DOHA: The 2019 Ooredoo Ride of Champions turned out to be a huge success with a record 1500 participants across all ages and nationalities took part in the third edition here on Friday.
The annual event was organized by Qatar Cyclists with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Qatar Cycling Federation.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for each and every one who made the 2019 Ooredoo Ride of Champions a huge success. When we launched Qatar Cyclists initiative in 2014, we were confident that we can promote our beloved sport among all members of our community, but what we have seen today exceeded all our expectations,” said Dr Abulazziz Al Kuwari, President of Qatar Cyclists Center.
The one-day event encourages members of the community to practice sport and lead healthy lifestyles, through taking part in one of six cycling rides that catered to all ages and levels of experience.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over Qatar, including public figures and top diplomats, gathered in the ceremonial court and the adjacent green spine at Qatar Foundation to celebrate their favourite sport, breaking the previous record of 1100 participants, set during the 2017 edition.
The first edition of the Ride of Champions, took place in 2016 as a support event for the UCI World Road Championships, hosted by Doha, and since them it became the most awaited annual event for cycling enthusiast in Qatar, thanks to the safe environment it provides for everyone to enjoy this sport.
Adib Mansour, an Indonesian expat, who participated in the family ride alongside his wife and two kids, said, “We really enjoyed the Ride of Champions today, the organization was perfect. It was our first time in this ride, but the kids already eagerly awaits next year’s edition.”
“Once again the Ride of Champions proved to be a great success, and one of which we are very proud. To see so many people from different nationalities and cultures, of all ages, coming together to participate in their favourite sport was a wonderful sight,” said Manar Khalifa Al Muraikhi, Director PR and Corporate Communications at Ooredoo.
The success of the 2019 Ride of Champions is a result of years of hard work from hundreds of volunteers at Qatar Cyclists Center, who played a huge role in promoting cycling among all members of the community in Qatar, through organizing numerous weekly activities and community events.