Hatta In Spotlight As HERO Dubai Returns For Season 2 With Star-studded Line-up
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Wed 27th October 2021 | 09:45 PM
DUBAI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 27th Oct, 2021) The hills of Hatta will be buzzing on Friday morning as the biggest stars of the international mountain bike scene compete at the Hatta MTB Trail Centre for glory in the second HERO Dubai Hatta.
Dubai Sports Council’s HERO Dubai Hatta is part of the HERO Series and the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) mountain bike race in the Arabian Peninsula. This year, it has attracted cyclists from more than 40 countries, including the sport’s top champions.
One of five international cycling competitions hosted by Dubai annually, the HERO Dubai Hatta further boosts Dubai’s rising profile as a venue for international cycling and mountain bike races. The race, billed as the "Desert Fascination", also supports the government’s strategic plans to develop Hatta and enhance its appeal as a world-class tourist and sports destination. Dubai Sports Council is keen to organise international events in Hatta.
"Hosting HERO Dubai Hatta is aligned with the Hatta development plans of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who recently approved new projects to support development in Hatta and enhance its position as one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the country and internationally," said Khalid Al Awar, Director of Dubai Sports Council’s Sports Events Department.
"It is also aligned with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, to transform Dubai into a bicycle-friendly city and strengthen its position as the world’s most preferred venue for international sporting events."
The starting line will boast some of the most important international mountain biking scene figures, including current world champions, Ramona Forchini and Leonardo Paez. This is Forchini’s first opportunity to cut her teeth on the routes of one of the HERO Series stages. Paez, on the other hand, knows the HERO like the back of his hand. He has won the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites a good six times and was also crowned winner at the HERO Dubai Hatta’s first edition in 2020.
Many other elite athletes have also confirmed their presence. The women’s race will see Forchini race against Ariane Lüthi, the current UCI Marathon world ranking leader, and Lithuanian Katazina Sosna, winner of the 2021 BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites who finished second in Hatta in 2020.
Among the men, Martin Stosek from the Czech Republic, the UCI Marathon world ranking leader and a bronze medallist at last year’s UCI MTB Marathon World Championship, is certainly one to watch alongside his compatriot Kristian Hynek, who finished second at the 2019 World Championships.
The 60km race will be flagged off at 7:00 on 29th October, while those taking part in the 18km race will be at the starting line at 7:20. The award ceremony will take place at 9:30, with the top three men and women in the following categories being awarded: Elite (60 km), Club or Federation members (60km and 18km), Amateurs/non members (60km and 18km).