If cyclists are looking for a fresh challenge for the rest of the year, then they need to look no further than The Arabian Epic Series.
A Cross Country Marathon Racing Series, participants will tackle a course that will see them ride on mountainous terrains in Fujairah, near Jebel Yibir this Friday.
There are two categories – the full marathon covers at least 80km while the half-marathon distance is between 40 to 50km.
This series there have already been three races held and due to public demand, organisers have decided to extend the season.
“This will be our fourth race this week and our intention was to host three events this season and learn how to do this right, but the riders wanted us to extend 2018 for another 3 races,” said Jason Bryan, race organiser.
“We have had around 150 cyclists take part every time and we are learning from each event. Hopefully we can continue to improve the race day experience for all those riders that place their trust in us to provide them with a great challenge and fun day out.”
Open to professional and amateur mountain bike riders, entrants must be 19 and over and have the necessary fitness level to compete in their chosen category.
With a few days to go until the fourth race, Bryan insists there will be plenty of positives for those who sign up.
“Cyclists and their families will get to experience beautiful countryside and unique landscapes that cannot be accessed easily from the roads,” he added.
“They will be able to set themselves a new challenge and test their fitness in a different way. It is well known that cross country marathons are one of the most difficult challenges on a bike whether you’re pushing for a podium spot, or just aiming to finish. There is a true sense of achievement when you cross that finish line. Seasoned triathletes even find it hard to get to the end.”
He added: “People will need to have a mountain bike, and if they do not possess one, there are many places to rent bikes for the day; they will need to be relatively fit or in shape.”
What: The Arabian Epic Series
Where: Fujairah, near Jebel Yibir
When: Friday, March 2
Contact: For more information or to register, email [email protected]
If you’re in Dubai and looking for the best in motor sports action there is no need to trek all the way to Abu Dhabi.
The Dubai Autodrome, located conveniently at the buzzing mini metropolis that is Motor City, has a busy programme over the next month including FIA F4UAE Championship (March 2-3), Emirates Schools Karting Championship (March 11-12) and the National Race Days Power Weekend (March 30-31). (See more events below.)
And the perfect place to catch all the Autodrome action is from the brand new Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City.
With stunning views of the Race Track, and the Dubai Marina skyline as a backdrop, the Park Inn has been impressively designed with a motor racing theme.
The minute you enter the tastefully decorated modern foyer a panorama of the race track opens up in front of you through the huge floor to ceiling windows.
Then look up – and above you suspended from the ceiling – a bright red antique Ferrari, which took hundreds of hour to assemble and fix in place.
Take a stroll around and you will soon discover Dubai’s sense of adventure and fun is perfectly mirrored in the design and philosophy of the Park Inn, which also aims for excellence in service and comfort.
The 146 rooms and suites, all with upscale amenities including free high-speed wifi, are bright and roomy with a vibrant contemporary feel.
With the curtains open revealing the wall to wall windows it’s almost like you are sitting in the grandstand of the race track – the final bend before the finish line right in front of you.
There’s no need to even leave your room, though you definitely will want to check out the buoyant and up tempo Live Inn on the first floor which features an all-day dining restaurant with an array of mouth-watering dishes, designed by the innovative executive chef at the Park Inn, Khaldoun Nasr.
Savor everything from South-East Asian to Middle Eastern food, for example ginger soy salmon or pearl barley tabbouleh, while meat enthusiasts will be keen to try the juicy rack of lamb with green pea and mint mash.
Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the dessert specialty, berry cheesecake with chocolate icing.
The food is excellent, stylishly presented and the service first class.
The Live-Inn is the perfect place to grab a delicious and healthy breakfast before heading to the race track or pausing during the day to take a break in a relaxing ambiance.
The Park Inn also features a heated pool and juicebar on the roof, with great views of the track and the city skyline plus a state-of-the-art-fitness centre and soon a new spa.
Also opening soon is the Bar Le Petit Belge, unwind and mingle at this beautiful bar with Belgian beverages and snacks. Gather around a football match on TV or sink into our couches and take in the superb racetrack view.
Park Inn also offers a “Happiness Guarantee” – if you’re not 100% happy with something, let one of their enthusiastic staff know during your stay and they’ll make it right or you won’t pay.
So for a weekend racing stay-cation or the perfect beginning, middle or end to your autodrome visit make sure to check out the Park Inn by Radisson.
DUBAI AUTODROME UPCOMING EVENTS
March 1 & 29 Roll Racing DXB
March 2-3 FIA F4UAE Championship
March 5 & 19 SWS Sprint Series
March 11-12 Emirates Schools Karting Championship
March 30-31 National Race Days Power Weekend (March 30-31).
Every Wednesday TrainDubai by Activelife (18:00 to 21:00)
The cosy Scott-themed pub has been the home to many Dubai sporting fans over the last six years and with recent improvements and updated menus it is bringing in a whole new clientele.
This Saturday it’s the perfect place to catch the huge Ireland-Wales match from Dublin at 18:15 followed by the Calcutta Cup clash between Scotland and England live from Edinburgh at 20:45.
When you can’t be at a huge sporting event, like the Six Nations, you want to watch it somewhere which makes it feel like you are actually there.
The Docks is such a place.
At The Docks a lot of thought has gone into making the experience of watching big sporting events as exciting as possible.
Seating is comfortable, with everywhere in the establishment having an excellent view of the large screens, and easy access to the serving area.
There’s also a well-lit dart board if you’re feeling a bit of a Phil Taylor “Power” rush.
The food – crucial to any sport watching experience – is also first class.
Executive Sous Chef Gaurang Dilip Vikekar joined the Ramada team nine months ago and has made some shrewd tweaks to the menu at The Docks and the adjoining Cuisines and Asian-fusion Ginger restaurants.
The Murg Makhani, or Butter Chicken as Scots fans might know it, is among the best in town and is a huge favourite at The Docks around kick-off as is the British style Fish and Chips, with perfectly cut steak-fries.
But the smart move is to arrive a little earlier and check out Ginger, which Vikekar has got humming recently with a new Head Chef from Thailand, Prajaak, before taking up your spot in The Docks.
Watching sport can sometimes be a little bit tough on the waist line but at Ginger there are plenty of healthy options from Sushi, such as the tasty Spider Roll (soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, tobiko), to Aromatic Seabass, (crispy seabass fillet with spicy sweet chili sauce and sweet basil leaves).
There is also the outstanding Asian styled lamb-shanks, taking an old English favourite and spicing it up with a Thai-twist that is both healthy and delicious.
There’s also plenty of great deals at The Docks such as two-for-one Happy Hours from 17:00 to 19:00 every day.
Ginger also has a great value Friday brunch from 12:00 to 15:00 just AED119 with soft drinks, AED229 with all beverages available.
This is followed by Dynasty, Asian-Fusion night at Cuisines.
On Thursday at Cuisines you can try the Butcher’s Block with fresh cuts of Brazilian beef and Australian and New Zealand lamb available for you to choose and then have perfectly cooked at the live grill station – for just AED99.
And this isn’t just a great spot for rugby fans, The Docks is open from 15:00 to 03:00 every day so it’s also a great spot to catch the big Champions League nights coming up over the next weeks and month.
On Tuesday night there is an evening brunch at Cuisines perfect for a delicious and great value pre-match meal, before slipping next door to catch all the Champions League action.
What: The Docks, live sports bar
Where: Ramada Jumeirah, Al Wasl Road, Al Satwa
When: 15:00 to 03:00 every day
Contact: + 971 4 702 7000