Albury triumphs in Riyadh Wheelers cycle event

Updated 24 March 2016

Albury triumphs in Riyadh Wheelers cycle event

RIYADH: The major event of the Riyadh Wheelers season, the 100km road race was held at the weekend on a cool and breezy morning to the east of the city. The Wheelers’ major sponsor, ITEA International Ltd, again stepped up and provided prizes to the winners in all categories including the top three.
Brothers Edoardo and Luigi Lando from ITEA, also competed in the event and revealed their passion for cycling.
After a short race brief from soon to be retiring Chairman Rob Patrick, 55 riders were sent on their way on the first of 6 laps of a tough circuit.
The first 10km was enjoyed at tempo pace, during which Rodel Flores made his now trademark attack, so it was left to Chad Albury to make the first serious move followed by young Saudi Omar Al Jarallah, who was not able to live with the pace the Bahamas International rider was setting. Behind a chase pack of around 20 riders formed, which reduced with each passing lap.

Going into the final lap, the chasers had still not reeled in Albury, so a sprint for second looked inevitable, with Gareth Gallagher, Tom Dzurilla, Thierry Mathy and Kris Ahlin keeping the pace high which further reduced the numbers, including some of the feared sprinters.
Albury was already savoring his victory as the final kilometer approached for the chasers, riding into a strong head wind and also uphill, a perfect setting for the stronger ëpunchyí rider. Right on cue, Club Champion Mathy attacked and made no mistake holding off a late challenge from Ahmed Al Qumizi, who in turn held off Ahlin, Tomas Van Dop, Gallagher, Jeff Roetter, Patrick, Dzurillz and Geron Guanlao.

1 Chad Albury; 2 Thierry Mathy; 3 Ahmed Al Qumizi; 4 Kris Ahlin; 5 Thomas Van Dop; 6 Gareth Gallagher; 7 Jeff Roetter; 8 Rob Patrick; 9 Tomas Dzurilla; 10 Geron Guanlao; 11 Graham Bell; 12 John Adams; 13 Bruno Syfrig; 14 Bryan Dimacali; 15 Rida Qahaali; 16 Lars Olvein; 17 Jiri Kuba ; 18 Greg Wilson; 19 Ralf Chan; 20 David McNamara; 21 Kevin Walsh; 22 Roy Delos Santos; 23 Sylvain Girardeau; 24 Sergey Yurchenko; 25 Jaime Sunga; 26 Gordon Lawrie; 27 William Tolentino; 28 Jose Altavas; 29 Patrick Can Daele; 30 Percival Soliman; 31 Yezith Forero; 32 Abdulmahsin Alhashim; 33 Edoardo Lando; 34 Jessie Javier; 35 Ahmed Hamidalddin; 36 Thomas Brackmann; 37 Rurik Santos; W-1 Veronique Mathy; 38 Jeffrey Portem; 39 Bernard Detomal; 40 Sergey Yurchenko; 41 Richard Mendoza; 42 Benedict Ella; 43 Luigi Lando.


Open: Tomas van Dop.
Veteran: Kris Ahlin
Master: John Adams
Senior: Rob Patrick
CAT B: Vero Mathy

Saudia E-Prix returns to Ad Diriyah with double header

Updated 24 June 2019

Saudia E-Prix returns to Ad Diriyah with double header

  • The event will take place on Nov. 22 and 23
  • Two major races will take place in this year’s E-Prix, which made its Middle East debut in the Kingdom last year

DUBAI: The Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to bring two races and more global acts in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22 and 23, adding twice the excitement to a historic event held at UNESCO world heritage site, according to the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA).

“This year we look forward to igniting an even bigger season of motor racing for Formula E, we’re ready to welcome even more international visitors, and create another unforgettable moment for our people,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the GSA, said in a statement.

Two major races will take place in this year’s E-Prix, which made its Middle East debut in the Kingdom last year with only one race. Music icons such as David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias, One Republic and the Black-Eyed Peas performed during the event. It was reportedly attended by some 60,000 people.

“This year sees even more teams enter the Formula E championship, with Porsche and Mercedes entering the fray. Last year Ad Diriyah was the launchpad for the new Gen 2 race cars and the exciting Attack Zone innovation. This year will be the first-time drivers will have an additional 10kW of power available when using that Attack Mode, rising from 225kW to 235kW,” Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF), said.

“Add to that, a double header – two races instead of one - with a total of 24 cars competing. This will fire up Saudi Arabia’s passion for motorsports and we are ready to welcome Formula E back,” he added.

The GSA is expecting crowds of up to 100,000 people to attend the E-Prix, given the improvements in the visa processing for tourists.

The 2019 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix will be the second year of a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the GSA and the SAMF.