The Coast To Coast challenge
One of the UAE’s toughest cycle events returns
What’s the farthest you’ve ever travelled on a bike? 50km? 100km? If that’s not far enough for you, then you’ll want to sign up for one of the UAE’s toughest events – the Urban-Ultra Coast To Coast Cycling Challenge, a 206km ride from Sharjah to Fujairah.
Taking place on November 17, the Coast To Coast crosses the country via the E102, and heads for the hills of Hatta before finishing with a 60km segment along the Eastern coastline towards Fujairah. Included in the Dhs550 entry fee are support cars and feed stations along the route, a barbecue at the finish line to help you refuel, and a specially branded cycling jersey to show off your achievement.
The Coast To Coast was started back in 2005 by Wolfgang Hohmann, owner of Wolfi’s bike shop in Dubai. “For most riders that distance is quite a challenge, and crossing from one ocean to the other side makes it special,” says Hohmann, who’s ridden the route more than 20 times. “Make sure you train for it. Get a good sleep the night before. Get enough food, and start eating and drinking early, before and during the ride. Be as self-sufficient as possible. Get your nutrition sorted.” November 17