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Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed attends inaugural Bike Abu Dhabi Festival

H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, today attended the inaugural edition of the Bike Abu Dhabi Festival at Abu Dhabi’s Corniche

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed attends inaugural Bike Abu Dhabi Festival

During his visit, His Highness met with David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and witnessed competitors participating in the 5th UCI Urban Cycling World Championship, which is being held in the region for the first time and comprises three disciplines: BMX Freestyle Park (on the Olympic Games programme since Tokyo 2020), as well as the BMX Freestyle Flatland and trials.

His Highness was accompanied by Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development; and Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

The week-long Bike Abu Dhabi Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed and organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, brings 300 of the world’s top urban cyclists to Abu Dhabi.

the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, brings 300 of the world’s top urban cyclists to Abu Dhabi.

It will see the emirate host two world-class cycling events: the UCI Urban Cycling World Championship; and the Abu Dhabi Gran Fondo, for which 500 amateur athletes will tackle a 150km course from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain and compete for an AED2 million prize pot on 12 November.

The festival is the latest initiative under the Bike Abu Dhabi platform, launched by Sheikh Khaled in November 2021 to spearhead the emirate’s long-term ambitions to become a leading global cycling hub.

Under the platform, the emirate will see significant infrastructure enhancements, including an extension of the emirate’s 300km cycling network to more than 1,000km, as well as the 109km Abu Dhabi Loop – a segregated cycle way linking key destinations across the city, further enhancing mobility and encouraging the community to engage in a healthy lifestyle and use safe and sustainable transportation.

Plans are also in place to build Velodrome Hudayriyat, a 3,500sqm capacity arena for track racing that will provide further opportunities to host high-profile international and local cycling events.

Additional new infrastructure on Hudayriyat Island since the launch of Bike Abu Dhabi includes the headquarters of Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, which continues to promote cycling and organise competitions at every level; and two large-scale bike suppliers, Wolfi’s Bike Shop and Colnago.

The launch of the Bike Abu Dhabi platform came as the emirate was awarded the prestigious ‘Bike City Label’ by the UCI in 2021 in recognition of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to promote cycling and expand its cycling infrastructure and programmes.

In addition to the Bike Abu Dhabi Festival, Abu Dhabi will host another edition of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in 2024, as well as the 2028 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Abu Dhabi to host 2028 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Abu Dhabi hailed a 'UCI Bike City' and unveils new 109km Loop and velodrome.

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has accepted the prestigious “Bike City” label from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). 

The city is the first destination in Asia to receive the distinction. Other towns with the status include Bergen in Norway; Copenhagen, the Danish capital; Glasgow in Scotland; and the French capital of Paris.

The UCI is the world governing body for sport cycling and the categorisation recognises Abu Dhabi’s efforts to promote cycling, said Sheikh Khaled.

“Through visionary thinking, the emirate has developed state-of-the-art sport and community facilities that help enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the world’s most liveable cities,” he said.

“This exciting new chapter for the emirate will see Abu Dhabi achieve even greater heights in its work to drive sustainability across all areas of life, to advance dynamic urban development and to create as many opportunities as possible for people to live healthy, active lives.”

In tandem with the award ceremony on Tuesday, Abu Dhabi also announced a series of new measures and facilities to encourage more people to take up cycling.

Planned infrastructure projects include a new 109-kilometre designated cycling track called the Abu Dhabi Loop and a 3,500-seat velodrome, called the Velodrome Hudayriyat, to be built on Hudayriyat Island.

The Loop will be a segregated cycleway linking key destinations around the city and the 12,000-square-metre velodrome will offer track racing.

In total, the emirate plans to extend its current 300km cycling network to more than 1,000km.

UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Calendar

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are held every year in September.

  2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - Glasgow, Scottland 
  2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - Aalborg, Demark
  2025 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - Melbourne, Australia
  2026 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - Victoriaville, Canada
  2027 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - TBD
  2028 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi to host 2028 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

 
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