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#360fit: First women's cycle store in UAE

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Liv was created Bonnie Tu, known as the “Grandmother of Cycling”.

Working you hard while staying easy on the joints and providing a sense of freedom and enjoyment, it’s no surprise that cycling has seen a massive growth in the UAE. The last couple of years in the UAE has seen a growing number of initiatives designed to increase cycling in the city, like new cycling route projects such as Al Qudra, the Dubai Tour, 92 Cycle Challenge and countless clubs and groups. So it seems fitting that there would now be the region’s first women’s cycling store in Dubai, highlighting the growing number of women who are taking up the sport!

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We recently checked out the Middle East’s first ever cycling store dedicated to women, Liv, which opened in Dubai earlier this year and now caters to the increasing amount of women now taking up cycling.

In a sport where women are often not catered for as much as men, Liv, located at Box Park on Al Wasl Road, fills this gap perfectly.

Created by Bonnie Tu, known as the “Grandmother of Cycling”, Liv is not only a well-equipped cycle store but a place to meet with other female cyclists and get expert advice and information.

The store organizes community rides for all levels of cyclists as well as technical workshops and coaching sessions.

Here’s a few of them:

Monday Mornings #LivBeforeWork

Location: Dubai Cycle Course, Al Qudra Road

Timing: 05:00am – 07:00am

This is for the ladies that want to beat the heat and get a couple of hours on the bike before the day begins!

This two hour ride starts at the beginning of the Dubai Cycle Course – the start of the “stick”. Meeting point is at the first car park on Al Qudra Road, just after the bicycle arch. You’ll be riding out towards the solar park and racing back to the showers to get ready for the day.

The aim is to be back at the showers by 7am. All riders need to be self-sufficient, so make sure you bring your own puncture repair equipment, including a hand pump, and 2 bottles of water.

Tuesday Mornings #LivforTuesdays

Location: Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park

Timing: 6:00am – 7:00am

This hour-long clinic is a great way to work on your bike handling and group riding skills. A nice sociable pace suitable for those who haven’t been riding very long or just returning to the bike after a hiatus. Grab an hour with the girls to start your day off with some you-time!

Saturday Mornings #LivHappy & #LivMighty

Location: Zad’s Cafe & Foodstore on the Dubai Cycle Course

Timing: 5:30am start

These rides are 50km distance, so riders must be comfortable in their saddles for a couple of hours! It is recommended that you will have completed a 35km ride before making the jump to #LivHappy.

They will work with you to improve your group riding techniques and this is a no drop ride, meaning that no one gets left behind. The pace will be that of the slowest rider, and the aim is to finish by 8:30am.

The #LivMighty girls are more experienced riders and will generally average around 30-32km/h. Be prepared to work hard and have some fun!

Over the summer, Liv will also be running a series of workshops that will teach you how to remove and replace your front and rear wheels, how to check and inflate your tyres to the correct pressure and how to change an inner tube in the event of a puncture. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, check out their Facebook page for upcoming dates and times.

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Reebok announce release of special CrossFit Nano 5.0 trainers

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Specially designed CrossFit trainers.

Reebok, the leaders in CrossFit product innovation and engineering recently announced the release of the highly anticipated CrossFit Nano 5.0 – a training shoe thats known for its protection and durability.

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Engineered specifically for the CrossFit athlete and developed in association with the CrossFit community, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 features a number of updates making it the ultimate training shoe.

The new Kevlar material running through the upper part gives you a good rigid cover and keeps the shoe from tearing in places. Additionally, it provides protection and durability with grip, traction, and stability while staying true to CrossFit’s mandate that the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 is built on the empirical design spec of human movement.

Not only does this advanced technology make the shoe sturdy, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 boasts a newly engineered anatomical heel counter and foot bed with an R55 platform for additional high rebound and cushioning.

This is what Mark Greiner, General Manager of RBK Middle East had to say about the fascinating new CrossFit Nano 5.0: “We know how important it is for CrossFit gear to stand up to the rigors of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity while not interfering with performance.

"We work very closely with Reebok and the CrossFit community on footwear and apparel that continues to develop and evolve as the boundaries of fitness are pushed.”

In addition, he went on to say “we truly believe the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 is our toughest shoe yet and can withstand even the harshest, toughest WODs”.

RELEASE DATE: July 13
WHERE YOU CAN BUY: The Dubai Mall –  Reebok Store
PRICE: Dhs525

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