(L to R) UAE Cycling Federation’s Secretary General Abdulnasser Al Shamsi, with Jersey Leaders, UAE Cycling Federation Board Member Nayef Jakka
– Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Stage Three’s 63-kilometer Jebel Jais climb took place of Friday November 9 –
– 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, Sunday November 11th 2018: UAE Cycling Federation – Dubai Eye 103.8 2018/2019 UAE Road Cycling Championship’s penultimate stage took place on Friday 9th November with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Stage Three’s 63-kilometer Jebel Jais climb, including a 2-kilometer neutralized-zone (managed by Ras Al Khaimah Police).
Sanctioned by the UAE Cycling Federation, the Championship is touted as ‘UAE’s Nationals’, crowning annual amateur Emirati Male 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.
Stage Three saw cyclists start from Saqr Park (Ras Al Khaimah) cycling 38-kilometers to reach the bottom of Jebel Jais, to then challenge this formidable mountain through a 25-kilometre climb, on police-managed, rolling road closures (up the mountain). To set a thrilling finish, and for the first time, cyclists continued their assault up to the new summit and cross the finish line located under the well-known ‘Jebel Jais Flight: World’s Longest Zipline’ – which offers stunning, sweeping views of the rugged mountain terrain.
Presentations were opened with the attendance of a special and honourable guest; His Highness Sheikh Saqr Bin Saud Al Qassimi, who was joined by UAE Cycling Federation’s Secretary General Abdulnasser Al Shamsi, UAE Cycling Federation Board Member Nayef Jakka, and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority key personnel. His Highness also presented the Championship Leaders with their respective category jerseys.
Taking Stage Three’s honours were Yvonne Van Hattum for Open Expatriate Female, Rashid Al Baloushi the Social Emirati Male, Ali Al Hassani claiming Open Emirati Male, and Ryan Christian the Open Expatriate Male.
Leaders of the Championship, after Stage Three, and with one stage remaining, are Roisin Thomas (Expatriate Female), Yaser Al Balooshi (Social Emirati Male), Ali Al Hassani (Emirati Clubs Male) and Sam Stollery (Expatriate Male). The Championship’s fourth, and deciding stage will be raced on Friday December 7th at Dubai Sports City’s 103.8-kilometer road race.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority stage-three age-division winners were;
Age Male (Open) Female (Open) Emirati Male (Social)
16 – 18 Lian Aucamp Rashid Al Baloushi
19 – 30 Ryan Christian Roisin Thomas
31 – 40 Jan De Henau Yvonne Van Hattum Amer Al Dahmani
41 – 50 Jasper Carpaij Natasha Leask Ali Al Jahoori
51 – 60 Henrik Westerberg
61+ Steve Rice
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.
Stage three results, and registration for all (competent amateur) cyclists in the remaining stages is via www.premieronline.com