October 28 2016 DUBAI UAE: The countdown to the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge continued this morning with an exciting turn as organisers of the event announced full road closures for the 92km challenge taking place on 16 December – the first time any amateur cycling event has had this level of support from officials. The announcement was made at the third Build-Up ride which saw over 600 cyclists from across the UAE take on the 65km at the Al Qudra Cycle Track.
Now in its seventh year, the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is expected to see over 2,500 cycling enthusiasts from all over the world enter and take part in the largest amateur cycling event in the Middle East. In addition, the event is now part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, a ‘cycling for all series’ which supports the vision of the Dubai Sports Council to promote cycling in the Emirate.
Speaking at the third Build-Up ride, a spokesperson for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge said: “It has taken almost seven years to make this announcement and we are thrilled with the support we have received from the Dubai Police, the Dubai Sports Council and the RTA who have all been instrumental in making this happen and special thanks to everyone involved.
“We are getting closer and closer to the 92km challenge and it’s great to see everyone continue with their training as they near the end goal. This morning’s atmosphere was fantastic and everyone seems very excited about the news.”
Cyclists and their friends and family enjoyed the cycle village this morning which was in full swing thanks to the sponsors. The Spinneys’ food truck offered delicious pulled lamb and falafel burgers free of charge for all to enjoy, as well as smoothie making competitions and entertainment provided by Dubai 92.
Mike Murphy who took part in today’s challenge and said: “Today’s challenge was great, the wind was behind us and I had a great ride. This is my fourth year taking part in the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge and the atmosphere in the cycle village this year has been fantastic at all the Build-Up rides.”
The final Build-Up ride will take place on 25 November on an 85km course starting at the Al Qudra Cycle Track and the 92km challenge is taking place on Friday 16 December starting at the Dubai Autodrome.
Juniors also have the opportunity to be involved in the cycling weekend with dedicated 15km and 30km Junior Rides taking place on Thursday, 15 December at the Dubai Autodrome.
To register or find out more about any of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge events please visit www.cyclechallenge.ae