Liwa Cycling Challenge 2018
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39 people have rated this event.
“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.”
“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 ”
“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.
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.”
“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). ”
Edited on 15.01.2018
“Not enough aid stations.”
“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.
“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.”
“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!”
“Could do with at least one extra water station and there is a delay in posting the times”
“Amazing ride. A must. For those who are new, be prepared to climb a lot and watch the road/humps (partially dangerous).”
“Thanks to each and everyone who help and organized this amazing event.
Clearly improved from last year”
“Another excellent job GMS and ADSC! Feedback from last year has been clearly taken on board and addressed! Thank you! ”
“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!”
“First class event that is very efficiently run. My favourite cycling event in the UAE”
“Amazing course and very well organized. Definitely doing it again next year. Street sweeper in a few isolated places would have been good. ”
“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.. ”
“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!!”
“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 ”
“Well organized in advance”
“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.”
“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.”
“I finished the 104k in 3:52. Not terribly slow. When I completed the race there was no water left in the ice coolers. ”
“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. ”
“- 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.”
“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...”
Edited on 13.01.2018
“Nothing here, go away. (Cannot find my result, it says no page ”
“Everything perfect and nice event size but the service stations were too few and at inconvenient spots along the course.”
“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!”