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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John Degenkolb insists focus is on winning one stage at Dubai Tour

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John Degenkolb may have had the most promising start to the season compared to the other sprinters but the German insists the focus is on only winning one stage at this week’s Dubai Tour.

The 29-year-old Trek–Segafredo rider, who clinched two wins in the Mallorca Challenge last month, will be bidding to continue his successful start to 2018 in the UAE.

“I think the most important thing is to stay calm. We’ve done two races and we have another 70 races ahead of us,” he said.

“It would be a great achievement for the team to shine. Our main focus and goal will be to win one stage.

“It all depends on the first couple of stages, and the decisive stage at the Hatta stage. In the past if you are consistent over the week, then you have a chance to win.”

In his two previous visits to Dubai, the 29-year-old has managed stage victories but now steps out alongside perhaps the most star-studded line up yet with Marcel Kittel bidding for a third successive title.

“We had a great start and we should use this start to keep the ball rolling. Everyone is super positive and optimistic, but we also have to be realistic,” he said.

“All the best sprinters are here so it will be a big fight.”

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BMC Racing Team's Nathan Van Hooydonck eager to make a mark in Dubai Tour

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BMC Racing Team rider Nathan Van Hooydonck acknowledges his chances of winning a Dubai Tour stage are pretty slim but said he is keen to show his qualities to the rest of the world.

This is a special year for Van Hooydonck with the 22-year-old competing in his first full UCI WorldTour season with the Swiss outfit, having competed for their Development Team.

It will not be an easy start for the Belgian with two-time winner and defending champion Marcel Kittel and 2015 winner Mark Cavendish among the star riders making up a strong field. However, Van Hooydonck remains undaunted.

“I’m not a sprinter so I can’t say I can win a stage as I will be aiming too high,” he told Sport360 during an interaction organised by Tag Heuer, team sponsors of BMC and official timekeeper of Dubai Tour.

“But I want people to remember that I competed at the Dubai Tour. I just want to go with the rest of the riders in the peloton and try to attack. That is of course if my legs allow it and my condition is good enough. I trained really hard in pre-season and I want to prove myself.”

The highlight of Van Hooydonck’s short career is a win at the 2015 Belgian National Under-23 Road Race. He wants to build on that result with BMC.

“It’s very special,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a very long time. I’m really looking forward to the season by starting here in Dubai and then Oman.

“It’s a good race to start the season as the stages are not too hard or long. It’s a lot different than other races in Europe where conditions can be really bad.”

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