The Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition makes its debut at the Dubai World Trade Centre next month and is gearing up to be one of the most important cycling events in the Middle East.
Held from January 12-13, the Exhibition will gather the top local and international bicycle brands, retailers, touring companies, cycling clubs from across the globe – and allow both professionals and enthusiasts to experience the latest in cycling technology and innovation.
Dubai now offers world-class services for cyclist including professional racetracks, performance cycling shops, a full event calendar of cycling races and a long list of royal family patrons.
“I strongly believe that the regional cycling community and industry have long awaited a cycling exhibition that gathers the world of cycling under one roof,” said Sheikh Faisal bin Humaid Al Qasimi, President of the Arab Cycling Federation.
“The Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition will fill this demand and greatly contribute to the growth of cycling in the Arab world.”
Plans for the exhibition began early in the year with bicycle companies from Italy, Germany, India, China, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States participating in the event.
“The aim of the Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition is to bridge the cycling worlds of Asia, Arabia and Europe in Dubai,” said Oliver Osea, Project Director, Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition.
“Just as important for us is to compliment the plans of the Dubai Government who are finalising the construction of 500km of new cycling tracks in Dubai.
“We intend to do this by creating a cycling event that will accelerate the growth of the sport and the cycling culture in Dubai, the UAE and the wider region.”
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently gave the green light for an additional 500km of cycling track in Dubai in October next year, which will result in over 600km of track in the emirate by 2021.
Admission to the Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition is Dh30 per day, Dh40 for a weekend pass and children under 12 can enter for free.
What: Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: January 12-13 from 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday and from 10:00 to 21:00 on Saturday
Contact: Visit www.dubaibicycleshow.com for more information and to get your tickets, or email [email protected]
The UAE Cycling Federation (UCF) have announced the inaugural UAE Road Cycling Championship will take place during the first quarter of 2018.
In a first for the UAE, the two-stage championship will be held on Friday January 26 in Abu Dhabi, and Friday March 9 in Dubai, and is intended to be the premier amateur cycling event on the UCF calendar.
Open to all amateur cyclists, the main categories for the inaugural Championship are: Emirati men, Emirati women, Expatriate men and Expatriate women.
Each stage will see a stage-winner with champions being crowned after the second stage in Dubai.
“We are delighted to bring the inaugural UAE Road Cycling Championships to the UAE,” said Osama Al Shafar, President UCF.
“Cycling is already a very popular sport for our Expatriate community and it has grown in incredible numbers over the past few years among Emiratis.
“The Federation understands the importance of ensuring our amateur cycling community are able to compete in professionally managed events and be recognised for their achievements, (and) we are very excited to now be able to crown UAE Champions through the UAE Road Cycling Championships.”
Organisers have also announced that a challenge event will be held for all cyclists aged 16 to 18 (years).
This will form an integral part of the inaugural Championship and where all finishers will receive medals for their efforts in taking part.
Registrations are now open for both stages, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, by visiting www.hopasports.com.
The route and jerseys of the fifth edition of the Dubai Tour were unveiled at City Walk in the northern emirate on Monday, with the world’s best cyclists expected to descend on the UAE from February 6-10, 2018.
The formula will be the same as last year: five stages totaling 851km and traversing six of the nation’s seven emirates.
Star sprinter Marcel Kittel has won the last two titles in Dubai, in 2016 and 2017, and next year’s route will once again favour the sprinters.
The route will take riders through Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, with four flat stages and one summit finish atop the Hatta dam.
The race village and headquarters will be moved from the Dubai International Marine Club to the nearby Skydive Dubai just down the road.
“In just four editions the Dubai Tour increased in all the aspects. We added a race day, we visited the surrounding Emirates, we increased the stages’ length and we can see the results on our roll of honour: names like Taylor Phinney, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel certify our results, at least in sporting terms,” said Saeed Hareb, the secretary general of Dubai Sports Council.
“But that’s not all: last year the Dubai Tour was broadcasted in 182 countries all over the world. That means a +17 per cent increase compared to 2016 and +64 per cent to 2015. Not to mention the media: every edition more and more media outlets are accredited on stage; that means few thousand of online and printed articles. I would like to thank all the sponsors for their support and rewards along with all the governmental authorities.”
Here’s a look at the five stages…
STAGE 1: NAKHEEL STAGE
Tuesday, February 6 – Skydive Dubai-Palm Jumeirah (167km)
On the first day the route will take the riders through some of the city’s most ambitious construction projects: Motor City, the Global Village and the Hamdan Sport Complex. They will then pass by Al Qudra Cycle Path, where most riders do their final preparations for the Dubai Tour before, followed by Al Maktoum International Airport. The peloton will also pass by Dubai South, where the Dubai Expo will be held in 2020. The cyclists will then whizz past some Dubai landmarks such as the commercial port and business hub of Jebel Ali, Jumeirah Islands and finally, Palm Jumeirah – which will host the now well-established sprint in front of the Atlantis arch.
STAGE 2: RAS AL KHAIMAH STAGE
Wednesday, February 7 – Skydive Dubai-Ras Al Khaimah (190km)
The following day, the stage sees the peloton ride through four different Emirates: Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. During the first part the cyclists will ride through Dubai Design District. Then, on a flat route near the coast we discover Ajman and the Umm Al Quwain territory, famous both as archaeological sites and for the amazing islands that lie to the east of the mainland peninsula. After 190km we expect to see another sprint on the Al Quawasim Corniche Road.
STAGE 3: FUJAIRAH STAGE
Thursday, February 8 – Skydive Dubai-Fujairah (190km)
This stage, from Dubai to Fujairah is similar to 2016’s opening stage, won by Marcel Kittel after a compelling sprint. In 2018, however, the peloton will not ride directly to Fujairah, passing first through the town of Kalba (Sharjah’s exclave), where there is an Intermediate sprint. Then, on a flat route that overlooks the Indian Ocean, we reach the finish on the Fujairah’s Corniche Road.
STAGE 4: DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE
Friday, February 9 – Skydive Dubai-Hatta Dam (172km)
It’s exactly the same stage that last year was cancelled due to bad weather; a route through the deserts of Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, to reach Hatta Dam. Before the dam there are two climbs up to an 11 per cent gradient, then the finale to the dam itself with a short stretch of about 200 metres featuring an inclination from 12 per cent to 17 per cent. This iconic stage, normally celebrated for the beautiful landscape and usually won by a puncheur, never upset the general classification.
STAGE 5: MERAAS STAGE
Saturday, February 10 – Skydive Dubai-City Walk (132km)
The last day is a spectacular parade entirely in the city of Dubai. Along the way the peloton will celebrate Dubai’s best loved monuments and landmarks: firstly, the astonishing Meydan Racecourse, home of the world’s richest horse race — the Dubai World Cup — then the family-oriented Mushrif Park, Al Mamzar, the historical Deira, the famous Port Rashid, and the iconic Union Flag. Just like last year the grand finale is set to take place in Al Mustaqbal Street at City Walk district with the fascinating Dubai skyline as a backdrop.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Dubai Tour jerseys will be provided by one of the cycling industry’s leading brands, Castelli. The four different jerseys are made using a high-tech fabric supplied by SITIP that is both UV-protective and allows for a very rapid rate of heat dissipation. There are four colours, one for each classification, starting with the most prestigious, the blue for the leader of the general classification.
General Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the leader of the general classification. In the previous editions it has been won by six different riders: Marcel Kittel (5 times), Taylor Phinney (3), Mark Cavendish (2), Giacomo Nizzolo, Elia Viviani and John Degenkolb.
Sponsor: Commercial Bank of Dubai
Dr. Bernd van Linder, CBD Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased to again play a part in this year’s Dubai Tour 2018 which has become one of the world’s most iconic and popular cycling event. Dubai Tour beautifully aligns with CBD’s corporate social responsibility objectives of promoting a healthy lifestyle. This event contributes significantly to elevating the UAE’s sports sector and embodies the vision of the government to develop and promote sports in the UAE. We have had a successful partnership with Dubai Sports Council since 2014 and we are pleased to be part of the Dubai Tour 2018’s success”.
Points Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the fastest sprinter, who has obtained the best positions in each stage and intermediate sprints. Since 2014, the red jersey has been won by only five riders: Marcel Kittel (5 times), Mark Cavendish (3), Taylor Phinney (2), Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani.
Khalid Bel Jaflah, Divisional Vice President Commercial Operations, UAE and Oman said: “The Dubai Tour has become a premier cycling challenge that attracts global talent and Emirates is proud to have been a part of it from the very beginning. Emirates is committed to supporting Dubai as a world-class sporting destination that hosts globally recognized events like the Dubai Tour.”
Young Rider Classification: Worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the best U25 young rider in the overall classification, the name to watch out for in the future. In previous years this jersey was won by Dylan Groenewegen (4 times), Taylor Phinney (3), Soufiane Haddi (3), Paolo Simion (2) and Mic Valgren Andersen.
Sponsor: RTA (Roads and Transport Authority)
UAE FLAG JERSEY
Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the rider who gained more Intermediate Sprint Points than any other rider. Eight riders have been leaders of this classification: Nicola Boem (4 times), Taylor Phinney (2), Marcin Bialoblocki, Alessandro Bazzana, Davide Frattini, Soufiane Haddi, Jakobus Willem Smit and Ben Swift.
Sponsor: DHA (Dubai Health Authority)
His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: “DHA is proud to support Dubai Tour which has seen a year-on-year growth in its scale and popularity. At the DHA, we are keen to work with governmental and private partners to educate the community on the benefits of a healthy eating and regular physical activity and to encourage them to adopt healthier lifestyles. Events such as the Dubai Tour reinforce the importance of fitness and sports in the community and encourage the younger generation to take on sports. We are proud to support Dubai Tour and are pleased to see its growth.”