Three of the UAE’s top cycling names are gearing up to join road race legend and event ambassador, Mark Cavendish, for the inaugural Abu Dhabi to Al Ain Classic, taking place on Sunday December 3 2017.
Roberto Ferrari, Manuele Mori and Yousif Mirza (the UAE’s fastest cyclist) will make up some of the 200 riders who will compete in the 175km race, hosted by Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Inspired by the iconic races of Europe, the star-studded peloton will cycle from Abu Dhabi to the beautiful Garden City, Al Ain, in the Classic.
Marking a real first for the UAE, the event will celebrate the huge surge in popularity for the sport in the region while also firmly placing Abu Dhabi once more on the map for both professional and amateur cycling.
Speaking of his excitement before the event, Roberto Ferrari, commented: “I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi, that’s why I’m even more excited to have the opportunity of being there and enjoying the city. I raced three times in the UAE in my career and I always enjoyed the experience: the atmosphere is always great, and I noticed that the attention towards cycling is getting greater and greater.”
Manuele Mori, added, “I’m really looking forward to race in the inaugural edition of the ADAA Classic, this is an additional key moment in a cycling season which saw me and my team mates from the UAE Team Emirates setting important steps in the cycling history of the UAE. I was in Abu Dhabi early this year when we participated in the Abu Dhabi Tour and when the UAE Team Emirates revealed the partnership with new important sponsors: I immediately liked the city and the infrastructures, especially the ones linked to sports. Moreover, I love that UAE want to give value to cycling as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle, this makes me, as cyclist, very proud.”
Alongside the professional race, the Classic will also incorporate the Daman ActiveLife Family Cycling Festival, which will take place at the finish of the Classic in Al Ain, in the stunning surroundings of Al Jahili Park. The festival will work to promote health and fitness by providing families with the opportunity to cycle together on 800m circuits for free.
The Classic is strictly limited to 200 places by invitation only, but riders can register their interest online http://www.cyclealain.com/register-interest/.
The Daman ActiveLife Family Cycling Festival is open to all and, in addition to the cycling circuit, there will be an event village with numerous other activities to enjoy. Individuals and families can register interest online.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) November 5, 2017
Spain's Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship as Justin Rose's dramatic late collapse saw Tommy Fleetwood crowned European number one for the first time.
Rose looked set for a remarkable third win in succession to seal a second Race to Dubai title when he led by a shot with seven holes to play, only to bogey three of the next five.
That left the Olympic champion needing to eagle the last to overhaul Fleetwood, but his long-range attempt slid past the hole resulting in Fleetwood clinching a first Order of Merit.
In the latest episode of UAE Spotlight, our reporters Chris Bailey and Matt Jones discuss the Englishman's Race to Dubai win and Jon Rahm's success as DP World Tour Championship winner.
Watch the video above and sound off in the comments section if you agree or disagree with our reporters.
Gathering the world’s biggest athletes, quite literally, as well as the region’s most honed physiques and over 150 of the leading sports nutrition, fitness and bodybuilding brands, the second Dubai Muscle Show is set to welcome more than 20,000 fitness enthusiasts when it opens next month at its new home at Dubai World Trade Centre.
But if you think the December 8 and 9 bodybuilding and fitness extravaganza is all muscle, brawn and rock-hard abs, think again – this year’s edition is more inclusive than ever.
Whether you can squat twice your bodyweight or simply enjoy getting a sweat on at your local gym, these Dubai Muscle Show features will keep you entertained throughout the weekend.
DMS Active, the Middle East’s leading international fitness and active living event, is debuting alongside Dubai Muscle Show this year. It’s a new link that ensures everyday fitness enthusiasts who are more interested in staying healthy than building up their arms to rival Arnold Schwarzenegger can still enjoy Dubai Muscle Show.
Comprising activewear brands such as Workout Empire and Reebok, and nutrition brands including Kcal, SciMx and PhD Nutrition, DMS Active will present a number of interactive features, educational events and fitness demonstrations designed to inspire the show’s 20,000-plus visitors.
With a series of meet-and-greets with influencers, athletes and health professionals, as well as competitions, sample giveaways and demos of the latest fitness and exercise classes, DMS Active is for everyone.
INFO: December 8-9 from Dhs50. Tickets available at tickets.virginmegastore.me/ae
REEBOK LES MILLS LIVE DUBAI
Global fitness giant Les Mills will take over DMS Active on December 9 with a special one-off event designed to get Dubai sweating.
Part of a series of worldwide fitness festivals, this all-day training session has been known to hold up to 6,000 exercisers and is suitable for participants of all fitness levels.
Kicking off at 8am and running all the way through to 7pm, classes include Bodypump104, Bodystep110, Les Mills Sprint10, Bodycombat74 and Bodyattack100 all hosted by Les Mills programme directors, Rachel Newsham and Lisa Osborne.
INFO: Tickets start from AED299 and up to six classes can be reserved on booking
CROSSFIT GOLDBOX GOLD RUSH COMPETITION
The Middle East’s premier CrossFit competition, this year’s competition will see 100 male and female competitors battle it out over a full day of gruelling events on December 8 that will challenge even the most elite athletes in this high-intensity fitness craze.
Viewing is open to all DMS Active ticket holders and is not to miss if you’re in need of some serious fitness and physique motivation.
DUBAI POLE CUP
The Middle East’s first-ever pole-fitness competition, the Dubai Pole Cup aims to promote pole fitness as both a sport and an art in the region.
With Amateur, Semi-pro, Professional and Male categories all announced, competitors will be flying in from all over the world, with some of the most recognised names in the industry already signed up.
INFO: Applications are now closed; to reserve your seat to watch the show email [email protected]. Seats are available to anyone with a DMS Active ticket
GRAVITY PARKOUR RUN
Don’t miss the UAE’s first-ever Parkour competition on December 9, as competitors jump, climb, rock and roll across a custom-designed set up.
Participants will be graded by judges based on their style, and you can bet on each and every man and woman bringing their urban A-game.
INFO: To register, [email protected]; observers must hold a valid DMS Active ticket
MUSCLE & FITNESS MODEL SEARCH
Think you’ve got what it takes to become the new face of Muscle & Fitness Middle East magazine? Open to anyone over 18 years old, one male and one female will be chosen to grace the front cover, with entries judged on a combination of a healthy lifestyle, fit body, charisma, glamour, stage presence and the ability to project yourself as a global fitness personality.
Comprising two rounds (swimwear and eveningwear for men and sportswear and evening gown for women), there will also be a cash prize for the lucky winners.
INFO: December 8-9 from 7pm onwards, AED1,800 entry fee that includes customized sports clothing, spray tanning and a promo video on social media; visit dmsactive.com to enter
The Dubai Muscle Show takes place from December 8-9 at DWTC in Zabeel Halls 5 & 6. General Admission tickets start at AED75 for single day passes, with AED100 tickets on the door. Weekend passes are available for AED100 and AED150 tickets on the door.
VIP tickets for both days cost AED500. General admission for the Reebok Les Mills Live event cost AED299 with VIP tickets available for AED479.