A cycling revolution

Cyclists compete during stage four of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour on October 11, 2015. Francois Nel / Getty Images
Cyclists compete during stage four of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour on October 11, 2015. Francois Nel / Getty Images

The Abu Dhabi Tour next month will bring down the curtain on the international cycling season in spectacular style. As The National reported yesterday, some of the biggest names in the sport, including Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, have signed up to participate in the race from October 20-23. And, even though this is only the second edition of the tour, it has been upgraded by the International Cycling Union to 2. HC status, which places it just one level below the official World Tour races. It will achieve that status when the third begins in February.

We can all take part as spectators along the route or by watching the TV coverage as the cyclists compete against the backdrop of some of the emirate’s most impressive desert scenery and city landmarks. Hopefully, it will also inspire many of us to cycle. The UAE has been gradually improving its infrastructure to support cyclists, and The National’s annual #CycleToWorkUAE campaign is convincing more and more people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Published: September 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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