The remote desert is not only Challenge for competitors, but also for the organizers. Growth of the event, addition of running to the event and logistical challenges have contributed that…Read More
Erik Dekker takes on the role of Al Adaid Desert Challenge ambassador
The former road cycling start form Holland teamed up with the organizing committee of the event. Erik will help promoting the cycling part of the event internationally. He will be available in Qatar on the week of the race and do sand dunes riding workshop with the local riders. He will also do a road ride with local cycling community. The location, and timing will be updated accordingly.
Erik will make posts on the event social media accounts about the proper equipment – which bike to use, what tires and what tire pressure, the rough training plan before the race, some nutrition tips and so on. He will also be available to reply to questions participants might have.
Although Erik finished his professional career more then 10 year ago, he still managed to win last year’s UCI leg of the Al Adaid Desert Challenge and set a new best time on the 38,5 km course with impressive time of 1h11m39s.
Dr. Jamal Al Khanji, managing director of Al Adaid Desert Challenge: “It is a privilege to have on our team a rider of this calibre, Erik impressed us last year, not only with his performance on the race day, but also with his personality, professionalism and the desire to help us grow the event we all love. Erik, welcome to our Al Adaid team!!!”
Dekker’s best results in his career as professional rider:
2 nd place OLYMPIC GAMES ROAD RACE 1992
Winner TOUR OF SWEDEN 1994, 1995
Winner NETHERLANDS TIME TRIAL CHAMPION 1996, 2000, 2002,
Winner NETHERLANDS ROAD RACE CHAMPION 2004
Winner RONDE VAN NEDERLAND 1997, 2000
Winner TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE – 3 stages in 2000, 1 stage in 2001
Winner CLASICA DE SAN SEBASTIAN 2000
Winner UCI ROAD WORLD CUP 2001
Winner VUELTA A ANDALUCIA 2001
Winner AMSTEL GOLD RACE 2001
Winner TIRRENO ADRIATICO 2002
Winner PARIS TOURS 2004
Winner GP ERIK BREUKINK 2006
Event will feature a Desert running event. Registration will be open by the end of 2017.Read More