UAE cycling: Almost 500 take part in first-ever Tour De DAMAC
Around 400 participants took part in the race for adults while around 100 took part in the children’s race.
Close to 500 cycling professionals and enthusiasts took part in the Tour De DAMAC, the first-ever cyclethon event at AKOYA community, organised by DAMAC Properties in association with the Dubai Sports Council on Saturday.
In the 60km race for adults, Vladimir Gusev from Russia won in the men’s category while Kim De Baat from Belgium won in the women’s category. In the Emirati men and women category, Ali Jassim and Safiya Al Sayegh won the titles, respectively. The winner in each category was presented with a cash prize of Dh5,000 along with a gold voucher, trophy and medal. The 6.8km race for children was won by 14-year-old Sultan Alshamsi from the UAE and 13-year-old Maria Catarino from Portugal.
The main cyclethon race started and culminated at DAMAC AKOYA, taking riders through the picturesque district, replete with lush green parks and lakes, before heading into a loop through Lahbab Road and returning to the finish line on the main street. Meanwhile, the race for children was a 6.8km loop inside the community. Around 400 participants took part in the race for adults while around 100 took part in the children’s race.
The event also had the Race Village, a fun family area within the community that included a kids’ zone, music and entertainment shows, and F&B outlets by Paramount Hotels. The Race Village was spread over a large area ensuring attendants were able to maintain the 2-meter social distance while following all health and safety regulations set by the Dubai Sports Council and National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.