Over 2,000 cyclists from across the world took part in the seventh edition of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge on Friday morning, record-breaking numbers for the cycling event which started at the Dubai Autodrome.
The event launched in 2010, saw rolling road closures throughout the 92km for the first time with full support from the RTA – a giant leap for organisers and all cyclists involved.
Over 250 cyclists took part in the newly added UCI Grand Fondo qualifying category with the top 25% finishers in each age group qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
“Cyclists travelled from all over the world to be here today and this showcases how much the event has grown over seven years since our launch,” said a spokesperson for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge.
Henrik Frederiksen from Denmark was the fastest finisher in the 92km challenge, taking just 2:07:16 to cover the distance and Arne Van Roosbroeck came in second in 2:07:17, David Williams crossed the line third.
“I travelled from Denmark to Dubai with my team for this cycle challenge, it’s my first time doing this race and I very much enjoyed it, thank you for having me and I will hopefully return next year,” said Frederiksen.
A number of cyclists also took part in the 53 km challenge sponsored by Sony Action Cam.
Meanwhile, CEO of Spinneys Dubai, Jannie Holtzhausen said; “Our motto at Spinneys is ‘Eat Well, Live Well’, and as a food retailer, we hope to inspire our customers to make positive food choices by providing high quality, fully traceable produce.”
Children also had the opportunity to be involved in the cycling weekend with a dedicated 15km and 30km Junior Rides which took place on Thursday afternoon.
For further information or to find out about any upcoming Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge events, visit www.cyclechallenge.ae.
Joint organisers, Dubai Sports Council and RCS Sport, unveiled the route of the 2017 Dubai Tour on Tuesday night at the spectacular City Walk, which will host the finish of the final stage of the event.
Positioned as the start of a four-race stretch of cycling events in the Arabian Gulf region in the month of February, the Dubai Tour is slowly becoming a favourite destination for the world’s top riders, who are looking to kick-off their season in favourable weather conditions.
The Dubai showpiece will be followed by the Tour of Qatar, the Tour of Oman and finally the Abu Dhabi Tour to close out a month of racing in the Gulf.
Both Qatar and Abu Dhabi were awarded WorldTour status while Dubai and Oman are 2.HC races.
“I think all four Tours complement each other,” Dubai Tour race director Huraiz bin Huraiz told reporters last night.
“It’s the beginning of the year, the weather is just perfect for riders to come to this part of the world, enjoying a beautiful touristic city like Dubai and have a great start of the season.
“That warms them up and gets them ready for the tough races coming ahead.”
The 2017 instalment of the Dubai Tour will visit sights never showcased before during the cycling spectacle. Day two, featuring the Ras Al Khaimah Stage, will take riders from the Dubai International Marine Club all the way to Ras Al Khaimah, passing through Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.
The following day, riders will make their way to Al Aqah in Fujairah while stage four will see them climb up the Hatta dam before concluding the Tour at City Walk in Dubai on day five.
“The 2017 Dubai Tour will be a very special edition because of the new additional competition day,” said Saeed Hareb, the secretary general of Dubai Sports Council.
“The extra stage allows us to better explore the surrounding territories. Lengthening the riders’ stay in Dubai keeps the media and fans’ interest in the event alive for longer.
“These are key to our strategy and the sponsors are rewarding this vision.”
Adding a stage and visiting six different emirates is undoubtedly a massive undertaking but Bin Huraiz feels confident his team is up to the task.
He said: “That’s what makes it interesting, if it’s the same old, same old, it’s not challenging. So we always look for a challenge and try to go to new areas. I believe the tour is getting more and more mature.”
Teams and riders taking part are yet to be announced but are expected to be revealed soon.