Where to cycle in UAE - Al Qudra Cycle Path, Dubai Autodrome, Yas Marina Circuit and more

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The hardest step is getting off the sofa and leaving the house!

Cycling is the easiest way to get fitter and is incredibly effective at making you mentally and physically healthier.

If you’re looking to improve your fitness, check out these five cycling routes.

AL QUDRA CYCLE PATH

Al Qudra cycling path is the most popular destination among UAE’s cycling community.

The 86 kilometre track, consisting primarily of a 50 km loop, is a pedal power paradise located east out of Dubai, near Studio City and Arabian Ranches.

Depending on racing speed, the track takes between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete.

If you did not have a bike, Trek UAE shop — located at the end of Al Qudra Road — is the perfect place to rent your bike.

Each bike rental also includes a helmet and lights, as parts of Al Qudra Cycling Track are not well lit after dark.

The path itself is free of charge.

MORE INFO: Al Qudra Cycle Path

NAD AL SHEBA CYCLE PATH

Once a camel racing track, the Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path is now a family-friendly cycle park with a choice of an 8km, 6km and 4km paths designed for both cycling and running.

The whole course is lit by night and has all the necessary facilities, including restrooms and changing rooms with showers.

Nad Al Sheba is a great place to bike for all ages with a breathtaking view of the skyline of Downtown Dubai.

MORE INFO: Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path

DUBAI AUTODROME

The Dubai Autodrome normally roars to the sound of motorbikes, but every Wednesday evening, it is taken up by cyclists and runners.

From 6-9 pm, cyclists who bring their own bike are invited to lap the 2.5 km track under floodlights.

The free night attracts a mix of experienced and beginner cyclists all looking to train somewhere without the worry of busy roads.

MORE INFO: Dubai Autodrome

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

On Tuesday and Sunday evenings, runners and cyclists have the chance to lap one of Formula One’s most iconic tracks.

A mix of pro and amateur cyclists descend on the track in the capital to pedal around the circuit as part of the TrainYas and StartYas programmes.

Each lap is 5.5km and the circuit is open from 6-8.30pm. Remember to register online to avoid disappointment.

MORE INFO: Yas Marina Circuit

HATTA MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL CENTRE

Cyclists from around the UAE can take in the stunning mountainous region of Hatta at the various trails on offer at the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre.

The route – 134kms east of Dubai – is arguably the best destination for mountain bikers, offering 14 kms of routes which cater for riders of all abilities.

The trail is split into different sections, with green for beginners, blue for intermediates, red for experienced riders and black for the elite.

If you want to venture for a coffee and some food after, then Hatta village has some nice cafes and supermarkets.

MORE INFO: Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Watch video highlights from UAE Team Emirates' first Vuelta a España on UCI WorldTour

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After more than 3,000km of arduous racing through France, Andorra and Spain, UAE Team Emirates wrapped-up their first Vuelta a España on Sunday, marking the culmination of a successful debut for the new team at the three historic Grand Tours.

The third and final of the three most prestigious races on the UCI WorldTour, the 2017 Vuelta provided 21 challenging stages and saw UAE Team Emirates achieve a stage victory, several top five and top ten finishes, as well as a 12th place General Classification (GC) finish for South African rider Louis Meintjes.

The Vuelta a España was the final showdown of the season and is the youngest of the three Grand Tours, starting in 1935. The Giro d’Italia began in 1909 whilst the Tour de France was established in 1903.

In the video above, watch video highlights provided by UAE Team Emirates, from the final Grand Tour event of the season.




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UAE Team Emirates’ Diego Ulissi clinches stunning victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

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Top of the tree: Ulissi.

UAE Team Emirates’ Diego Ulissi claimed a stunning victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday following a hectic sprint that saw him cross the finish line just ahead of Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac).

Ulissi, together with team-mate Marco Marcato, made sure that he was part of a breakaway that began on the penultimate lap of the top tier UCI WorldTour race.

That breakaway was then whittled down to just six remaining riders by the time the race approached the last curve of the final uphill stretch, where Ulissi out-sprinted his rivals to seal a famous win.

Commenting on his win, Ulissi said: “I’m really very happy with this victory. After the Tour de France I continued working hard because I really wanted to try and win this race, which is particularly suited to my skills. Last year I finished third behind Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

“This year I told myself that if I arrived with them then there was no chance I could win, so I decided to race on the attack. My teammates were fantastic, especially Marcato and Conti, who worked the flanks and looked out for any adversaries, helping me to push to the limit in the main break. Sometimes to win you have to risk losing it all, and I was determined to achieve success today.”

The race was Ulissi’s second in Canada this season, with the Italian having already earned a creditable 11th place at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on September 8.

Both one day races are part of the top tier of road racing, the UCI WorldTour, and, unlike most Classics, they are both long circuit races, with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec totalling a distance of 200km and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 205.7km.

Together, they represented the final opportunity for top riders to get some competitive racing under their belts ahead of the World Cycling Championships which take place in Bergen, Norway from September 17-24.

Riding alongside UAE Team Emirates’ Ulissi at both races were Valerio Conti, Kristijan Durasek, Vegard Stake Laengen, Marco Marcato, Simone Petilli, Edward Ravasi and Ben Swift.

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