The inaugural BeWell Cycle Tour UAE, the latest initiative from Wyndham Hotel Group saw over 400 cyclists taking part and all gathering at the Hamdan Sports Complex for the post ride BeWell Festival as they celebrated their achievements with friends and family.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities from across the UAE set off from Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman and within Dubai and finished at the Hamdan Sports Complex, where each group crossed the finish line to a roaring crowd of supporters.
Many experienced cyclists took to the roads to complete 137km and 121km rides leaving from Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah with support cars provided by Al Nabooda Automobiles.
Participants taking part in the Abu Dhabi route were also joined by one of the UAE’s professional cycling teams, Sky Dive Dubai.
Mr Mansoor Buosaiba from Skydive Dubai Cycling Team said:“Initiatives like this really helps raise how important it is to be fit and healthy and also raise awareness of cycling as a fun and active sport. We are proud to have taken part in the first BeWell Cycle Tour UAE.”
Taking part in the 68km Ajman to Dubai ride was BeWell Cycle Tour Ambassador Mary Espiritu: “Since starting the BeWell Cycle Tour Ambassador programme I have managed to lose six kilos as I trained for the Ajman to Dubai ride. I would never have thought I could complete this but now I have. I would like to thank the organisers of the BeWell Cycle Tour UAE as well as Fitness First, Mediclinic, my family and friends for giving me the support I need to make this change in my life. I am going to use the next year to improve my cycling and hopefully take on a cycle challenge next year!”
This unique event also gave families and those with limited cycling experience the chance to pedal their way around traffic free 20km Dubai route around the Hamdan Sports Complex.
Michael Zager, Regional VP Middle East & Africa of the Wyndham Hotel Group who took part in the 68km Ajman route said:“It’s fantastic to see this great initiative come alive with hundreds of cyclists coming together and taking part in the very first BeWell Cycle Tour UAE. I am happy to see everyone celebrate how important it is to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.
We would like to thank all of the riders, supporting Ramada Hotels, volunteers, sponsors and the RTA that made the 2016 BeWell Cycle Tour UAE possible and such a success.”
As part of the BeWell Cycle Tour UAE participants their friends and family were able to enjoy the delights of the BeWell Cycle Tour Festival which included delicious healthy food from a number of food vendors, free fitness activities including Aikido Lessons from the Dubai Karate Centre, Zumba by Fitness First Middle East and Yoga Tune Up® by Emilie Mikulla as well as free medical check up’s by Mediclinic. Children were also able to learn about preparing health food and enjoy activities such as face painting and bouncy castles.
The BeWell Cycle Tour is proudly sponsored by A.A. Al Moosa, Al Nabooda Automobiles, The First Group, Fitness First Middle East and Mediclinic Middle East.
In addition, Wyndham Hotel Group is partnering with Al Jalila Foundation, a Dubai-based healthcare philanthropic organisation, so that guests at participating Wyndham Hotel Group Properties, (Wyndham,Ramada, Howard Johnson, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham and Tryp by Wyndham) can make donations to the Foundation’s obesity research fund.
For more information on the BeWell Cycle Tour UAE please visit www.bewell-tour.com