The Al Raha group has two rides each weekend – one on Friday starting at 0530, one on Saturday starting at 0730. Both start at the roundabout at the Al Raha International School on Khalifa City A.
The Friday ride goes around Yas Island and then out to the ADNOC at Shahama – about 40/45 km. The average speed will be up to 32 kph. After the ADNOC break, the group will do a big loop to the south of the motorway, returning to the Mugg and Bean at Etihad Plaza via Al Reef and Yas Island – making the total ride around 110 km. The average pace for the return will be up to around 35 kph and some of the sections will be covered at around 45 kph – i.e. quite fast. If there are riders who cannot maintain that pace (no shame in that!) or do that distance then a second group will be formed at the ADNOC and that group will return at around 30/32 kph and return via the airport giving a total distance of 95 km.
The Saturday ride is done mainly on Yas Island with an average pace of 30/31 kph and a shorter distance of around 50 km.
Rides traditionally end at the Mugg and Bean at Etihad Plaza.
For further details please contact Kev Duell on 056 1087563.
Newbies Ride – First Friday of every month
If you’re unsure about joining the group ride then come along on the first Friday to check it out.
The group will start with the main bunch from Spinneys Khalidiya at 0530 and then ride depending on speed and ability, ensuring new riders don’t get dropped or lost. And there’ll be some tips on group riding, signals and other essential info.
Notice is not compulsory but it would help to let Nick Jackson know you are coming so he can touch base at the start. Nick is on +971 50 667 1936 or firstname.lastname@example.org (after 5pm Thursday use the mobile number). Or check the Forum and leave a message there.
Once you’ve been on a ride we hope you’ll come back for more. If you aren’t quite ready to keep up with the main group then ask around, use the forum, and find a group that can ride at a similar pace and distance. There are enough people on the Friday rides now for multiple groups and abilities.