Kick Into Gear At These Amazing Indoor and Outdoor Cycling Locations
There’s no doubt that cycling is great for you and even better with a group of like minded people. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of cycling and where you can go both indoor and outdoor in Dubai to get your cycling fix.
A Ton of Calories Burned
Cycling has to be one of the best cardiovascular exercises for shedding huge amounts of calories. If you’re looking to lose some unnecessary weight, cycling (along with a good diet) has the ability to shift unwanted pounds…..and fast! For example, the average indoor spin class lasts approx 45 minutes and an average person can expect to burn between 400-600 calories during this workout. Some people can even burn as many as 700+ calories. If you elect to hit the pavement and cycle outdoors, you will burn just as many calories and even more if you choose to venture into the hills.
Easy on the Joints
Another major benefit of cycling is the lack of major stress on the lower limb joints. Getting on the bike really is a great alternative to running. The circular motion of cycling allows a more natural flexion and extension of the knee joint and is worlds away from the jolting of the knees and hips you might get from pounding the pavement when running. Cycling is really low impact and a great exercise for all types of people.
Aside from burning massive amounts of calories and protecting your precious joints, cycling contributes a lot to lowering your stress levels. What is known as the ‘cyclers high’ holds true as the rush that cyclists experience is a release of mood enhancing endorphins. In essence, endorphin release leads to positive emotions, a high level of euphoria, and a strong combative force against stress.
Indoor Cycling In The UAE:
This indoor stadium-style cycling class has up to 45 state-of-the-art custom Flywheel bikes. There is performance-tracking technology, amazing music, complimentary towels, and cycling shoes. The most popular package is 10 rides for AED 1,050 (AED 105/Class).
Burj Views, West Tower
Downtown Dubai, UAE
Phone: 971 4 423 2544
Gold & Diamond Park
Building 7, Al Quoz
Now this place is just awesome! It opened in April 2015 and if you’re looking for the best indoor cycling experience in the UAE, sign up for one of their classes. They use the newly launched and unique RealRyder Indoor Cycling Bike. It is like no other indoor bike you have ever used before and is designed to mimic the feel of an outdoor bike. Like most places, the first ride is complementary; one class is AED 115 and 10 classes are AED 100 per class.
Motor City, Apex
Atrium Building Rooftop, Dubai, UAE
Phone: 971 455 473 46
Are you feeling like doing a stellar indoor cycling class that also has a strong focus on socializing with similar people to you? Add to that, all of the instructors are spinning certified and are experienced outdoor cyclists and you’ve got a winning formula. Classes are 45+ or 75+ minutes. One class is AED 65, where the more popular packages start at AED 600 for 10 sessions (AED 60/Class).
Zayed Sports City (Gate 16)
International Tennis Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: 971 563 310 310
Outdoor Cycling In The UAE:
Al Qudra Cycle Path
This fairly new track is at Al Qudra Road and is 80+km in length. Any type of rider can do the first section of the path as it starts off as an 18km ride. This is at the northern part of Al Qudra Road by the bridge over the Dubai Bypass Road and goes to the intersection of Bab Al Shams Road and Al Qudrah Road. At that point, the second part of the path is for the more experienced riders as there is another 50+km, which goes through the dunes by the Bab Al Shams Hotel.
Al Barsha Pond Park Bicycle Path
This family-friendly bicycle path is mainly for children and beginner riders. It is only 1,500m in length and is a scenic ride around Barsha pond. The park is typically open from 8:00am-10:00pm.
Every Wednesday (subject to track availability) Spinneys presents FREE Cycle Safe Nights at the Dubai Autodrome race track circuit from 6pm until 9pm. The Circuit of 2.5km is undulating and flood lit. A helmet must be worn at all times.
Just turn up and cycle. Once you get off the Motor City exit from the Arabian Ranches interchange, drive past the Autodrome on your right, then turn right and follow the road around to the back entrance where you can drive in and park your car at the Autodrome Pit Lane.
Yas Marina Formula 1 Track
TrainYAS offers free entry for anyone every Tuesday 6:00-10:00pm. It is on a Formula 1 racetrack and it is completely lit and safe. It is 5.5km in length and everyone must wear a helmet.
There are a ton of benefits when it comes to cycling. It’s not only good for your physical health, but it will also help reduce your stress levels and get you out socializing. What are you waiting for? Get pedalling.
Author: David Kuch
Author Bio: David Kuch is a Nutrition Souq Fitness Champion Editor. He is a certified personal trainer and has completed a Masters of Business Administration Degree, Specialized in Sport Management. With over 10 years of experience as a personal trainer, both independently and in big box chains, David is experienced in fitness training, healthy habits, wellness, functional fitness, and nutrition.