Registration for the biggest cycle challenge in the Middle East, the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is now open – taking place on Friday, December 15 with four supporting build-up rides in the lead-up to the event.
The popular cycle event has continued to grow since its launch eight years ago with over 2,000 cyclists from all over the world entering the event and many cyclists taking part in the newly added UCI Gran Fondo Category in a pursuit to qualify for the exciting UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
The start of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge season begins on Friday, 8 September with the first of four build-up Rides.
The 35km Build-Up ride will take place at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One track with a lively cycle village full of sponsors’ activities, delicious breakfast options provided by Spinneys and fun and games for children to kick start the season.
For all those that are new to the sport, the official bike store, Revolution Cycles Dubai will be on-site at every race to ensure that newcomers are well-looked-after with great bikes to rent and a handful of helpful hints and tips to start their exciting cycling journey.
CEO of Spinneys Dubai, Mr. Jannie Holtzhausen, says: “We are thrilled to be one of the main partners for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge again this year. I am personally looking forward to seeing an array of new faces taking part in the Build-Up rides over the next few months, as well as at the final challenge.
“Health and wellness is huge part of what we do at everything Spinneys does, we truly want to inspire and encourage our customers and staff, internally, and recognise their input by encouraging them to get involved in challenges such as the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge.”
The organisers of the event are also excited to announce the return of the popular Spinneys Dubai 92 Junior Rides, the timed 2.5km, 15km and 30km rides are designed for 6 to 15 year-olds held at the Dubai Autodrome on Thursday, 14 December.
For all cyclists who wish to register but do not have a bike we have plenty of bike and helmet rental options in the registration process.
To register or find out more information on any of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge events please visit www.cyclechallenge.ae
UAE Team Emirates will line-up at the 40th edition of Three Days of De Panne on Tuesday with Italian rider Sacha Modolo bidding to clinch his first victory of the season.
The 29-year-old, who won two stages of the race in 2014, will be hoping to improve his previous performances in De Panne before competing at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, April 2.
“The Three Days of De Panne is quite a challenging and difficult race and achieving a good result in it is something everyone wants to do,” said Modolo.
“In 2014 I won two stages, one in Koksijde and one in De Panne: it would be great to be able to achieve either the same or an even better result… I would obviously love to clinch my first seasonal victory at such an important event ahead of Tour of Flanders.”
The Three Days of De Panne is an annual three-day race in Flanders, featuring elements of the spring classics such as cobbles, crosswinds and short, sharp climbs.
Riding alongside Sacha is a seven man UAE Team Emirates line-up, featuring Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Andrea Guardini, Marko Kump, Vegard Laengen, Marco Marcato, and Federico Zurlo.
UAE Team Emirates will line-up this Sunday at the challenging Gent-Wevelgem with 2016 Paris-Roubaix champion Filippo Ganna looking to replicate another victory in northern Europe at the ‘sprinter’s Classic’.
Italian Filippo Ganna spoke ahead of the race: “I’ll be back in northern Europe after last year’s win at Paris-Roubaix. This is a tough course and I know there will be a lot to learn but I’m ready and excited for this new challenge.”
The 249.2 km day race is renowned for its strong crosswinds during the first 130km of flat fields, followed by numerous difficult ascents and technical descents.
The course has a total of 11 steep climbs, the final is the Kemmelber – a cobbled hill that reaches an incline of 23% at its steepest point. For the first time 5.2 km of the Gent-Wevelgem course will include three semi-paved, sloping country roads or tracks called ‘Plugstreets’.
At Gent-Wevelgem the wind, rain and low temperatures can be as brutal as the cobbles themselves. Sporting Director Mario Scirea commented: “Gent-Wevelgem is a very demanding race, especially if the weather conditions are bad. The wind affects the main group almost immediately and there is a huge push to get to the front positions at the start so riders can seize the crucial moments of the race.”