This is the 3rd time I’m taking part in the Dubai 92 cycle challenge. Last year proved to be bit of a challenge as I got struck by cramps at around the 60km mark and the rest of the ride was a struggle. As with last year my training was non existent as I had been focusing more on improving my swim this year. I had spent a total of 120km in the saddle in November training for this.
In hindsight I wished I’d spent more time training.
This year the race was also taking place on a newer course avoiding the dangerous route of going into Al Khail and Al Quoz Industrial area. Instead the race started off at the Dubai Autodrome going towards Al Qudra and then onto Hessa going towards the Meadows/Springs community with a loop in JLT returning back to the Autodrome for the finish.
The route did seem quite similar to the UCI Gran frondo race held earlier this year.
I arrived quite early at about 4:30 in the morning, had a short nap till about 5am, setup my bike and rode to the start line at the Autodrome.
We started off on time soon after the ‘elite’ riders took off.
The course did seem much safer than previous years with one lane dedicated to cyclists separated by safety cones. But the safety cones themselves posed a major hazard to the cyclists as they seemed to be all over the place resulting in a few accidents with few riders crashing into them.
There were parts of the ride that did feel a bit unsafe especially when riding alone.
Overall a great cycling event if only for the fact that you get to ride on the roads making for a good change in scenery from the usual boring rides in the desert.
The race pack as usual was nothing special with just a bunch of fliers and an out of date cycling magazine. Cmon guys you could do better.