Khaled, Al Sabri, Al Balushi and Van den Dries take Final Stage honours while Thomas, Al Baloushi, Al Balushi and Stollery secure Overall Victory in the 2018/2019 Dubai Eye 103.8 UAE Road Cycling Championship
Roisin Thomas – Expatriate Female Category
Rashid Al Baloushi – Social Emirati Male Category
Sam Stollery – Expatriate Male Category
Majid Al Balushi – Emirati Clubs – Male Category
National Champions 2018/2019
– 2018/2019 Championship was raced over four stages; 2 climbing stages, 1 flat stage and 1 individual time trial –
– Dubai Sports City Stage Four took cyclists on a 103.8-kilometer race on Dubai’s Roads –
– ‘National Champions’ awarded to overall leading Open Emirati Male (Clubs), Social Emirati Male, Open Expatriate Male and Open Expatriate Female at the conclusion of stage 4 –
– Overall National Champions also awarded winners cheques –
UAE, Dubai, Tuesday December 11th, 2018: UAE Cycling Federation Dubai Eye 103.8 UAE Road Cycling Championship crowned its overall champions on Friday, December 7th, at the season-finale, which was raced at Dubai Sports City through a 103.8 kilometer race on Dubai’s Roads.
In what was a thrilling race, and a nail-biting sprint across the finish line, stage honours in the Dubai Sports City fourth, and final stage were clinched by Samah Khaled (Expatriate Female), Khalfan Al Sabri (Emirati Social Male), Majid Al Balushi (Emirati Clubs – Male), and Bart Van den Dries (Expatriate Male).
In the intensely fought four-stage battle for Overall Champion glory, and where riding into the final stage only a matter of mere points separated cyclists, ‘Champion Titles’ were secured by Roisin Thomas (Expatriate Female), Rashid Al Baloushi (Social Emirati Male), Sam Stollery (Expatriate Male) & Majid Al Balushi (Emirati Clubs – Male); with Al Balushi and Stollery retaining the leaders’ jersey’s throughout the Four-Stages.
“We are exceptionally pleased with the interest and support the 2018 / 2019 season has received from the wider cycling community.” said Abdulnasser Al Shamsi, Secretary General UAE Cycling Federation. “This has been an amazing series, one we are very proud of and our thanks goes to our partner – Onside Sports for all their efforts in delivery of the Championship. On behalf of the UAE Cycling Federation, and Onside Sports we together are exceptionally grateful to our major sponsors Dubai Eye 103.8, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority, Mai Dubai and Dubai Sports City, for their unwavering commitment to the sport (and) allowing us to bring the Championship to our cyclists.”
Jeff O’Brien, Managing Partner Onside Sports and UAE Road Cycling Championship organizer said; “To take over 750 competent-amateur-cyclists on a journey of four exciting, challenging, and varied stages across the UAE; Kalba Climb, Individual Time Trial (at The Outlet Village), Jebel Jais ascent and Dubai Road Race has been a very rewarding experience for our extended team.” “We now move onto planning for the 2019 / 2020 season, and have a few very exciting, new experiences and categories planned for our competitors.”
“We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Saqr Bin Saud Al Qassimi, the Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah Police, the Sharjah and Dubai Sports Councils, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority and all relevant authorities who assisted in providing safe road closures and support as we raced each stage in their respective Emirate.” added Al Shamsi.
Titles of the 2018/2019 UAE Road Cycling Championship’s four main categories were decided via a points system, and followed the British Cycling Points System (NAT A Road Category). Main categories were; Open Emirati Male (Clubs), Social Emirati Male, Open Expatriate Male and Open Expatriate Female, where the cumulative-points leader of each main category received and wore the leader’s jersey, stage winners and stage age-division winners were also recognised (at each stage). Overall Champions will take their ‘Champion’s Jersey’ and title through to the 2019/2020 Championship. The overall Champions were also awarded a winner’s cheque to the value of AED3,000.