أسطورة طواف فرنسا يحقق النصر في تحدي العديد الصحراوي بقطر
Dutchman Eric Decker, winner of several stages of the Tour du France, won the UCI World Mountain Cycling Championship in the second edition of the Desert Challenge in Qatar this weekend.
Eric was able to win the event, which was organized by the Dragi Qatar Center, on the new 38.6 km track and included 6 sand dunes with a record time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 39 seconds. New Zealand rider Roman van Ouden and French national mountain biking champion Frederic Gumbert took second and third place in the UCI Elite Race with 1 hour, 14 minutes 53 seconds, 22 hours 59 seconds each.
Commenting on his victory in the race, Dekker said: “The race was interesting and I really enjoyed the challenge, I was able to progress on the team 3 km from the start of the race and when the first sand dune was completed I waited for the winner, van Oden, because I did not want to race alone 30 kilometers, But then I realized that I was the fastest in my exploration of the dunes. ”
“Coming from Europe to Qatar during this time of the year is great because of the weather,” said Dekker, who arrived in Qatar with his wife. “Qatar is a beautiful capital and its purity has a coolest nature … It’s great to visit the country At the same time, it was an interesting experience that I would recommend to everyone. “
In the women’s category, the Qatar-based contestant and Finland’s mountain bike champion Bay Sindestand, winner of several UCI tournaments during her career, won a one-hour, 30-minute and 3-minute time, beating Australian Jolie Melville.
“The experience was perfect from my point of view … the atmosphere was fantastic, and the new end of the race was a good choice, especially for the last sand dune, which allowed racers to see the shoreline and the finish line in sight. It was a real pleasure to race on the sand dunes, along with the support of my husband and son who were with me, where we all enjoyed the event. “
In addition to the elite race, the race also saw the registration of more than 240 amateur and 200 of them participated in the competitions during the race day. Where riders compete in three categories – namely mountain bikes, the Fat-Pikes category, and Qataris. The results of the races can be found at www.aladaid.qa.
The increasing growth of cycling in Qatar has been reflected in the participation of 30 Qataris at the starting line. The battle to win the title of the best Qatari rider was on the brink, with its sights on the last sand dune of the race, in which the top three riders passed the finish line with a time interval of 20 seconds. The contestant Mubarak Al-Aji won the first place and the victory over both the contestant Saleh Al-Muhannadi the contestant Ahmed Al-Subaie. The contestant Tala Abu Jabara won the Qatari women’s race.
Organizers also added another challenge to bring more fun to the event by introducing a race within 800 meters of sandy space. He won the section called “Garmin Sinking Sand” Racer Decker, which was able to pass thanks to his bike designed for sand.
Omar Jabir, Director of Shared Services at Qatar Tourism Authority, the main partner of the race, commented: “The ability of the Sahrawi Desert Challenge to attract this number of contestants from 15 countries and 39 different nationalities to a specific spot deep in the Qatari desert is “We are delighted that Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has been very supportive of this sporting event, which is an important contribution to the growth of Qatar’s sports tourism sub-sector.” “We are proud to challenge many Sahrawi people in particular as a country-based initiative and the foundation has grown significantly over the past years.”
“We would like to thank all those who came to Qatar from around the world to participate in this event, it was a very special race,” said Jamal Al-Khunji, Managing Director of the Desert Challenge. Each year, which would not have been possible without the support and support of our sponsors and sponsors of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar National Bank, Ethicon, Urido, Al Rayyan Water, Qatar Cycling Federation, MC for cars, and Garmin , The Royal Riviera Hotel, the Capon Wells store, and Qatar Airways. “
“This race is the most important event for cyclists in Qatar, and it is also a special event for us as Qataris,” said Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, president of the Qatar Draghi Center. “This is one of the most beautiful spots in the Qatari desert, .
“We enjoyed the event because it is a unique challenge for both the locals and the growing numbers of participants from all over the world who have come from all over the world to compete in this new race in the UCI Mountain Bike Tour. It is also a real challenge to meet the needs of riders and provide them with all kinds of assistance, and we have cooperated with many bodies and organizations to organize and bring this event to the best. The participants at the finish line, which allowed them to enjoy the experience of other great views and stunning with the start of the kids race at the end of the event in an attempt to promote a healthy lifestyle for children. “
For more information about the race and early registration for the Desert Challenge 2018, please visit www.aladaid.qa or contact Andrej@aladaid.qa
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For more information or photos, please contact:
Dr. Jamal Al-Khunji
Director of the event
MTB / FatBike
Garmin Sinking Sand
Notice! All the finish times are two minutes shorter because of the difference between the start and finish clock. All the positions and time gaps between riders are 100% correct.