UAE Cycling Federation’s Dubai Eye 103.8 UAE Road Cycling Championship returns for the 2018/2019 season.
Boasting four stages, the series will commence on Friday October 12 with the first of two challenging climbing stages – the 77-kilometre Kalba Hills stage.
“The most direct feedback from we had from competitors of the inaugural series in January and March this year was to make the stages more challenging and interesting. We’re excited to be announcing this season to have increased the stages from two to four, and also to include three recognised disciplines of road cycling being; climbing, time trialing and sprinting, throughout the four stages, which will test the cyclist and crown the best overall athlete as champions in each category,” said Jeff O’Brien, Managing Partner Onside Sports and UAE Road Cycling Championship organiser.
Stage 2 will be a 23-kilometre Individual Time Trial held at Meeras’s ‘The Outlet Village’ (Jebel Ali) on October 26, followed by the second grueling climbing stage, a 70-kilometer ascent of the formidable Jebel Jais mountain, the UAE’s highest mountain, in Ras Al Khaimah. The 2018/2019 edition’s champions will then be decided at the fourth and final stage, a 95-kilometer flat stage starting and finishing at Dubai Sports City’s Rugby Park, which will create an exciting sprint finish for the title. The 2018-19 champions will be crowned at Dubai Sports City, after the conclusion of Stage 4, which will see them take both their accolade and their ‘Champion Jersey’ through to the 2019/2020 series.
“We were very encouraged with the response to UAE Road Cycling Championship’s Inaugural race, and, after reviewing what is a very busy annual calendar for the Federation, we are exceptionally pleased to secure these dates and bring the second series to the UAE’s burgeoning cycling community.” said Abdulnasser Omran Al Shamsi , UAE Cycling Federation Secretary General.
“It is vitally important for the Federation to continue to provide the amateur cycling community opportunities to compete in professionally managed events, and be recognised for their achievements. We are very grateful to the Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai authorities for their continued support and commitment to our sport, and making it safe for all.”
Open to all competent amateur cyclists, the race’s main categories are; Emirati Men, Emirati Women, Expatriate Men and Expatriate Women. Each stage will see a stage-winner, as well as stage age division-winners recognised.
Registrations are now open via www.premieronline.com and more information can be found on www.uaecycf.com.
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