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Qatar National Time Trial Championship: Fadhel completes hat-trick of titles

DOHA: Fadhel Al Khater of Rasen Adventure Shop (RAS) completed hat-trick of titles in the National Time Trial Champion’s jersey.

Fadhel covered the 28km course in 37m 22s in just under 45 KPH to convincingly beat Abdullah Al Jaaidi (Team Doha Cycling) and Marwan Al Jalham (RAS), who finished second and third respectively.

In a bid to promote the strong interest in cycling, the championship was run as a full age group competition for the first time this season.

Under 40 champion and fastest age group competitor was triathlete Essa Almaadeed (Qtri).

Essa overcame Rabay Aladawi (QTri) and turned the tables on Mubarak Alajji (NeverWastedShop).

The masters race (age 40+) was won by Ahmad Al Subaey (NeverWastedShop) and Nasser Mubarak (QTri) retained the 50+ title.

This year’s championship was sponsored by Ashghal, who also created the Olympic Cycling Track on which the event was held.

This facility is the record holder for the longest continuous dedicated road cycling and its existence can be credited with the development of recreational and competitive cycling since it opened just over a year ago.

The open race running concurrently with the National Championships discovered the fastest expats.

British Rider Jonathan Parker (Team Botrill C-Bear) and Fin, Pia Sundstedt, proved themselves a class above the rest in retaining their titles.

This represented a return to form for Parker, who had been narrowly beaten by Lee Jones (Team Al Jassra) in their last meeting.

Parker also stepped onto the podium as Open Masters Champion, with the age group title winners being Ethan Bennett (Millfield Triathlon) Under 23, Guillaume Soutter (Team Al Jassra) Under 40 and Ewan Cameron (Triclub Doha) veteran.

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