After his trip across Italy sponsored by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) from Livigno (north of Italy) up to Agrigento (extreme south), Vittorio Brumotti amazes us again. Based on his previous touring experience, he decided to travel across the UAE: Not a race, but a lifetime experience, sponsored by Eicma (the Milan Motorcycle Shows) and Banca Intesa San Paolo.
Beside anticipating the path of the UAE Tour 2019 – the third race of the UCI World Tour, this trip aims to create and promote a naturalistic and cultural itinerary on two wheels, crossing the entire country from south to north. Brumotti will take his touring bike on a route throughout the country.
Vittorio Brumotti will start from Al Hudayriat Island (Abu Dhabi) on February 6th and will lead his tour from the west coast to the east. The trip is expected to end after seven days. The entire experience will be broadcasted by Dubai Sports TV and, on Brumotti’s social media channels; so anyone will be able to watch the seven stages of his journey.
Brumotti will ride on a gravel bike, an exclusive customized bicycle prepared just for this tour. The gravel bikes can be ridden almost anywhere. Adventure-ready features like disc brakes, additional clearance for wider tires, and comfortable geometry let these bikes adapt to everything from rugged terrain to winter exploration. These bikes are for the days when you’re not sure where the journey will take you, but need a bike that you know will get you there.
But together with the main bike, he will have a second bike in the support car with the same geometry but a different setup, used for his tricks. Cause – let’s not forget – he’s mainly a freestyle stunt biker “Ciao, salam aleykum” says Vittorio Brumotti in an interview before the start of the race. “I’m very happy to be here in UAE, my second home, to replicate the adventure I have done in Italy. I can’t wait to deeply explore all the hidden spots of the UAE”.
But who is Vittorio Brumotti? Born in Finale Ligure (Italy) and now living in Dubai (UAE), Brumotti is a renowned figure from an Italian television program and, above all, a bike trial champion who is also a very talented stunt rider.
When he’s not attending bike events, Vittorio Brumotti is engaged in his bike riding activities on either a trial bike or Freestyle Road bike to promote this spectacular sport in the world. He is also the incredible holder of 10 Guinness World Records. In October 2012, Brumotti climbed the Burj Khalifa (the tallest Dubai skyscraper in the world at 829.8 meters) on a bicycle in two hours and 20 minutes, climbing 3,700 steps.
Well done Vittorio! Keep on cycling. ■
UAE Tour 2019 race
The inaugural UAE Tour is the result of a merger between the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour, and it will continue to be a UCI World Tour race into 2019.The six day race will kick off on Monday, February 25 and finish in Dubai on Saturday, March 2. The Dubai Tour has always been an event populated predominantly by sprinters, and was won by Elia Viviani in 2018.
Comparatively, the Abu Dhabi Tour was more for the climbers, thanks to the pivotal climb of the 10.8 kilometre Jebel Hafeet. In 2018, it was Alejandro Valverde who scooped up the win.
Written by: Nico de Corato
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this article was published in OutdoorUAE printed magazine issue #93 February – March 2019
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