Liwa Cycling Challenge 2017

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Average Rating: 7.7
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8.5
I would take part again
9.1 Well done and thank you for organizing Sasa Popovic · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Well done and thank you for organizing. Look forward to coming back. Additional support stations would be a plus. More water and some bananas!”

8.9 Tough. Not for the feint of heart Mark Roberts · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Really testing event. Overall very well run so kudos to the organizers and helpers to which none of this would run without. ”

9.1 A Great Event, will be back next year! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well Done, must be a logistical nightmare organizing this event.”

9.1 Great & tough cycling event. Simon Noel · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.0 Very good that this event exists at all! Kosta Snajderov · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“To be on the different weekend from Dubai Marathon weekend. Probably a lot of tri-athletes and other Ironmen & Ironwomen would participate, if they know it is, as somewhere mentioned, on earlier weekend of 12th Jan. More sponsors! And more surrounding activities! ”

8.4 Tough but stunning! Sue Giles · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Never get tired of seeing those amazing dunes! Organisation pretty good this year. Camping facilities basic but was happy to get a hot shower before the drive back. Have read the comments about the siting of water stations but three quarters up a hill does make it very hard to get going again after stopping. Maybe position them on flat sections?Marshalls and police were fantastic, especially the guy at the roundabout at the bottom of the last hill with a cone as a megaphone to encourage riders!”

8.9 Beautiful part of UAE. Torture of the Legs. Andy Fordam Organizer Account · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Having been involved as a co-organiser in 2014, it was nice to return to Liwa and take part this time. The camping the night before is part of the attraction and even though I only did the 42km distance it was brutal enough to let the legs know they have suffered. This is a BUCKET LIST event.”

6.8 Really tough ride · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“Need more facilities for the riders and their families, the only thing I could find was water which supplied by the organizer and a small burger shop which also couldn't offer anything really especial. Riders really need to recover after race, especially when some have to drive back home for more than 350Km. At the end of the day it was really nice to be in community and had a chance to ride in such a beautiful place. Thank you ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 24.01.2017
“Thank you for your constructive feedback which is appreciated. Year on year the event improves and as previous participant you would appreciate that there was nothing there last year so Burger lab was at least an improvement. Hopefully as a seasoned rider you had on board appropriate recovery drinks and foods to help you get back to Liwa”

7.5 Great route and well organised Ian Clarke · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Need to do something about the loos, not many open this year and no water in them. ”

9.5 Excellent Event and Well organized, but... Quinton Coelho · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Overall everything was really put together and the race route was an excellent challenge. Marshals were friendly and everyone did a great job. Only two things I would raise: 1) No or close to zero toilets at the start/finish. Not sure how that was overlooked with everything else so well covered. 2) The water points on the route - all though such friendly ladies giving up their time this could have been managed a little better.”

8.9 Great race! Will do again! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organized race, especially the road closure and marshaling.”

9.1 Well Organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Nice event, next time please turn the wind off =)”

7.0 Room for improvement · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Over all it is a good racing experience except for the toilet in the area aside from limited number resulting long cue there is no running water thus it is very dirty. I hope Jebel Hafeet race will be considered in the future as well”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Thanks aside from toilets we'd welcome feedback on improvements .... at AED50 per person it is great value I would have thought ? ”

8.9 Great event - hard work but well worth the effort Gordon Clamp · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was really different and quite special to be out among the dunes and farms of the Liwa area. Even though the hills were hard, hard, work I loved it and will be back next year - inshallah. ”

8.0 Hard Conrad Vermeulen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The road closures were great. Some pictures of the tent accommodation would have helped to prepare better. I loved the event, but it should not be underestimated. Also suggest to limit first timers to 40km in order to get familiarised with the area. From year 2 you may enter 80km or 100km as you whish. ”

8.2 Great event will be back next year! Mark Wood · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great event but would like the organisers to advertise and start registration earlier.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Mark, we'd love got be able to confirm the race will be on January 12 or 19 next year .... let's see .... pencil it in ”

8.0 Awesome Race for this part of the world Clive Abrahams · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event, with good marshaling. Thank you for starting on time this year :-)”

9.3 Worth the drive Natasha Leask · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised this year and the marshalling and signage was great. The toilets at the start need to be upgraded as they were in a shocking state and not even working properly. Get some portable toilets in there or someone to get them working.”

8.9 Great ride in an amazing location Greg Pollard · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I thought overall the race was very well organized. Kudos to the organizers! I would suggest a couple more water stations as it was difficult to get water while passing by due to either a shortage of volunteers or that volunteers were too slow in picking up bottles to hand them out. It was not possible for me to grab water at any of the stations.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Thanks Greg, remembering it is a challenge not a race we'd always recommend stopping for water rather than pushing on... If we could find more willing volunteers to make the trip then absolutely there would be more ...”

8.9 Well organised and supported event Anand Mantri · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Great Memories Peter Manson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A fantastic morning riding in the desert, scenery spectacular, weather perfect, good group of riding companions; if anyone tells you the desert is flat don't believe them, plenty of climbs to negotiate and the last climb at @96km felt brutal! A genuine feeling of accomplishment at the finish and some great memories collected. The only negative and it had nothing to do with the cycling but I must say the washroom facilities at Moreeb left a lot to be desired!”

8.9 Good all round event - tougher than anticpated Darren Male · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well done to the Organisers - smooth and efficiently run event. One minor suggestion - (while I accept riders should be self sufficient) a couple of the water stations could've been sited better i.e. at the base of an ascent rather than half way up.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Darren, Thanks for your feedback. Each water station was strategically thought through and placed with much thought. There was pre warning of the water stations and even an al ain water flag for siting thereof. These were placed with safety first and foremost. appreciate the feedback and perhaps the team could bring out some supporter next year and man a water station to make it an even better event ”

7.7 . · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.5 Great event but water distribution at support stat Rudi Liebenberg · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Rudi, thanks for your feedback... we had 4 water stations on course from the 40K mark we went through 140 cases and still had water left at each station. spare a thought for the volunteers that were out there for over 5 hours handing out water and keeping people motivated.”

8.6 A great challenging event with amazing views · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“- Please avoid water stations on the hills. Makes it hard to get back in the saddle. Cold water towards the last 20K would have been highly appreciated. - Great organization and well done”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Water Station should always be positioned on a rise for safety ( rider speed) and for volunteers who stand out there for hours handing out the water. we would rather have a wobbly safe rider than someone crashing at 40K plus trying to take water .....”

8.6 Brilliant effort from the organisers Sherif El Said · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Sherif, not sure what more we can do with support for riders. perhaps the Raha Team bus could have been put to use and been a sweep vehicle and or a mobile support station for R&R at the turn point... Just a through to share with the team for future long distance events ...... securing volunteer support for a remote location does have its challenges ”

4.1 Na · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
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“There should be different organizer than recent one. Awards should be worth that difficult race All categories should be awarded without escaping any. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.01.2017
“Feel free to contact the organiser. We created more categories for inclusiveness and made it clear in communications.... Not sure what we could have done better. There were support cars on the course, timing services were spot on, multiple pre event communications and down loads to review, start | finish was spot on with getting riders underway safely and all for Dhs 50”

7.0 Good race, hard work o the hills but fu · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Unique event in the area. Alison Kirrage · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed this event. As there is nothing comparable in the cycling season, I'd love to see it as a twice a year. Only slight problem was the ladies toilets. Otherwise, excellent all round. ”

10.0 Inspired me to practice and do more biking. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“For beginner like me so inspiring to see different nationalities enjoyed biking. It so amazing to see wonderful people with their expensive and well known bikes. The best is how each biker shown the endurance to beat a really challenging course of the road,some with ease and other quite difficult but a winner it seems when reach the finish line. ”

9.3 Great event well worth the long drive · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 An amazing well organized event Mohammed Mahmoud · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Only the late registration fees are quit expensive ”

10.0 Great event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“No delay at the start and a varied selection of distances to choose from catering for all ablities. Thank you to all volunteers and organisers.”

9.1 Tuscany in the UAE Mikkel Lund · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Epic scenery and plenty of vertical challenges from the get go. Tarmac is Italian standard, but overall not too bad. Riding on roads closed for other traffic is just awesome. Great atmosphere and impressive turn out with 500 participants - but not crowded at all. Just super - don't miss this one”

7.7 Great event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

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