Cycle the Eastern Emirates

UAE | 1st - 3rd December 2021

Cycling on mountain bikes for 3 days on and off-road through the Eastern Emirates of the UAE. Bike hire can be arranged if required.

Total distance covered 150km.

What better way to experience all that the UAE has to offer than cycling through the Eastern Emirates in all varying terrain. Take part in this unique challenge over the National Day celebration and help us fundraise for children around the world. Bike rental excluded in cost.

FUNDRAISING: This charity challenge is empowering you to cycle through the Emirates while helping to fundraise to support children in need.

FITNESS LEVEL: 
This is a demanding test of fitness and determination and requires experience riding a bike off-road in varying terrain for up to 5-7 hours per day. It is achievable by anyone in good health. Walking your bike is allowed! Support vehicles with us along the route at all times.

TRAINING:
We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge. Registering for this challenge grants you 1 year membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT training programme and fitness community. Click here to read more about soulFIT.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge and adventure experience of a lifetime!
  • soulFIT training membership
  • Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good fitness & training activities, mountain biking and hikes in UAE mountains
  • 3 meals a day - can cater for different dietary requirements
  • All water
  • Tents, sleeping mat & camping equipment provided
  • Support vehicles front and back
  • Bike mechanic on hand to help
  • Qualified guides 24/7
  • Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing & get-togethers
  • Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical & equipment advice
  • Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical & vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

BENEFITS OF TEAM REGISTRATION:
Work together to fundraise your goal
Your team’s name/logo will be prominently displayed on our site and challenge materials including the challenge banner

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

Day1

Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Hatta Wadi Hub to Fujairah Adventure Park (45 km): cycling over 5.5 hours

Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah

We will meet at Hatta Wadi Hub at the start of our Challenge at 7am where we will begin our briefing and get acquainted with our guides, leaders and bikes. Those that do not have any bikes can hire from Wolfi's Bike Shop, Global Climbing or Cycle Hub with advance notice to ensure bikes are available. Please let us know if you are not able to hire a bike.

We can test try the Hatta Wadi Hub trails in the morning before we cycle 45 km (approximately 3.5 hours) on quiet roads past Munay and Owhala.

We then continue on along the corniche towards Fujairah Adventure Centre where we will have set up tents with mats (30km, 1.5-2hrs).

Day 1: Total Distance 45km (5-7hrs Cycling)

Dinner and overnight at Fujairah Adventure Centre in Tents

Accommodation – Single occupancy in tents provided for social distancing purposes. Please bring your own sleeping bag & pillow.

Day2

Thursday 2nd December 2021: Fujairah Adventure Park to Shawka Dam

Fujairah Adventure Centre to Shawkah 45km: 6-7 hours

Cycling 45/75km km over 6-9 hours depending on optional additional kms for those with the energy!

At Fujairah Adventure Centre we will ride the pump track and start cycling the 45 km (approximately 6 hours) to Shawka Dam in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (known fondly as RAK).

The route crosses the main road then follows mountain tracks towards Al Farfar. There are 2 steep, bumpy trails in the early part of the ride, the highest reaching around 460m above sea level.

Stopping for a packed lunch on route we will enjoy great views across the mountains and over many small farms. We work our way down on mainly wide tracks to Esfai and onto our camp near Shawka Dam.

Day 2: Total Distance 45km

Dinner and overnight at Camp near Shawka Dam in tents

Accommodation – Single occupancy in tents provided for social distancing purposes. Please bring your own sleeping bag & pillow.

Day3

Friday 3rd December 2021: Shawka to Hatta: cycling 60 km over 6- 7 hours

Emirates: Sharjah, Dubai

After breakfast at camp we start our 60 km cycle on a mainly flat tarmac road for 24km along Sharjah Kalba Road where we detour off at Wadi Al Qor. From there we turn off into the wadi and follow Wadi Al Qor on a dusty and gravelly offroad trail towards Huwaylat. We will have a chance to visit Al Qor Dam along the way for some breathtaking scenery. From here we follow mainly quiet roads to the back of Hatta Fort Hotel and make our way home towards Hatta Wadi Hub where we finish our Challenge.

Notes: This itinerary may change due to changes outside our control. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary, but cannot be held responsible for last changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the group leader will have the final say.

To be confirmed nearer the time

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