2nd avenue,
Arabian industry Co., Al Maha Petroleum and the media who
have made this record attempt possible.
I also wish to thank my friend Santosh
and all other friends who have been supporting me throughout
this period without whom I could not have done this feat.
Last but not the least; I would like to thank my wife for
her continued support and understanding."
Al Mamari recollects the drive back was much
better although tiring because it was during the night with
relief from the scorching sun.
Stopping all the same places on the way
back too, Al Mamari reached Muscat at 11 a.m. thus completing
24 Hours of continuous driving.
A log book was maintained with time
and duration of the stops which were made at the Al Maha filling
stations throughout the journey. Signatures of officials at
the Oman Automobile Association were taken and the Odometer
readings were captured on the camera.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009