– Mai Dubai stage-one took place on Friday October 12th with a 77 kilometer climb through the Kalba Hills –
– 2018/2019 Championship to be raced over four stages; 2 climbing stages, 1 individual time trial and 1 flat stage –
– ‘National Champions’ will be awarded to overall leading Open Emirati Men, Social Emirati Men, Open Expatriate Men and Open Expatriate Women at the conclusion of stage 4 –
– Overall National Champions will also be awarded winners cheques –
UAE, Dubai, Tuesday October 16th 2018: A strong field of competent amateur cyclists took to the roads of Kalba, on Friday October 12th, for the opening stage of the UAE Cycling Federation – Dubai Eye 103.8 2018/2019 UAE Road Cycling Championship.
Sanctioned by the UAE Cycling Federation, the Championship is touted as ‘UAE’s Nationals’, crowning annual amateur Emirati and Expatriate Male and Female cyclists, with this season’s edition raced over four stages; 2 climbing stages, 1 individual time trial and 1 flat stage.
Mai Dubai Stage One saw cyclists race their way through and over 77 kilometers, with 1,000 meters of climbing, of the challenging Kalba Hills route where Deirdre Casey claimed Open Expatriate Female, Rashid Al Baloushi the Social Emirati Male, Majd Al Balushi took the Open Emirati Male win, and Sam Stollery the Open Expatriate Male. Casey, Al Baloushi, Al Balushi and Stollery lead their respective categories going into Oakley Stage Two’s 21.6-kilometer Individual Time Trial, on Friday October 26th, at Meraas’s The Outlet Village (Jebel Ali).
Mai Dubai’s Stage-One age-division winners were;
Age Male (Open) Female (Open) Emirati Male (Social)
16 – 18 Lian Aucamp Rashid Al Baloushi
19 – 30 Sam Stollery Roisin Thomas
31 – 40 Simon Henley Deirdre Casey Ahmed Al Mari
41 – 50 Aymen Naim Natasha Leask Zaal Bin Zaal
51 – 60 Marc Adam
61+ Steve Rice Gwyn Brooke
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority’s Stage Three will be an exhilarating 50-kilometer attack on the formidable Jebel Jais (UAE’s highest mountain, in Ras Al Khaimah) on Friday November 9, with the Overall Champions being decided Friday December 7 at stage 4’s Dubai Sports City road race.
Titles of the 2018/2019 UAE Road Cycling Championship’s four main categories will be decided via a points system, and follow the British Cycling Points System (NAT A Road Category). Main categories are; Open Emirati Male, Social Emirati Male, Open Expatriate Male and Open Expatriate Female, where the cumulative-points leader of each main category will receive and wear the leader’s jersey, stage winners and stage age-division winners will be recognised (at each stage). Overall Champions will take their ‘Champion’s Jersey’ and title through to the 2019/2020 Championship, as well as receive a Champion’s cheque.
As with the Inaugural series (held early 2018) stages will be raced on open-roads with Police-managed rolling closures to ensure the safety of cyclists competing in the Championship.