Cyclists and cycling fans alike are being given a unique opportunity to go head-to-head with one of the sporting greats on Tuesday 20th March as part of Yas Marina Circuit’s weekly TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife.
Former Swiss professional road bicycle racer Fabian “Spartacus” Cancellara will be putting local cyclists through their paces as part of the special “Chasing Cancellara” event.
Teams of two will complete two laps of Yas Marina Circuit’s iconic Formula One track in the fastest time possible (time trial format) with the aim of beating the time set by the world champion. The fastest three teams, plus category winners in qualification will then advance to the final.
Following the qualification stages the fastest three teams, plus each category winner, will all line up at the start and take off at the same time. The four-time TT World Champion will then set off a few seconds later in pursuit of the challengers.
Whoever crosses the line first is the winner; do you think you can chase Cancellara?
The 36-year-old retired from cycling in 2016 after a stellar career that saw him win two time trial Olympic gold medals and eight stages at the Tour De France among many other accomplishments.
So gear up for the ultimate challenge and experience what it is like to have a cycling legend hot on your heels.
Registration is now open, for this event not to be missed, however places are limited and entrants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.
The price is Dh950, including VAT, for a team of two people and will take place between 9pm and 11pm on the day.
Included is a Chasing Cancellara cycling bib, a Chasing Cancellara T-shirt, two bidons, one finisher’s medal and a finisher’s certificate if you manage to beat the main man.
Where: Yas Marina Circuit
When: Tuesday 20th March @ TrainYAS
How to register: Register now at https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/products/whats-on-track/chasing-cancellara-trainyas/
The Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race – the longest offshore race in the region for modern keelboats is back for their 26th edition next month and sailors can still be part of the event with registration now open.
Covering more than 360 miles around the Musandam Peninsula, the race will leave from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on March 8 for their journey to Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Muscat, which will end on March 13.
Sailors can expect to spend from three to five days at sea, racing 24 hours a day in a variety of weather conditions.
Following a successful 25th Silver Anniversary race in 2017, organisers are expecting over 25 yachts to participate with 150 sailors from the UAE, the region and around the world.
“Since 1991 when the first race was held, the event has grown massively,” said David Worrall, race organiser. “At that time, five or six boats would be competing but now it’s a completely different event to what it was in those early years.”
The new March start date allows the race to become part of the prestigious Asian Keelboat Championship, which will eventually attract entrants from across the Asian region.
In addition, the introduction of a double-handed class will allow veterans of the race to seek a new challenge with just two sailors on board where they may have raced the course previously with six to 10 crew.
A new feature for the race this year is that spectators who are not participating, and who cannot sail themselves, or cannot afford the time, can participate in the challenge by entering the online racing game at: http://virtualregatta.com/en.
Using the online game, enthusiasts can sail their own virtual modern keelboat around the same course, using the actual weather seen by the real boats, and with their virtual boat having the same performance as several of the actual boats taking part.
Although registration has just opened, Worrall believes it’s an opportunity not to be missed for sailors.
“It’s like an adventure like no other,” he said. “Sailors will race continuously for three or four days, not only is it a technical challenge to sail a boat but it’s an endurance marathon. You have to sleep while people are sailing the boat and it’s your turn to race the boat when they sleep. With it going for three to four days, if you want to win you have to keep yourself going at a very high standard of a performance. It’s a real challenge and adventure.”
What: Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race
Where: Dubai and Muscat
When: March 8 to March 13
Contact: For more information or to register, visit http://dubaitomuscatrace.com/
With the half-term holidays soon approaching, there’s no reason for budding footballers not to be active with IJF Academy and FC Football Center’s Football Camp.
Taking place at Just Play HQ, Al Quoz, Dubai from February 11 to 15, kids aged between 3 and 16 can develop their skills and knowledge under their qualified coaching staff.
IJF and FC Football Center are no strangers to hosting camps with their previous editions proving to be a huge success and next week’s is set to be no different.
“During our winter camps in December and January we had over 70 children attending per day and we are delighted that it was a huge success,” said Lee Mannion, head coach at IJF Academy. “The kids had an amazing time, learning new skills and techniques and we are confident the Football Camp will be another big success.
“That’s because besides learning new skills and techniques, there will also be fun games which will be based on some of the skills of their favourite players today.”
Running from 09:00 to 16:00, parents can choose from three options: half a day (09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00) costs Dh150, while it’s Dh400 for three days or Dh650 for five days. For those who want to attend the full day, then it’s Dh250 daily, Dh650 for three days or Dh1,000 for five days.
And with a few days to go until the camp begins, Mannion believes there’s plenty of reasons as to why parents should enroll their children.
“What makes our camp stand out from the others is that ours is one of the only camps that focuses specifically on football in Dubai,” he said. “As we are having a team of high qualified coaches in the Dubai, the camp is run indoors in a fully air conditioned facility so kids will not have to worry about the heat. There is also a safe seating area for the children to sit and have a snack during the breaks.”
He added: “Overall, the children will have fun, meet new friends and learn about the game as well. On top of this the children will have the chance to win prizes each day.”
What: IJF Academy and FC Football Centre Football Camp
Where: Just Play HQ, Dubai
When: February 11-15