THE UAE riders dominated the 19th GCC Road Championships by winning a majority of events in the men’s, junior and cadet categories last week.
The championship, hosted by the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation, saw Majid Al Balooshi leading the UAE’s charge with his maiden title in the men’s 101km elite road race from Katara to Losail on the fourth and final day of the competition.
Al Balooshi clocked 21:48.10sec to beat hosts Qatar’s Moosa Khalfan by seven seconds while Kuwait’s Abdul Hadil Al Azmi came third.
“It was a tough race on a windy day, but thanks to my team-mates, I could do it. I’m happy to win my maiden GCC title,” said Al Balooshi.
“Our plan was to control the race first and then assess the situation before the dash. We started to attack after two or three break-away attempts to weaken the rivals. In the final straight, I was fourth to start the sprint, but managed to get past Kuwaiti and Qatari riders,” said the 30-year-old.
Yousif Mirza, who won the elite individual time trial by beating his brother Badr, said, “My dream was to see my fellow riders win. I was happy to see Al Balooshi winning the elite road race.”
UAE riders won the men’s, junior and cadet team time trial titles. They also won individual time trial in all three categories.