Hero Abu Dhabi – Hudayriyat Island Preview

This weekend we see the first-ever UCI XCO race in the Middle East take place, this will be on Hudayriyat Island right next to Abu Dhabi. The race sees over 45 Nations take to the start line with a total of 80 riders taking part. It is the first and only UCI XCO race in the Middle East – could we see a World Cup take place here in the future?

Credit: Hero Abu Dhabi

The racing kicks off on Friday with the Elite Female XCC race followed by the Elite Male XCC race, on Saturday there is a kids and amateurs race taking place, and on Sunday the Elite & U23 races take place. You can watch them live, check out the details below!


The start list has some big names check out some of them below – link to the full start list is below!

Elite/U23 Male

– Peter Sagan

– Luca Braidot

– Thomas Litscher

– Daniele Braidot

Elite/U23 Female

– Martina Berta

– Sofie Pedersen

– Rebecca Henderson

– Noëlle Buri

The Course

The fast and flowy course features many berms, jumps and north shore features.


Length – 5.4km

Elevation – 70m

Laps – Male 7/ Female 6


Length – 1.3km

Elevation – 10m

Laps – Male 10/ Female 8



XCO Training – 9:00am-1:00pm


XCC Elite Training – 2:30-3:30pm

XCC Women Elite – 4:00-4:30pm

XCC Male Elite – 4:45-5:15pm


Amateurs Race Women – 9:00-11:00am

Amateurs Race Male – 11:30am-1:00pm

Kids Race – 2:00-3:00pm

XCO Training – 3:00-6:00pm


XCO Elite & U23 Women’s Race – 1:00-3:00pm

XCO Elite & U23 Male Race – 3:30-5:30pm

Live Broadcast

You will be able to watch the XCO races live in Europe on Eurosport the times are:

Elite Female XCO – 10:00am CET /9:00am GMT

Elite Male XCO – 12:30pm CET /11:30am GMT


France – Sport en France

Austria – Streamster TV

Turkey – TRT

Rest of Europe – Eurosport

Find where to watch in the rest of the world HERE

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