A Travellerspoint blog

April 2012

Saudi Cycling Federation 50km Road race

Or maybe just 42km...

sunny 28 °C

A couple of friends of mine are part of the Riyadh Wheelers cycle club based in Riyadh www.riyadhwheelers.com . The Saudi Cycle Federation invited the club to compete in their 50km cycle race held on 19 Apr. Competing were the Saudi National Guard Team, Al Fateh and Riyadh wheelers and other entrants, kindly sponsored by Red Bull.

The course was a T shaped circuit on the SW outskirts of Riyadh. 4 or 5 laps of 8 or 10km. The field soon spread out and the going looked tough on one of the warmer days we have had

Here are a few shots of a tough looking race, I managed to miss the sprint finish as it turned out to be 42km long and I didn't get back to the finish line in time.

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The train is up and running
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Fastest Foreigner Rob
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The winners podium- red team is the National Guard, the team principal came to greet up and give out bags of food and water, a nice gentleman.
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Good time had by all.
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Overall an enjoyable and tough event for all. The Saudis warmly welcomed the team and thanked them for their participation, even giving out medals for slowest finisher etc :-)

Posted by Gavin Lee 00:50 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged cycling riyadh Comments (0)

To the football - Al Hilal vs Al Nassr

rain 18 °C


As always you'll need to click the Satellite option.

5 of us went to the local derby at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh - Al Hilal vs Al Nassr

Here's the ticket - a whole 20 Riyals - £3.50.
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Note the ticket states - No guns :-)
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It's a fantastic stadium holding 67,000 people. Called locally (by the expats) the Crown of Thorns, official name - the King Fahd Stadium. Not usually the greatest fan of 'running track' stadiums but the wide open space and great roof make it a fantastic venue. I went once before about 8 years ago to see Saudi Arabia vs South Africa. At a guess there was 20-25,000 fans there. The crowd was not segregated but fans created their own sides. We were warmly greeted by the Nassr fans, with many asking us where we came from and why we were supporting Nassr (Al Hilal being the ManU of KSA). Bit strange watching a game of football without a beer though :-(

>> Click here for more info <<

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The Nassr fans in yellow on the other side of the pitch had some drums and played and danced constantly through the match.

Play was pretty good, a bit lacking on the finishing, but a good competitive game. Hilal scrored in the 85th minute to claim a 1-0 victory,

Note the most sparkly moment of football but the atmosphere was good, this was in the dying seconds when Al Nassr needed an equaliser.

The winning goal can be found here - >> Winning Goal <<

We'll be off again soon to see another match,

Posted by Gavin Lee 10:28 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged hilal nassr Comments (0)

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