Al Marmoom will host the first-of-its-kind race this April
25 March 2019| Last updated on 25 March 2019
The Al Marmoom Women's Cycling Challenge is happening on April 19...
It will be the region's first cycle race dedicated to women, and will be held inside the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.
In support of the Al Jalila Foundation and their pediatric program 'Farah', the race will take place under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and supported by DSC’s Women’s Sports Committee. The event is dedicated to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and celebrates his 50 years of service to the UAE and his unwavering support and empowerment of women and their role in all areas of society.
The 50km Challenge, which will take place on the Al Qudra Cycling Track, has also announced its support for Al Jalila Foundation’s pediatric program Farah, which offers hope to children suffering from cancer and other chronic diseases. The organisers will donate a percentage of all revenue from registrations and sponsorship toward the program.
Announced at a press conference this week, Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, a member of DSC’s Board of Directors and President of the Women’s Sports Committee at DSC said: “Empowering women in all spheres of life and providing them with an opportunity to practise sports and physical activity, and to compete in an atmosphere that confirms to the customs and traditions of the UAE is one of our strategic objectives and the Al Marmoom Women’s Cycling Challenge is an initiative that seeks to further those aims.
“Women in the UAE are keen for such opportunities and the amazing turnouts at the first and second editions of the Dubai Women’s Triathlon were a testimony to that. Now, we are pleased to offer them another first-of-its-kind event dedicated to women.
“As we celebrate the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, we encourage all women, from our wonderfully diverse segments of the society, to come out and participate in this very special event inside the idyllic Al Marmoom Desert Conservation and make it a day to remember.”
Who can get involved?
The Al Marmoom Women’s Cycling Challenge is open to women of all abilities and nationalities, Emirati and expatriates. Participants under the age of 18, however, will have to provide a consent letter from their parent or guardian.
Participants can register as individuals or teams. Individual categories will be divided into the following age groups; Under 13 years, 13-15 years, 16-19, 20-39, 40-49 and 50-plus. The team competition, meanwhile, will take place in three categories: Teams of four plus are encouraged in the kids, juniors and adults categories.
There are three distances offered: 10 kms for kids under 13 years, 20kms for juniors 13-15 years, 20 kms adults over 16 years and 50 kms for adults over 16 years. Trophies will be awarded to the Top 3 in each category, all finishers will receive medals and all participants will receive a souvenir Tshirt..
Important details to remember
- When: April 19, 2019
- Where: Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve
- Entry Fee: From AED 90 per adult
- Register: Click here to sign up
The Al Marmoom Women's Cycling Challenge is an open cycling event for women and girls of all abilities and we encourage women to join us, either to participate or support the riders.
It offers an opportunity for elite riders to race and recreational riders to participate.
On registration please indicate the group you would like to join. The groups are as follows:
- Under 13 (may be accompanied by and adult)
- 13-15 years
- 16-19 years
- 20-39 years
- 40-49 years
- 50 + years
Below 18 years of age, participants must obtain parent’s/guardian’s consent to take part.
For more information, visit www.womenscycling.ae