Experienced rider Fergal McCool from Velostar team won the Men’s A category of the hugely popular Royal Air Maroc (RAM) League that ended with a great flourish at Al Bidda Park over the weekend.
Sponsored by Royal Air Maroc, the last round of the league saw 113 riders take part in the final round of what was the second edition of the cycling race.
A huge crowd was present to witness the end of the final race that covered a distance of 18kms (5 laps).
McCool accumulated 405 points over the season to clinch the issue in the Men’s A class. Julie Melville (Andy Brown Pro Racing) clinched the Women’s A class after managing an impressive overall tally of 600 points.
In the Men’s B category, Andrew Tangonan (Pinoy Roadies Qatar) grabbed the first-place with an overall points tally of 552 points. Shawna Garrett (TriClub Doha) sealed the deal in the Women’s B category
In the Men C’s, Qatar’s national rider Zaid Hamza won the title with an overall tally of 555 points.
President of the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation (QCTF), Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari, himself an avid cyclist, said the 2017-18 season proved to be a big success
“The Royal Air Maroc League continuous to develop and grow,” Al Kuwari said.
“We are seeing increased number of participants in our events.
“We have divided our competitions into various age brackets and we can see how new cyclists are taking part in our races,” Al Kuwari added.
“We have a long-term development plan and our goal is to have a strong international competition like Tour of Qatar in the future,” Al Kuwari said.
“We hope to see professional cyclists on the streets of Qatar one day. As well as having many other plans, we also seek to train local coaches by providing training courses from the International Cycling Union (UCI). As of now, we have more than 20 trainers holding international licenses.
“Now we are engaged hand in hand with the development of triathlon sport and we hope to attract many sponsors in the future,” he added.
Adel Khalloufi, Regional Director of Royal Air Maroc, said that the Moroccan Airlines takes pride in supporting an event like RAM League.
“We are happy with this association. In coordination with the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation, we launched this league for cycling fans in Qatar.
“We are encouraged with the kind of response we have got in these two years,” Khalloufi said.
“It’s worth mentioning that the Royal Air Maroc supports several sports and activities in Qatar such as golf,” he said after the final round.
“I take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation for their cooperation through a successful and meaningful partnership between the two parties,” he said. The next cycling season will kick off in October.