Details about a new cycling competition in the UAE were revealed in a press conference at the Dubai Sports Council Headquarters earlier this week.
An agreement has been reached between the UAE Cycling Federation, Dubai Sports Council and the Union Cycliste Internationale otherwise known as the UCI.
This new event is the first UCI women’s event to take place in the Middle East and will see 14 international teams competing across four stages throughout Dubai.
Named the “Dubai Women’s Tour,” the first stage will start on February the 17th 2020, with the following stages taking place over the course of four days. The 99km Nshama Stage will be the riders first task, whilst the final stage- a 112km trek through Dubai’s Festival City will see the cyclists ride past some of the country’s most iconic attractions.
Noura Al Jasmi, the Tour Director said: “We are really pleased to announce the launch of the Dubai Women’s Tour, which is being organised under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hind Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, who has always been a generous supporter of women’s sports and has encouraged women in every field.”
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Jasmi is also satisfied with the number of interest from international sides who wish to participate in the event. “The Dubai Women’s Tour is a historical event and the UAE Cycling Federation, under the leadership of our president Osama Al Shafar, is keen to make sure it becomes the best women’s event on the world cycling calendar.”
The main aim of the Tour will be to develop the UAE’s rising national squad, which could see them given the exposure needed to compete at the highest level. Whether or not this will happen remains to be seen, but Jasmi is confident that the competition will play a huge part in the development of women’s cycling at the very least.News Now - Sport News