The Saudi Ministry of Sports revealed the organization of competitions for the third edition of the “Saudi Tour” cycling race, in Al-Ula Governorate, during the period from January 30 to February 3, in cooperation with the Saudi Cycling Federation, and under the umbrella of the UCI International Federation, and this comes as an extension of the hosting. The world embraced by Saudi Arabia.
211 competitors representing 16 teams from several countries around the world will participate in the third edition of the “Saudi Tour” race, as this edition will be held over a total distance of 851 km, passing through five stages, which will be as follows:
The first phase of it will start on January 30, 2023 AD, from Al-Ula International Airport “Khyber”, at a distance of 180.5 km.
The second stage starts from Winter Park to the rocks of Sijilat Waterfall, for a distance of 184 km.
– The third stage extends from the Mansheya train to Abu Raka, and its length is 159.2 km.
The fourth stage starts from Maraya Theater to Harrat Awerid, with a distance of 163.4 km.
The fifth stage concludes from the old town of Al-Ula to Maraya Theatre, with a length of 142.9 km.
7 international teams
Seven international teams licensed by the UCI WorldTeams are competing in the “Tour of Saudi Arabia”, namely: Team Astana Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan), Team Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain), Team Cofidis (France), Team Movistar (Spain), Team Jaico Al-Ula ( Australia), Team DSM (Netherlands), Team Emirates (UAE), and 6 UCI ProTeams: Team Banjul WP (Belgium), Team Euskaltel-Euskade (Spain), Team Human Powered Health (USA), Team Q36.5 Professional (Switzerland), Team UNO-X Professional (Norway), Team Koratek (Italy), in addition to 3 teams invited to participate: The Saudi Cycling Federation Team (Saudi Arabia). ), Team Telengano Polygon (Malaysia), and Team JCL Ukyo (Japan).
Quality of life programme
It is noteworthy that the “Saudi Tour” cycling race is one of the initiatives of the Quality of Life Program, which aims to strengthen national efforts to improve and raise the quality of life in the Kingdom, increase the proportion of sports practice in society, and ensure the provision of an integrated sports and cultural experience for the participants in the races, reflecting development in the Kingdom.