Dubai is a wonderful place to bike and host cycling racing events; this explains the unstoppable growth of cycling in the region and the many amateurs wanting to become professional cyclists and prepare for a challenging bike race, such as the Dubai Tour.
The emirate has also pedaled its way to success in road cycle sales, year-after-year, as a result of hosting such a big event. As a result, is creating a booming business for those that want to Buy and Sell Racing Bikes in Dubai, UAE.
Events like the Dubai Tour help the UAE Bicycle Retailer & Industry by showcasing bike brands and creating more and more fans for the sport. Statistics after this type of competition, in fact, normally show growing trends on sales and number of sport enthusiasts taking the roads. In addition, more and more cycling paths are being created with RTA estimating approximately 900 Km of them by 2020 and initiatives that promote biking to work multiply.
The Dubai Tour is a 2.HC-classified race and is set to take place 31 January – 4 February. The competition is organized by Dubai Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sport and Events JLT. Over the years, the Tour has gained media exposure and spectators.
Here’s what’s in store for the fourth edition of the Dubai Tour 2017: It involves 5 stages, one more than the previous years with four sprint stages and one uphill finish; this means it is a longer UAE cycling event that covers more territory in the emirate. Riders will have more exploration of new terrain in Dubai and the neighboring emirates, while the onlookers can enjoy splendid scenery.
The road cycling stage races are as follows:
- Stage one: A 181km route that concludes on the waterfront with the finish to end in a sprint.
- Stage two: A 188km route that travels in four of the Emirates: Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.
- Stage three: A 200km route that is the longest of the staged races that takes cyclers up the coast from Dubai to Al Aqah.
- Stage four: A 172km route that brings riders to the steep climb to Hatta Dam.
- Stage five: A 124km circuit route in Dubai itself that is the final parade stage.
Note: All races will start at the Dubai Int. Marine Club (DIMC).
Like the previous editions, “thanks to the participation of some of the best cyclists in the world, the Dubai Tour [has been] a great promotional vehicle for tourism and cycling in General,” said H.E. Saeed Hareb, Dubai Sports Council’s General Secretary. He adds that it has made a great impact in increasing the popularity of the sport in the Emirate.
Previous Dubai Tour winners include: Taylor Phinney in the inaugural edition in 2014; Mark Cavendish winning in 2015; and Marcel Kittel in 2016. Who will it be in 2017?