“Recognising the growing number of cyclists in the UAE, we are pleased to announce the return of RAKBANK Ride to our home emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. RAKBANK Ride aims to promote the sport of cycling, a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as to showcase the most mountainous landscapes in the emirate. We at RAKBANK believe in the value of getting office employees away from their desks for team bonding exercises as a healthy body leads to a healthy mind,” Peter England, RAKBANK CEO, said.
The cycling event, which first took place in 2015 and attracted over 500 participants, will be a major event on the UAE cycling calendar and will take place over a 85 km course. The ride start and finish will be in Al Marjan Island, one of the key tourism development zones in Ras Al Khaimah. A 30 km course and a 10 km “fun ride” course will also be available for less experienced cyclists. The RAKBANK Ride will further place the spotlight on Ras Al Khaimah, which has several challenging routes for cyclists and has earned a reputation as a growing destination with the UAE and beyond for cycling and sports activities in general.
The event is being overseen by Big Wheel Marketing, and Founder / CEO Steven Rice said “Ras Al Khaimah’s natural assets make it a perfect location for a wide range of sports, and none more so than cycling. Being home to Jebel Jais, which is the highest mountain in the UAE, and with a steady increase in the awareness of the emirate, we are now seeing regular groups of cyclists coming to Ras Al Khaimah from locations all over UAE and the wider GCC countries, who enjoy the challenging yet uniquely beautiful cycling routes available. We are confident that the RAKBANK Ride will be a successful event and will remain a fixture on the cycling calendar for many years to come”.
The RAKBANK Ride partners include Hopasports, who provide the online event registration page at https://www.hopasports.com/event/rakbank-ride-2018, on-the-ground organisation and logistics services partner Revolution Cycles, and Promoseven Sports Marketing. The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Marjan Island, is the partner hotel for the event and has provided a selection of special accommodation offers for race entrants. The RAKBANK Ride is approved by the UAE Cycling Federation and will be supported by the RAK Police.