Sheikh Zayed Road to turn into a cycling track this weekend

It’s time to gear up for the ride of a lifetime as Dubai Ride will see Sheikh Zayed Road turn into a cycling track for Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020 for one morning only on Friday, 20 November.

The non-competitive, free-to-enter, community event will see participants set off on a once-in-a-lifetime bike ride along two distinct routes – with the longer route including the city’s main artery, passing a number of the city’s iconic buildings.

A 4km family-friendly, fun ride is open to participants as young as five years old. An extended, 14km open ride is designed to motivate cycling enthusiasts aged 13 years or older to take on an exciting new challenge. Participants can cycle at their own pace, and register for either of the two routes at their nominated check-in time. People of determination are welcome to participate in either route and should email ambassadors@linkviva.com to arrange their entry.

The 4km Family Route will commence close to The Dubai Mall Cinema Parking entrance, taking riders around Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai. Participants will  mark a full circle around Souk Al Bahar, The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa, before finally heading back to the finishing point.

The 14km Sheikh Zayed Road Route will take participants along a loop of the main highway, between Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Safa Park. For the first time in history, both directions of the highway will be open for cyclists only. Participants will receive their allocated starting point based on their allotted check-in time.

Speed limits will be set throughout the stretch to ensure public health and safety, closely monitored by race marshals. These will also ensure social distancing guidelines are strictly being followed between cyclists. No backpacks will be allowed on the cycling routes. Water stations will be available at regular intervals along both routes, thanks to Mai Dubai.

It’s important to plan ahead for this historic event. All cyclists must be able to competently cycle a minimum distance of 4km, bring their own bike and helmet, and wear a face mask. Every rider must register to participate in the ride at www.dubairide.com and receive confirmation to take part on the exclusive circuits.

Participants must collect their riding bibs at Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Hall 3 on Wednesday, 18 November and Thursday, 19 November, from 3pm to 11pm. A copy of their email confirmation is essential for bib collection.

On event day, free parking will be available throughout the area. Participants will be sent details on their  allocated parking area prior to the event, based on their allotted check-in times. Bikes must be mounted to the back of, or inside your car – ensuring no mounts are placed at the top of the vehicle, to be able to access the car parks. Special parking areas have been allocated for People of Determination at the Swissôtel Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai. Participants who would like to cycle to the event may check-in at the Coca Cola Arena Parking 5 (no parking is available at this location).

Registration still open on www.dubairide.com

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Arti Danihttp://storyoffitness.info
Arti Dani is a journalist by trade, a travelling runner with 5 international marathons, one ultra-marathon under her belt. 100 push-ups a day is a simple job for her, even though she's still working to perfect her headstand skills.
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