Doha Worlds offers unique experience for cycling fans

 20 Sep 2016 - 0:00


Doha: While it may take years of training to reach elite levels, the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 is providing enthusiastic riders with an experience very close to the real thing — the Ride of Champions (#ROCQATAR16). 

The Ride will be held on October 15, the penultimate day of racing of the eight-day Championships.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 is providing community members and enthusiasts with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race along the official course at The Pearl-Qatar, mere hours before the world’s best riders do so.
The event will commence at 7 am. It will begin in front of the National Exhibition Centre, next to Katara, and take in different parts of the iconic Pearl-Qatar, giving each participant an opportunity to cross the finish line for his or her own ‘champion moment.’ Over a 3-hour period, riders can complete as little as 15km or over 75km for the experienced cyclist.  After completing the Ride of Champions, participants can relax in the official Fan Zone of The Pearl-Qatar and watch the world’s best female cyclists compete in the women’s Elite Road Race on the big screen. 
They will get to see riders pass the finishing loop seven times before a new UCI World Champion is crowned.
Thanks to support from local cycling organisation, Qatar Cyclist Center, entry is free, however, places are limited and registrations will be completed strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
All participants will receive a finisher’s pack as well as a commemorative medal and top.
Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari, Deputy Chairman on the LOC, said: “The Ride of Champions is a first for the world championship event being held in Qatar. This provides an opportune moment for  the public to physically participate on the same field of play (course) as the pros on the same day. This is not an event that is spectator only. You can be a part of it. We hope it will inspire a new generation of cycling enthusiasts in Qatar.”
He continued: “For GCC and international road cycling enthusiasts, the ride is the way to turn a trip to Qatar for the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 into a truly unique experience. Fans can watch the Elite events on TV, but the Ride of Champions is something you can’t do on TV, so, you have to be here to experience the ride.”
The UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 will be held in Qatar’s capital from October 9 to 16. Bringing together the world’s best male and female road cyclists in the Elite, Under-23 and Junior categories for the time trial and road race, Doha 2016 is the first ever UCI Road World Championship to be held in the Middle East.
Twelve titles of UCI World Champion will be awarded during the historic event.

The Peninsula