The cycle begins…

Organised and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nayan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the very first Bike Abu Dhabi Festival will take place between November 7 and 13, this year.

The main events(s)

There are two headline features of this festival of pedal speed. After receiving the UCI Bike City designation in 2021, Abu Dhabi will now host the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, due to take place between November 9 and 13.

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And in other, incredibly exciting news we’ll get to experience the inaugural Abu Dhabi Gran Fondo, a 150km race hitting the road on November 12 and holding the purse strings on a whopping two million dirham prize pool for the amateur event.

There will also be BMX Freestyle events on the BMX Freestyle Flatland and Park courses.

The festival is set to attract more than 300 of the world’s best cyclists, and cements Abu Dhabi yet further as a centre of sports event hosting excellence.

In addition to these grandstand gear shifts, there will be an ‘event village’ at Nation Towers, offering family friendly entertainment, short bicycle courses, face painting, bungee trampolines, graffiti artists, street dancers, BMX stunt shows, and live music.

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The latest leg of the Bike Abu Dhabi initiative

Launched in November last year by His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Bike Abu Dhabi was designed to steer the ambitions of Abu Dhabi in becoming a world cycling hub.

Part of the project, were plans for massive investment in the city’s cycling facilities…

Absolute cycle-paths

Officials confirmed plans to build a huge 109km Abu Dhabi Loop – a “segregated cycle-way linking key destinations around the city”.

Further construction concepts being wheeled out soon include a 3,500 capacity track racing arena on the already very cycle-friendly (overwater cycle paths, outdoor BMX tracks, multiple island tour routes) Hudayriyat Island.

Once finished Velodrome Hudayriyat will hopefully offer more than just marginal gains to the nation’s sporting facilities.

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