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SPORT & LEISURE - CYCLING

UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc 11th in General Classification at 100th Giro d’Italia

Posted on 30/05/2017

The three-week Grand Tour has concluded with UAE Team Emirates' Jan Polanc in 11th place in the General Classification while Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb claimed the overall lead after a final-stage individual time trial. The 100th Giro d'Italia, one of the three three-week Grand Tours that includes the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, provided 21 challenging and testing stages for the UAE Team Emirates' riders. "This is a Giro to remember for me. I thought nothing could be as ...  >>MORE

New club for cyclists to start in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/03/2017

A new club will be set up in Abu Dhabi to regulate and promote cycling, and develop the skills of young cyclists to enable them to participate in competitive events. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi will establish the bicycle club, according to a resolution issued by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. In another resolution, Sheikh Nahyan named Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili as chairman of the eight-member board of the club. Members of the board will serve a ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid witnesses Dubai International Cycling Tour stage

Posted on 01/02/2017

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, watched the 4th stage of the Dubai International Cycle Tour. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai's Protocol Department, also witnessed the race from the first stage to ensure the safety of the participants in the race that started this morning from the Dubai International Marine Club. The race ...  >>MORE

16 teams confirmed for Dubai Tour

Posted on 02/01/2017

The list of 16 teams invited to the race of the fourth edition of the Dubai Tour - scheduled from 31st January to 4th February - has been officially announced. Ten UCI World Teams, four UCI Professional Continental Teams, one UCI Continental Team and a UAE National Selection team will be at the start of the five-stage professional cycling race organised by the Dubai Sports Council, said organisers of the event to be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

Mubadala and ADSC sign MoU

Posted on 29/08/2016

The Mubadala Development Company, Mubadala, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ADSC, to strengthen and expand its community outreach programme. The agreement includes the addition of two community cycling competitions in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, a long-distance running event, the expansion of the Mubadala Football Tournament, to be renamed as Mubadala Community Football League and the expansion of the Mubadala Community Tennis Cup season, which will ...  >>MORE

Hopes for business boon as hundreds take part in Ajman cycling race

Posted on 23/04/2016

Hundreds of cyclists took part in Ride Ajman yesterday, the first competitive cycle race in the country's smallest emirate, and one tourism chiefs hope will increase business. Families and friends turned out to support the riders at the event, which was graced with good temperatures and a cool breeze. The streets were quiet as road closures enabled the riders to go safely around the coastal town. A total of 220 professional cyclists participated in the 90-kilometre ride, with 70 amateurs in ...  >>MORE

Marcel Kittel wins Dubai Tour 2016

Posted on 07/02/2016

Germany's Marcel Kittel won the Tour of Dubai on Saturday after he outsprinted his rivals, claiming victory in the final fourth stage of the race. He replaced Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo, who had seized the overall leader's blue jersey on Friday but had to settle for sixth place in Saturday's race. The German who rides for Etixx-QuickStep and had already won the first stage of the Dubai Tour, outpaced Italy's Elia Viviani, who came second, in Saturday's 132 km city-based course that ended under ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Sultan and UAE officials get on their bikes for #cycletoworkuae

Posted on 12/01/2016

High-ranking officials have taken to their bikes in support of The National's #cycletoworkuae campaign. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon, Chairman of the Department of Transport, Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority Abu Dhabi and Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, all took to two wheels to demonstrate their passion for cycling. The second annual #cycletoworkuae day takes place on Tuesday, when ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City District One launches cycling and running track

Posted on 08/12/2015

Meydan Sobha, the developer of the Dh35 billion Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, District One, has announced the opening of its cycling and running track, which now welcomes all cyclists, joggers and fitness enthusiasts from across the country. The opening of the District One Cycling and Running Track is another successful milestone which is part of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision for Dubai and the developers' ...  >>MORE

Viviani wins Stage 4 as Chaves holds on to first Abu Dhabi Tour title

Posted on 12/10/2015

The setting at the Yas Marina Circuit was spectacular and so was the denouement to the fourth and final stage of the first Abu Dhabi Tour. For the second time in three days, Elia Viviani of Team Sky outsprinted the world champion Peter Sagan. That result completed the formality of the Colombian Esteban Chaves becoming the first winner of the Abu Dhabi Tour, taking the Red Jersey for the General Classification win. After a somewhat fortuitous win on Jebel Hafeet on Saturday, Chaves had ...  >>MORE

Esteban Chaves captures pivotal Jebel Hafeet Stage 3 of Abu Dhabi Tour

Posted on 11/10/2015

Perhaps it was destined to be that for the dramatic beauty of Jebel Hafeet, only a finish to match the surrounds would suffice. As he came to the final, sharp turn leading to the home straight of the Abu Dhabi Tour's third stage, probably less than 150 metres to go, Team Sky's Wouter Poels could probably have felt the red and green jerseys on him. A counter-attack on Esteban Chaves over the last 400m of a gruelling 11.7-kilometre climb had seen him surge past the diminutive Colombian. But ...  >>MORE

Capital Stage of Abu Dhabi Tour sees Italian domination again

Posted on 10/10/2015

Italian cyclist Elia Viviani took the overall leader's red jersey from compatriot Andrea Guardini on day two of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour on Friday after finishing the stage in just over three hours. One hundred and eight riders from 18 teams took part in the Capital Stage of the four-stage tour. Spectators thronged sections of the 129-kilometre route that started at Yas Marina Circuit and finished at Yas Mall. The race passed some of the capital's iconic landmarks, including the Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Nahyan bin Zayed cycles for inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour

Posted on 08/10/2015

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, last night joined a cycle race at Yas Marina circuit to promote the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour, a four-stage professional cycling race to be launched tomorrow at the desert Qasr Al Sarab Resort in the Western Region. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, shared the course with a group of officials and British cycling ...  >>MORE

Pedal power in the spotlight at first Abu Dhabi Tour

Posted on 30/09/2015

The Abu Dhabi Tour is taking spectator participation to a different level with cycling enthusiasts and fans being able to join a parade with the professional cyclists on the last day of the four-day race, organisers announced. "Abu Dhabi Tour is a professional cycling tour and will finish in a big parade with the professional athletes joining families and fans,” said Nico de Corato, a spokesman for the event. More than 140 cyclists will complete 22 laps of Yas Marina Circuit for the last leg ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tour announces teams and top riders for inaugural race

Posted on 18/09/2015

Led by Mark Cavendish, the world's best riders will descend upon the capital in early October to take part in the first Abu Dhabi Tour. Joaquim Rodriguez, Philippe Gilbert and Peter Sagan will join Cavendish as part of 18 teams that will ride in the four-stage 555km race from October 8-11. Rodriguez is currently second in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world rankings and finished third overall in the 2013 Tour de France. Sagan is acknowledged as one of cycling's finest young riders, ...  >>MORE

Team Etisalat sets off from Brussels on mHealth Grand Cycle Tour

Posted on 04/09/2015

A team of riders representing Etisalat Group yesterday set off from Brussels to compete in the 2015 mHealth Grand Cycle Tour. The gruelling 1,500km event will pass through three European countries, finishing 10 days later in Geneva. The aim of the tour is to raise awareness about diabetes, while providing an ideal opportunity to test and further develop mobile health solutions (mHealth) which aims at improving the day-to-day life for diabetics. Members of Team Etisalat were selected from ...  >>MORE

Mark Cavendish ‘very excited’ to be named ambassador of inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour

Posted on 29/07/2015

British cyclist Mark Cavendish has been announced as the ambassador for the inaugural staging of the Abu Dhabi Tour in October. The race The four-stage race, covering a distance of 555km, was announced in December last year by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and will take place between October 8-11 and is categorised as a 2.1 race which is the third tier of UCI, the governing body of cycling's, races. The role Cavendish, who has won 26 stages of the Tour de France in the past, including one this ...  >>MORE

Nahyan bin Zayed sets up executive office of Abu Dhabi Tour

Posted on 21/07/2015

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council has issued a resolution setting up the executive office of Abu Dhabi Tour, the professional cycling race set to take place in October in Abu Dhabi. According to the resolution, Mattar Suhail Al Yabhouni, member of the board of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will be chairman of the office, with Aref Hamad Al Awani as ...  >>MORE

Yas Marina Circuit announced as official training ground for the GHQ Armed Forces cycling fitness initiatives

Posted on 18/05/2015

Yas Marina Circuit yesterday announced an exciting new partnership with GHQ of the UAE Armed Forces that will see the circuit become the official training ground for the UAE Army's cycling fitness initiatives. The strategic tie-up further strengthens both parties' commitment to health and fitness within the emirate and will see 200 camouflage branded bikes donated to Yas Marina Circuit by GHQ Armed Forces to be used for training by army personnel. The army's training programme will be held ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi unveils routes of Abu Dhabi Tour

Posted on 26/03/2015

Seeking to position itself as one of the world's premier sports destinations, Abu Dhabi yesterday unveiled the routes of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour in attendance of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Held under a partnership agreement between Abu Dhabi Sports Council and RCS Sports and Events, one of the race organisers, the 8-11 October race ...  >>MORE

Dubai Gran Fondo attracts over 350 entries

Posted on 19/03/2015

Dubai's newest amateur cycling event, the Dubai Gran Fondo, has generated significant interest and excitement within the cycling community with over 350 riders entered for the inaugural event, organisers announced yesterday. The Dubai Gran Fondo is the third event on this year's UCI World Cycling Tour, a series of events held around the world where amateurs can compete in road races. The tour consists of 13 UCI-sanctioned races which also serve as qualifying events for the UCI World Amateur ...  >>MORE

UCI World Cycling Tour adds Dubai to event calendar

Posted on 04/03/2015

One of the fastest growing and most popular sports in the Middle East announced yesterday that Dubai has been granted the rights to hold an event on the UCI World Cycling Amateur Tour. The Dubai Gran Fondo will be the third event on this year's UCI World Cycling Tour, a series of events held around the world where amateurs can compete in road races. The tour consists of 13 qualifying events for the UCI World Amateur Road Championships in Denmark in September. The first two events on the ...  >>MORE

Mark Cavendish overtakes John Degenkolb to win 2015 Dubai Tour

Posted on 08/02/2015

Mark Cavendish came across the finish line victorious in the second Dubai Tour on Saturday. The Isle of Man cycling star, riding with Team Etixx-Quick Step, won the blue jersey as the overall leader of the race and the red as the points classification leader. German John Degenkolb of Team Giant-Alpecin finished second, six seconds behind Cavendish, after entering Saturday's fourth and final stage in the race lead. Cavendish erased a four-second gap entering the finale to edge Degenkolb. ...  >>MORE

Germanys' Degenkolb wins Dubai Tour's third stage

Posted on 07/02/2015

John Degenkolb of Germany won the third stage of the Tour of Dubai cycling race on Friday, wresting the overall lead from Britain's Mark Cavendish in the process, and picking up 10 bonus seconds for the win and consequently relegating Cavendish to second in the standings. Degenkolb, who rides for the Giant-Alpecin team, won the race's longest stage, the 205km from Dubai International Marine Club to Hatta Dam, in a sprint finish over the final 300m stretch by two seconds from Spanish duo ...  >>MORE

Mountain bike trail to open in Hatta

Posted on 07/02/2015

A 17km mountain bike trail will open in Hatta, south of Dubai, on February 13, the Dubai Municipality said. Cutting through picturesque mountains and valleys, the trial will be inaugurated by a six-hour race, which falls on a Friday. Hatta is about 110km south of Dubai and a popular tourist destination known for its rugged terrain, springs, and small-town traditional life and local heritage. The municipality's Hatta centre will throw open the trial and organise the race. There will be prizes ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid inspects Dubai Tour's venue

Posted on 05/02/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday inspected the venue of the second edition of the Dubai Tour (Dubai Tour 2015), the 663-km international professional cycling race taking place over four stages between February 4-7. The event is organised by Dubai Sports Council. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid was accompanied by Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai's Protocol Department, and Saeed Hareb, Chairman of ...  >>MORE

SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling unveils team for 2015 Season and for the Dubai Tour

Posted on 04/02/2015

Dubai's leading cycling team, SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling yesterday announced its team for the 2015 season. Led by Mohammed Al Murawwi, the 16 member team comprises of cyclists from the UAE (8), Italy (1), Morocco (2), Portugal (1), Spain (1), Russia (1), and Tunisia (2). "The SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team was formed in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council. We are committed to developing ...  >>MORE

Cyclists begin season with Dubai Tour

Posted on 03/02/2015

Cyclists from Team Giant-Alpecin expressed their excitement at kicking off the season at the Dubai Tour, and said they hoped to encourage UAE residents to take up cycling as a hobby. Eight cyclists from the 27-member team will take part in the tour, which starts on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. Roy Curvers, 35, said teammates who had taken part in last year's Dubai Tour, encouraged him to try it out himself this year. "This is my first time in Dubai, and members of the team told ...  >>MORE

Team Novo Nordisk to compete in Dubai Tour

Posted on 29/01/2015

Team Novo Nordisk, the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team, is set to compete in the Dubai Tour, a four-stage race to be held from the 4th to the 7th of February. Starting from the Dubai International Marine Club on each day, the riders will be covering 663 kilometres of the city, passing by the great landmarks of Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Hatta Dam and Union House Flag. The men's professional cycling team is at the forefront of Team Novo Nordisk, a global all-diabetes ...  >>MORE

Liwa Cycle Challenge has bikers in a spin about stunning desert surroundings

Posted on 17/01/2015

Hundreds of cyclists traded city streets for desert roads on Friday as they took part in one of the most lucrative races in the region. The second annual Liwa Cycle Challenge offered Dh150,000 in prizes, with an equal purse for men and women. "Just as our leaders do not differentiate between women and men, we too wanted to show that women are equally valued in our competition,” said Mohammed Al Qubaisi, who founded the race and also finished 10th in its 117-kilometre elite category. Mr Al ...  >>MORE

ADCB brings Abu Dhabi’s first public bicycle sharing system

Posted on 29/12/2014

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ADCB, yesterday announced the UAE's first public bicycle sharing system, ADCB Bikeshare. In partnership with Cyacle, a private bike-sharing venture seeded by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, ADCB is introducing the nation's capital to a new cost-effective and energy-saving method of transport for recreational and leisure purposes. Initially offering 75 bicycles for hire at 10 locations on Yas Island and Al Raha Beach, ADCB Bikeshare aims to offer both ...  >>MORE

Cycling enthusiasts gear up for Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge

Posted on 04/10/2014

Cycling enthusiasts have continued their preparations for this year's Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge by turning out in the hundreds this morning for the second of four build up rides ahead of the big day on December 12th. Numbers were up on the first build-up ride, as the excitement mounts for the biggest and most popular community cycling event in the Middle East. Nearly 420 riders turned up for the first build-up ride held over 35km in September and this morning close to 500 cyclists were ...  >>MORE

First Emirati bicycle challenge great success

Posted on 25/08/2014

Cycling in the U.A.E. is becoming increasingly popular and reached another milestone recently, with the hosting of the 1st Emirati Cycle Challenge at Al Wathba Cycle Track on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The ride was organised by the Sultan Hazza Al Darmaki Stables, was open to Emirati social riders and featured challenges for male and female riders. Organisers were delighted with the turnout, with 96 cyclists taking part, with the female riders competing over 16km, and the males over 48km. ...  >>MORE

Phenomenal Phinney clinches Dubai Tour victory

Posted on 09/02/2014

Taylor Phinney came away with the blue and white jerseys of the inaugural Dubai Tour on Saturday here having prevailed outright in the general and young riders' classifications respectively. The American won Thursday's time trial, which effectively meant he would be assured of both of his eventual prizes if he finished the subsequent three races among the first peloton to cross the finish line. That is exactly what he did too to deny the likes of Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark/Garmin Sharp), ...  >>MORE

American cyclist Phinney makes history in Dubai

Posted on 06/02/2014

It was a historic moment for Dubai and Taylor Phinney on Wednesday. The American rode into cycling's history books by winning the first stage on the inaugural Dubai Tour. Phinney's stunning time trial helped him being the first ever recipient of the Dubai Tour's blue jersey. Phinney, a former under-23 world time trial champion, averaged 50.29km/h in the 9.9km time trial to set a winning time of 12'03”, and guided his team BMC Racing one-two with team-mate Britain's Steve Cummings finishing ...  >>MORE

Go around Sharjah on cycle for Dh80 as part of 'Bicycle Sharing' programme

Posted on 05/02/2014

The "Bicycle Sharing” programme has made Sharjah the first city in the Middle East and fourth worldwide to use this new approach for promoting tourism. For the first time, residents and tourists in Sharjah can now see and experience the emirate in a different way — by cycling around all tourist spots for just Dh80 for 24 hours. Introduced city-wide, the "Bicycle Sharing” programme that is based on a similar bicycle sharing programme of London, Switzerland and Paris, has made Sharjah the ...  >>MORE

Top riders for inaugural Dubai Tour

Posted on 05/02/2014

The world's best teams and riders will compete and defy all odds in the Dubai Tour's first edition beginning with the first stage on Feb.5 in Dubai. The world champion Rui Costa, Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Sagan, Joaquin Rodriguez, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara will provide a great cycling show across Dubai's roads, among skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, and the desert in the four-day long event ending on Feb.8. The UAE's Yousif Mirza was delighted to be a ...  >>MORE

Dubai Tour: Audi Al Nabooda to drive SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team

Posted on 04/02/2014

Dubai's first pro cycling team hits the road in Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. The new SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team has received a sponsorship boost from Audi Dubai in the build up to the inaugural Dubai Tour, which kicks off the 2014 international racing calendar. Top Emirati athlete Mohammed Al Murawwi, Francisco Mancebo, Oscar Pujol, Sebastian Haedo and Alexandr Pliuskin will take their place in the SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team line-up for an ...  >>MORE

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UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc 11th in General Classification at 100th Giro d’Italia


New club for cyclists to start in Abu Dhabi


Mohammed bin Rashid witnesses Dubai International Cycling Tour stage


16 teams confirmed for Dubai Tour


Mubadala and ADSC sign MoU


Hopes for business boon as hundreds take part in Ajman cycling race


Marcel Kittel wins Dubai Tour 2016


Sheikh Sultan and UAE officials get on their bikes for #cycletoworkuae


Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City District One launches cycling and running track


Viviani wins Stage 4 as Chaves holds on to first Abu Dhabi Tour title


Esteban Chaves captures pivotal Jebel Hafeet Stage 3 of Abu Dhabi Tour


Capital Stage of Abu Dhabi Tour sees Italian domination again


Nahyan bin Zayed cycles for inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour


Pedal power in the spotlight at first Abu Dhabi Tour


Abu Dhabi Tour announces teams and top riders for inaugural race


Team Etisalat sets off from Brussels on mHealth Grand Cycle Tour


Mark Cavendish ‘very excited’ to be named ambassador of inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour


Nahyan bin Zayed sets up executive office of Abu Dhabi Tour


Yas Marina Circuit announced as official training ground for the GHQ Armed Forces cycling fitness initiatives


Abu Dhabi unveils routes of Abu Dhabi Tour


Dubai Gran Fondo attracts over 350 entries


UCI World Cycling Tour adds Dubai to event calendar


Mark Cavendish overtakes John Degenkolb to win 2015 Dubai Tour


Germanys' Degenkolb wins Dubai Tour's third stage


Mountain bike trail to open in Hatta


Mohammed bin Rashid inspects Dubai Tour's venue


SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling unveils team for 2015 Season and for the Dubai Tour


Cyclists begin season with Dubai Tour


Team Novo Nordisk to compete in Dubai Tour


Liwa Cycle Challenge has bikers in a spin about stunning desert surroundings


ADCB brings Abu Dhabi’s first public bicycle sharing system


Cycling enthusiasts gear up for Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge


First Emirati bicycle challenge great success


Phenomenal Phinney clinches Dubai Tour victory


American cyclist Phinney makes history in Dubai


Go around Sharjah on cycle for Dh80 as part of 'Bicycle Sharing' programme


Top riders for inaugural Dubai Tour


Dubai Tour: Audi Al Nabooda to drive SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team