Time to start training for Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge

Denzil Pinto 30/08/2014
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Growing reputation: The Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge this year is expected to attract over 2,000 participants.

With just over three months to go until the annual Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, it’s time to dust off the bike and start training for the UAE’s biggest community cycling event of the year.

The first build up ride is scheduled on September 5, and you still have time to complete your registration process until Tuesday.

Having started in 2010, the Cycle Challenge now attracts cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. This year, more than 2,000 riders are expected to enter for the popular ride in Dubai, with hundreds of local cyclists participating in the build-up rides as part of their preparation for the big event.

Friday’s session, to begin at 06:00 will be the first of four buildup rides which will consist of a 35km ride around the Nad Al Sheba cycle course. The build-up rides increase in distance each time in preparation for the full 92 km race on December 12.

“The first build up ride is great as its only 35km and all levels can take part. It’s a good way to start getting fit again and to practice riding in a group, so we encourage everyone to enter” said Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle challenge director Stewart Howison.

He added: “We’re expecting more than two thousand riders this December, and that’s fantastic – four times more than when we first put on this event in 2010, and the numbers are growing year on year.

“This is a great community event; an event for everyone, whether they are serious riders who wants to achieve good times, or people who just cycle for fun. It’s all about promoting cycling in Dubai and encouraging people to take up the challenge, and the enthusiasm for our event is fantastic.”

So far, the response for the first build up ride has been enthusiastic with over 240 riders already registered for the first build up ride, and organisers are expecting numbers to swell to around 500.

The second build up ride, to be held on October 3, will be over 45km at the Nad Al Sheba cycle track. The third (October 31, 65km) and fourth (November 28, 85km) rides will be held at the Dubai Cycling Course.

Howison said: “The idea is to increase the distance with every build-up ride to help prepare cyclists for the event itself. They get used to riding in a group, and it’s also a great way to get tips on preparing for the 92km ride”.

“We really appreciate the enthusiasm of the Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Cycling Federation for our event, their support hasbeen phenomenal. And we couldn’t do it without our sponsors and supporters: Spinneys and Dubai 92,” added Howison.

Entry is Dh50 per person, however there is an option to register for all four rides and the Spinneys 92 at one go. Those who register for the five races will enter one build up ride for free.

Registration can be done by visiting www.premieronline.com. All details are on the Facebook page Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge.

What: Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge – First Build-Up Ride
Where: Nad Al Sheba cycle course
When: September 5 at 06:00 Contact: www.premieronline.com

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Female riders in the UAE are being encouraged to get on their bikes for the Global Solidarity Ride this Saturday that will see thousands of women cycle around the world in support of the Afghan national women’s cycling team (ANWCT).

In a country that has never allowed its women to ride bikes, a group of Afghan riders have been making history quietly, and they break through the gender barriers that exist in Afghanistan by riding their bikes. The ANWCT have steadily improved and already have an invitation to race at the Asian Games in South Korea in September.

With the ANWCT pedaling a revolution, the GSR will unite communities around the world to show their support and creating awareness for the Afghan women, who will be cycling in Afghanistan on Saturday. And to support the team’s efforts, Dubai Velo Vixens have organized their own GSR that will begin at 06:00 at the top of Al Qudra Road, with the meeting point at Dubai Cycle Course near the UAE Trek shop.

The ride, only open to females, is free to enter and anyone who wishes to cycle must bring their own bike, helmet and plenty of water. There are distances that riders can choose from – the 20, 35 and 50km rides.

Emma Woodcock of Dubai Velo Vixens, said: “We decided to have three distance group rides because we want many riders to take part. We realize that not riders will have that much experience in cycling so they can choose which distance to ride.

“The 20km distance is aimed at beginners, who have not cycled before, while the 35km are for people who already have a good level of fitness and comfortable riding in a group. The 50km is for experience cyclists, who ride long distances regularly.”

Approximately 40 riders in the UAE have already signed up for the rider, which should end by 09:00. And Woodcock, is hopeful this number will increase, especially as there is no registration deadline.

She said: “We want many people to come to show their support by riding this Saturday. It’s raising awareness and supporting and connecting with ANWCT.

“It will be a good way to begin the day with a ride in an event that will be held in many countries around the world so their presence will make a difference.

“I would advise anyone who is thinking of joining the ride to register their interest via email so that I have an approximate idea of numbers."

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With just over three months to go until thousands of riders hit the streets of Dubai for the annual Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, organisers are calling on participants to start training for the UAE’s biggest community cycling event of the year.

The Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge started in 2010, and now attracts cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. This year more than 2,000 riders are expected to enter, with hundreds of local cyclists participating in the build-up rides as part of their preparation for the big event.

The first of four build-up rides will be held on Friday 5 September at 6am, and registrations are already pouring in for the 35km ride around the Nad Al Sheba cycle course. The build-up rides increase in distance each time in preparation for the full 92 km race on December 12.

“The first build up ride is great as its only 35km and all levels can take part. It’s a good way to start getting fit again and to practice riding in a group, so we encourage everyone to enter” said Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Director Stewart Howison. "We're expecting well in advance of two thousand riders this December, and that's fantastic – four times more than when we first put on this event in 2010, and the numbers are growing year on year.

"This is a great community event; an event for everyone, be they a serious rider who wants to achieve good times, or people who just love cycling for fun. It's all about promoting cycling in Dubai and encouraging people to take up the challenge, and the enthusiasm for our event is fantastic." 

Over 240 riders have already registered for the first build up ride, and organisers are expecting numbers to swell to around 500.

The second build up ride will be over 45km and will be held on October 3 at the Nad Al Sheba cycle track. Rides 3 and 4 will be held at the Dubai Cycling Course, with the third ride on 31 October on a 65 km course, and the final one on 28 November over 85km.

Howison added: "The idea is to increase the distance with every build up ride to help prepare cyclists for the event itself. They get used to riding in a group, and it’s also a great opportunity to get other tips on preparation for the 92km ride.

“We really appreciate the enthusiasm of the Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Cycling Federation for our event, their support has been phenomenal."

Registration can be completed online and costs Dh50, however there is an option to register for all four rides and the Spinneys 92 at the same time.

Those who register for the five races will enter one build up ride for free.

All the details are on the Facebook page Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge.

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