MTB Race Photos Australia

I’ve had a lot of fun racing bikes in Australia the past few years. Some great riding and cool events and some truly greats mates made through it.

One thing that is really well done is the race photos, event organisers elsewhere could learn a thing or 2 from how its done.

Photos are free to competitors, they are paid for by the sponsors. I think the sponsors get a great deal from this, just have a scan down these images, they are all plastered with logos and this is how they have been shared on social media. Isnt that a great association for a brand, people out there doing it and having loads of fun then sharing with their riding mates is a very connected way, perfect!

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Event- 10th May 2012 UAE Adventure Racing and Adventure HQ Desert Adventure Hike or Run

Kevin West is putting together what sounds like a fantastic and inovative adventure race

Click on the image to go to the Premiere Marathons Event Page

Information taken from the UAE Adventure Racing Facebook Page

Event Overview:  18km (4 checkpoints) or 37km (6 checkpoints) over red dunes on 3/4 moonlit night. Start between 7 and 9pm. Teams of 2 (experienced) or 3.

Social-so just come and camp.

Mandatory Equipment list
1. GPS per team (Running GPS okay)
2. Camelpac/backpack/per person
3. Headtorch per person
4. Mobile per team
5. Energy food and hydration per person
6. 1st Aid Kit per team
7. Whistle per team

Start Times:  07:00 am Cut Off Time:  08:00 am Start

Location:  Nazwa off Dubai/Hatta Road (approx 60 min from most locations in Dubai.

Finish Location:  Same as start location Course

Highlights: Red Dunes, Moonlight, Manned Checkpoints, Challenging though attainable course.

Support Stations: Each Checkpoint will have water, other drinks.

Timing: Manual Timing Registration Fee Includes:

Event T Shirt – available in Med or Large only.

Adventure HQ discounts on equipment on Event’s Equipment List GPS and course overview sessions at Adventure HQ from 7:30pm on May 1st and May 8th.

Registration Fee

Refund Policy: None, but you can transfer the registration – up to 24 hours before event starts. Please contact the event director for this.

Race Pack Collection: From Adventure HQ between May 1st and May 9th. Please try to combine this with the information sessions on May 1st or May 8th at 7:30pm if at all possible.

Outdoor UAE Beach Party – Special deal for this blogs readers

Outdoor UAE is organising a beach party at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa. There are heaps of activities to ‘have a go’ at and then a party into the night. For readers of this blog there is a deal. Advance tickets are 100aed, on the door its 120aed, for you reading this its 75aed!!! Check out the details below.

Get ready to enjoy the last days of the spring sun as one of the best outdoor events this year comes your way with the Outdoor UAE Beach Festival, taking place at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa – Joumana Club on Friday March 30th from 1pm until Midnight.

Enjoy a great day out with friends and family on the beach with tons of free-to-do activities offered including: wall climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, long boarding, beach football, volleyball, skim boarding, fitness pursuits, slack lining, and much more.

The fun won’t stop there; as the evening settles we will be bringing in summer beats and partying towards the midnight hour with our live DJ’s: Daniel Vitellaro and Cheriana, who will perform during the event. Amongst all that, there have even been rumors about some fire performers!

Worried about getting there? We’ve got you covered! FREE Bus rides are prepared to ferry you and your group from the Mall of the Emirates to the venue and vice versa to ensure that you won’t miss out on partying with us!

Tickets cost 100 AED and kids under 10 can go in for half the price. Tickets can be purchased on http://www.boxofficeme.com. Other venues you can buy tickets at are: Adventure HQ, Go Sport The Dubai Mall, Go Sport MOE, IBN Battuta, Du Plays Office, Leisure Marine (Beach St. JBR Walk)

Tickets that will be available at the door of the venue will be priced at 120 AED. Valid ID’s are required on the door.

Our main sponsors for this event are Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and Adventure HQ. Other sponsors include Julbo, Al Yousuf Motors and Wadi Adventure who will offer some of the free activities and loads of prizes.

For more details and other questions about the event, visit our website at http://www.outdooruae.com or contact us at 04-4472-030. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook to get updates about the party.

For the ‘special price‘ of 75aed contact 04-4472-030during office hours and say you’ve read my blog.

The 2012 Hot 6 Mountain Bike Endurance Event – Friday 23rd March 2012

Organised by the Hot Cog MTB Club this 6 hr endurance event promises to be something special

Click the image to download the pdf flyer

 The event will take place on a specially laid out course at Showka. Each lap will be around 10km and participants can compete either as solo riders or as teams of 2. The aim will be to cover the most laps during the 6 hrs.

Showka is now the premiere destination in the UAE for mountain bikers with it’s fantastic flowing singletrack and rocky technical test pieces.

The course will take in some new bits and some old favourites.

Click the image to download a kml (google earth) file of the route

The aim of the event is to have fun in which ever way floats your boat. If your a racing snake and out to win then great bring it on against some of the best in the region. If your more keen to just challenge yourself or even really along just to hang out and chat then thats just as great too.

The mountain bike community will be there, we’ve got great support from the trade side of things with retailers Adventure HQ, Ride Bike Shops, Micahs Bike Shop and Wolfi’s Bike shop all having a presence along with clothing brands Endura and Buff  also supporting the event.

The event is free, all we ask is you ensure your properly prepared with plenty of water and food along with a bike properly kitted out for an endurance event on ‘proper’ mountain bike trails (see pdf flyer for our suggestions on this) as well as bringing plenty of mountain biking Joie de vivre.

We’ll be camping out the night before to prepare for the event and also enjoying refreshment and socialising afterwards so please join us.

We still need some marshalls, time keepers and helpers for the event, please contact us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/hotcogmtb/ if you can or know someone who can help out.

Its gonna be great 😀

Thursday 15th March 2012 – Arabian Outdoor Social Evening

Please come and join us and the outdoor community for a social evening organised by Simon Cahill of Arabia Outdoors. Mike Nott is speaking about his extensive 4×4 adventures in the region and launching his new advanced offroading book. I’ll be warming up for him talking about my Musendam Circumnavigation Adventure that was, I believe, the first complete Khasab to Khasab circuit including the portage over the isthmus. It didnt go entirely to plan, 4 of us started and I ended up doing the journey solo due to a mild issue with deportation. Come along to the evening and I’ll tell you the whole story along with giving a guide to kayaking in this world class paddling destination.

click on the image to download the pdf

 

 

Several New Bike Shops Opening in the UAE

The cranks are very much turning at the moment in the regions cycle retail industry. To my knowledge there are at least 4 significant new stores due to open in the next couple of months. I’ll go through them in the order I think they will open:

I think first will be Micah’s Bike Shop in the area of Al Quoz, Dubai, behind the Oasis Centre. The store is already fitted out and products are on the shelf. Not only do these guys seem to be the undisputed “Kings Of Bling” (check out the range of anodized bling products in glass cabinets) they are also the first store, to the best of my knowledge, specializing in mountain biking. The store is born from a collective from inside the local mountain biking community itself and brands include Ellesworth, Intense, Loaded and Fox. They have a spacious workshop, proven mechanical expertise, free coffee and a very social outlook. Contact them on micahsbikeshop@gmail.com or via their facebook page

Next I think it will be Revolution Cycles based out at Motor City, Dubai. A project set up by Stewart Howison of Cycle Safe Dubai fame, this store will also have a strong community base in the road scene. I don’t know yet what they’ll have in store for the mountain bikers. Stewart is a committed cyclist’s cyclist so there will be no shortage of specialist knowledge and expertise. The best way to follow this project is to ‘like’ their facebook page HERE.

Following hot on the heels of these 2 ‘independent’ are 2 from the big guns of Go Sport and Ride.

I think Go Sport will be first and this is hot news for Adu Dhabi based cyclists. Opening in the brand new Bawabat Al Sharq Mall. Ranging is likely to be similar to the Dubai Mall Go Sports with its pretty even mix of road, mountain and recreational bikes and accessories. Mid to late March 2012 is the expected opening date but I’m afraid I haven’t got any store specific contact details for you at this point in time.

Ride’s new store is likely to be last but by absolutely no means least as it is being touted as what will be the largest bike store in the GCC! This will see a big change in strategy for the Ride Bike stores as they move out of relatively small mall based stores and into some space on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. This will give them room to display their extensive brand line up including Giant, Santa Cruz, Top Peak and Mavic as well as decent workshop space to. All they need is a decent clothing brand to go with their Buff offering and it will be a very complete range 😉 . Ride are very active on facebook making this the best way to keep up to date with their offering and their group can be found HERE.

So times they certainly are changing in the regions very active cycle scene. To my mind its all very very +ve and exciting.

Hopefully catch at a trail head or in a bunch soon

Ian

15th March – A date for your UAE outdoor diaries

On the 15th of March Arabia outdoors are holding “An Evening of Entertainment for Outdoor Enthusiasts”. Mike Nott and myself will be speaking.

Previous social events Simon has organised have gathered together a great group of people and this evening should be no different.

Mike Nott is a regional 4×4 authority, is the author of a soon to be published Outdoor UAE Advanced Offroad Guide and has had many adventures in the region and elsewhere. He’s a great guy Mike and his stories could lead you into some great off road adventures while his advice is likely to help you come through them in one piece.

I’ll be telling the story of our mildly epic initial attempt at circumnavigating the Musendam Penninsular including its untimely end along with the successful solo mission I completed immediataly afterwards. It is a fantastic world class sea paddlers destination and as well as telling the story I hope to provide racks of information on paddling in the area along with some top tips and handy hints.

Please help us provide a successful evening by sharing this post via facebook, twitter and other social media as well as doing the analogue version of sharing information by printing off the flyer below (click on the image) and sticking it on notice boards as well as telling your mates too.

click the image to download the pdf flyer

Tickets are available from myself or contact Simon by email on simon.cahill@arabiaoutdoors.com or by phone at 055 9556209

Results for Wadi Bih Adventure Race are up

The results for the Inaugral Wadi Bih Adventure Race are up on the Premier Marathons website.

The various links are:

  1. the event page on the Premier Marathons site- http://www.premiermarathons.com/event/Mountain_Bike_Run_2011
  2. direct link to the pdf file with the Adventure Race Team results- http://www.premiermarathons.com/action/download.php?t=event&e=481&id=70
  3. direct link to the pdf file with the Mountain Bike individual results- http://www.premiermarathons.com/action/download.php?t=event&e=481&id=71

Have a look here for my experience of the event- https://ianganderton.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/inaugral-wadi-bih-adventure-race-2011/

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