Looking down on that wonderful Dubai skyline as you fly in, walking out into beautiful warm 'winter' sunshine here in the UAE, you and your mountain bike being collected by our 5* hospitality partner and being dropped off to the race village in the exclusive 5* mountain retreat known as JA Hatta Fort Hotel - you will feel like a pro and a winner already! MTB heaven awaits.
Nobody is saying that this race is not challenging, but you cannot design a course out here that is not full of fun, excitement and adrenaline. That is what Dubai and the UAE is all about - full of entertainment, full of luxury, and full of amazing memories. That's exactly what we are saying. Long-lasting friendships await.
5 luxury nights. 3 active days of MTB racing. 200kms across mountain bike single-track, jeep trails, in wadis and through old villages. Over 3,000m of climbing in the Hajar mountain range, the largest in the UAE.
After the success of the first ever XCM Stage Race held in the UAEz in January 2019, you can now register early for the next one. Plan ahead for your MTB year as early-bird discounts will be offered as follows:
1st March - 30th April 2019: 33% discount
1st May - 30th June 2019: 20% discount
1st July - 31st August: 10% discount
30th October: Registration closes!
All-inclusive Hotel Package - USD 2,000
5 nights in the JA Hatta Fort Hotel, an idyllic and luxurious mountain retreat with gym, spa, outdoor pools, amazing views, 5* restaurants and bars. This package includes airport pick-up & drop-off for you and your mountain bike, bedroom, breakfast, lunch and dinner...and access to all the resort facilities.
All-inclusive Camping Package - USD 1,200
5 nights in the race village campsite in the grounds of the JA Hatta Fort Hotel, and again with access to the gym, spa, outdoor pools, and the 5* restaurants and bars. This package also includes airport pick-up & drop-off for you and your mountain bike, breakfast, lunch and dinner, a 2-person tent with pillow, mattress and sleeping bag...and access to all the resort facilities.
Race-Only Package - USD 500
Riders can race and go home in the evening, but you will also be able to avail of the resorts facilities on race day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Hatta Trail Centre is the first MTB Centre in the UAE and the Middle East, and is a home to multiple mountain bike routes of various grades. This is mainly a single-track stage.
Cyclists from amateur to professional can see the beautiful mountainous region of Hatta from a collection of curated trails.
This is the QUEEN STAGE, the longest day with 4 grueling climbs, the most notorious being Jebel Pain & Jebel Yibir! But what goes up must come down and the descents are exhilarating, with the most beautiful plantations and rocky wadis in the UAE thrown in for rapid MTB racing fun. The road sections are absolutely serene. Watch out for the camels and wild mountain goats. Control that mountain bike!
Starting in the grounds of the 5* JA Hatta Fort Hotel, this is a very diverse mountain bike course which includes:
"The Dam Climb"
Having already ridden over 15km at a high pace, riders need to tackle this muscle-sapping unforgiving MTB climb, but the views of the UAE along the way and at the top are amazing. Fueling up before the climb is imperative, because the remainder of the route is no walk-in-the-park either!
All the racers will be pleasantly surprised...there are plantations in Hatta...lot's of them. This section is super-quick, quite tight...and littered with bunny hop ramps - a thrill on a mountain bike. This is definitely where the kid inside comes out to play. Fast, fast, fast!
"Mother Nature's Fury"
As the name suggests, racers are at the mercy of Mother Nature here. They are expected to carve their own lines up and over a valley ridge, then down the valley chute, then power through a wadi-bed gravel surface for another 2km out to the road. This is truly testing...of muscle, of mind, and of guts. Safety first!
The opening stage starts & ends at the race village in the 5* JA Hatta Fort Hotel, the mountain bike Mecca in the UAE.
This is the "Queen Stage"...a major mtb endurance test!
Finishing in the 5* JA Hatta Fort Hotel, you and your mountain bike deserve some TLC!
JA Hatta Fort Hotel is the perfect MTB escape and a mere 90 minute drive away from Dubai. Perfectly placed at the base of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains in the UAE, this idyllic retreat offers a range of accommodation and dining options, coupled with thoughtful leisure and meeting facilities, not to mention the great mountain bike facilities nearby.
Visit JA Hatta Fort Hotel for a world of exhilarating recreational and leisure activities. Lift your spirits with pampering beauty treatments, create unforgettable memories with family fun entertainment or take up a new sporting hobby during your city getaway...such as MTB perhaps.
Set amidst lush greenery and manicured lawns, JA Hatta Fort Hotel offers 52 Mountain View Rooms, and holiday villas. At this mountain retreat you can take all the family and rent a mountain bike and access the local trails for leisure!