The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Hopes for business boon as hundreds take part in Ajman cycling race

posted on 23/04/2016: 1697 views



Hundreds of cyclists took part in Ride Ajman yesterday, the first competitive cycle race in the country's smallest emirate, and one tourism chiefs hope will increase business.

Families and friends turned out to support the riders at the event, which was graced with good temperatures and a cool breeze.

The streets were quiet as road closures enabled the riders to go safely around the coastal town.

A total of 220 professional cyclists participated in the 90-kilometre ride, with 70 amateurs in the 7km charity ride that supported Al Ajmani Charity Foundation – numbers that exceeded targets, said Faisal Al Nuaimi, head of Ajman's tourism authority.

Sport was key to bringing visitors to the emirate, he said.

"We want people to come and see Ajman and to see how beautiful it is," said Mr Al Nuaimi.

"We've even had people coming for the race who've never been to Ajman before."

He hoped to increase the participation of Emiratis, whose turnout was only about 20 per cent.

"We're trying to change the mindset and lifestyle of the locals by offering things like this and developing the running and cycling track along the corniche," he said.

Crossing the 90km finish line first for the men was Erwan Sidaner. He completed the race in a time of one hour, 58 minutes and 59 seconds.

In the women's category, Roisin Thomas won in a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 32 seconds.

They each received Dh3,500 in prize money.

Egyptian expatriate Sameh Nabil, a recreational cyclist who rides up to 25km most days, said the event could help promote the sport in the emirate.

"There are parts of Ajman that are good for cycling, but parts which still aren't so good, so hopefully this event will help us drive those improvements," said Mr Nabil.

It was the first time in Ajman for Jan Kim, a cycle mechanic from Dubai who was among the first group of finishers in the 90km race, which started from the Fairmont hotel and led to Al Tallal Camel Racecourse and back.

"It was a good event," the Filipino said. "I hope there will be more. It's a nice way to come and see a new emirate."

However, the price may be a deterrent for participants, he said, comparing the Dh250 price to the Dh50 cost of participating in Abu Dhabi's race.

Maia Bassal, who works for Fairmont hotels, said she rarely cycled but wanted to take part in the charity event to support a good cause and the emirate.

"It is so refreshing to see Ajman come alive this morning," she said.

"Such events will put Ajman on the map as a sporting destination."

Cycling has grown rapidly in the UAE in recent years, with the country now hosting two UCI Asia Tour events, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

More than 100km of cycling tracks have been laid out across the country, and the UAE is home to several pro cycling teams.

Ride Ajman will benefit "everyone in Ajman" in the long term, said Henny Schaeffer, general manager of the Fairmont Ajman, one of the event's sponsors.

"There will be a lot of people who will have seen what Ajman is all about," he said.

"So far, cycling has been based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and we want to change that and give people from the northern emirates another place to cycle and compete."

There are plans for the emirate to develop an asphalt track similar to that in Al Qudra in Dubai. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/tourism/hopes-for-business-boon-as-hundreds-take-part-in-ajman-cycling-race

RELATED ARTICLES

30 May 2017 UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc 11th in General Classification at 100th Giro d’Italia
06 March 2017 New club for cyclists to start in Abu Dhabi
01 February 2017 Mohammed bin Rashid witnesses Dubai International Cycling Tour stage
02 January 2017 16 teams confirmed for Dubai Tour
29 August 2016 Mubadala and ADSC sign MoU


Most Read