The Al Ain-Jebel Hafeet Cycling Tour organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) drew 179 participants both men and women, and for the age groups, at the Oasis city on Friday.
The Australians claimed the men’s races over the long and short courses, over the distances of 67km and 47km, respectively. The women’s events were won by the Irish.
Ryan Christian and Matthew Sudich emerged winners of the men’s long and short courses while Deirdre Casey and Aoife Ryan bagged the two women’s races.
Christian clocked 1hour, 56 minutes and 04.23 seconds, over the 67km distance and Sudich completed the 47km race in 1:38:37.85.
Christian crossed the finishing line nearly two minutes ahead of Britons Sam Stolllery and Simon Henley. Sudich had more than two minutes to spare over runner up Yusuf Moola of South Africa and Panayotis Christopoulus of Greece.
Casey was impressive. She finished more than four minutes in front of Renata Baymoteva with Noura Al Ameri more than a further eight minutes in third on the long course.
Ryan too won her race quite comfortably from Briton Sarah Economides and Emirati Safia Al Sayegh over the short course.
Khalid Al Qubaisi, Head of Community Sports Department at the Department of Technical Affairs at ADSC, praised the race organisation for making the cycling event a fast growing and popular destination for the community.
“We at the ADSC are very pleased with the big turnout for the races in Al Ain and we are committed to provide the community more such events,” said Al Qubaisi.
“This was the first community event in Al Ain and we witnessed some highly competitive racers as well as those came in large numbers to support them and spend an enjoyable day out.”
Al Qubaisi extended his appreciation to the sponsors; Health Department, the Municipalities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, Department of Transport, National Ambulance, Al Ain Water.”