CONSIDERED as one of the toughest competitions in the region, the Al Adaid Desert Challenge, to be held on March 3, has been added to the international cycling federation’s (UCI) calendar as a C3 Cross Country point-to-point race.
“The Challenge has officially been added to the UCI calendar. The one-day event is expected to draw more than 250 entries,” said Al Adaid Desert Challenge Managing Director Dr Jamal Al Khanji.
The gruelling off-road event, which will be held on a 40km desert track, will start from Sealine and finish at Qatar’s most impressive natural wonder ‘Inland Sea’, also known as Khor Al Adaid. Riders will negotiate six dunes along the route.
“The competition will provide cyclists with a good combination of fun and hard work. One of the steps to further promote cycling was taken by placing our event on the UCI calendar. We’re preparing packages that’ll ease travel and accommodation aspects of foreign riders. I hope they’ll return with great memories,” he added.
The event, organised by the Qatar Cyclists, is recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) while the Qatar Cycling Federation is one of its partners.
“The government recognised it as one of the most compelling events with potential for tourism. Our goal is to attract international participants,” said Al Khanji.
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“The challenge will attract participants to one of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders. The QTA is proud to be supporting the event which’ll help promote sports tourism,” said QTA Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer Rashed Al Qurese.