Abu Dhabi (Yas Island) Cycle Race 1

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Average Rating: 8.8
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8.7
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7.5 Enjoyable Event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The route is a bit dangerous with the number of sharp curves”

8.4 Great event Jake Allanic · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“There should have been a longer straight towards the finish”

6.4 Lap counting · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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!”

8.0 Enjoyable first race Tim Hewkin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“I enjoyed the race but found the experienced club riders intimidating and dangerous.”

9.8 More of this please Bart Van Den Dries · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.0 Great event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

9.8 Excellent Micheal Ryan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 22.02.2016

“Well organised evenwhenthe weather didn't play ball to begin. Good course, would definitely race this again”

8.6 Fun and Exciting...Great to beginners Percy Beukes · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.4 Enjoyed · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.02.2016
“Thanks for your feedback. We appreciate there may have been some confusion with the change in starting time , however, the pre race instructions and maps were all available as downloads on the premier online event site with a number roof email updates suggesting they be read before event day. They clearly stated rolling neutral starts for open and elite.”

9.8 Excellent event, safes course, well marshalled Duncan Anderson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Hold it more regularly, very well thought out and safest event I have ridden in the UAE in the last 13 years. well done!”

9.1 A bit late but Safety First ! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 Good event Paul French · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
6.6 Parking needs consideration closer to the event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“More food and beverage vendors need to be in attendance.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.02.2016
“Thanks for the feedback, on the pre race guide that was sent out it clearly showed two parking options beingYas Mall next to Ikea and gateway park, which were clearly sign posted for a non foggy start to the day. At Dhs50 entry we would have thought this was sensational value. Attempting to get F&B vendors is not easy when numbers are relatively small. Points taken and we will do our best to improve ”

9.8 Very well planned and managed and very very safe! Christine Vorster · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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”

8.9 A good race for all ability of riders · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.2  Enrique Gomez Sancha · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
Edited on 23.02.2016
8.2 Nice race · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Nice race, well disciplined group. Next time it'll be better to increase the time distance between the groups.”

6.4 Dangerous course Rhonda Jansen · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“Dangerous course - tight turns and road dividers hazardous hence accidents”

8.9 Great race Alex Wells · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organised and great fun. Maybe widen the course for next time”

10.0 Excellent event, well organised. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 22.02.2016
“Thanks for the feedback. at a cost of Dhs50 per entry, I don't think we can be any cheaper”

10.0 Fantastic event looking forward to the next one · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Well organised and great fun · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Course was too small to have groups overtaking each other. Needed to be more time between groups to avoid these dangerous situations.”

8.9 Great Laurie Mcwhan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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 ”

9.8 Cool Dupuis Ludovic · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 24.02.2016

“50 kms are too short. I think, 70/80 kms will be better. ”

8.2 Good activity and I enjoyed it. Alfredo Merene · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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.”

8.2 Weather was the Mark Thompson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.4 A good fast crit race Andrew McCombe · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you to all the marshals!!”

8.9 Very well organized as weather was bad. Excellent! Edric Nelson Cate · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Faster than I thought i could be Andrew Coleman · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 20.02.2016
“Thanks Andrew, We hope we delivered. Was a tough day in the office for all.”

9.5 Well done under difficult conditions · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well done to the organisers and volunteers. THANK YOU! hot tips: 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!!!”

8.2 Well organised. Timothy Mitchell · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 20.02.2016
“Thanks Timothy for your feedback. When you entered the finish area on passing back your chip you were given ' FREE' Al Ain water along with a bespoke finisher medal, there was plenty of water available. Had a look at the timing results, it shows split times, rank by age and rank by country of origin. Not sure what else we can do for a Dhs50 entry fee”

8.0 Ambulance /emergency service must be addressed. Ingrid Van De Kamp · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“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. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 20.02.2016
“Thanks Ingrid, There were signs in place directing you to parking and start line and these were also noted in the event guide with GPS co-ordinates. we appreciate your concerns for Del.”

7.5 - · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

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9.8 Execellent · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Overall i enjoy the event, i hope the next event i will ride again thank you to be part of your event.”

7.0 Good decision to delay start due to the weather Dawn McCarthy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“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 ...”

8.9 Good fun, good value, well organised William Hall · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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”

7.5 First time experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was little bit risky because of some local cyclist who doesn't care about their own safety and others as well”

8.9 Excellent event well organized great value Howard Hurrion · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 20.02.2016
“Howard, thanks for your comments. All riders times and placings are on premier timing. If a rider didn't complete the race distance then they were noted as DNF.”

9.1 Well organised and great fun Nick Smith · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“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. ”

9.1 Fantastic race · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great race today. Thank you to the organizers and marshals on the route.”

8.9 Good event, thanks to volunteers Glynn Sixsmith Hookings · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“ enjoyable event bit chaotic due to fog but overall well done ”

10.0 Great, really enjoyed it · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Well done, starting later for safety, great decisi Fernando Gomez · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 Great experience, very friendly environment Talat Al Shaban · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

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