Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

See sky-high cyclists whizz across a Dubai rooftop

The cyclists performed stunts and raced around Emirates airline's rooftop as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge

The cyclists biked around a purpose-built track on the rooftop of Emirates Headquarters in Dubai. Courtesy Emirates
The cyclists biked around a purpose-built track on the rooftop of Emirates Headquarters in Dubai. Courtesy Emirates

As the Dubai Fitness Challenge rolls closer to its third week, Emirates airline invited four cyclists to test their biking skills on the roof of the company's group headquarters.

Four members of UAE Team Emirates accepted the challenge and headed 10 floors up to the top of the building to cycle on the purpose-built rooftop track.

The racetrack stretches around 800 metres and runs parallel to Dubai International Airport, where many Emirates aircraft were landing or taking off just across the street at Terminal 3.

Alexander Kristoff, Tadej Pogacar, Diego Ulissi and Jasper Phillipsen, all part of UAE Team Emirates, cycled on the roof. The cyclists regularly reach speeds well above 30 kilometres per hour, but up on the roof, speeds were capped at 20kph for safety reasons, said Emirates.

With speeds curtailed, the foursome took to showing off some of their cycling moves as they pedalled across the track, spinning and performing stunts.

The team of high-speed cyclists had their speed limited to 20 kilometres per hour for the stunt. Courtesy Emirates 
Four cyclists from UAE Team Emirates take to the rooftop at Emirates Headquarters. Courtesy Emirates

Emirates and UAE Team Emirates have been working together since 2017 as part of the airline's mission to help bring the UAE to the world stage of cycling.

The Dubai Fitness Challenge ends on Saturday, November 16.

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Updated: November 3, 2019 09:15 PM

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