Saif Mayouf and Eileen Lydia came home tops in the 90-kilometre Community Challenge at the Al Wathba Cycling track on Friday.
The event organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was an overwhelming success with more than 400 cyclists participating over the 16km, 30km, 32km, 60km and 90km distances.
Mayouf took first place in the men’s 90km race in 1 hour 57 minutes and 44 seconds while his Emirati compatriots Saeed Hassan and Mohammed Al Hattawi bagged the prizes for the 60km and 30km, clocking 1:57:44 and 44:34 respectively.
Briton Lydia won the women’s 90km event in a time of 2:36:50. Emiratis Omar Al Majour and Huda Hussein took the 16km prizes for youth male and female respectively over the 16 km distance.
Fabrizio Damico (1:59:47) emerged winner of the men’s event and Emirati Lynn Al Masoud (1:35:20) took the women’s race in the 90km anti-clock event. Briton Carl Himos and Australian Tim Fletcher were successful in the 60km and 30km races.
In the 32km race for people of determination, Rashid Al Dhaheri crossed the finishing line first ahead of his Emirati compatriots Ali Al Saadi and Ayed Al Ahbabi.
Suhail Abdullah Al Arifi, Acting Executive Director of the Events Sector at Abu Dhabi Sports Council, congratulated the winners and thanked all the participants.
“The response for this event was overwhelming as usual and the sports council will continue to support the community events as always despite the challenging times to promote sports as a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
The races were conducted under the highest Covid-19 safety and precautionary measures.