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Get ready for the season opener in Dubai!

The UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup strikes down in downtown Dubai next week. City Walk by Meraas will be an action packed stop on Friday, March 6th. The design-inspired neighbourhood in the heart of Dubai will see some of the world’s best mountain bike riders gather for the inaugural edition of the 2020 season. The city of the Middle East has staged several cycling major events but finally welcomes a UCI-sanctioned Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE) race of the highest level.

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The UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup strikes down in downtown Dubai next week. City Walk by Meraas will be an action packed stop on Friday, March 6th. The design-inspired neighbourhood in the heart of Dubai will see some of the world’s best mountain bike riders gather for the inaugural edition of the 2020 season. The city of the Middle East has staged several cycling major events but finally welcomes a UCI-sanctioned Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE) race of the highest level. 

Defending UCI World Champion Titouan Perrin-Ganier (France) and Sweden’s Ella Holmegard claimed glory in the official pre-event, which was held last December as preparation for the opening leg of the 2020 UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup. The three-time UCI rainbow jersey holder is still on the hunt for his first UCI World Cup. Can he claim his first UCI World Cup victory on Friday, March 6th in Dubai?

Last year’s overall title went to Italian rider Gaia Tormena and French rider Hugo Briatta, who respectively won the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in the female and male categories, will be present in Dubai. Will we see them strike again in the opening round?

Catch all the action live in Dubai from 4.30 PM (GMT+4) / (1.30 PM CET) next Friday, March 6th!

Action packed season opener

Khalid Al Awar, Director Sports Events Department, Dubai Sports Council said:

“We are honoured to stage the season opener of the seven-round 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup here in Dubai for the first time, around one of the city’s trendiest district, the City Walk. The City Walk, of course, should be a familiar spot for cycling enthusiasts because it was the finish line for the Dubai Tour a few times and last week, it witnessed a thrilling finish to the fourth stage of the 2020 UAE Tour. Dubai is known around the globe for hosting top sports events around the year, and it is fast emerging as one of the top destinations for international cycling competitions.

The UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup is one of four UCI events that Dubai hosts, and that is evidence of the Emirate’s reputation among UCI officials and international cyclists.

We will be welcoming some of the sport’s biggest names for this UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup season opener and I am sure the visiting cyclists, officials and fans are as excited as us to be kicking of the season here in Dubai.”

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