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Event Rating Liwa Cycling Challenge 2018
Jan 12
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Average Rating: 7.7
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8.2
I would take part again
9.4 sms · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Good”

8.1 Amazing race Andrzej Sulimierski · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Challenging one! Route wel selected andl prepared. Worth to get tired to see a stunning desert view, cope with numerous dunes and cover a nice distance. Definitely, a place to come over for 2 weeks and ride or camp.”

4.8 N · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“I wish if I had a support car so It would pull me for 20 km or more and no one will know in the race ”

7.5 Nice event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I was sent the wrong way by the marshall on the final roundabout. When I informed the organiser I was told I should have checked the course. It was my first time and I trusted the marshall to guide me. No support stations on the 44 kms route either. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.01.2018
“Thank you for your feedback and I'm sorry that you were guided back down the straight road to the finish, thus shortening the ride. There was a fully operational water station on the return approx 19K from the finish line. Apologies ”

9.0 Thanks for organising. An excellent event! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
5.6 Start 104 course first. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 15.01.2018

“Gorgeous course. First water stop was great at the top of the hill, but towards the end of the race, last 40k, I struggled to find water. I was too slow overall, so at the finish line, there wasn't water or food or medals, but there were cars crossing the line with me. My finish time was 4 hours. I was in the female 104 category, so I was a later start.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.01.2018
“We appreciate your feedback. All support vehicles were carrying extra water for riders. Unfortunately we worked in the principle that all riders would be carrying at least two water bottles. The finish line was in the layby and I understand you were guided there and your water bottles were filled with ice, water, given a medal and offered a banana. Again we apologies for any miscoms”

7.9 Tough and challenging course, but worth it! Stef Economides · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“All was pretty good. The main thing was the water stations, I was under the impression that there was supposed to be water every 20km and the first one I saw was at around the 50km mark (which I missed because I wasn't expecting it). ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.01.2018
“So Stef, with course changes, and a call to put more marshals to guide pulled a static station. The Support cars were carrying water for all - we will be sure to highlight this for next year ”

9.2 Great event. Adrian Metcalfe · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.8 Incredible and one of the best events of in season Edric Nelson Cate · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Very excellent and I hope to mention with you in t · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
6.5 Good event but not enough aid stations. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 15.01.2018

“Not enough aid stations.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.01.2018
“a remote location brings many challenges. we will take on board you comments”

9.4 Tough/Rewarding Challenge Rory O'Connell · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“First time taking part. Drove down from AD in the morning, and back after the race - home by 15:30. Long day, but worth it. Organisation was spot on. Hairy moment at the start due to the amount of sand on the first roundabout. Looks like I'll be signing up again next year. ”

6.3 Nice race but the usual rubbish photo management · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“If you are going to put numbers on the side of people, make the photographers take the photos from the side so the numbers cab be read ! The photo album system is complete garbage - slow, clunky, unable to load multiple pages and rubbish for searching through. If you dont get many purchases its simply because people cannot find their own photos under the completely obstructive watermark. The race was otherwise great although there was supposed to be a 4 hour cutoff but at 4.30 it was shut.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 14.01.2018
“Thanks for your feedback. It's a shame you feel the value for money Wass poor. The photo's are free and it's a shame you feel so strongly disappointed. Happy to discuss on how we've make the event better value ”

8.3 AMAZING!!!! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“GREAT location. Well organized race. Western Hotel registration was a good idea. Definitely need to have this event more than once a year. Finally a medal and a cool one too. It would be great if closure time is extended by 15-20 min - its dangerous and very discouraging to have cars coming at you and behind you at the final and toughest stretch of the route. Thank you and until next time!”

7.3 Beautiful ride Duncan Kirby · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Could do with at least one extra water station and there is a delay in posting the times”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 14.01.2018
“Thanks Duncan ....times were live as you rode the course.... may take some time for all to know the new links as mentioned in the event guide. More work on our part to highlight this at future events”

8.8 Great event Lance Redding · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.4 If you live here, it is one for the bucket list Thomas Kunt · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Amazing ride. A must. For those who are new, be prepared to climb a lot and watch the road/humps (partially dangerous).”

9.8 Hilly and windy ;) Vahab Asnafzadeh · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Thanks to each and everyone who help and organized this amazing event. Clearly improved from last year”

9.0 The best cycling challenge in UAE! Sherif El Said · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Another excellent job GMS and ADSC! Feedback from last year has been clearly taken on board and addressed! Thank you! ”

8.8 Best cycling event on the UAE cycling calendar! Mark Joyce · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well done to the organizing team! A great event, route & all round experience! Thank you. Keep up the great work - this event can only go from strength to strength!”

8.8 Majestic scenery to go with a challenging ride Peter Manson · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“First class event that is very efficiently run. My favourite cycling event in the UAE”

9.0 Fantastic event Matt Brown · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Amazing course and very well organized. Definitely doing it again next year. Street sweeper in a few isolated places would have been good. ”

9.2 Breathtaking - Literally Joel Olonan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Love the course.. Challenging.. Takes your breath away.. Good thing organizers are there with full support - both to the experienced and newbie/hobby cyclists. Will definitely participate again. More new courses all over the emirates this year GMS.. ”

9.0 A “must do” UAE event. Alison Kirrage · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“The most amazing cycle through the dunes of The Empty Quarter. Beautiful scenery. Outstanding organization. Very clean and lovely loo’s! A really great experience that is the highlight of the local cycling season. Wouldn’t miss it!!”

7.5 Stunning, unique & challenging course - loved it Rachel Greenwood · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Only issue was the water there was none when I came to the second aid station on the dune - I needed water then and there was none. I think there should be another station at the 104k turn then those doing that distance definitely hydrate. If Al Ain water sponsor they should provide way over the amount the amount the organisers need. Other than that I loved it - congrats to all involved ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.01.2018
“Hi Rachel, Thanks for your feedback on the hydration. We over calculate at all events on hydration. There was water at 48Km and the turn point for the distance you mention is only 11 km further down. It is and wasn't about the water but more about having people willing to actively volunteer .... more volunteers and supporters of the event would make it easier to add in more stops ..... support vehicles were there to help any riders needing assistance. glad you loved it, feedback noted 4 next yr ”

7.3 Great and challenging Anja Vinter · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organized in advance”

8.3 Great race Ziad Van Beek · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The race was great, in an inspiring and beautiful environment. My only suggestion to Premieronline would be to overhaul their website. It has many dead links on it and during the registration process you are asked for your contact details (it says you don't have to in case you don't want these to be shared with spammers). But if you don't give the details, you can't register.”

Comment from Premier Online - 13.01.2018
“The information you provide to create and access Premier Online is protected by our privacy policy and not shared with anyone. In addition, some organizers want to collect your personal contacts for other purposes; those are requested during a specific event registration and are exempt from our protection as you're providing them to a third party. Please do report any dead links to the Help Center; we're unaware of any but we do sometimes reward any reported! You can easily contact us using this link when signed in: https://www.premieronline.com/help_form.php?section_id=12&subject_id=0 ”

8.8 A stunning event in a stunning environment! Antony Litherland · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic and challenging event - excellent Organisation, marshaling and support from local authorities to have properly closed roads. Only minor issue is I only saw 2 aid stations at 50 and 70 (I did the 84). Thanks to all involved.”

8.5 This event is the "classic" UAE race Robin McGowan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
7.9 More water · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I finished the 104k in 3:52. Not terribly slow. When I completed the race there was no water left in the ice coolers. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.01.2018
“Thanks for your feedback, yes we were down to our last box but we were giving out Iced water in Bike bottles along there was bananas and apples for all...no one missed out on cool water ”

Comment from Premier Online - 13.01.2018
“Thanks for your feedback, yes we were down to our last box but we were giving out Iced water in Bike bottles along there was bananas and apples for all...no one missed out on cool water ”

9.0 Great Event and Great Scenery John Jennette · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The event was well organized and fun. The route was well marshaled despite a last minute change in the 104 route (making it 102). The only suggestions I have would be for easier access to post-event photos, and more water stations. The temperatures were cooler this year, making the number of stations adequate for me. If it were a few degrees warmer, more water stations would be a necessity. Thanks to all at Gulf Multisport and the AD Sport Council. ”

9.0 A great and enjoyable challenge · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“- even though I finished below 4 hours; there were cars in some parts of the road. It was dangerous and felt uncomfortable. Mainly on the flat section towards the 104 U-Turn - I think there were less water stations than last year. Or may Be I missed it but I remember there was one every 20 Kms and I couldn’t find any till after 30.”

7.3 Great picturesque landscape Dmitry Menshenin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great picturesque landscape, but it such a shame that there were no any photographers at all! No we don't have pictures from the race...”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.01.2018
“Hi Dmitry, There will be photos being loaded and linked to results .... at Dhs50 it is great value and memories are made for ever in ones mind ”

7.1 For improvement Israel Jr Gerona · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
Edited on 13.01.2018

“Nothing here, go away. (Cannot find my result, it says no page ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.01.2018
“sorry to here you can't find the link ...go to http://my5.raceresult.com/74528/results?lang=en#2_D59680”

8.8 Excellent event. Well done! Tim Davies · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.0 Well improve · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“100 % improvement ”

6.3 Nice events · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Everything perfect and nice event size but the service stations were too few and at inconvenient spots along the course.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.01.2018
“Hi We have two strategically placed static water stations in 'SAFE" locations. On a caool morning and with available marshals we placed the first at the 50K point for the 84 and 104 riders and then another static point 15K from home. Additionally we had 3 vehicles circulating with Cool water in bottles and all support vehicles carried water for cyclists. Apologies if they were inconveniently placed ”

8.5 Superb organisation Bruno Marques · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I forgot my wheels in Dubai. Organisation kidly assisted and found a set of wheels for me to compete... The race and scenery is just amazing. Well done. Keep up!”

8.1 Great event, well organised, superbe route · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes