The new amateurs-only cycling championship kicks off on Friday 25 January at Al Hudayriat Island.
New format through the Emirates: four stages between Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. The final winner awarded on the final day of the UAE Tour, on the stage at Dubai’s City Walk.
Registration and further information on www.theuaetour.com/challenge
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Abu Dhabi, 20 January 2019 – On the first UAE Tour the pros will ride across all seven Emirates from 24 February to 2 March 2019 in the new seven-stage WorldTour race starting in Abu Dhabi and ending in Dubai. For the first time the amateurs can follow in the footsteps of their favorite riders and compete on the same stretches of roads thanks to the UAE Tour Challenge, a new formula developed from the successful Abu Dhabi Tour Challenge. The UAE Tour Challenge consists of four races, across which male and female amateur racers contest different jerseys for Time and Points races.
The UAE Tour Challenge’s first race will be held in Abu Dhabi, at Al Hudayriat Island – the new leisure and entertainment destination which offers two different cycle path loops of 5 and 10km. The 16km Individual Time Trial (ITT) is scheduled here for Friday 25 January and is on the same course the professional rider will face on February 24th. The pros will ride by team, the amateurs against themself.
The second race is planned for the following week (Friday 1 February) in the environs of the city of Al Ain. The course is a tribute to the classic Abu Dhabi Tour “Queen stage” with the finish line at 1025m above sea level after 11km of climbing featuring maximum gradients of 11%. There is a choice of two distances: 47km and 67km. It’s the perfect way to ‘be’ Valverde, Froome, Dumoulin or Nibali for a day.
The third stage is scheduled two weeks later, Wednesday 13th February, in Dubai, at the Dubai Autodrome. Participants have a precise time to finish each lap which is reduced for each subsequent new lap. Riders must complete the lap inside the fixed time otherwise they are eliminated – only the last four laps a without time restrictions. A thrilling challenge.
The last day will see the amateurs face the highest mountain of the UAE territory, Jebel Jais. The course, hosted entirely by Ras Al Khaimah, consists of 46km racing, following a 13km neutralised warm-up, where participants will ride all together until the km 0. Then the challenge will start with 25km of flat course followed by 21km of climbing. It’s a big day for the Challengers: who will be the final winner of the UAE Tour Challenge?
Just like the pros, the amateur racers will compete in three different classifications: by time, by points and UAE National category by time. Each classification leader will wear a special jersey. Time: a red jersey; for Points, it’s green; for the UAE National category, the leader has a white jersey.
Additionally, for each challenge, there is a special classification that awards 15 seconds (for the classifications by time) or 3 points (for the classification by points) for the best male and female performances on a particular section. For the Al Hudayriat Island Individual Time Trial, it will be awarded the best time on the final kilometre straight. During the second race (Jebel Hafeet), it’s the best Intermediate Sprint after the first three laps before the climb. For the third and fourth races the additional points and seconds will be defined in the following weeks.
At the end of every race the best three men and women of each classification will be awarded: best time, special classification, best time of each age category, and best time UAE National category.
The final winners by time, by points and by UAE Nationality classification will be also awarded on Saturday 2 March, the final day of the UAE Tour, on the stage at Dubai’s City Walk.
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