Cycling News

Amateurs and pros unite with the UAE Tour Challenge

Amateurs and pros unite with the UAE Tour Challenge

The UAE Tour was first held in 2019 as a result of the merging of the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour. It has quickly established itself as one of the premier cycling events on the men’s WorldTour calendar, attracting many of the best riders in the world since its inception. Its four winners so far include Primoz Roglic in 2019, Adam Yates in 2020, and Tadej Pogacar in 2021 and 2022. The race will celebrate its fifth year in 2023, alongside the introduction of the inaugural UAE Tour Women, and has attracted a field of an equally stellar class.

But perhaps just as importantly, for 2023, the race is opening up opportunities for the people of the UAE to be involved, inspired and empowered by cycling.

The race itself is much more considered than one might assume at first glance. The men’s race comprises seven stages, purposefully chosen to symbolize the seven Emirates of the UAE.

DUBAI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 09 Charlotte Kool of The Netherlands and Team DSM celebrates at podium as stage winner during the 1st UAE Tour Women 2023 Stage 1 a 109km stage from Port Rashid to Dubai Harbour UAETourWomen on February 09 2023 in Dubai United Arab Emirates Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

(Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

In addition, the winner takes home the heptagonal UAE Tour ‘Unity’ Trophy; its seven sides serve as another nod to the Emirates that make up the UAE. The trophy is gold-plated, too, paying homage to the golden colour of the sand and the sun.

What’s more, the race’s four leaders’ jerseys not only mimic the four colours of the UAE flag, but symbolise attributes that reflect the values of the seven Emirates. Red, the leader’s jersey, symbolizes energy. Green, the points jersey, represents challenge and strength. White, given to the best young rider, represents future and hope, and finally black, the intermediate sprints jersey, represents effort.

The four leaders' jerseys are presented to a crowd on a large screen on a sunny terrace

(Image credit: UAE Tour)

The women’s race took place from February 9-12, with the men’s race running from February 20-26. Both races comprise of 20 teams battling it out for victory. With seven riders in each team, a total of 280 of the world’s best cyclists will descend on the country in short order.

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at CyclingNews RSS Feed…