Adnoc Cycle Challenge rescheduled after sandstorm cancellation
What’s On has details about the Adnoc Cycle Challenge rescheduling plans, after the 85km Abu Dhabi bike ride was postponed due to weather.
The Adnoc Cycle Challenge could take place on April 17, organisers have told What’s On, following last week’s postponement.
A severe sandstorm put paid to the event on Friday April 3 as the safety of riders was considered over and above the inconvenience the late change of plan caused.
The 85km bike ride around the city streets – beginning at the Corniche, across Saadiyat Island and Yas Island and back – was cancelled after adverse weather hit the entire region and blanketed the Emirates in a haze of dust.
The storm reduced visibility up to 100 metres in some areas, delayed flights and played a factor in 135 car accidents being reported in the country.
While confirmation of a new date has not yet come, those behind the event told us they were hopeful of being able to race later this month. What’s On will, of course, have the information first.
In a message on Facebook, dated April 3, the organisers explained the decision by saying: “It was somewhat frustrating to wake up this morning to clear blue skies but yesterday we had to make a decision based on the weather and the health and safety of our riders and this decision was made in conjunction with all supporting parties.
“Reports in from group rides this morning in Abu Dhabi have suggested that the very strong wind gusts and cross winds around the course were not ideal for riding in and would have made for an unpleasant and in parts unsafe/dangerous ride – especially in groups.”
For the latest updates visit the Adnoc Cycle Challenge Facebook page.