11/17/2018 11:41:45 AM

Al Hammadi, Daniel complete Cycling Around Qatar challenge

Al Hammadi, Daniel complete Cycling Around Qatar challenge

DOHA: Adventurers Abdulla Al Hammadi and Pierre Daniel concluded their Cycling around Qatar ride on Friday by reaching Aspire Zone after a 511-kms trip that took them exactly three days and three hours to finish.

They visited schools all around the country to raise awareness of road safety and promote active lifestyle.

“We are really happy about what we achieved during this journey. The enthusiasm shown by the boys and girls during our visits gave us the needed energy to go on and complete this challenge,” Al Hammadi said.

The duo started their journey on Tuesday from Katara to reach Al Dhakira at the end of day one. They followed that with visits to Al Shamal and Dukhan during the following two days before heading to Salwa then Mesaieed which they reached in the late hours of Thursday.

They also met with riders from Qatar Cyclists who accompanied them during the final leg of the journey to Aspire Zone.

Al Hammadi and Daniel focused on primary school students as they visited eight schools that included visits to Ahmad Mansour School in Westbay and Lycée Voltaire in Al Waab, one day before launching their challenge.

They also visited Al Khor Independent School for boys, Al Shamal Independent School for boys, Al Shamal Independent School for girls, Dukhan Independent School for boys, Dukhan Independent School for girls and Dukhan English School.

They interacted with 700 kids and are planning to visit more schools next week.

The 60-year-old Qatari had recorded many achievements in the past in the field of adventure and endurance sports.

That included a 4300-km cycling trip from the north of Japan to the south in 2017, which took him 27 days to complete. He sees that age is never a limit.

“You can exercise at any age. You just need to start, it is always the hardest step. Even if you don’t do any kind of sport, it is not impossible to change, all you need to do is to make exercising an important part of your daily routine,” Al Hammadi added.

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