UAE TOUR breaks new ground

 UAE TOUR breaks new ground

The UAE Tour is set to make cycling history this year, as 20 teams of the world’s top female cyclists descend on the Middle East for the first ever Women’s WorldTour race in the region.

Marking an important step for international cycling and women’s sport as a whole, the introduction of the event into the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar showcases cycling’s growth in popularity, offering local cycling fans greater opportunities to experience world-class racing in the region. The route for the Women’s tour will see riders take on the UAE’s unique and varied terrain and pass significant landmarks. The full routes will be announced in January 2023. 

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and taking place from 9-12 February, the UCI Women’s WorldTour race will run ahead of the 5th edition of the men’s WorldTour race, the UAE Tour, taking place from 20-26 February. 

The UAE has rapidly become a hub for cycling, having successfully hosted many professional races in the form of the Dubai Tour, Abu Dhabi Tour and UAE Tour. With support for, and investment in, women’s professional cycling growing exponentially across the globe, the addition of the UAE Women’s Tour is another huge success for the region. Following a boom in interest in cycling in the Emirates and the introduction of the women’s team, UAE Team ADQ, in 2022, this latest announcement showcases an exciting step in the country’s development in cycling, and the efforts being made to promote professional women’s cycling across the region.