The Dubai Sports Council has announced that the second edition of the HERO Dubai Hatta will take place on October 29 at the Hatta MTB Trail Center with the participation of cyclists from more than 40 countries, including the biggest stars in the sport.
Supported by the Dubai Sports Council, HERO Dubai Hatta is part of the HERO series and the only UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) mountain bike race in the Arabian Peninsula, and details of the 2021 event were revealed during the Wednesday press conference at the Dubai Sports Council, in the presence of Khalid Al Awar, director of the sports events department of the Dubai Sports Council, and Gerhard Vanzi, CEO of HERO World Series.
The organization of the world race further strengthens the growing profile of Dubai and Hatta as a venue for international cycling and mountain biking races. The race also supports Hatta’s overall plan to develop and strengthen its appeal as a world-class tourist and sporting destination. The Dubai Sports Council is keen to organize international events in Hatta to raise awareness of the region’s natural beauty, biodiversity and scenic mountain environment, as well as to encourage a culture of sport.
Speaking at the press conference, Khalid Al Awar said, “We are delighted to host the HERO World Series in Dubai for the second edition of HERO Dubai Hatta. The race is billed as the “fascination of the desert” and for good reason, as Dubai is a truly magical and fascinating place, and the idyllic Hatta brings its own charm to a sparkling and awe-inspiring ultra-modern megalopolis.
“HERO Dubai Hatta hosting is in line with Hatta’s development plans of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, who recently approved six new projects aimed at to support development in Hatta and strengthen its position as one of the most important tourist attractions in the country and internationally.
“It is also aligned with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Council dubai sports. , to transform Dubai into a cycling city and strengthen its position as the world’s favorite location for international sporting events.
“Hatta, with its difficult terrain and exciting mountain biking trail, has become one of the top mountain biking destinations in the region and around the world, and it hosts a number of local and international cycling events throughout. the year.
“Cycling, both recreational and athletic, is gaining in numbers here in the United Arab Emirates and we can see it in an ever increasing number of participants and events. We have five international cycling events in Dubai every year and we have over 30 local cycling events every year, and I have no doubts that we will see these numbers increase in the coming period as we work alongside our local partners. and international to promote the many benefits of cycling.
A high-octane sporting event, HERO Dubai Hatta offers participants the opportunity to compete in an exclusive venue, immersed in the unique atmosphere of the desert. The two running courses will meander between sand dunes and rocky tracks. The “long” course has 60 km and a positive elevation of 1,600 m, while the shorter course of 30 km offers a positive elevation of 800 m.
The start line for HERO Dubai Hatta 2021 will feature some of the most important figures of the international mountain biking scene, including current world champions Ramona Forchini and Leonardo Paez. It is the first time that Forchini cut his teeth on the courses of one of the stages of the HERO series. Paez, on the other hand, knows the HERO like the back of his hand; he has won the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites six good times and was also crowned winner of the first edition of the HERO Dubai Hatta in 2020.
Many other elite athletes have also confirmed their presence at the HERO Dubai Hatta 2021. The women’s race will see Forchini take on Ariane Lüthi, the current leader of the UCI Marathon world ranking. Expectations will also be high from Lithuanian Katazina Sosna. After winning the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2021, she will be aiming for first place in Hatta after missing a hair in 2020 and finishing second.
On the men’s side, fans will see Martin Stosek of the Czech Republic in action; he is the current leader of the UCI Marathon World Ranking and bronze medalist at last year’s UCI MTB Marathon World Championship. His compatriot Kristian Hynek, who placed second at the 2019 World Championships, will also race in Hatta and will be among the spectators.
Fans will also keep an eye out for German Andreas Seewald, who is the leader of the 2021 UCI MTB Marathon Series and the winner of the 2021 BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. Switzerland’s Urs Huber, winner of the 2021 Andalucía Bike Race, will also be at the start.
Gerhard Vanzi said: “The reigning world champions Ramona Forchini and Leonardo Paez will honor us with their presence at this highly anticipated event. They are two exceptional athletes and will give us an unforgettable spectacle, not least because they will have to face many other exceptional world athletes. “
HERO Dubai Hatta Title Sponsor: Dubai Holding
As part of its commitment to the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2021, this year’s title sponsor of HERO Dubai Hatta is Dubai Holding, a diverse global investment firm with a strong footprint in the well-being and well-being of the community. Dubai Holding has played a key role in developing Hatta’s tourism and investment potential, showcasing the beautiful mountain destination and its dynamic offering to the world as a premier regional destination for ecotourism, integrating hospitality and retail to provide a diverse leisure experience through Hatta Wadi Hub and Hatta Resorts among many other initiatives and projects across Hatta.
The HERO Dubai Hatta and 2020 EXPO – fly Emirates
Choose an Emirates flight when traveling to Dubai to explore its beautiful desert and to visit EXPO 2020. The airline will offer a daily EXPO 2020 pass to each person included in a reservation for any of the airline’s routes between the 1st October 2021 and March 31, 2022. For more information, visit www.emirates.com.
The HERO Dubai Hatta program
Registered athletes can make the most of October 27-28 by participating in training sessions at the Hatta MTB Trail Center. This will be an opportunity for them to familiarize themselves with the routes. The HERO Dubai Hatta 60km race will start at 9:00 am on October 29, while participants in the 30km race will be at the start line at 9:30 am. The awards ceremony to crown the winners will take place at 3 p.m.
Heroes of the future
The HERO Dubai Hatta Kids will take place on Friday, October 29 on a dedicated course inside the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Center. Open to children from 4 to 14 years old, the kids event will be an opportunity for children to compete alongside the greats of sport.
For more information on HERO Dubai Hatta: www.heroworldseries.com