Record entries for 2nd edition of RAM League
26 Oct 2017 - 0:00
By Rizwan Rehmat / The Peninsula
More than 300 riders in various age brackets have registered for the second edition of the hugely popular Royal Air Maroc (RAM) League, organisers said yesterday.
Last year more than 150 cyclists featured in the 10-round league that saw competitions held from November until March this year.
This year the number of entries has exceeded 300, Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation (QCTF) official Adrej Filip announced at a press conference yesterday.
Top airline Royal Air Maroc also extended their sponsorship of the league by another season, details showed yesterday.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Royal Air Maroc,” QCTF President Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari said. “We tasted resounding success as partners of the first edition last season. We are looking forward to another edition of fun and fitness,” he added.
Dr Al Kuwari said: “QCTF is also appreciative of the support provided by Qatar Chain Reaction (QCR) and Qatar Cyclists (QC). It is a team effort that has translated into a success sports story.
“This is a platform to unearth the next generation of cyclists in the country,” Dr Al Kuwari said. “The cycling community is growing and we are thrilled to see the positive results such events are having on the minds of the riders,” he added.
Jamal Al Kuwari, Secretary General, QCTF, said at the press conference: “Our objective is to help young riders learn from the seniors. A sense of competition is crucial for riders of all ages. I am sure the second edition of the league will be another success story.”
He added: “We are also reaching out to schools so that young riders can know more about our league and how to feature in the races. We will also introduce races for kids in the future. That is in our long-term plans.”
Abderrahman Brahimi, Chief of MENA Department for Royal Air Maroc, thanked QCTF for their endorsement of the airline’s support for the league.
“We see the league as an opportunity to back sports events in Qatar. We applaud QCTF for promoting cycling around the country,” Brahimi said. “QCTF is busy organising quality races and this helps the riders in developing their sense of competition,” he added.
“Cycling is an integral part of general fitness. We can see more and more people taking up cycling. That bodes well for the sport’s growth in Qatar,” he added.
Filip, the QCTF Technical Secretary, said: “The number of riders has increased manifold. We have been busy looking for new routes. Sometimes it is not easy to find routes since there are roadworks going on. But then we also get to find some interesting routes that we may have never used before.”
He added: “Clearly we are moving in the right direction. Our races are getting the right amount of coverage and promotion. We can build on this amazing start.”
Last year’s league champion Aday Alvarez said: “Thanks to the RAM league races, I have started taking my racing very seriously. The competition is getting higher and higher with each round. I will try to defend my title.”
QCTF rider Farhan Al Farizi said: “I thank the federation and the sponsors for their support. This is a very important league for us. The participants love to feature in these races. The riders have been coming out in large number.”
He added: “I think cycling is on the way up in Qatar and that is a great news for riders across the country.”
If riders want to know more about the races in the league, they can follow the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation’s (QCTF) Facebook page where they publish all the upcoming events and race results. The interesting points are that QTCF will organise one or two races in Doha also this season. The winners of each category will have an organised visit of Morocco. During two or three events, QCTF will include races in the youth categories U-14 and U-16 (without the national team riders).