After 2015’s successful first UCI Cycling Gala, the second edition will also be staged in Abu Dhabi, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. This end-of-season celebration of the year’s greatest achievements in professional cycling will happen on 18 October, two days before the Abu Dhabi Tour (20-23 October), the four-stage professional cycling race organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Prizes will be awarded to athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout the season in, among others, the UCI WorldTour, the UCI Women's WorldTour, the three Grand Tours and, of course, the UCI Road World Championships. The UCI Cycling Gala will be the official debut of the newly-crowned UCI Road World Champion, who will have earned the title just two days earlier, on 16 October.
The event will be produced by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in collaboration with RCS Sport, in the presence of biggest names in professional men’s and women’s road cycling, UCI Management Committee members, representatives of National Federations, international media and all the athletes that will take part to the upcoming Abu Dhabi Tour: during the evening the UCI Cycling Gala will also feature the official Team Presentation of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The day after (19 October), race preliminary operations and Top rider press conference are scheduled.
His Excellency Aref Al Awani, Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s General Secretary said: “We are honoured to host the UCI Cycling Gala again. It will be a fantastic celebration of this year's cycling season while honouring the champions in their long ride to Abu Dhabi. With three main cycling events in the same week, the Abu Dhabi Tour will be in the spotlight of the entire sports world."
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “I am pleased that the UCI Cycling Gala returns to Abu Dhabi and I am thankful to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation for their support. Just days after the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Tour, we could not have found a better moment to celebrate the very best of men and women’s road cycling in 2016.”