Abu Dhabi (Yas Island) Cycle Race 1
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45 people have rated this event.
“The route is a bit dangerous with the number of sharp curves”
“There should have been a longer straight towards the finish”
“It's easy for athletes to forget how many laps they have done - perhaps a better lap counting system could be put in place next time.
Otherwise, a great day!”
“I enjoyed the race but found the experienced club riders intimidating and dangerous.”
“Overall all the course was quite good, however the route funneled into a single lane 90 degree turn 100 meters or so prior to the start/finish line. This was a little too challenging for an open event, leading to at least one serious crash.
Edited on 22.02.2016
“Well organised evenwhenthe weather didn't play ball to begin. Good course, would definitely race this again”
“As a it was my first time cycling event...I really enjoyed it. Only downside was the initial weather which caused delay but that was ofcourse out of anyone's control. Thanks for the event and please hold more.”
“Overall well organized. A bit confusing start which already resulted in fragmentation of the group. There were some safety issues at sharp turns and with some groups of lapped riders. Perhaps clear pre-race instructions may help in future. Very enjoyable event.”
“Hold it more regularly, very well thought out and safest event I have ridden in the UAE in the last 13 years. well done!”
“More food and beverage vendors need to be in attendance.”
Edited on 22.02.2016
“Thank you so much, this event was very well planned so safe amd really really enjoyed it. See you at Race2”
“The raised road studs and gully covers caused some issues as people swerved to avoid them. The block paving crossings at traffic lights were very bumpy with potholes causing people to swerve again which added danger. The police and event organization were very good and it was a pleasure to ride despite a few unfortunate incidents.”
“Nice race, well disciplined group. Next time it'll be better to increase the time distance between the groups.”
“Dangerous course - tight turns and road dividers hazardous hence accidents”
“Well organised and great fun. Maybe widen the course for next time”
“Great decision to delay the race. Gulf Multi Sports organised, yet again, a fantastic event. Massive thanks to the volunteer marshals and ADSC as well.
The course/distance was well thought out and perfect for a crit race.
I'm not sure what it is about people wanting a medal after an event. Could it be made optional and the cost reduced for those not wanting one!”
“Course was too small to have groups overtaking each other. Needed to be more time between groups to avoid these dangerous situations.”
“Really enjoyed it will be back
My only Feedback some of the turns bit sharp especially from hill descent and narrow lane into the turn with lots of riders
Couple of near misses near the end
Edited on 24.02.2016
“50 kms are too short. I think, 70/80 kms will be better.
“I pass by an accident scene - 2 riders down and 1 I believe is serious. Maybe avoiding some tight turns in the next event will be helpful - especially riders whose handling skills are not that good.”
“Thank you to all the marshals!!”
Edited on 20.02.2016
“All good and the weather meant that there were some mighty big calls about scheduling - but it all worked out.”
“Well done to the organisers and volunteers. THANK YOU!
read the race notes
learn the coarse in advance (particularly pinch points)
wear the chip on the left angle (away from the chain ring)
need to work on my hill climbing!!!”
“Insufficient water availability - when I finished there was one place selling refreshments. Local water should be free and at several locations - particularly at the finish line when collecting medals.
I have found retrieval of finish data frustrating - competitors want to compare age groups - this info not available.
“We parked at Ikea and really had no idea where the start was. Signage would have been appreciated. Nice to get an unexpected medal, as it had said medals for winners only. Thank you. Regarding the course, loved the 'hill', but it was a very bad idea to have such a sharp, narrow corner, just before the finish, with so many people sprinting to get to the finish line, resulting in the horrific accident. Lastly, it took far, far too long for the ambulance to arrive to take Del to the hospital. ”
“Overall i enjoy the event, i hope the next event i will ride again
thank you to be part of your event.”
“The toilets near the tennis court were dirty and had no lights in them - I was unfortunate to have a crash and had to wait for the ambulance to arrive which took about 10 mins. The ambulance crew were only told about the event this morning by the police. The journey to the hospital took a long time as the roads were blocked for the ride and the driver did not know how to get around the road closures. Thankfully my accident was not life threatening but if it had been ...”
“Suggest some portable toilets at the start, I think the it was a great event. Well run and organised. Nice to have the personal touch. Presenter was very good. Good value for money. Thank you to those who organised and thank you to Abu Dhabi sports council”
“It was little bit risky because of some local cyclist who doesn't care about their own safety and others as well”
“My only slight criticism was with the finish I believe many riders who were lapped on the last straight also stopped one lap short . It appeared that the group of approx 20 riders I was riding with for 8 laps substantially reduced to about 5 of us for the final lap. The group I was with felt the same . So did they get a reduced inaccurate time or possible disqualified due misunderstanding . Not sure what can be done about it but needs to be looked at. Great event which I enjoyed”
“Marshalling to the car parking was a bit haphazard. Admittedly the morning fog didn't help.
Good decision to delay the start due to the fog. ”
“Great race today. Thank you to the organizers and marshals on the route.”
“ enjoyable event bit chaotic due to fog but overall well done