The RAKBANK Ride - Cycle for a Cause
63 people have rated this event.
“Great hotel venue for start and finish - Wish I was fitter!”
“Very good event - Well done ”
“Very enjoyable but... - Loved the race but would've liked signage which showed how long is left/finished”
“First race great experience - Excellent set up. Could've done with more support water stations. Mid point station should have been after the time mat. Overall excellent and great experience. Nice friendly and joyful atmosphere. Felt like a professional world cycling event.”
“Safe and challenging from pre-start to finish. - The flash mob at the start was awesome!
Good marshalling and closed off roads made it a super ride.
“Good race, good road safety - Good road safety.
No place to store or leave personal effects if you didn't stay in the hotel.”
“Well organised and enjoyable - This was an excellent event - I loved the start and the performance and the hotel staff were extremely helpful. car parking was well organized as well.
I think if the numbers increase then the event will suffer.
Need to attract more support from bike shops and promotional stuff.
My computer said 67km - so a little short.
most athletes will have done the Spinneys 92km earlier in the year, I therefore think the distance was a little short to appeal to the senior cyclists
“Very poor arrangement for support cars. - I had a flat tyre twice and hence ran out of my spares. Despite having a new tube I couldn't use since I used the co2 bombs for the 2 flats I had in a distance of 500 mtrs.
The single support car that came after 20 mins didn't have a pump to inflate the tyres. They were not even equipped to load my bicycle in their car since they didn't have space. I had to carry my bike back 8 kms till I found my most trusted Revolution Cycles support truck.
Very well advertised but they missed out on basics”
“BEST EVENT I HAVE DONE IN UAE - Everything was great. HUGE thanks to the police and RAK for keeping us safe on the road. Loved the course and breakfast after was an added bonus. KUDOS to ALL involved. ”
“Well organised for a first time event. - Was under the impression it was on Marjan island, when in reality it was in RAK and only around 6km on Marjan island. either way was a good event and would do it next time around.”
“Nice Event.... Very Windy! - A well organised, smoothly run event. Enjoyable cycling and a fantastic breakfast at the end.... ”
“Great event - A very well organized cycle event from online registration until the finish. 'SEE YOU NEXT YEAR'”
“Excellent Event - I can't fault it - from the pre-ride dance act, through the rolling start to the issue of medals. Maybe next year the wind will be a little less fierce. Amazingly it was always against you no matter the direction you were travelling.”
“Very, very good - Marshal and police support was almost faultless. Rolling start worked v. well. Initially worried about riding the RAK roads, I felt way safer than riding the 92. Someone had a brainwave about offering breakfast afterwards. I'll be back for this one.”
“Excellent Event - Very well organised event, excellent breakfast and great route.
Suggest to put the distance covered in the medal as well as the event certificate.”
“Excellent event - Excellent event.
The support stations could have been a bit more organized and posh with a few more options available.
Will definitely ride again.”
“Great event - Really enjoyed this event on some great roads and what was a fast course! The local police did a great job of keeping the roads free of traffic and this was really appreciated - it meant you could focus on enjoying the ride.
The entry fee was higher than other events, but it included a contribution to the Red Crescent.
Good opportunity/excuse to spend the weekend in RAK. I'm sure even more local sponsors will get on board when they realise these events are a good boost to the local economy.”
“Nicely organised event - Well organized event”
“Well organized event - No suggestions it was perfect”
“Well organized with great police support - The water station at the halfway point was not the greatest place to have a water point, difficult to take water whilst concentrating on the u turn and trying to power out of the u turn. great police support”
“RAKBANK ride put RAK on the map! - A professionally organised event. Entrance to the event was well signposted and easy access to parking. Shame that hire bikes were not advertised as I know someone who would have participated having known this. The course was well signposted and lots of marshals and police. The brunch and ceremony topped off the end to an amazing event. It raised the profile of the event and cycling in RAK so much so that I have spoken to the Sheikh about improving and developing cycling facilities in RAK. ”
“Excellent event............ - Wish I would have know it was a race and not a ride! ”
“Well organised with a great breakfast to follow. - We only got notification of the special room rates at the Rixos a week before the event. I had already booked inferior accommodation at a similar price elsewhere, so it was too late for me to change. Suggest posting accommodation deals at the time of announcing the event.”
“A race with a cause - Very well organised race with support from police and rescue all the way.
The after race facilities at Rixos was brilliant. Wish the 92 Spinneys race had all this to offer ”
“Best organised ride in the UAE - Overall this was an incredibly well organised event, great atmosphere. Possible recommendation of offering different event distances to attract a wider audience? 35km, 70km and 100km?
The only slight improvements would be earlier communication on hotel accommodation deal and on the race pack delivery. Both were communicated/delivered very close to the event,
My only hope is that when this is bigger next year (I'm sure it will be) that it manages to retain the same standard. ”
“Well organised on the day , good atmosphere. - Thanks for great event. Late delivery of race pack and poor directions ( venue not on sat nav ....) are only areas for improvement.
Hopefully more riders will enter next year as it deserves to be a success. ”
“Great Day - Good Course - Can't rate photo service s haven't seen any yet”
“Special thanks to RAK police. - No first aids was available in the finish point.
“Well done RAK. Decent first attempt. - Particular thanks to RAK police, very good protection, actually better than Dubai 92!!”
“It was really good - It was good but the sadness was a lot of accidents and I will do it next year”
“Very good race organization overall - Excellent before and after race organization: parking, martials, entertainment.
Great venue and choice of the route.
“A great event and awesome location - Loved Rixos and the staff at Hotel were amazing. Course was great - wind less so!”
“Great ride - Brilliant ride. Well organised. Safe. Great breakfast in the sunshine. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys cycling. I will definitely be doing this next year. Thanks”
“Grat first-time effort by Organisers! - The police deserve a HUGE thank-you for keeping us all safe. And thanks for the great breakfast afterwards overlooking the RAK beach; this is why we live and love the UAE.”
“Overall a very good event - Well organised. Police participation excellent. Really appreciated the breakfast buffet at the finish.”
“Great event and venue - Very well organized, almost traffic-free and nice venue.
Water station was placed at bottom of a decent and at a U-turn; a bit not practical! plus water attendants were not ready to hand water -maybe expected cyclist to stop?!
Rixos as a venue was great, nice brunch after race, but would have been nice to have access to showers!
Thanks, looking forward to next RAKBANK Ride”
“A Great Event - Great event, well organized the Police and course support was fantastic; they must be praised .
Next time will avoid staying in the hotel that experience spoilt the whole thing. The staff, their training, communication, management processes and customer awareness is appalling and, having got lost and roamed around 'back of house' and 'under house' as well 'front of house' well Hmm”
“Very well Organized and amazign route - Although it was very very windy and felt very tough at some turns. But the route was great, the scenery was amazing. It was very well organized. The police escort closed the roads behind so it was very safe and we could enjoy every moment of it wihtout the need to keep worying about cars and traffic. The breakfast was very good. I would it again ana again. Great job guys.”
“Faultess event management and facilities. - The most professionally operated cycle event I have ever attended. My first time visiting the Rixos and the combination of venue, course route, marshals and police support was truly outstanding. I hope this event continues and grows as it has set a new standard for events in the UAE. Thank you.”
“Very good event - Good route, good signage, good marshalling
Only problem was getting my race pack sent to Al Ain as the courier service had no idea of where anything was in Al Ain so ended up bringing it to my hotel late on Thursday night
“Nice Event - Overall I enjoyed this much more that the D92. Some points below.
> Race pack not delivered as requested
> Well organised parking
> good event village set up
> Start =dodgy
> Course generally good,much less motorways than D92
> Police = awesome - did great job stopping the traffic
> Felt MUCH safer than D92
> Signage @ roundabout just before 35km support station should have pointed out earlier where to turn - slightly confusing
> Please turn off WIND next time
> Not 70km? 67 on my gps”
“Well organised good setup enjoyable day out - Some road quality was poor pot holes etc but in the main fantastic. The team organising this should take a healthy pat on the back well done!
“The best organised cyclying event in the UAE - Very well organised event from end to end, most importantly from a safety aspect.
It was good to have breakfast included”
“Great Ride - Great event very well organized. One the best I've participated thus far.”
“Great race. - Good marhsalling and organisation. Breakfast was MOST welcome!”
“Great job by RAK Bank and Stewarts team, thank you - Very enjoyable race, the Hotel was a great venue and made the riders et al very welcome. Very minor niggle (nothing to do with the organisers) with freeloading riders when Pelotons form not taking their turn at the front...hope they change their ways over time.”
“Ok - The distance marker could be kept at every 10k or atleast three points ”
“Fantastic - when is the next one? - Lovely event. Excellent on every level. Fantastic for participants and nice to raise money for a cause. Good turn out for the first one of its kind, which shows the respect for the organisers and their ability to put on these events. Nice one.
“Enojoyable ride, thank you RAK Bank & Sponsors - Will certainly ride again, the breakfast was a nice touch and a big thank you to the organizers”
“It was a Fantastic Event - It was a fantastic fun event. 70km completion is definitely an achievement. Congratulations to all the participants and thumbs up to the winners and participants who completed the course.