Organisers of DP World Women’s Cycling Challenge 2022 are expecting a record number of participants in the third edition of the event.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The DP World Women’s Cycling Challenge is back for its 3rd year.
It’s the region’s only cycle race dedicated to women and will take place On October 8 on the Al Qudra cycling track inside the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.
Held under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council Women’s Sports Committee, supported by RTA, Dubai Police and the UAE Cycling Federation as well as all the leading cycling clubs and teams, the DP World Women’s Cycling Challenge has grown each year.
The organizers are expecting an even bigger event this year with more women taking part from across the UAE and the region.
The participants are from all walks of life and a cross section of the community, including riders of all levels of experience, from seasoned racers to enthusiastic recreational cyclists.
Teams include cycling clubs, sports teams, government entities including Dubai Police, Dubai Ambulance, RTA and Dubai Municipality corporate organizations and education establishments.
It is a hugely popular event and the day itself attracts a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters.
The challenge offers two distances; 40 KM and 70 KM and participants can register either as individuals or teams. It’s a fun as well as competitive event with the routes taking riders through Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve on the dedicated cycle track.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each race category and all participants will receive finisher medals and special gifts.
Nabil Qayed, Director of People & General Administration – People Department, DP World UAE, commented: “At DP World we aim to create a better future for all through trade. Wherever we operate, our sustainability strategy has people, communities and the environment at its heart. So, we are proud to be the official sponsor of the Cycling Challenge to enhance the health and well-being of the women in our emirate through all levels of sports.”
‘Women cycling is hugely popular in the UAE and growing as a sport globally. It’s an accessible recreation and pastime for women of all levels of fitness and riding capability. As a competitive sport, cycling is attracting more and more women, and in Dubai we have excellent facilities with easy access to superb cycle tracks, and this has encouraged more and more women to take up cycling competitively and socially. The DP World Women’s Cycling Challenge seeks to encourage women at every level of ability to join in and enjoy the experience. Our aim is to see women come and ride to compete, or cycle just for fun and enjoy a great morning in the beautiful Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve,” Event Director Ruth Dickinson said.