A new bicycle racing event will be held in Saudi Arabia next year. Category 2.1 race was held on 4-8 February 2020. The Government of Saudi Arabia appointed Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) as the organizer of the competition.
ASO is the organizer of a number of famous races in the world. Like the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Next year, the company, based in Paris, France, will get a new job as a Saudi Tour organizer.
“We are involved in the emergence of a new race scene in the Middle East, which is in accordance with the demands of the riders for an event at the beginning of the year,” said ASO CEO Yann Le Moenner as reported by Cycling Weekly .
In the first edition of the Saudi Tour, the race will be centered in the Capital City of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. The drivers will be treated to an urban circuit with views of the desert and the canyon. This race is claimed to be very suitable for sprinter and puncher.
It’s just that, ASO has not released any routes that will be passed, as well as who are the participants of this race. Le Moenner stressed that the Saudi Tour was not a race that once appeared and then disappeared. He wants this race to last and enter the UCI calendar.
The president of the Saudi Arabian Cycling Federation, Sabah Al-Kraidees, said it was an honor for his country to hold world-class races. This tour is part of the promotion of Saudi Arabia tourism to the eyes of the world.
“This tour is a great opportunity to publicize various regions, and historic sites in the country. And allows tourists to find our hospitality, “he said.
The Saudi Tour is the latest edition in the racing calendar in the Middle East. Previously there was the Tour of Oman, the 2.HC category race organized by ASO. In addition there is the UAE Tour, a WorldTour race run by the organizer Giro d’Italia, RCS. (Playing bicycles)