Urban-Ultra Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2016
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“What a great challenge. Well organised with such a friendly atmosphere. My Ride Captain Julian looked after me at the end of the pod. Thank you to all police support. Cut off time could have been one hour longer (I was removed one hour short but proud).
Happy amateur Johan Dalen ”
“Event was well organised with excellent support provided during the ride from the police and also the organizers. The only time as a rider I felt a bit exposed, was on the descents after the tunnels, bot on the whole felt well protected. Well done to all!”
“There were not enough shower possibilities at the arrival.”
“A bit more police guidance on the way up the coast to the Hotel in Fujairah ”
“Can't wait for next year !!!!!”
“The police escort and pod SAG vehicles were absolutely amazing. The volunteers at each station were very helpful. The post race meal was out-of-this-world amazing!”
“Nice ride however some fixes could have been done before this 15th edition..
-1)Ride pack collection for Abu Dhabi People should have opened the we before or in AD. It's common sense people work during the week
-2)No need to arrive at 4:30am to start at 6:20
-3)Allow more time between Pods, we got stuck behind the previous group until the first station
-4)Send back the bikes trucks earlier, avoid stopping at petrol station 20k before Sharjah. Some people still had a 2:00 drive back. Great even”
“Very well organised event before, during and after with a beautiful location to finish in and amazing BBQ afterwards
Logistics and support for the entire event from beginning to end were very well thought out and ran smoothly
One area for improvement would be determining POD allocation and then the discipline of the PODs themselves with respect to rider ability
Will take part in this event again #impressed”
“It looked like an epic ride - 220km across the desert - and that is what it was.
It felt like what I understand it started as, a local club ride. Different riders have different ways of riding but there was some unnecessary telling off going on. Would also have been good towards the end to let the slower riders drop back rather than hold the entire pod back.
Overall though a mammoth organisation to get us across the desert safely so a big thank you. And great BBQ at the end to refuel.”
“Speed pods worked very well and added some real camaraderie to the event.
Police were outstanding in looking after us the whole way”
“Awesome event, safe, well manned by Police and volunteers, drink stations were set up well with friendly "hosts", great to have something as epic as this to train for and successfully finish, looking forward to the next one
Only issue where:
Selecting Jersey sizes online, my size was not offered as a selection but an email to PO fixed this.
“Great Police support.... Makes a massive difference. Thanks”
“The organisation and comms was excellent. I thought the police were brilliant and extremely organised with the traffic control. Only downside was that the pod I was in didn't have a ride captain so completely splintered after the first stop leaving some of us playing catch-up to get back into a group, for the benefit of having a support car on your tail.
Overall a great challenge and one that I'm glad I took on.”
“Having done this event now I will have an accurate average speed so hopefully get in the correct pod next year. For those who are thinking about doing it next year talk to people you ride with who have done it this year and you will get a feel for the average you are able to achieve, hills and headwinds included.”
“Keep it up! one of the best events that I have joined! Thanks a lot!”
“My first group ride ever and first ride over 120km.
No faults except that little bit of cross/headwind that we encountered for 20km after Kalba. Please fix!
Our ride captain (Julian) was excellent. Police were fantastic. Support was incredible and friendly. Superb destination.”
“Great organisation - thought the pods worked well. Good support. Great shoutout to the police who not only coordinated, but did so with a smile and a wave. As usual, painful ride, but that is soon forgotten as the Al Aqha beach hoves into view. Thanks great day.”
“Slightly hairy start from Sharjah but other than that I was very impressed with the organisation and the challenge.”
“The Police were amazing and very good at controlling the traffic - Well Done!”
“Route was challenging but doable. Organization very good. Police road closures and escort excellent. Overall very happy I took part and already looking forward to the next one”
“Very well organised, particularly the rolling police escort. Could have done with a small medal / moment for finishing. Will be back next year 10kgs lighter! :-D”
“A fantastic event and the police support and junction closures were outstanding. An improvement year on year so well done to the organisers.
One small niggle, I registered my car as a support car for Raha cycling we were 30 strong and I had our equipment in the car to support us, I also briefed all my team to take care of the car and not put electrolyte bottles on the seats etc as it is a fairly good car. Car was in Pod H we were in Pod G. Other group in G had two cars. ”
“Urban Ultra did a great job organizing this event. I am sure they will get even better in the future. Well done!
“Great event, great organisation, a bucket list ride for the UAE”
“Finisher's medal would have been a great addition to the experience as a souvenir”
“The C2C was a fantastic cycling experience. The process was slick from start to finish with perhaps a small area for improvement at the start with the registration timings and pod signage. The Police support and the way they controlled the traffic was worthy of note. Really looking forward to next year.”
“Well organized, especially police involvement; great course”
“Perfect day and almost perfect organization. A little hiccup on the last 2 trucks that arrived back at the start a little late. Also would suggest that for out of towners participating maybe some form or way to help have connecting transport once back. Not a big issue but would have helped make a long day just a little shorter. Overall a great race and will suggest others to enter for next year ”
“What an awesome challenge!!! Terrific organisation by the Urban Ultra Team, a big thank you for the huge effort to make this a great event. A big thank you as well to all the volunteers who manned the feed stations and were so helpful. And the Police were terrific with the rolling road closures to keep everyone safe. Only recommendation is for a staggered bus return so the early arrivals can return earlier to Sharjah. The very late return to Sharjah was very disappointing after such a long day.”
“The best C2C ever......the organisation was amazing from start to finish. The police were fabulous and atmosphere was fanatastic. Excellent job”
“Overall an excellent experience, congratulations to UU for the organization and to UAE police. Felt safe at all times. A few minor suggestions 1) no pod leader was identified, it would have been good to have one to organize pod teamwork 2) feed stations were well located but could be a bit more varied 3) buses back should leave at different times (for ex: 1 early start and 1 later one). Thanks again and see you next year!”
“I have not stopped raving about this event since getting off the bike. In fact the last 25km, the general discussion in the group was about what a great experience we were all having. Congratulations to all involved. ”
“Una buena sugerencia es que deberían tomar los tiempos para que incentiven a los tres mejores ”
“A big thank you to the police, race marshalls and participants. ”
“Enjoyable and well-organized throughout, particularly impressed with the Police support on both the Sharjah and Fujairah sides, I can't think of a way they could have done a better job. Equally the guys supporting the feed stations were excellent. Made the whole day go off smoothly.”
“A great ride and the police support was fantastic.
A bit more variety at the feed stations would have been good. Otherwise all very positive.
Thanks to the organisers, drivers, volunteers and support staff for bringing it all together.”
“Overall, a positive well planned event. Great support from the Police and the Marshalls meant the route signage was made redundant (a good job since I didn't spot any). Well supported, sufficient and suitably sited water stops. A finishers medal would've been a nice touch.............”
“The impossibility of overtaking a slower Pod makes the event very boring and dangerous”
“Registration at the start was quick and efficient but was advertised as closing at 4:45am which was too early for an event starting at 6:00am.
The police did a great job and are worth a special mention.
One of my fellow riders was hit by a lorry and lucky not to have had more serious injuries or worse. this was caused by the stupidity of drivers thus unfortunately don't think these kind of things will ever be avoided.
Not sure the route signage would of been adequate if you were alone.”
“The organisation was exceptional and the police escort we received through the busier parts of Sharjah and Fujairah really helped keep everyone safe and moving forward. The support cars and drivers did an excellent job of helping out riders and keeping things moving. All in all top event. ”
“Really enjoyed the whole experience, well organized, great support station.
Very, very minor point, I know its not a race, but maybe a medal on completion to say your have completed the C2C challenge.”
“Well organised and managed event. Nice to be able to socialise after the event and meet other cyclists. Best event for me here in the UAE.”
“Wonderful event with great organisation and excellent police support. Very impressive!”
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“Overall a very nice ride and smooth organisation. Kudos to the police as well for helping to keep it safe. The pod idea is good, but our pod just ripped apart on the first hill and that was that for our group. (I don't have a suggestion on how to improve this.)
I wasn't particularly happy with the bike transportation back to base. My fork has a scratch that is not big enough to make a fuss, but big enough to take a taxi next year. ”
“Dear Urban Ultra,
great race, greatly organised - Thank you!!
compared to other great races (La Marmotte, Dreiländer Giro, Ötzthaler Radmarathon) you have a great organized challenge. But you need to upgrade your Water/food supply during the race. eg Cold Water at all stations, at the station after 4-4,5 hour race, real food to eat (bread or other - not a full buffet is needed :) )
See you Next year.
“Well done guys - Couple of suggestions:
1) At the start no toilets facilities
2) 100km of dual carriageways not brilliant
3) Pods, great but ride captain should have more authority/power i.e. people that drop from groups ABC etc should not expect to drop to JHF and do 40kmh and road capt should have a no drop policy and maintain agreed averages
4) A silly medal is a nice memory to keep
5) Bus return should have choice of timing from 3 pm hourly
6) can Capt next year”
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“No words really. Speechless how well organised it was, the police, stop stations and how well prepped everything was. Amazing and hands down to Urban Ultra team! ”
“This was a good event and with the experience of doing it this time I'm sure it will be excellent next time. I felt that the organisers tried really hard to do everything right and that is appreciated. The police and support station teams were excellent. Three things I suggest could be improved are: the sign on, a better idea of when the bus would get back and the pod assignments”
“Great day out on the roads - felt quite safe despite fears from last year. Police did a great job. Perhaps have only one vehicle where rider bags are stored / transported to Fujairah (not one for each bunch (A,B,C, etc.).
Great cameradie amongst cyclists - really enjoyed the company of those I cycled with.”
“What an amazing event!! The you for making us all feel safe thought the ride. The police escorts were simply amazing!! The pods idea grouping riders of the same ability together was an other big one for making this event a great success. The BBQ venue was also a great choice. Improvement suggestion: have the number stickers made of plastic (or more a stronger material) and have them perforated so scissors would not be required.”
“Fantastic ride. Excellent support from the police - felt safe on the roads the whole route, including the hills where pods were decimated. Support stations were excellent - water, aqualite, bananas, oranges, energy bites - all at good intervals. Great finishing location + bbq. Only gripe is the starting organisation - arrived at 04:30 only to sign in and wait 1.5hrs with nothing to do, while others showed up at 05:45 and had no issues signing in or starting on time. Highly recommended day out!!”
“Return bus could maybe have left 1 hour earlier”
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“The ovrall organisation was good.
Support cars and police escort was exellent!!!
Never feeled unsafe.
The feeding/water stations have been poor equipped. I was at least expecting energy bar etc for such long ride and money.
Finish location was perfect.”
“The arrangements at the start were absurd. The expectation that people would wait an hour after registration for the start was unnecessary. Registration for me consisted of being asked my number and having my name ticked. There was no signature required, no waiver signed etc.
The PA issues and instructions, false start etc. while in the start chute was messy too. Would it not make sense to mark of the groups with a sign, rather than have everyone guess approx where they should have been?”
“What a fantastic experience. A great way to see the UAE, and a great ride.
I do not have enough words to praise the police support we had - what a great job they did, and with the spectre of previous rides hanging over the event, I could not have felt safer.
What a great job, Thank you.”