Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nayan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the Bike Abu Dhabi Festival starts tomorrow running the entire week until 13 November.
The Bike Abu Dhabi Festival officially kicks off with a wide variety of cycling activities for all abilities and ages and spearheads the emirates’ long-term vision in becoming a global cycling destination for both amateur and professional events.
Adding to the already jam-packed world-class events held in Abu Dhabi, the 2022 UCI Urban Cycling Championships, held at Nation Towers form 9-13 November will see, the world’s top urban cycling athletes from 33 countries showcase the best BMX, Freestyle, BMX flatland and Trials competition have to offer. Alongside the competition is an exciting Festival village with an array of live entertainment shows and activities to enjoy.
The first-ever Bike Abu Dhabi Gran Fondo will take place on Saturday 12 November, starting in Abu Dhabi City and finishing in Al Ain across a distance of 150km. A prize pool for the amateur event has been set at AED2 million with an equal split for both men and women. Cycling legend and Bike Abu Dhabi Gran Fondo ambassador Mark Cavendish will also be there to cheer participants on along the route.
An exciting addition to the Bike Abu Dhabi Festival is the Bike Abu Dhabi Festival Ride which is open to all residents and citizens to ride along the iconic Abu Dhabi Corniche on the morning of Sunday 13th November as part of Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s vision for engaging and promoting cycling to the wider community.
HE Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, spoke with the highest regards on the Bike Abu Dhabi Festival, “This is truly an exciting week for all cycling fans and a chance for the community not yet familiar with cycling to enjoy one of the many activities and events on offer. The ride along the Abu Dhabi Corniche is a new and exciting event for Abu Dhabi and a chance for the community to enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride safely along one of the busiest and iconic roads in the emirate.”
H.E Osama Al Shafar, Vice President of UCI and President of the Asian Cycling Confederation said, “The Bike Abu Dhabi Festival week is a great way to bring cycling across a range of disciplines to the hearts of the people of the UAE. The inclusion of the 2022 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships also allows the UAE community to see the world’s top urban cycling athletes compete at the highest level and enjoy an even that has come to the Middle East for the very first time”.
Tickets to the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships can be purchased at www.platinumlist.net and start from 30 AED and free for U16.
Registrations for Bike Abu Dhabi Gran Fondo and Bike Abu Dhabi Festival ride can be done through www.bike.abudhabi/events