If you’re a regular at TrainYas, then you might be starting to think that cycling around the 5.5km track at Yas Marina Circuit is a bit of a doddle.
By now you’ve probably completed more laps of the iconic track more times than you care to imagine, and you’re perhaps feeling ready for a different kind of challenge.
If that sounds like you, or if you’re just generally always up for a new type of fitness test, then you need to read on because there’s an event coming up perfect for you.
The Ramadan Cycle Race is returning to Yas Island on May 12, and it’s not exactly a gentle trundle around on a bike.
This knockout-style race is serious business. Participants are given a certain amount of time in which to complete each lap of the circuit, and with every loop around the iconic track, the time gets shorter and shorter. If you end up finishing outside of the allotted time, then you’re eliminated from the competition. Game over. We know, it sounds pretty tough.
The race is made up of eight laps, but the time trial rules only count for the first six. If you’re still in the race after that, then the last two laps are ‘free’, meaning it’s a pure sprint to the finish.
Throughout the event, cars will also be circling the track to help you to set your pace. So you know if you finish more than 30 seconds after the car in front of you, then it’s pretty much game over.
We think the race sounds like a great way of seeing what you can achieve when you really push yourself, not to mention it’ll be a great way to keep fitness levels up during Ramadan (when we can all get a little gym-phobic).
Racing under the bright lights of Yas Marina Circuit is also bound to get your adrenaline pumping and give you an unreal kind of buzz.
As well as the Ramadan Cycle Race, TrainYas is still running as normal from 6pm to 8pm, so you can even use that as your warm-up before the race gets underway at 9pm.
You’ll also need to check in and get your bib, bike plate and timing chip before 8.30pm.
Entry for the knockout sprint costs Dhs55 per person, and there will also be awards for different age group categories.
So why not give it a go? Even if you don’t make it through to the final laps, it’s still going to be an amazing experience.
Dhs55. May 12, from 9pm (TrainYas 6pm-8pm). Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, www.adsc.ae.