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8.6
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8.6 Much better than last years! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Support Stations were much better this year - well done! Also no Tri-bars were allowed this year in the groups, which was a good call. Enjoyed the ride as a result of the above a lot more. Thanks and Well Done!”

8.9 Good fun... Ilde Di Benedetto · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My husband and I did the ride together and we really enjoyed it. It was our first ever night ride, not to mention 160+km. Would love to try the 180km next time...”

9.4 Great ride, just the breakfast · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Great ride, teammates, the tranqulity of the night desert is always stunning... Just the horrible breakfast...and for 95,-DHS for people who aren't participating? The food has to be fixed!!!”

8.3 Excellent Ride - One to remember Andy Mooney · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Suggestion - Finish Check-in. I thought the Check-in at the midpoint was a great idea to ensure the safety of the riders. I was surprised this wasn't repeated at the end of the course.”

9.7 A Great Event, great job Andy and the support Shaun Ellis · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The only comment about the signage would be for the small loop. Whilst we were told to take second right, i think most of us didnt count the 90 right before the dunes, and so missed the curve right ( the correct one)and tried to make the second 90 right..to avoid a pile up we just continued for the clockwise version. The wisdom ( or not as the case turned out) for continuing with this action was the crossover as we rejoined the main track back to the big loop, crossed the path of others.!”

8.1 Great to be out there in the dark Andro Du Toit · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Great ride and great to be out at night on a bike while "the rest" sleeps...;). Kudos to our group (not sure about others), there was no incidents of "Cyclo-Rage" - nowadays a common issue among groups riding together - everyone was happy the whole time. ”

8.6 Good event Mark Parton · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
8.3 Fun event in summer Thomas Morin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“As a triathlete, always a challenge to ride in a group. But it's not a race and it's making a very nice ride in the summer ”

8.6 Good fun · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.2 Good · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Good”

7.2 Expensive for a ride round the loop Alison Kirrage · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Good event but could have had more support, I felt very alone out there in the dark even with a very supportive group. Poor chap at the mosque was rushed off his feet, need a few guys there. And turning point sign for the 161km people would have been helpful/fun. Generally though a good night out.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“We had 5 cars in total on the course looking after various sections. The 28km and 18km loops responded to numerous calls for help although the rest of the course was trouble free. With a ride of this type it was never intended to have cars shadowing the groups as did not want to kick up dust/sand all over the place and in the air - Agreed on the extra bit sign for the 161km. - Whether on loop or the road - events come with fees to stage them - Tee Shirt and B/fast included in entry fee too.”

8.6 Amazing course on night ride .great adventure · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Memorable”

9.2 Great event excellent atmosphere · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 An enjoyable event, well organised Tim Merryweather · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks to the guys for support and organization Only negative is that the breakfast was terrible”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“Mixed reviews on the b/fast. Some say good and others say not so good. Hard to compare to a hotel buffet and IMHO, it was 25% better last year. Room for improvement and well noted.”

8.9 Great fun event, well organised · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great fun event. I hope the smaller groups method is adopted by more events and clubs”

8.6 Really good bunch to ride with. Mark Desmond · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Special and different Hasan Itani · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Creative, special, social and different. Great event and definitely recommended to challenge oneself in the Dubai hot summer months. Fantastic breakfast afterwards and good support along the course both mechanical through roaming vehicles and at manned aid stations in the middle of nowehere. Thank you”

9.2 Expectations exceeded! Martin Harris · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well run course - exactly what I've come to expect from this team. Good course, good support, good use of feedback from previous events. Perhaps make the breakfast an optional extra? Sadly we had to leave straight away. I'm certain to be back next year, and may even do the Winter Solstice event (rain permitting!)”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“I owe u a coffee and a bacon sandwich MH.”

7.5 Good social ride. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“There is a need of captains to assure the pace of the group is the one for what you go for or at least to make sure that the "no drop" policy is a reality. If someone wants to do 34+k/h they shouldn't go for the 32 k/h group.”

7.2 Overall good event, but some tweaks would improve Simon Long · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I really enjoyed the event, managing to do my longest ride to date in the dark, during summer etc. Signage could have been far better at the junctions, we were near enough on top of them before we could see them. Group/ride captains could have been agreed on beforehand. There was sign-in required at the start, at the mosque but not a the end, which seemed a little strange. Long way from the mosque back and no way of knowing if people were still on the track. Will do it again though”

7.2 Such a good event! Giovanni Caradonna · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My first time and it was surprisingly good! we got lost a couple of time, may be signals need to be more visible and readable. Support station were not well organised. The atmosphere among the athletes has been great and as well the respect within the groups. see u there next year.”

8.3 A great event for the Crazy Bonkers!! Rohan Sabharwal · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 A long and sweaty slog in the dark Alec Spedding · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Enjoyed the event, well organised and communicated by the Race ME team as always. Only comment, knowing the route (as most did) I had no problem following the supplied map/directions, however for the TT riders the signage was impossible to read unless you stopped. We had a rider from AD tag along as he did not know the track and got lost twice. Would it be possible to mark up the signs with reflective tape or similar for next years event to improve the experience for out of town entrants?”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“Next year we are looking at LED coloured arrows on the course.”

9.7 A great social event that everyone enjoyed Glyn Sowerby · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 Very well done event Brett Cole · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Some room for improvement on course sign markings”

9.7 Very good fun event and well organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Water/Food station well organize”

9.7 A great event Simon Doran · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event, well organised, good support, it is a must do yearly bucket list event, well done Andy, only the addition of a medal might top it off, i'd pay more if need be,”

8.1 A good amateur event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent ride Iain McPhail · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9  One of the best events in the UAE calendar Gordon Clamp · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Awesome event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“First 100km ever and had a great ride”

7.2 Highly enjoyable and challenging · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The pre-event communication was missing some important information. Eg it only became apparent there were different starting times for different course lengths once you began the sign up process. Had we had the information in the first e-mail we would have signed up much sooner. The first e-mail stated 7.15pm as the start time, but this only applied to the 180km course whilst other start times were 8pm and 10pm. For those of us fasting in Ramadan such start times make a big difference.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“When you enter via Premier Online (for any event) and see all the information it clearly states the following after the start time - ***some events may have multiple start times, please check details below.** we provided a link to the information for the event which was also available on the race-me-events website. AF”

9.2 A great and fun event Jackie Byford · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
6.1 Good fun, but poor signaling of the course Mario Ojeda · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“Hi - Did you research the course before the event and familiarise yourself with the distances you were doing. All courses were published 3 weeks before event and made available plus links were provided in the final instruction email. All routes were signed along the way (with signs and arrows) and you were provided with course map in your race pack. It is always the athletes responsibility to know the course. AF.”

8.6 A great fun ride with a great group of friends Darren Rycroft · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Very happy with the way the event was run and organised and glad to hear that there were no real disasters (from what I have heard). I am not too sure why we needed to scrabble around in the dark at the Mosque at the end of the first loop on the 161 ride to highlight our names on the paper as it appeared some did and some didn't! Other than that little gripe it was a great ride out with our own group of fifteen riders. We all completed the ride without any issues. Darren”

8.9 183 Solo Ride Glen Te Wharau · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The support team were all great, I had 2 punctures @100km and had to call "Andy" for assistance, aid arrived in 5mins. It was my first solo long distance night ride, I learnt a lot and glad I stuck at it for the 183km. T-Shirt, good drink bottle, and a feed included in the cost! Cant complain at all! I enjoyed the experience, Thanks to Andy and his team!”

10.0 Great Event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you for taking the time to put this event on.”

8.1 An experience worth doing at least once! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“If in doubt, pick a slower group - the heat makes a difference! A bit more signage/clear signage on the turns would be beneficial to people who don't know the track.”

8.6 An unusual event with some great people Andrew Cooke · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I really enjoyed this event - the experience of cycling in the dark very unusual and while it made for a few hairy moments it's definitely one I'd like to repeat. The highlights for me were the excellent goody bag and the after race breakfast. The one thing I would change would be the course signage. Uncertainty over direction nearly caused a huge pile up in my group - I'm still amazed that we avoided it as I locked up fully! Signage must be bigger and clearer and shown at *every* turn. ”

7.5 Very enjoyable David Wise · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A little more and clearer directional signage required, as some confusion in our peloton over some of the turns. As ever, quite a few in the large group over estimated their abilities, which led to a some frustration with the no drop policy, and finally, a healthy and less dangerous group split. One less compulsory stop would have been acceptable. Was it necessary to stop at the tent again, only 12K after leaving the mosque? We weren't clear on the instruction.”

8.6 Solstice 161Km Peter Dalgety · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Like the event could be done at the end of summer to make weather conditions easier. Possible to make it bigger and take it on road instead of cycle track. Food afterwards where terrible!!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 26.06.2016
“Hi Peter, changing the date/time would defeat the purpose of the name and crazy/bonkers type of event. It is built around the MIDDLE OF SUMMER, SUMMER SOLSTICE, MIDDLE OF NIGHT KSP's. Sorry you were not happy with the food - we used the same restaurant last year and although not the same as a FIVE STAR hotel it filled peoples tummies. Feel free to email me specific feedback on B/Fast. Thx. Andy.”

6.9 More bananas + better signs · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Needed more bananas at Canopy stop + there were no bananas at mosque stop. Signs were poor, people not frequenting Al Qudra easily lost. Signs need to be reflective to see in the dark/much larger. ”

9.2 Great chance for people to ride at night · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I'm surprised how many people have never ridden Al Qudra at night - I though most people have done it. The poor chap at the mosque doing the checkin should have had a torch ! ”

8.1 Nice experience to ride at night · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“1. Great initiative to have names on the back instead of a number,... just everyone placed it so high on their back that honestly, I couldn't read a single name... 2. On the first 20km loop, thought it was counterclockwise, so I was the only one right or everyone else was wrong... next time, keep it simple: start all clockwise, or all counter-clockwise, no mixing... 3. Signage could maybe be better, with indicators: 36km turn, 100km straight, 160km left, etc.. 4. Could be better on mosque ... ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 27.06.2016
“All the signs on course identified distances and arrows when a turn or decision was required. AF.”

7.8 A lot of fun Andrew McCombe · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A great opportunity for a long ride when the temperature had dropped a bit!”

6.9 First nigth "race" · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Add some energy bar and more "fruit". ”

9.2 I will add to bucket list so I can tick it off !! Roger Purdie · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 25.06.2016

“A really great event. The only real issue is rider etiquette, but this is not unique to Bonkers. Our group leaders incorrectly took as clockwise around the small loop and a few riders were a bit 'all over the place' and not able to ride in a decent formation... BUT this is an observation, not a complaint. Perhaps a bit more on the briefing, but the reality is that any rider taking on the longer distances should be aware. Trouble is some experienced riders tend not to listen to pre-briefings !!!”

9.2 Nice ride! Simon Noel · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.2 Thanks Jonathan Harris · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 To coin a phrase Crazy Bonkers! Mike Harrop-Peel · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really good great team spirit, coming back next year!”

9.2 Nice Sportif event catering for all Paul Glover · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Generally all great for my first time. Only suggestion is to appoint Group Captain/Wingman to each group or provide details of how to ride in a group (video prior to event) as groups do contain people with no group riding experience and they get mixed up: (a) riding on the front and splitting off to return to the peloton, (c) keeping on the wheel to keep group together, (d) maintaining steady pace and not accelerating hard (creating gaps) and (e) how to brake and lastly (f) communicating. :)”

8.3 Great group spirit, really enjoyable. John Nolan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great concept, challenging route, variety of distances - all cool.”

8.3 Awesome ride and fantastic Friday evening! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 A lovely event, adding the 183k option was great Jurgen Fischer · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thanks to everyone who took care of us! Well done, your friendly and supportive attitude is much appreciated.”

8.9 Well organised and enjoyable Simon Putt · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well put together, a very good idea, and excellent spirit. Lovely evening for it too.”

8.3 Great fun and social ride! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 25.06.2016
10.0 Good event, well organised Manfred Muench · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Enough participants to allow different speed/ability groups so no one should have been dropped [unlike last time I did it!]. Good support stations, giveaways. Friendly chat on way round, weather was just abut perfect - just a great event. Can't think of way it could be improved really. ”

7.8 Good · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

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