Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge sees over 2000 cyclists hit the road

Sport360 staff 15/12/2017
Over 200 riders took part in the Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge.

Over 2,000 cyclists from across the world took part in the eighth edition of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge on Friday morning.

The event -- split into a number of different categories including the Dubai First UCI Grand Fondo World Series, the Spinneys Dubai 92km Cycle Challenge and the Oakley 53km Challenge -- saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part as the cycling culture continues to grow in the UAE.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge has continued to strengthen its offering for all cycling enthusiasts with rolling road closures and full support from the Dubai Police and the RTA, an increased number of sponsors and activities in the Cycle Village and even more for the kids to do and take part it.

A spokesperson for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge said: “We are delighted with the direction the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is going in, with over 2,000 cyclists now taking part and an increase of participants in the Junior Rides, we are committed to cementing the cycling culture in the UAE. In addition, the rolling road closure has taken the event to new heights for another year and special thanks must go to the Dubai Police and the RTA for their support.”

Spinneys, the locally-owned supermarket chain provided all cyclists with a delicious post-event breakfast and festive treats in the busy Cycle Village this morning. Alongside Spinneys, a number of other sponsors will ensure that all cyclists, friends and family have a fantastic morning, including UPANDRUNNING with their much-needed sports massages and Dubai 92made sure everyone was in the festive mood with their live broadcast from the event.

The younger cyclists also had the opportunity to be part of the biggest cycle challenge in the Middle East. The Dr Joy Dental Clinic Junior Rides took place on Thursday, December 14 at the Dubai Autodrome. Over 200 young cyclists took part as organisers continue to provide cycling opportunities for those new to the sport in a sensible and fun way.

This year also saw the introduction of The Arbor School Dubai Mini Challenge, the balance bike course was free of charge for children from 2 to 5 and is the innovative way of learning to ride a bike, children focused on balancing rather than pedaling and as a result they are more prepared for an unexpected loss of balance.

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Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to attend next year's Tour of Flanders in Belgium

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Armstrong will attend the meet in Belgium next April.

​Disgraced former American cyclist Lance Armstrong is controversially set to attend next year’s Tour of Flanders as a guest of the famed cobbled classic, race organisers said on Thursday.

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles won between 1999 and 2005 for a reign of doping that badly tarnished cycling’s credibility.

But officials for the prestigious ‘Monument’ race said the 46-year-old will be an invited guest and a keynote speaker at the Tour of Flanders Business Academy ahead of the April 1 classic in Belgium.

“Lance Armstrong is delighted to be visiting Flanders to tell his story and experience his favourite one-day race live. To him, this will also be a return to cycling and, as far as I am concerned, he is very welcome!” said race organiser Wouter Vandenhaute.

“Lance Armstrong is and remains a great champion. I have felt for many years now that he was above all punished for his arrogance.

“I met Lance Armstrong in Washington last October and found him to be a chastened man who has made peace with his fate.”

Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour de France crowns.

The UCI, cycling’s governing body, told AFP it was unwilling to comment on Armstrong’s possible return to the sport.

Armstrong has largely been shunned by the cycling world since being exposed as a doping cheat. He was issued with a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in 2012.

Having denied the doping allegations for years, Armstrong eventually made a public confession in a television interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey in 2013.

He returned to the public eye during this year’s Tour de France by providing his perspective on the race on a daily podcast called “Stages”.

But Armstrong admitted at the time there will be those who forever begrudge him any role in cycling, even from a distant commentary post after watching telecasts.

“I don’t fight that,” Armstrong told Bicycling magazine in July. “For me to move forward, I have to say, ‘I’m sorry, I understand, but I’m moving on.'”

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Team Sky's Chris Froome admits failed drug test is 'damaging' as cyclist fights to clear name

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Chris Froome admitted on Thursday that his adverse drugs test during his victory at the Vuelta a Espana is “damaging” as the four-time Tour de France winner battles to clear his name.

The British rider had twice the permissible amount of asthma medication Salbutamol in his system during the Grand Tour race he won in September.

Cycling’s governing body UCI has asked the Team Sky rider to provide more information but in line with World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines has not suspended him.

If Froome fails to provide a satisfactory answer the UCI could proceed with an anti-doping rule violation case, which could strip him of his Vuelta victory and result in him missing a large chunk of next season.

“This is damaging. It’s come as a huge shock to me as well,” Froome, 32, told Sky Sports.

“At the same time I know within me that fundamentally I have followed the protocol, I have not overstepped any boundaries and I hope by the end of this process that will be clear to everyone and I’ll be exonerated of any wrongdoing.

“I can’t say what other people are going to think at the end of this. I can only obviously control my input to the situation.”

Team Sky said in a statement on Wednesday that Froome experienced “acute asthma symptoms” during the final week of the Vuelta and increased his dosage of Salbutamol, within permissible limits, on medical advice.

“Coming into the last week of La Vuelta I began to feel a lot more symptomatic – my asthma was playing up a lot more and that’s when the doctor advised me to increase the number of puffs – obviously staying well in the legal limit of the maximum allowed number of puffs you can take during the race,” said Froome.

“So we did increase it and that’s why we’re faced with this question of ‘I did stay within the limits but obviously the test results show a different reading’ so we’re trying to evaluate what has happened.”

Froome has enjoyed a stellar 2017.

Froome, widely considered the greatest Tour rider of his generation, is scheduled to race the Giro d’Italia in May 2018 ahead of defending his Tour de France title in July 2018.

The test raises fresh questions about British cycling following the scandal surrounding Bradley Wiggins, who received therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to take a corticosteroid in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including before his 2012 Tour de France win.

Wiggins and Sky have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying the drug was prescribed to treat a longstanding pollen allergy.​

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