Urban-Ultra Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2016

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Average Rating: 8.5
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8.9
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8.3 A fantastic event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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 ”

8.3 An epic ride Joseph Gatt · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“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!”

8.6 A good and well organized event Erwin Maier · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“There were not enough shower possibilities at the arrival.”

8.6 Great event with top organization and good road as · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A bit more police guidance on the way up the coast to the Hotel in Fujairah ”

9.4 Well organised event enjoyed it · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Can't wait for next year !!!!!”

8.3 A great event, will be back next time Shaun Ellis · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.6 Outstanding route with an AMAZING post race meal! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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!”

8.6 Great event Leon Haywood · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.5 Great Event with some improvements Seb Jau · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“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”

8.9 New records all round... Stephen Bredin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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”

10.0 Great Jasper Carpaij · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
7.8 Good if you're in Dubai Paul Wright · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“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.”

8.9 A fantastic challenge. Really enjoyed it. Steve Kimber · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Speed pods worked very well and added some real camaraderie to the event. Police were outstanding in looking after us the whole way”

9.2 Awesome Event Stuart Opie · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

9.2 Great Police support Raymond Scholly · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great Police support.... Makes a massive difference. Thanks”

8.6 A great challenge! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“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.”

9.7 What a great event to be part of....thanks Stephen Taylor · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.9 EPIC! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Outstanding event Fausto Corteze · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Keep it up! one of the best events that I have joined! Thanks a lot!”

9.7 Pretty much faultless · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

9.4 Great day - best one yet Paul Crooks · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“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.”

10.0 Great event John Shenton · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Slightly hairy start from Sharjah but other than that I was very impressed with the organisation and the challenge.”

9.2 A most enjoyable day on the bike!! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The Police were amazing and very good at controlling the traffic - Well Done!”

8.6 Very well organized and good challenge Desi Aitcheson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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”

7.2 A true test of fitness! Mike Lewis · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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”

7.5 Very good Support car small issue Harrison Liddle · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

10.0 Excellant challenge · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 A challenging ride... Enrique Klien · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Urban Ultra did a great job organizing this event. I am sure they will get even better in the future. Well done! ”

10.0 Fantastic Simon Doran · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event, great organisation, a bucket list ride for the UAE”

9.2 Overall the event was great · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Finisher's medal would have been a great addition to the experience as a souvenir”

8.6 A great Cycling Experience Tim Harrison · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

10.0 Must-do event for UAE cyclists · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organized, especially police involvement; great course”

7.5 A great event and very enjoyable Jarrad Brownlee · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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 ”

8.6 Awesome Challenge!!! Anthony Whiteley · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

10.0 Excellent Michelle Durnford · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The best C2C ever......the organisation was amazing from start to finish. The police were fabulous and atmosphere was fanatastic. Excellent job”

8.3 Na · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.2 Great experience. To be repeated. Nicolas Fasquelle · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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!”

9.7 Just brilliant! Dave Walsh · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

9.4 Estubo exelete el evento Jose Lopez · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Una buena sugerencia es que deberían tomar los tiempos para que incentiven a los tres mejores ”

8.9 Excellent organisation. · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
7.8 Very very hard and very very awesome Craig Partridge · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A big thank you to the police, race marshalls and participants. ”

8.9 Well-marshalled ride Thomas Dormant · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.1 Really enjoyable event, would definitely repeat Andrew Balfe · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.3 Great day's riding Darren Male · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.............”

6.7 Boring · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“The impossibility of overtaking a slower Pod makes the event very boring and dangerous”

9.4 Excellent event Iain McPhail · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.5 Good day all round Stephen Biagioni · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

9.2 Really Well Organised, Fun, Great event Oliver Weir · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

9.4 Thanks to the volunteers and the Police Tim Hannah · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Very well organized event Brenda Kelly · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

9.2 Very well run event. A must for any cyclist. Jerome De Villiers · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

9.2 Great event! Peter Dalgety · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.5 Amazing and good goal · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.4 Great event!! Yvonne Van Hattum · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Wonderful event with great organisation and excellent police support. Very impressive!”

9.4 Lovely ride and Impressive organisation Ziad Van Beek · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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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. ”

8.9 Great event but really poor food and bev. selectio Finn Brandsen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. Finn”

6.4 Great but could be improved Luca Tomasi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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”

9.4 Great well organised must do event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.7 A pleasure to have taken part in Andrew Cook · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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9.2 Absolutely incredible and an amazing event! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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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! ”

9.2 Very nearly excellent · Participation 3 times I would take part again Maybe

“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”

9.7 Great event Andro Du Toit · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.9 An amazing well organised safe event Kevin Vella · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.9 Great ride, well organised, fantastic support · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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!!”

9.2 Great and challenging day on the bike · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Return bus could maybe have left 1 hour earlier”

8.1 Good event, great day Bernd Maehnss · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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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.”

8.1 Top marks to the police and all support teams John Nolan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“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?”

8.9 Fantastic and epic ride Andrew McCombe · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

10.0 Fab · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

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