The DP World Women’s Cycling Race, a spectacular Al-Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve event, left a trail of excitement and awe. With 300 dedicated female contestants competing in three distinct distances – 70 km, 40 km, and 15 km – the event celebrated strength, determination, and camaraderie.
The Organizers and Sponsors
The DP World Women’s Cycling Race was masterfully organized by the “Fit Group,” and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous sponsorship of DP World.
The Victorious Trio
Three outstanding athletes emerged as the victors of their respective categories in this high-stakes competition:
The 70 km Warriors
- Akvil Gedratiti: A German powerhouse, Akvil Gedratiti claimed the top spot in the 70 km open individual category (18 to 29 years old) with a remarkable time of 01:49:18 hours. But the victory was not without suspense, as her compatriot Olivia Ballicetti secured the 2nd place within a fraction of a second’s difference. The Australian Madison Black showcased incredible talent to secure the 3rd place in this intense race.
- Ghaya Al-Mahrazi: In the 70 km locals’ category, Ghaya Al-Mahrazi reigned supreme, clinching 1st place at 01:55:15 hours. Moza Al-Mansouri followed closely, securing the 2nd place within a fraction of a second’s difference, while Shaikha Al-Zaabi completed the podium with a time of 02:05:36 hours.
- Carmen Bosmans: The 70 km open individual category (30 to 49 years old) witnessed Carmen Bosmans, a German athlete, dominating the field with a winning time of 01:52:45 hours. The Filipino Angel Jadlock claimed the 2nd place within a fraction of a second’s difference, and the Danish Helle Bachoven Von Echt secured the 3rd place.
- Sarah Brown: For the 70 km open individual category (50 years old & above), British cyclist Sarah Brown displayed remarkable stamina and secured 1st place at 02:07:58 hours. The American Nettis Linton clinched the 2nd place with a time of 02:25:36 hours.
- Dubai Police: In the fiercely competitive 70 km team category, Dubai Police emerged as champions for the second successive year, followed by the AirRex Cycling Team in the 2nd place and the Al-Wathba Cycling Team in the 3rd place.
The 40 km Challengers
- Maria Babinina: In the 40 km open individual category (18 to 29 years old), Russian cyclist Maria Babinina demonstrated her prowess by securing 1st place at 01:04:24 hours. It was a closely contested race, as the Filipino Maria Cristina Danak and the British Hannah Roach finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, within fractions of a second’s difference.
- Farah Al-Marri: The 40 km locals’ category saw Farah Al-Marri claiming 1st place with a time of 01:06:58 hours. Hala Mohammed followed closely, securing the 2nd place within a fraction of a second’s difference, while Khawla Al-Muhairi completed the top three with a time of 01:06:59 hours.
- Ruba Helani: In the 40 km open individual category (30 to 49 years old), Syrian cyclist Ruba Helani displayed exceptional skills to gain 1st place at 01:06:43 hours. The Portuguese Tania Rodrigos secured the 2nd place within a fraction of a second’s difference, and the British Carly Martin took the 3rd place.
- Pamela Fox: The 40 km open individual category (50 years old & above) witnessed Chilean cyclist Pamela Fox emerging victorious with a time of 01:21:17 hours. The Filipino Dina Sarmiento secured 2nd place with a time of 01:34:39 hours, while the Filipino Leonella Rosal finished 3rd with a time of 01:36:40 hours.
- AirRex: In the 40 km team category, AirRex stood at the pinnacle with a time of 01:06:07 hours, followed by the Al-Wathba Cycling Team in the 2nd place with a time of 01:06:58 hours, and Spence Club securing the 3rd place with a time of 01:14:17 hours.
The 15 km Sprinters
- Mai Channing: The 15 km open individual youth category was conquered by British cyclist Mai Channing, who claimed 1st place with a remarkable time of 26:08 minutes. Filipino Angeline Claire secured 2nd place within 28:13 minutes, and Emirati Mira Al Falasi took 3rd place with a time of 30:06 minutes.
- Khawla Omar: In the 15 km open individual adults’ category, Emirati cyclist Khawla Omar showcased her skill and determination by securing 1st place with a time of 28:15 minutes. Filipino Rona Tangilon claimed the 2nd place within 28:57 minutes, while Serbian Sonja Arakovic secured the 3rd place with a time of 31:43 minutes.
- Al-Wathba Cycling Team: The 15 km team category saw Al-Wathba Cycling Team clinching the 1st place, followed by DP World in the 2nd place and Dubai Police in the 3rd place.
The DP World Women’s Cycling Race was a thrilling showcase of talent, endurance, and sportsmanship. With champions from various age groups and categories, the event celebrated the spirit of competition and unity among female cyclists. It’s a testament to these athletes’ dedication and passion for the cycling world, inspiring countless others to follow in their tire tracks.