Doha: The Ride of Champions 2017, a family-friendly cycling event to be held at Qatar Foundation’s (QF’s) Education City on Friday, has sold out online, said its organisers Qatar Cyclists and presenting partner Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
With more than 1,100 participants registered for the main event, this year’s Ride of Champions is set to be even bigger than the inaugural edition, which was held as part of the UCI Road Cycling World Championships last year.
The morning event will be held at Education City on November 24, between 6 am and 12 noon. Cycling fans interested in participating in the other categories — first-timer, family, and kids — can still register between 5 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday and Thursday behind QF’s Ceremonial Court at Education City.
Ride of Champions is one of the largest mass participation sports events in Qatar, with more than 57 nationalities represented.
Qatar Cyclists President Dr Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari said: “It’s wonderful that we’ve managed to capture the imagination of so many new cyclists. I look forward to welcoming them to the event on Friday. Cycling is a relatively young sport in Qatar, and it makes us particularly proud to see that more than 10 per cent of the event’s entrants are Qataris.”
QTA Chief Marketing and Promotions Officer Rashed Al Qurese said: “More than being a sports event, the Ride of Champions is an invitation for residents and visitors to go out, explore, and enjoy different aspects of Qatar’s culture and nature in the pleasant winter weather. Through QTA’s two-year partnership with Ride of Champions, we look forward to supporting its growth to become a landmark, home-grown mass participation sports event.”
Mohammed Fakhroo, Community Outreach Director, Qatar Foundation, commented: “We look forward to welcoming all Ride of Champions participants to Education City this weekend. This event is in line with our commitment to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle throughout the wider community. The diversity of participants registered for the event also reflects the multicultural environment that makes up our community at Education City every day.”
In the interest of public safety, certain roads within Education City will be closed to motor vehicles on Friday morning between 8 am and 11 am. More details will be available at QF's and ROC's social media channels.
Event partners of the Ride of Champions include Qatar Cyclists, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Cycling Federation, QF, Ooredoo, Rayyan Water, and GMC. Supporting entities include Garmin, Rasen Sports, Carbon Wheels, AL SHAQAB, and Adidas Eyewear.